The 1st Ever E.X.C.I.T.E. Award Winners

On a daily basis, the editors of EXPO and I are inspired and amazed by the work and accomplishments of everyone in the events industry.  So much so, that we decided that you, the innovators and big idea creators in our industry, needed a forum where you could be recognized for your greatness.

So, for the first time, we have introduced the E.X.C.I.T.E. Awards to honor the accomplishments of the tradeshow and event industries. At EXPO Next, EXPO magazine’s first annual conference for the event planning community, we introduced awards for the top innovators.

Each category includes a gold, silver and a bronze winner. In the upcoming July/August issue of EXPO, we will profile a few gold winners and have them discuss their accomplishments, and how they got there. Additionally, we’ll be adding a photo slideshow of EXPO Next, with all of the E.X.C.I.T.E. Award winners, in case you missed the event. For now, take a look at who won at the awards this week.

2012 E.X.C.I.T.E. Award Winners:

Best Environment Design
Gold winner: Navistar MATS 2012—Freeman
Silver winner: The 30th Annual Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals—Leisure Time Unlimited
Bronze winner: RSNA 2011-Radiological Society of North America

Best Hybrid Event
Gold winner: ASHE Connect Live from PDC Summit—SmithBucklin Corporation &The ExpoGroup
Silver winner: Covening Leaders—Freeman, PCMA
Bronze winner: 5K@ADA-TRACS, Inc. & Novo Nordisk, Inc.

Best Innovative Sponsorship Idea
Gold winner: SEMA—Specialty Equipment Market Association
Silver winner: Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)—IDG World Expo
Bronze winner: Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show—National Cattleman’s Beef Association

Best Marketing Campaign
Gold winner: 2012 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show—National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
Silver winner: LIGHTFAIR International—AMC, Inc.; Illuminative Engineering Society; International Association of Lighting Designers
Bronze winner: AAPEX 2011— Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association, William T. Glasgow, a2z, Inc.

Best Marketing Collateral
Gold winner: SEMA Show 2011—Marketing Design Group; Specialty Equipment Market Association
Silver winner: RSNA 2011—Radiological Society of North America
Bronze winner: World Tea Expo-World Tea Expo; F+W Media, Inc.

Best Show-Floor Engagement Strategies
Gold winner: UBM Electronics ARM TechCon—UBM Studios
Silver winner: World Culinary Showcase- National Restaurant Association; Global Experience Specialists, GES
Bronze winner: World Market Center Las Vegas -Marketing Design Group

Best Use of a Mobile App
Gold winner: 2012 International CES;- Consumer Electronics Association Core-Apps LLC
Silver winner: Honda iPad App—JUXT Interactive
Bronze winner: UBM Electronics ARM TechCon—UBM Electronics and UBM Studios

Best Use of A/V to Enhance an Event
Gold winner: BEW 38th Annual International Convention, “Brotherhood Beyond Borders”—Freeman Audio Visual
Silver winner: Navistar MATS 2012—Freeman
Bronze winner: RSNA 2011—Radiological Society of North America

Best Use of An Event Technology
Gold winner: Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)— IDG World Expo
Silver winner: WINDPOWER 2012—Industry Connect, American Wind Energy Association
Bronze winner: Navistar MATS 2012—Freeman

Best Use of Integrated Media
Gold winner:—UBM Studios, PR Newswire
Silver winner: ABB Automation & Power World—Poken
Bronze winner: RSA 2012-McAfee, MC2, Adam Tucker

Best Use of Social Media

Gold winner: High Point Market—High Point Market Authority
Silver winner: Ticket Summit—Ticket Summit, Inc.
Bronze winner: Natural Products Expo West- ‘New Hope Natural Media, a Division of Penton Media, Inc.

Best Website/Microsite
Gold winner: Digital Signage Expo—ExpoNation, Freeman, PRNewswire
Silver winner: Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)—IDG World Expo
Bronze winner: DESIGN West-’UBM Electronics & UBM Studios

Congratulations again to all of the E.X.C.I.T.E. Awards winners!


EXPO thanks our partner, Future Show, led by Bob Hughes, for its consultation on the design and décor of Expo Next.

T.J. Raphael is the Associate Editor of EXPO magazine. Reach her at and follow her on Twitter: @TJRaphael1.