Top Fastest-growing Show Winners Unveiled for 6th Annual TSNN Awards Nov. 6-8 in Atlanta

June 3, 2015

For the sixth 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. 6-8 in Atlanta.

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 2012-2014 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 Atlanta.”

During the three-day weekend celebration in Atlanta, 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 2012 to 2014 cover a wide range of industries, such as retail, farming and pets.

The top 25 winners in overall attendance growth from 2012 to 2014 also are a diverse mix of industries, including trucking, labels and roofing.  

The 2015 TSNN Awards event highlights include an opening night reception at the new College Football Hall of Fame. The next day will be a “State of the Industry” session with Megan Tanel, chair of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, and Rick McConnell, immediate past-chair of the Society of Independent Show Organizers.

There are a few other sessions on tap for the conference, on tap Nov. 7 at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart.

The gala awards evening, also at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart, 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 2015 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 third 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 the College Football Hall of Fame.

The next day is the conference and gala awards, and on Sunday morning, attendees will head over to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum for brunch.

The TSNN Awards is proud to be partnered with awards co-founder The Expo Group, as well as city sponsor the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Additional sponsors include venue sponsor, Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart; hotel sponsor, Westin Peachtree Plaza; presenting sponsors, Wyndham Jade and Ungerboeck Software International; airline sponsor, Delta Air Lines; transportation sponsor, Production Transport; gold sponsors, ASP Events, Experient, Shepard Expositions, Map Your Show; silver sponsors, Freeman, epic, Expocad, Core-Apps, Convention Data Services, OnPeak/GES, showNets, a2z, Inc. and HelmsBriscoe; video sponsor, CNTV.

For more information on the TSNN Awards, please visit

For sponsorship information on the 2015 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.

The top 50 fastest-growing show winners that will be celebrated Nov. 6-8 in Atlanta:

25 Fastest-growing Shows - Net Square Footage

IPPE: International Production & Processing Expo

ACEP Scientific Assembly

Ace Hardware Fall Convention & Exhibits - Fall

NSGC Annual Education Conference

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


Enterprise Connect Orlando

ICSC New York National Conference

Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show

International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICCF) Annual Summit

MODEX 2014

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

IDEAg Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show

Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE)

DUG Eagle Ford

NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits

IBEX, The International Boatbuilders Exhibition & Conference

Performance Racing Industry Trade Show

AAOS 2014 Annual Meeting

All Baby & Child Educational Conference

ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades)

MRO Americas




25 Fastest-growing Shows – Attendance

HD Expo

ASPE Convention and Exposition

Surf Expo - Sept.

SouthPack, Automation Technology Expo (ATX) South, and Various Other Co-Located Shows

Offshore Technology Conference

Great American Trucking Show

ABC Kids Expo

ASH Annual Meeting and Exhibition

TCEA Convention & Exposition

IEEE/PES Transmission & Distribution Conference

2014 SGIA Expo

The American Coatings SHOW

KeHe Holiday & Product Innovation Show

The Fancy Food Show (Summer)

LDI (Live Designs International)


FDIC - Fire Department Instructors Conference

Nursery/Landscape EXPO

International Roofing Expo

Global Pet Expo

IMTS 2014 - International Manufacturing Technology Show

ISA International Sign Expo

National Safety Council Congress & Expo

International Salon & Spa Exposition

Labelexpo Americas 2014

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