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MOD’12 to honor best in modular designs

MOD'11On Tuesday, March 6, tradeshow professionals will gather at the Hard Rock Café on the Las Vegas strip to celebrate the best in modular design. The 6th annual MOD Awards, which honor the best portable modular exhibit designs for the past year, will showcase the work of designers throughout the industry.

As a new facet of the MOD’12 phenomenon, entry submissions, votes and RSVPs are online for the first time. Participants can nominate designers, as well as vote for them, with a click of the mouse. Although the website has only been online for a short amount of time, entries and RSVPs are already being taken.

“We just launched the website, so we’re just beginning to get entries,” said Robby Blumenfeld, president of ABEX. “Everything is still new.”

Awards will be presented to winners in seven categories: Best of MOD, Best 10-by-10 Design, Best 10-by-20 Design, Best 20-by-20 Design, Best Extrusion-based Design, Best Fabric Anchored Design, Best Green Exhibit and Best Portable Design. Each entry submission is $50 and can be purchased on the MOD’12 website.

Winners will be chosen through a combination of online voting and judge’s marks. Online voting ends February 27, and each winner will be announced at the MOD Awards ceremony in March.

Judges for the MOD Awards include Derek Gentile, president of EEI Global, Gino Pellegrini, president of InterGlobal Exhibitions and Don Svehla, publisher of Exhibit City News.

“The goal of the MOD Awards is to expose exhibitors, tradeshow and event professionals to the best in modular exhibit design,” said Don Svehla.

Prizes for the top designers include a crystal MOD Awards trophy, a Macbook Air for the winner of Best of MOD, and a choice of an Apple iPad or iPhone 4S for other winners.MOD'11

An RSVP for the MOD Awards ceremony will also gain entry into the Exhibit City News annual party, which is the year’s biggest networking opportunity in the industry.

And to keep in the traditionally generous sprit of the tradeshow industry, a portion of the proceeds from entry fees will be donated to the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, which operates Leeza’s Place, a community gathering place and resource center for family members of those with memory disorders and chronic/progressive illnesses.

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