Chicago, IL – July 23, 2009 – A record number visitors flooded the Trade Show Exhibitors Association (TSEA) website this year to vote for the First Annual Exhibitors’ Choice Awards. The winners were announced last night at the TSEA Foundation Gala in conjunction with the TS2 show in Chicago, IL. Over 400 exhibit industry professionals came out to the Chicago Illuminating Company to celebrate and cheer on the winners and nominees of the awards.
Favorite Exhibit House
Honorable Mention: 3D Exhibits, Skyline
Favorite General Contractor
Honorable Mention: GES
Favorite Installation and Dismantling Company
Winner: Nth Degree
Honorable Mention: Czarnowski
Favorite Transportation/ Freight Company
Honorable Mention: Barrett
Favorite of the Rest (all other types of suppliers)
Winner: Exhibit Surveys
Honorable Mention: NMR Staging & Events, United Service Companies
Favorite Show Manager
Winner: Mary Pat Heftman, National Restaurant Association & Karen Chupka, Consumer Electronics Show
Honorable Mentions: Bob Hughes, National Association of Convenience Stores Show & Mary Upton, The ASI Show!
Favorite Show of 2009
Winner: Consumer Electronics Show
Honorable Mention: National Restaurant Association
Favorite Convention City
Winner: Las Vegas
Honorable Mention: Chicago
Best Convention Center
Winner: McCormick Place
Honorable Mention: Las Vegas Convention Center
The TSEA Foundation thanks all the attendees of the Gala and its generous sponsors and participating restaurants for helping make the evening a rousing success. Sponsors of the event include: The Rebedeau Group; 3D Exhibits; Agile Trade Show & Event Furnishings, Inc.; Broan-Nutone, LLC.; Catch the Moment; Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau; EA Logistics; Exhibit Surveys; Freeman AV; Kehoe Designs; Lynn Renee Photography; Morial Convention Center and Metropolitan Limousine. Participating Restaurants included Ari; Carnivale; Fulton Lounge; Tsuki; Tizi Melloul; Lettuce Entertain You Parties & Special Events; Petterino’s; Crepes a Lattee; Wildfire and Scoozi.
About The TSEA Foundation
The Exhibit Industry Education Foundation (also known as the TSEA Foundation), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, is the research, information and fund-raising foundation for the Trade Show Exhibitors Association (TSEA) benefiting the members of the $124 billion exhibit and event industry comprised of businesses, non-profit associations and for-profit entities that participate in, exhibit at and produce trade shows. It funds specialized research on the exhibit and event industry, provides a variety of workshops, seminars and professional development opportunities and access to specialized research and reference assistance. The Foundation plays a key leadership and advocacy role for the exhibit and event industry and acts as a voice for the sector, articulating the data, reach, impact and contributions made possible through exhibit and event marketing.
The mission of the Exhibit Industry Education Foundation is to support cutting-edge research into the value and efficacy of face-to-face marketing, specifically trade shows, experiential marketing and events. Knowledge gained from this research then provides methodologies and metrics to improve the industry. It includes support of education and awareness by publishing the results of research projects and maximizes the utilization of research results. It also teams with other industry foundations to broaden the scope of research projects.