Emerald’s Herve Sedky, Tarsus Group’s Douglas Emslie receive 2021 TSNN Awards

Emerald President and CEO Hervé Sedky and Tarsus Group CEO Douglas Emslie will be honoured for their incredible advocacy, support and achievements in the trade show industry at the 2021 TSNN Awards to be held on Dec. 1-2 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.

Sedky has been named the 2021 TSNN Awards Industry Icon Award recipient, given to an individual in the trade show industry who has displayed exemplary leadership.

Emslie will be bestowed with the inaugural Humanitarian Award for the incredible effort he put forth during a fundraiser he spearheaded to raise more than $42,000 for the events industry during its time of need.

Sedky, who is the current chair of the Society of Independent Show Organizers, stepped forward immediately when the pandemic began and has not wavered throughout with his continued wisdom and support.

“I am both humbled and inspired to be awarded the TSNN Industry award this year. If there is one thing that the last 20 months have taught us is how much we value human connection. Whether we were holding on to our loved ones at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic or hard at work organizing safe and innovative ways to do business, we were reminded of something we already knew: we are at our best when we embrace a common purpose,” Sedky said.

He added, “For me, our common purpose - our drive - was to lift up small businesses at a time they needed it most, all the while working closely with public health professionals to ensure that we used every creative tool at our disposal to do so thoughtfully and safely. I am grateful for all that we were able to do and know that this award also belongs to my phenomenal team at Emerald.”

Emslie commented, “I am genuinely honored to receive the 2021 TSNN Humanitarian award. It is especially meaningful for me to be recognized by the industry – so many people and organizations across the events industry have generously supported the challenges that I have undertaken for charitable causes over the years.”

He added “Planning and completing the Event Industry Backyard Ultra this year was undoubtedly my biggest undertaking to date and was only made possible by all the support I received. Together, we raised over $42,000, and I was so happy to be able to do something to help those from our industry who were impacted by the pandemic.”

Besides raising funds for the industry, Emslie was the chair of the Society of Independent Show Organizers until April 2021 and has had a very active role in supporting and advocating on behalf of the trade show industry.


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