Nominations Now Open for The Expo Group’s Show Manager of the Year (SMOTY) Awards

August 10, 2015

Continuing the tradition of recognizing individual show managers across the industry, nominations are actively being sought for the 2015 edition of The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Awards.

Since 2000, the crystal SMOTY obelisk has been presented to those people creating amazing experiences within their exhibition and convention.

“These awards began in order to honor show managers who make our industry great, who exemplify a can-do spirit,” says Ray Pekowski, president and CEO of The Expo Group.

He added, “I cannot stress enough that these awards are about the person, not the growth of their show, the associations they are in or even the size of their company, since we have several categories. Together we can recognize outstanding personal achievement in the industry.”

Nominations should be submitted by Sept. 30 at

If you know a deserving show manager, please submit a nomination. Self-nominations are encouraged as well. Any individual responsible for the production of a trade or association show is eligible to win, regardless of any affiliation with The Expo Group.

Each winner receives the iconic crystal obelisk, a donation to their favorite charity and recognition industry-wide. Since 2000, more than $75,000 has been donated to various charitable organizations as a result of the SMOTY awards.

The SMOTY Awards will again be presented as part of the celebratory weekend of events surrounding the TSNN Awards ( and winners receive complimentary full access and travel to the awards, on tp Nov. 6-8 in Atlanta.

Visit to meet previous award winners and learn more about the program. Visit to learn more about the TSNN Awards Weekend.

Remember, it is free and easy to nominate yourself, a colleague or a client. Nominate now at

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