Top 50 Fastest-growing Show Winners Unveiled for 4th Annual TSNN Awards Nov. 1-3 in Reno, Nev.

May 15, 2013

Trade Show News Network, a division of U.K.-based Tarsus Group, is pleased to announce the 2013 TSNN Top 50 Fastest-growing Trade Shows in Attendance and Net Square Footage Growth that will be honored during the 4th Annual TSNN Awards: Celebrating Trade Show Excellence Nov. 1-3 in Reno, Nev.

A full list of winners for the TSNN Awards, the original event honoring fastest-growing shows, can be found below and here:

“The Top 50 fastest-growing show winners were chosen by their show’s growth rate between 2010-2012 in attendance and net square footage,” said TSNN President and Editor-in-Chief Rachel Wimberly.

She added, “We are really excited to fete all of the winners for an incredible three-day weekend celebration in Reno.”

During the celebration in Reno, the top association and for-profit fastest-growing shows in net square footage and top association and for-profit fastest-growing shows in attendance will be celebrated during the TSNN Awards Gala at the Peppermill Reno, along with the overall fastest-growing show in each category.

“Congratulations to all the winners of Trade Show News Network’s Fastest Growing Shows Awards. This recognition is a testament to your hard work and dedication in the highly competitive, and highly valued, trade show industry,” said Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority President and CEO Christopher Baum.

He added, “We hope to welcome you to beautiful Reno Tahoe USA this November, so that we might all celebrate your accomplishment.” 

The winners in net square growth from 2010 to 2012 cover a wide range of industries, such as asphalt, clothing, nightclubs and consumer electronics.

The winners in overall attendance growth from 2010 to 2012 also are a diverse mix, including pediatricians, optometrists and fire personnel.

2013 TSNN Awards event highlights feature a “State of the Industry” session Saturday morning with Jason McGraw, chair of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, and David Audrain, chair of the Society of Independent Show Organizers.

There are several other sessions in store for the C-level conference Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, followed by a brunch at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa and a special keynote speaker to be announced.

The gala awards evening at the Peppermill will celebrate the 50 fastest-growing shows in attendance and net square footage, as well as a special “Industry Icon Award” honoree and TSNN’s “Best of Show” award, celebrating shows that stand out for their innovation.

In addition, The Expo Group’s “Show Manager of the Year Awards” will be held during the 2013 TSNN Awards and will honor top show managers from different-sized shows in the industry.

Adam Schaffer, vice president, Tradeshows and Exhibitions, HelmsBriscoe, and Tradeshow Week Fastest 50 co-founder, will emcee the gala awards event.

Festivities will kick off Friday night at the new Kingpin Club at the famous 78-lane National Bowling Stadium, where there will be several surprises in store.

The next day is the awards and conference, and on Sunday morning attendees will head over to the Nevada Museum of Art for a Parisian-themed brunch to celebrate the debut of French artist Toulouse-Lautrec’s exhibit that will open the same weekend.

A full schedule for the TSNN Awards can be found on

The TSNN Awards is proud to be partnered with awards co-founders The Expo Group, as well as city sponsor Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority.

Additional sponsors include hotel sponsor, Peppermill Reno; venue and breakfast sponsors, Levy’s Restaurants and Reno-Sparks Convention Center; lunch sponsor, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa; presenting sponsors, Wyndham Jade and Ungerboeck Software International; gold sponsors, ASP Events, Experient, Map Your Show and Travel Planners; silver sponsors, epic, Expocad, Core-Apps, a2z, Inc., Freeman, OnPeak; media sponsor, H&A International.

For sponsorship information on the 2013 TSNN Awards please contact John Rice, TSNN sales and development, (617) 201 7088

Registration for the awards is limited to winners, their guests and sponsor suppliers. Please contact John Rice for more information on signing up as a supplier attendee.

Top 25 Net Square Footage Fastest-growing Shows

2012 Ace Fall Convention & Exhibits

American Coatings Show


DUG Eagle Ford


Great American Trucking Show


Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo 2012

International CES

International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo

Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition

LIGHTFAIR International

MAGIC Market Week (MAGIC/WWDMAGIC/FN Platform/Sourcing at MAGIC/Project/Pool) - Aug.

NGWA Ground Water Expo

Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show

NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits

OFC/NFOEC (Optical Fiber Communication/Natl. Fiber Optic Engineers Conference)

Outdoor Retailer Winter Market

RSA Conference 2012 Annual Summit


SupplySide West

True Value Spring Market


World of Asphalt Show & Conference

Top 25 Attendance Fastest-growing Shows

AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo

AAOS Annual Meeting

American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition

American Society for Healthcare Engineering - 2012 Annual Conference & Exhibition

America's Beauty Show

Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show

DUG East

Fire-Rescue International

IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012

ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades)

International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Expo - AHR Expo 2012


KeHe Summer Selling Show

NACDS Pharmacy & Technology Conference

NADA Convention & Expo

National Retail Federation’s Annual Convention & Expo – Retail’s Big Show

National Stationery Show

Optometry's Meeting - Annual AOA Congress

School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference


Surf Expo - Sept.

SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas

The ASI Show Orlando

The Rental Show

The Work Truck Show & NTEA Annual Convention

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