Four Trade Show Execs Earn The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Honor

October 16, 2019

The Expo Group unveiled the top four honorees of The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year (SMOTY) Awards.

These awards are run independently of any industry associations with a judging panel of trade show professionals to honor unsung heroes of events and trade shows.

“This program is a way for us to give back to our profession by drawing attention to the people who impress everyone with their commitment, innovation and excellence,” said President and COO of The Expo Group Randy Pekowski.

Kevin Brown

He added, “By presenting these awards and making donations to the award winners’ choice of charities, we contribute to elevating the significance of the business events profession and the importance of bringing buyers and sellers together face to face.”

The 2019 SMOTY Awards honorees are:

  • Tier I: Lewis Shomer, 5Net4 Productions
  • Tier II: Kevin Brown, CMP, American Hospital Association
  • Tier III: Emile Davis, CEM, Society for Human Resource Management
  • Tier IV: Marc Acampora, Informa

The honorees, nominated by peers and colleagues, were determined from a pool of show managers by an independent panel of judges.

Since 2000, these awards have been open to anyone creating a trade show with no fee for nominating or other requirements.

Visit for the storied list of previous honorees that include those managing events with as few as 50 booths to well more than 2,000 from across the United States. 


This year, the iconic crystal SMOTY trophies will be presented Nov. 16 during the 2019 TSNN Awards in Dallas. (

Honorees receive complimentary registration and travel to the event, as well as a $500 donation to their favorite charity or educational institution


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