ACE Awards Salute Best Booths
|Officials of Harris, top, and Sennheiser, celebrate last year’s ACE wins. |
NAB Show will sponsor the second ACE Awards, to recognize “Awesome Cool
Exhibits” at the 2013 event in Las Vegas.
The awards are
the brainchild of Steve Hayes, chair of the NAB exhibitor advisory committee,
who knew that other conventions used this technique to recognize exhibitors.
This year, the
committee and NAB are trying to drum up more awareness and enthusiasm for the ACE
awards, which, after all, are about recognizing exhibitors’ efforts, says Diana
Stokey, the director of Web marketing for Media Monitors, RCS and Florical
Systems and a member of the advisory committee.
committee is 100 percent about the exhibitors, and I’m really very impressed
with how much NAB listens to us,” Stokey says, adding that the NAB puts its
money where its mouth is by providing funding for the award plaques and
in the competition is simple. Any booth that has been set up by Sunday afternoon
will be included in the first round of judging, conducted through peer review
by volunteers from the advisory committee.
The next round is decided by what Stokey
calls “an unbiased third level” designed to avoid undue influence or or nepotism.
Judges in this round include a stage designer or creative director, a
sales/marketing specialist from the NAB, a senior staff member of the general
contractor and a member from a university who teaches design and/or marketing.
be notified Monday afternoon, and winners will receive plaques at a ceremony
is the trade show director for her employer, so she knows firsthand what it’s
like to prepare for and attend the NAB Show.
nice to know that you’re appreciated and recognized, and it’s hard to keep
doing this year after year and come up with new ideas and try to get the best
exposure for your company, so we just want to applaud those who we think do a
judged based on creativity, effectiveness, overall structure and the peer
impression, first of all, is so important because you’re trying to catch the
eye of thousands of people walking down the aisles,” Stokey says. Anything that
what will catch the eyes of attendees is likely to go over well with the
and signage have to be clear because it’s such an overload when you’re trying
to surf your way through all of the booths and exhibits; and then third is
function,” Stokey adds. “It needs to be able to work, both for your booth staff
and for the people who stop.”
exhibitors can learn more at www.nabshow.com,
The 2012 award
Best Small Booth (up to 200 square feet): Shenzhen
Best Medium Booth (200 to 900 square feet): Sennheiser
Best Large Booth (900 square feet and up): Harris