October 10-12, 2018 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA REGISTER NOW!
Day 1
10 Oct 2018

Runner’s Group

Up for some energizing run along the pacific before your day begins on Wednesday? Trade Show Executive’s Danica Tormohlen is leading an optional runner’s group from 7:30 am - 8:00 am that will meet in the hotel lobby and go from there. So lace up your shoes and join her for a jog!

Gold Golf Classic at the Monarch Beach Golf Links

The Gold 100 golf outing is an annual tradition for the trade show industry. This year’s tourney tees off at the Monarch Beach Golf Links, where participants will enjoy stunning natural beauty and a variety of challenges for golfers of all skill levels. Perched on dramatic bluffs overlooking the Pacific, Monarch was designed by master architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., as a one-of-a-kind course that is fun and fair, with whitewater views of the surf at every hole.

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Gold 100 Whale Watching Tour and Networking Luncheon

Join your Gold 100 friends and colleagues to set sail on the Pacific for memorable glimpses of the amazing marine along the Southern California coast. Enjoy gorgeous scenery and opportunities to spy migrating California gray whales, fin whales and even rare humpbacks. Look closely, but not too closely, over the side and you might spot a great white shark on patrol. After the excursion, attendees will swap sea stories and enjoy a wonderful lunch at the Waterman Restaurant on the Dana Point Pier overlooking the harbor.

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The Good as Gold Opening Reception

Greet old friends and meet new ones as you join us for cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres at Club 19, located on the Monarch Beach Resort property. A memorable night and great networking await you!

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Day 2
11 Oct 2018

The Gold 100 Breakfast of Champions

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

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Designing A Company Culture Advantage

Josh Levine, Company Culture Expert; Co-Founder of Culture LABx; Author

An educator, designer and author who has for 15 years helped build culture-driven brands, Josh is on a mission to help organizations gain a culture advantage. He'll kick off TSE’s Gold 100 by offering his professional insights on what it takes to build and sustain a culture of innovation, and a peek into a few workplace trends that will shape business over the next decade.

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A Fresh Look at Growing Your Show Franchise

As 2018 enters the home stretch, trade show organizers are optimistic about the future as they plan for next year and the longer term. This panel of world-class Gold 100 leaders will share their outlooks and strategies on a wide range of topics, including risk management, capitalizing on demographic trends, expansions and acquisitions and, above all, delivering consistent growth. You will come away with fresh ideas and be better poised to tackle future challenges in the mercurial world of business. You might even have a little fun in the process.   Denise Medved, Vice President of Sales and Business Development at the Consumer Technology Association, moderates the panel.    Joining the discussion are: David Loechner, CEO & President of Emerald Expositons; Rick McConnell, President of Informa U.S. and Canada; and Marian Bossard, Executive Vice President, Global Market Events at The Toy Association.

International Trade

The U.S. market is huge, but the global market is many times larger. More and more organizers and associations are considering taking their exhibitions abroad. Kai Hattendorf, Managing Director/CEO at UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, will talk us through the situation as it applies to different key markets and discuss the conditions American organizers can expect to encounter when they open new overseas markets. Be prepared for a fast-paced tour around the world.

Competitive Collaboration Drives Technology Innovation

When competitors collaborate the industry wins. With the growth of online ordering and an increased reliance on timely information that comes across the computer screen, there is a growing need for standardized data collection and management. Discover how technology leaders in the events industry — whose organizations often compete against one another — are collaborating on ways to gather and share data for the benefit of everyone. This panel of IT experts will explore how seamless integration across different technology platforms can benefit show organizers and increase exhibitor satisfaction.  Steve Corrick, CEO, North America, Comexposium, moderates this session.  Joining the discussion are: Rich Stone, CEO, A.C.T. Inc. / EXPOCAD; Richard Maranville, Chief Digital Officer at Freeman; Rick Britton, Chief Information Officer at GES; and Don Kline, CEO of Map Your Show.

Networking Luncheon

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Leaders and Legends Interview with Mary Larkin

Mary Larkin, Executive Vice President of Diversified Communications, will have plenty to share during the Leaders & Legends Interview. Mary worked her way up from show manager to the executive suite as Diversified has expanded into a worldwide show organizer. Along the way, she has been an active member and leader in UFI, the Society for Independent Show Organizers, and the International Association of Exhibitions & Events. Gabrielle Weiss, Publisher & Editor of Trade Show Executive, will conduct this informative interview.

Deep Dive into Burning Issues

This interactive session will wrap up the Gold 100 summit by examining the hot topics that are foremost on the minds of show organizers. Moderator Karen Gebhart, Vice President of Business Development at Helicopter Association International, will be joined by XLIVE Co-Founder Waco Hoover and Group Y CEO Mark Sperling. Together they’ll frame the issues and engage the audience in a conversation that will address the challenges of engagement and social media, attracting a younger market and how to enhance the show floor experience. Voice your opinion or find answers to your most pressing questions as you look ahead to 2019.

Gold 100 Awards Reception

It’s time to walk the red carpet and pose for photographs as you accept your Gold 100 plaque(s) and enter a night of elegance, inspiration and intrigue.

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Gold 100 Awards Gala Dinner

The moment we have all been waiting for…The Gold 100 Awards Dinner & Ceremony will begin at 7:30 pm. Gold 100 shows will be celebrated and the Grand Award winners will receive prestigious trophies.


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

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Day 3
12 Oct 2018

Farewell Breakfast

The Farewell Breakfast offers another opportunity to network with Gold 100 delegates and speakers before you head home or stay for an extended weekend of relaxation.  

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