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Trade Show Executive Trailblazers

Celebrating up-and-coming talent in the trade show industry

The Trade Show Executive Trailblazers program was designed to highlight some of the brightest rising stars in the trade show industry.

The inaugural class of Trailblazers includes four innovative industry professionals from both the private and the association sectors. Each Trailblazer was selected for his or her efforts in taking risks, trying something new, and producing results for their organization.

This year's Trailblazers include:

  • Douglas Lugo, Director of Global Exhibitions at Informa

  • Russell Coronel, Marketing Specialist at UBM Americas, Licensing Expo

  • Melissa Schilling, Director of Exhibitions & Conferences at National Shooting Sports Foundation

  • Alexander Duering, Senior Project Manager at Messe Dusseldorf North America

These four individuals will be honored at the Fastest 50 Awards & Summit in Chicago. Additionally, they have been invited to participate in a lively panel discussion at the event, moderated by Freeman CEO Bob Priest-Heck.

Topics covered during the panel will include:

  • The biggest challenges facing show organizers today
  • Approaches to driving audience engagement
  • Going global
  • Sponsorships
  • Measurement
  • The future of the industry

Attending Fastest 50? Don't miss the Trailblazers panel, Thursday, June 14th at 10:00 am.

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