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03 Apr 2017

SISO Awards 2017 Robert L. Krakoff Industry Award of Excellence to Charlie McCurdy, CEO of Informa Exhibitions


SISO Awards 2017 Robert L. Krakoff Industry Award of Excellence to
Charlie McCurdy, CEO of Informa Exhibitions

Atlanta, Georgia – April 3rd, 2017 – The Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) has awarded the industry’s most prestigious award, the “Robert L. Krakoff Industry Award of Excellence,” to Charlie McCurdy, CEO of Informa’s Global Exhibitions division, one of the top global events organizers by revenues and market reach.

This award is named in honor of a legend of the industry, Robert L. Krakoff, who built and ran some of the most successful businesses in the exhibition industry. It is the only award that SISO gives out, and it is only given to the most impactful leaders of for-profit businesses in the exhibition and event industry.

“The Robert L. Krakoff Industry Award of Excellence is the most prestigious global award an independent organizer can receive on a global basis. Charlie McCurdy has been an innovator, and a leader who has made a positive impact on the whole industry. He certainly is a worthy recipient,” stated Ned Krause, current Chairman of SISO, and a past recipient of the Krakoff Award.

Charlie McCurdy commented, “I am honored to receive this award, not just for what it may say about whatever contributions I may have made to the exhibitions industry over the years but for what the award itself says about the importance today of our industry to companies and entrepreneurs doing business in the global marketplace.”

“The exhibitions industry is strong, healthy and growing. Looking ahead, I am certain that innovative uses of new data-driven services will bring us even closer to our customers every day of the year.”

SISO members include companies, corporations and other for-profit entities that own, produce or provide full-service management of “face to face” trade shows, consumer shows, expositions, conferences, and events. SISO membership is a combination of large corporations and small entrepreneurial enterprises that do business around the world.

SISO’s almost 200 member companies produce thousands of events around the world. SISO’s Mission, is to meet the common needs of our members, by providing peer networking opportunities, education, industry information, streamlined business processes and best practices in the industry.

For more information on SISO, the SISO CEO Summit, and the SISO Leadership Conference, please visit, or contact David Audrain, SISO Executive Director, at 404-334-4585 or



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