Trade Show Executive's Fastest 50 Awards & Summit June 13-15, 2018 Hyatt Regency Chicago REGISTER NOW!

The Fastest 50 summit features fast-paced sessions on best practices, case studies and issues facing show managers. Also, organizers of the fastest-growing shows will share the strategies and tactics that made their success stories possible. Below is a partial agenda breakdown of the event. Keep checking back as more details are announced. 

Day 1

June 13, 2018

Networking Activity & Luncheon

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Fastest 50 Opening Reception

Greet old friends and meet new ones as you join us for cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres. A memorable night, and great networking await you! The festivities begin the official kick-off of the Fastest 50 Awards & Summit from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Day 2

June 14, 2018

Breakfast of Champions

Get energized with a sumptuous breakfast, which features many wholesome choices as well as sweet and savory options. Start the morning right!

Keynote: Social Innovation Strategist and Founder of Fast Company’s Futures with Ari Wallach

What will the future of the trade show world look like? And how can we ensure success tomorrow, without taking a restrictive direction today? Enter Ari Wallach, Fast Company’s expert on emergent business trends. Ari’s diverse clients have included CNN, the Ford Foundation, the US State Department, and many more—and in his talks, he discusses so-called “megatrends”: larger, broader trends in technology, business and culture, and ones which won’t restrict you down the line if followed. What megatrends might be coming next, and how can you predict them?


Recipients of TSE’s inaugural Trailblazers award share their view from the trenches. Learn how their strategies improved their shows and how their ideas are impacting their entire company. Freeman President (and voice of experience) Bob Priest-Heck will moderate this lively discussion with these rising industry leaders.

An Up Close and Personal Look at an M&A Deal

Clarion UX recently acquired a stake in the National Grocers Association annual trade show. Clarion UX, CEO, Greg Topalian, already a veteran in the field of acquisition, presents a case study and behind-the-scenes look at how an association and independent show organizer joined forces to drive the show to new growth.

Power Lunch Interview

Firehouse Expo received the coveted Rockstar Award at last year’s Fastest 50 and continues to smoke the competition. Ed Nichols, Vice President of Events at Southcomm Inc., caps off lunch with a live interview on stoking the growth of Firehouse Expo and the entire portfolio.

Fastest 50 Shows Growing for It!

Nancy Walsh, President of Nancy P. Walsh Xpert Consulting LLC will tap into the energy and ideas of a panel of Fastest 50 honorees who drove their shows to great heights.

Fastest Trends and Hot Topics

This fast-paced session will focus on the topics that are most important to show organizers who want to capitalize on the success of their rapidly growing events and springboard to even greater heights.

Fastest 50 Awards Reception

It’s time to walk the red carpet and pose for photographs as you accept your Fastest 50 plaques(s) and enter a night of elegance, inspiration and intrigue.

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Fastest 50 Awards Dinner & Ceremony

The moment we have all been waiting for . . . a night of elegance, inspiration and intrigue. The Fastest 50 Grand Awards Dinner & Ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. where the Fastest 50 shows will be celebrated and the winners of the Grand Awards will be presented with special trophies.


The fun keeps going after the awards! Continue the celebration with your colleagues at the Afterglow.

Day 3

June 15, 2018

Fastest 50 Farewell Breakfast

The Farewell Breakfast offers another opportunity to network with the Fastest 50 delegates and speakers before you head home or stay for an extended weekend of relaxation.

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