ESCA Awards Program

ESCA Awards

ESCA’s yearly awards program celebrates individuals and organizations that demonstrate exceptional service and performance. We are currently accepting nominations until November 1st. Award recipients will be honored at the Winter Awards Celebration & Reception. Seize this opportunity to acknowledge the trailblazers and leaders in our industry!

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes the individual or individuals for extraordinary contributions over a significant course of time. Over the course of the individual’s involvement in the exhibition industry, nominee should have made generally recognizable contributions to the industry.

Example Contributions:

  • Product development/inventions or pioneering techniques.

  • Design or development of procedures and/or systems that are acknowledged as having advanced the industry.

  • Represented ESCA and/or the cause of ESCA members and the greater industry through issue advocacy, education, and/or though leadership.

  • Was/is a role model for ESCA and the industry at large.


  • Must have a minimum of 20 years of active involvement in the exhibition industry.

  • Must have been an ESCA member for a minimum of 5 years; if still employed in the industry, must be a current member.

  • Nominee can be retired; can also be awarded posthumously.

  • Can be awarded to more than one member annually.

  • Nominee can be a current Board of Director Member.

  • Does not have to be awarded annually.

ESCA Outstanding Service Award

This award recognizes an individual that made measurable or generally recognizable contributions to the industry during the 12 months prior to the nomination cutoff of November 1st.

Criteria include:

  • Representing the industry through issue advocacy, speaking, or education (Leadership).

  • Through volunteer activities, made a significant contribution to ESCA or the industry at large as a representative of ESCA (Volunteerism).

  • Developed or designed a product, service or procedure that has had significant impact in the industry beyond the scope of the member’s employer during the 12 months prior to the nominating period (Innovation).


  • Must be an employee of an ESCA member company in good standing.

  • Members cannot self-nominate.

  • Can be awarded to more than one member annually.

  • Nominee can be a current member of the Board of Directors.

ESCA Humanitarian

Awarded to those individuals or organizations that have contributed significantly to alleviating human suffering, improving the quality of life and well-being of individuals both in the U.S. and abroad. Demonstrating significant leadership and outstanding humanitarian volunteer accomplishments that bring honor to the industry.

Volunteer of the Year

This award recognizes one outstanding volunteer for their valuable and selfless commitment to innovation, execution, and enhancement of the ESCA community.

Innovation Award

This award recognizes those individuals or organizations that have implemented innovative and creative industry solutions and applications. This does not need to have occurred in the past year, this award is also for pioneers in the industry whose ideas have stood the test of time.

Outgoing Board of Directors Appreciation

This award is presented to all outgoing board members in recognition of their dedication and service to our association.