Top Fastest-growing Show Winners Unveiled for 5th Annual TSNN Awards Nov. 14-16 in Cleveland, Ohio

May 14, 2014

For the fifth year in row, Trade Show News Network is holding its prestigious and original TSNN Awards program that honors the top fastest-growing shows in attendance and net square footage Nov. 14-16 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The list of 50 shows that will be feted during the three-day, celebration-filled weekend can be found below and HERE.

“The Top 50 fastest-growing show winners were chosen by their show’s growth rate between 2011-2013 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 Cleveland.”

During the three-day weekend celebration in Cleveland, 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, along with the overall fastest-growing show in each category.

The top 25 winners in net square growth from 2011 to 2013 cover a wide range of industries such as broadcasting, internet retail and medical devices.

The top 25 winners in overall attendance growth from 2011 to 2013 also are a diverse mix, including food process suppliers, petroleum engineers and surf apparel buyers.  

The 2014 TSNN Awards event highlights include a “State of the Industry” session Saturday morning with Skip Cox, chair of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, Rick McConnell, chair of the Society of Independent Show Organizers, and Brian Casey, who heads the Center for Exhibition Industry Research.

There are a few other sessions on tap for the C-level conference Saturday on Nov. 15 at the Global Center for Health Innovation that will be followed by a high-level keynote and lunch next door at the Cleveland Convention Center.

The gala awards evening at the Cleveland Convention Center 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 2014 TSNN Awards and will honor five show managers from different-sized shows in the industry.

Also at this year’s awards, the $5,000 TSNN Student Scholarship will be awarded to someone pursuing a career in the trade show industry. For the second year, the scholarship generously is sponsored by the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority.

Festivities will kick off Friday night during a special opening night celebration at a yet-to-be-unveiled Cleveland landmark.  

The next day is the conference and gala awards, and on Sunday morning, attendees will head over to the Fabulous Food Show at the International Exposition Center (I-X Center), where attendees will take part in a celebrity chef brunch experience.

The TSNN Awards is proud to be partnered with awards co-founder The Expo Group, as well as city sponsor Positively Cleveland, the city’s convention and visitors bureau.

Additional sponsors include venue sponsors, Global Center for Health Innovation, Cleveland Convention Center and International Exposition Center (I-X Center); hotel sponsors, The Westin Cleveland Downtown, Renaissance Cleveland Hotel and Marriott at Key Center ; 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, Convention Data Services, OnPeak, HelmsBriscoe; media sponsor, H&A International, The Photo Group, IndustryConnect.

For more information on the TSNN Awards, please visit

For sponsorship information on the 2013 TSNN Awards please contact John Rice, head of 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.

25 Fastest-growing Shows - Net Square Footage

(Averaged for years 2011-2013)

PROCESS EXPO/International Dairy Show

IPPE - International Production & Processing Expo

2013 Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show (formerly IFAI Expo Americas)

IRCE (Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition)

NFMT - National Facilities Management & Technology

DUG Eagle Ford

Gear Expo 2013


NSGC 32nd Annual Education Conference

AG CONNECT Expo & Summit



The Rental Show

DUG East Annual Summit

MAGIC Market Week (MAGIC Men's/WWDMAGIC/FN Platform/Sourcing at MAGIC/WSA@MAGIC/Project/Pool) - Aug.

PROCESS EXPO/International Dairy Show

Enterprise Connect

PLMA's Private Label Trade Show

Performance Racing Industry Trade Show

NAB Show

International CES

World of Concrete

ASH Annual Meeting and Exhibition

2013 SGIA Expo


25 Fastest-growing Shows – Attendance

(Averaged for years 2011-2013)

WEFTEC - Water Environment Federation Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference

Offshore Technology Conference

ALFA Conference & Expo (Assisted Living Federation of America)

2013 NSC Congress & Expo

Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) Minneapolis and MinnPack

ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades)

New England Grows!


The Car Wash Show

Cosmoprof North America

Surf Expo - Jan.

2013 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo

Summer Fancy Food Show

IRCE (Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition)

Shooting, Hunting & Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show)

American Library Association Annual Conference

CAMEX 2013 - Campus Market Expo

REALTORS® Conference & Expo

BookExpo America (BEA)

Interop Las Vegas

NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits

Optometry's Meeting - Annual AOA Congress


AIA National Convention and Design Exposition

All Baby & Child Educational Conference

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