Freeman Clients Recognized at the Trade Show Executive Gold 100 Awards & Summit

Published by on October 28, 2014 7:04 am
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Last week, Freeman executives had the pleasure of attending Trade Show Executive’s Gold 100 Awards & Summit in Dana Point, CA. The event honored the 100 largest trade shows in the U.S. based on net square feet of paid exhibit space.

We extend our warm congratulations to all of the nominees, especially the 60 trade shows produced by Freeman that were included in this prestigious TSE Gold 100 list. We are proud to navigate the future as a partner to many of the industry’s top leaders. Well done to everyone involved!


You can visit the Trade Show Executive Facebook page to see all the winners of the 15 Grand Awards, which recognize shows at the forefront of key initiatives such as social media, technology, exhibitor programs and more. Special congratulations to the seven Freeman client organizations named among Grand Award winners.

Freeman has never been more excited about the future of live events and we realize that our 87 year history represents just the beginning in an industry that continues to push the envelope in the areas of innovative thinking and emerging technologies.

As the events industry continues to evolve and change, we are aware that attendees and exhibitors want more opportunities to interact, gather actionable information and build relationships. This collaboration allows us to execute on our mission of “Connecting People in Meaningful Ways.”

In the video below, Freeman’s Steve Anderson, executive vice president, business development; and Dan Steenstrup, senior vice president, strategic accounts, are called up from the audience to present The Largest Biennial Trade Show award to ICUEE, the International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition. Congratulations to The Association of Equipment Manufacturers in growing this trade show. We know that being at the forefront of the trade industry is never the result of just one factor, but rather the culmination of excellence and leadership.

As Silver Sponsor of the TSE Gold 100 Power Luncheon and Interview, Freeman welcomed to the stage guest of honor Joe Lamond, president and CEO of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), a long-time Freeman partner. We always enjoy bringing forward thought leadership through insights and innovative ideas, and this year’s luncheon certainly did not disappoint. Lamond shared the story of his interesting career path, and his insights on the steady and robust growth of The NAMM Show and its sister show Summer NAMM.

Luncheon3Thanks again to Trade Show Executive for our partnership in celebrating the nominees and winners of the Gold 100 Awards and congratulations to all who support growth in their trade shows and the strength of face-to-face events.

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Published by on October 21, 2014 1:59 am
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Published by on October 14, 2014 7:03 am
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Published by on October 10, 2014 7:27 am
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Published by on October 8, 2014 12:43 pm
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Extending the (Customer Service) Experience

Published by on October 7, 2014 10:38 am
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Three Key Factors Driving Growth for Events in the Technology Sector

Published by on October 2, 2014 9:25 am
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In Your Face?

Published by on September 25, 2014 1:57 am
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Published by on September 17, 2014 4:59 pm
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Published by on August 15, 2014 4:43 pm
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Published by on June 30, 2014 4:20 pm
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It’s Time To Rethink Your Event Models

Published by on June 3, 2014 1:24 pm
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This entry first appeared on the blog of our colleagues at FreemanXP Are you ready for the Face-to-Face Experience Revolution? Millennials aren’t the only ones expecting better experiences at events, all your audiences expect more than ever before. Relevant and engaging formats. Participatory experiences. Personalized and on-demand content. Events that[...] Read More

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Published by on May 30, 2014 12:41 pm
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This entry first appeared on the blog of our colleagues at FreemanXP By Alison Jenks Event marketing research reports show the industry is on the rise To reach customers, increase awareness, and drive sales, brands are turning to high-touch integrated campaigns in bigger ways than ever before. The winning combination[...] Read More

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Meaningful Connections

Published by on May 23, 2014 8:59 am
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Five Top of Mind Topics from Event Marketing Summit

Published by on May 15, 2014 4:55 pm
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The Future of Site Visits? Virtual, of Course!

Published by on May 13, 2014 8:30 am
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We’re now adding the drone option in select meeting spaces and facilities to get a high-definition virtual tour of the look and feel of a venue from the sky

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Published by on May 6, 2014 1:50 pm
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Five FAQs For Your Pre-Show Planning

Published by on May 1, 2014 7:42 am
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Published by on April 24, 2014 2:03 pm
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The Power to Ask Can Lead to More Sustainable Events

Published by on April 21, 2014 9:35 am
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