SMOTY Winner Leslie Wiernik and The Expo Group’s Randy Pekowski pose wth a slightly larger than normal sized check.
We recently asked Leslie Wiernik, Executive Director at NASP, about being named one of The Expo Group’s Show Managers of the Year in 2016 and her thoughts on the event and the award.
Did you have good time at the TSNN/SMOTY Awards event in New Jersey last year?
I had a great time at the TSNN/SMOTY award last year. Of course the awards banquet was the highlight. However, the Roaring 20s party was a huge hit as it provided a great networking opportunity for everybody. I met a lot of wonderful people and have lots of pics to remember the night.
Where is your award right now?
My award is proudly displayed on a shelf in our office’s reception area, and my St. Jude’s “check” is hanging on the wall.
What qualities do you think a good show manager should have and why?
A good show manager needs to be a “people” person with strong communication skills. No matter how much time and effort goes into planning a show, things are going to happen. So, it’s all about communicating with the right people to effectively resolve those issues and make it seamless for attendees.
What would you say to people who are reluctant to nominate someone for a SMOTY award?
There are so many great show managers out there who deserve to be recognized! Don’t be reluctant! Nominate away…
Show some appreciation to a deserving event professional today. Nominations are free, easy to fill out and open to any individual responsible for a trade or association exhibition/convention.
But hurry! The deadline is June 21. NOMINATE HERE.