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Honoring the industry’s top exhibit producers, the Find It – Top 40 (produced by EXHIBITOR Magazine and Find It – Marketplace, the buyer’s guide to trade show products and services) recognizes the best exhibit houses based on a variety of criteria within five different categories. Top-ranked entrants receive a custom plaque, and all firms named to the top 40 will be recognized via print and online coverage.



Eligibility
Small, medium, and large exhibit houses with offices in the United States and Canada are eligible to apply. Entrants must be exhibit producers, but capabilities may include any combination of the following: custom exhibits, rental exhibits, portable and/or system-based exhibits, pop-up exhibits, etc. In order to participate, entrants must complete the initial application, submit the online entry form, and remit payment. While entrants may choose not to answer questions on the entry form that are not marked as required, they will not earn points for those particular criteria.



How to Enter
Step 1: Initial Application
Complete the Initial Application. After completing the Initial Application, you will receive a link to the Online Entry Form.

Step 2: Online Entry Form
Complete the Online Entry Form. You may save the form and complete it at a later time by clicking the SAVE button at the bottom of the page. You may then return to complete it later by clicking on the link sent to you after completing the Initial Application.

Step 3: Entry Fee
Once you have completed the Online Entry Form, you will receive an email with a link where you can pay your entry fee. The discounted, early bird entry fee is $175 (if completed by January 17) or $245 (if completed by January 24). Please note that your entry fee may be credited toward a new listing in Find It – Marketplace (www.finditmarketplace.com) or the future renewal of an existing listing. For more information on how to apply your entry fee as a credit, speak with your EXHIBITOR sales rep or contact adinfo@exhibitormagazine.com.



Questions?
If you have questions during the entry process, please contact FindItTop40@exhibitormagazine.com



Criteria
Applicants will be evaluated using an objective algorithm weighted to reflect how EXHIBITOR magazine readers value a variety of criteria when determining whether or not to include an organization on a request for information (RFI) or request for proposal (RFP). The myriad criteria being considered have been categorized into five primary areas:
  • Company and Capabilities
  • Honors and Awards
  • Thought Leadership and Industry Participation
  • Reliability and Service
  • Creativity and Key Differentiators

The evaluation process also includes a survey of current clients and a review of entrants' past projects, selling points, and innovations, conducted by a panel of corporate exhibit managers.



Recognition
The 40 highest-scoring firms, regardless of company size, will be announced as the 2018 Find It – Top 40. The top-ranking firm within each of the five primary categories will be honored during a ceremony at EXHIBITORLIVE in Las Vegas. All companies named to the Find It – Top 40 will also receive recognition in print and online via a press release, an online listing, and a special section within the June 2018 issue of EXHIBITOR magazine.

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