Members make 'elite group' of trade show producers

Show floor at AccessoriesTheShow
Show floor at Business Journals Inc.'s AccessoriesTheShow

Jan. 30, 2013 -- Trade Show Executive, which covers the event industry, has named the 2012 winners in its Fastest 50 Awards, which honors the fastest-growing trade shows in three categories. Thirteen ABM members were crowned as winners, producing 37 of the 150 shows named.

Members on the list include Access Intelligence, Advanstar, Bobit Business Media, Business Journals Inc., Cygnus Business Media, Diversified Business Communications, GLM, Hanley Wood, IEEE Media, PennWell, Randall-Reilly, The McGraw-Hill Companies and Vincentz. Winners were judged on net square feet of paid exhibit space, number of exhibiting companies and number of attendees. Trade Show Executive said the winning "elite group" grew at least seven times more than the average event growth rate in 2012.

The winning shows produced by ABM members can be found below, broken down by category. The full list of honorees can be found here. Trade Show Executive, also an ABM member, will honor the groups at its annual Fastest 50 Awards & Summit, to be held May 8-10 in Chicago.

ABM winners, in alphabetical order:

By net square feet of exhibit space

AccessoriesTheShow (January and February)
Company: Business Journals Inc.

Aviation Week MRO Americas
Company: The McGraw-Hill Companies

Fame
Company: Business Journals Inc.

FDIC (Fire Department Instructors Conference)
Company: PennWell

FN Platform (Footwear News), February and August
Company: Advanstar

HydroVision International
Company: PennWell

IEEE PES Transmission & Distribution Conference & Exposition
Company: IEEE Media (co-host)

International LCT Show
Company: Bobit Business Media

International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo
Company: Hanley Wood

MRket
Company: Business Journals Inc.

Moda Manhattan
Company: Business Journals Inc.

OR Manager Conference
Company: Access Intelligence

The Great American Trucking Show
Company: Randall-Reilly

The Great West Truck Show
Company: Randall-Reilly

By number of exhibiting companies

AccessoriesTheShow (January and February)
Company: Business Journals Inc.

American Coatings Show & Conference
Company: Vincentz (a co-host)

Fame
Company: Business Journals Inc.

FN Platform (Footwear News), February and August
Company: Advanstar

International Boston Seafood Show and Seafood Processing America
Company: Diversified Business Communications

International LCT Show (Limousine, Charter & Tour)
Company: Bobit Business Media

International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo
Company: Hanley Wood

MAGIC: August and February
Company: Advanstar

Moda Manhattan
Company: Business Journals Inc.

MRket
Company: Business Journals Inc.

OR Manager Conference
Company: Access Intelligence

By total attendance

Firehouse World
Company: Cygnus Business Media

FN Platform (February)
Company: Advanstar

IEEE PES Transmission & Distribution Conference & Exposition
Company: IEEE Media (co-host)

International LCT Show
Company: Bobit Business Media

MRket
Company: Business Journals Inc

OR Manager Conference
Company: Access Intelligence

SURTEX
Company: GLM

by Elizabeth A. Reid

Image credit, with thanks: AccessoriesTheShow