The PPAI Expo, the promotional products industry’s largest and longest-running trade show, has been recognized  as No. 55  on Trade Show Executive magazine’s 2015 Gold 100 List. The rankings of U.S trade shows, published in the magazine's October issue, are based on a three-part, same-show comparison including show size, growth and attendance as well as innovation, social media practices, green initiatives, global participation and economic impact. The PPAI Expo has been ranked as one of the leading trade shows of the Gold 100 since the list’s inception in 2007.

PPAI Executive Vice President Bob McLean and PPAI Director of Expositions and Meetings Darel Cook attended the Trade Show Executive Gold 100 Awards and Summit in Santa Barbara, California, on September 30 to accept congratulations for the ranking.

“We are excited that the PPAI Expo continues to be honored with a Trade Show Executive Gold 100 award,” says McLean. “This annual recognition is a strong indicator of the ongoing quality, value and relevance of the PPAI Expo and reflects the vibrancy of the promotional products industry. I am very proud to be associated with the PPAI team that produces this highly successful event.”

This year’s Gold List reviewed trade shows held in 2014. As North America’s largest international promotional products trade show at nearly a million square feet, Expo welcomed 11,523 distributor attendees under one roof and featured 1,431 industry companies, representing every category of promotional products, exhibiting in 3,254 booths at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas for a total of 20,227 participants in 2014.

“The ranking represents the strength of the PPAI membership and the continued significance of promotional products,” says Cook. “The Expo has long been a top-tier U.S. trade show, and it owes that to the quality work done by volunteers and staff to produce an outstanding annual event.”

The PPAI Expo 2016 will be held Sunday through Thursday, January 10-14, 2015, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Register now.