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ESCA 2023 Award Winners

submitted by Tammy McGlade, Director of Marketing and Client Success, epIQ

Presented at the ESCA Winter Celebration & Awards on December 4th, the following are the 2023 ESCA Award Winners.



Karen has consistently been a beacon of leadership, tirelessly advocating for ESCA’s mission. Her active engagement, valuable input, and unwavering presence at our events have played a pivotal role in creating a welcoming and engaged ESCA community. In the realm of volunteerism, Karen has been a true cornerstone. From handling registrations with meticulous precision to staffing booths and supporting events with selfless dedication, her impact has been profound. What sets Karen apart is not just her willingness to help but her creative approach to problem-solving. She doesn’t just find solutions; she discovers innovative ways to make a meaningful impact. This year, Karen’s commitment reached new heights as she actively engaged with venues for the ESCA badge program. Her insights and hands-on involvement not only streamlined operations but ensured the growth and sustainability of the program. Karen’s dedication and efforts have become a driving force behind the success of ESCA’s initiatives. Congratulations, Karen, on this well-deserved recognition.



Tammy’s prowess in marketing is nothing short of exceptional, evident in her ability to craft and execute innovative campaigns that have redefined SEC event marketing. These campaigns not only captivate the audience visually but also seamlessly align with ESCA’s messaging and objectives. Tammy’s contributions extend far beyond the confines of conventional marketing. She has been a force in fostering thought leadership, spearheading the development of new awards, and launching innovative programs that inject a dynamic and forward-thinking edge into ESCA’s marketing strategies. Her comprehensive approach and unwavering dedication to achieving ambitious objectives set her apart as an outstanding sales professional who not only meets but exceeds expectations. Tammy’s passion, creativity, and commitment have set a shining example for all of us.



Innovation, at its core, is about challenging norms and reshaping industries. Aluvision’s Hi-LED 55+ tile embodies this spirit, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the world of modular systems. The Hi-LED 55+ tile not only translates into significant cost savings but also minimizes storage requirements for exhibit design firms and AV companies alike by allowing for multiple setups from a single tile. Aluvision’s Hi-LED 55+ is a game-changer, bringing with it a higher return on investment, an extended product lifespan, and a more efficient use of resources. We stand in admiration of Aluvision’s remarkable contribution to the field. The Innovation Award is not just a recognition of their achievements; it is a celebration of their vision, ingenuity, and dedication to advancing the exhibition industry.



IT Studio Design is a company whose steadfast commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equality has not only been a foundational value from its inception but has also been a driving force behind remarkable growth and positive change. Their mission extends far beyond geographical borders. IT Studio Design has become a beacon for diverse organizations worldwide, providing them with a platform to participate and showcase their cultural significance at trade shows across North America. In doing so, they have become architects of a more inclusive stage where diverse voices resonate and flourish. One shining example of their commitment is their impactful partnership with TFO Canada, a non-profit organization dedicated to implementing the Women in Trade for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth (WIT) project in 24 developing countries globally. This visionary initiative, funded by Global Affairs Canada, focuses on increasing women’s participation in international trade and promoting the growth of women-led Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). IT Studio Design, has played a pivotal role in supporting TFO Canada’s mission, particularly in the design and construction of country pavilions. This contribution has been instrumental in facilitating market access for women-led SMEs, showcasing how design and inclusivity can come together to create tangible opportunities. It is with great pride we recognize IT Studio Design for their outstanding dedication to diversity, inclusion, and equality. Their work stands as a testament to the transformative power of embracing these principles, fostering growth, and creating a more inclusive world.



Aaron Bludworth, is a visionary leader whose extraordinary journey has been marked by diverse achievements and invaluable contributions. Aaron’s illustrious career in the exhibition industry spans over three decades, a testament to his enduring passion and dedication. His journey commenced at Modern Exposition Services in Salt Lake City, where his leadership, strategic thinking, and innovative spirit illuminated the path ahead. Over time, his professional trajectory soared, culminating in his assumption of the role of CEO and President at Fern Expo in 2008.

His strategic acumen, leadership, and unwavering advocacy for live, face-to-face events propelled Fern into the limelight, offering innovative services to clients of all sizes. Aaron’s forward-thinking approach ensured that the company embraced digital tools and platforms that revolutionized the exhibition experience, making it more engaging and accessible for exhibitors and organizers. Pioneering solutions like OneView, 1Rate, and Fern Health Check have transformed the industry landscape.

Aaron has been a steadfast advocate for the significance of the exhibition industry. He actively engaged with policymakers at the local, state, and national levels, ensuring that the industry’s interests were prioritized. Embracing the spirit of giving back, Aaron personally dedicated years of service to various industry organizations, including CEIR and ESCA, ultimately serving as Chairperson of both. Furthermore, he actively contributed to multiple DMOs and community-based organizations. Within Fern, he championed the importance of volunteering, instituting a VTO policy that allowed employees to give back to their communities without using traditional PTO.

Aaron Bludworth’s journey is a tapestry woven with leadership, innovation, advocacy, and a profound commitment to giving back. His impact on the exhibition industry is not just about business success; it is about shaping a future where collaboration, technology, and community engagement are at the forefront. He stands as a truly outstanding recipient of the ESCA Lifetime Achievement Award.


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