Exhibitor Group, which produces both EXHIBITOR magazine and Find It – Marketplace, the buyer’s guide to trade show products and services, has launched its sixth annual Find It – Top 40 initiative to identify and recognize the industry’s top exhibit producers. And for the first time, the program will accept applications from exhibit providers both inside and outside North America.
“We are increasingly seeing American exhibitors reengaging in overseas trade shows and events. As such, it’s time to expand this exciting annual initiative to include international exhibit producers,” said Travis Stanton, editor in chief of EXHIBITOR magazine. “We will continue to honor the top 40 exhibit providers headquartered in North America, but we will also spotlight the top exhibit providers from all over the world — and add a new award for the Best International Exhibit Provider.”
Applicants will be evaluated using an objective algorithm weighted to reflect how EXHIBITOR magazine readers value a variety of criteria when determining whether or not to include an organization on a request for information (RFI) or request for proposal (RFP). The myriad criteria being considered have been categorized into five primary areas:
• Company and Capabilities
• Honors and Awards
• Thought Leadership and Industry Participation
• Service and Reliability
• Creativity and Key Differentiators
The evaluation process also includes a survey of current clients and a review of entrants’ past projects, selling points, and innovations, conducted by a panel of corporate exhibit managers. Top-ranked firms will be announced as part of the 2023 Find It – Top 40 during EXHIBITORLIVE at the Kentucky International Convention Center on Tuesday, April 25.
“The Find It – Top 40 is intended to spotlight the best exhibit producers in the industry, while also providing a valuable resource for exhibit managers searching for new potential partners,” said Stanton. In addition to being recognized during EXHIBITORLIVE, the 2023 Find It – Top 40 will be featured in the August/September issue of EXHIBITOR magazine, online at ExhibitorOnline.com, and digitally via the globally distributed digital version of EXHIBITOR. For more information and to apply, visit www.ExhibitorOnline.com/Awards/Top40.