LAS VEGAS, NV – June 6, 2019 – Nominees are now being accepted for the 2019 Hall of Fame and Young Fastener Professional of the Year Awards, which annually honor professionals who have made significant contributions to the fastener industry during the annual awards ceremony at the International Fastener Expo (IFE), Sept. 17-19 in Las Vegas, NV.

The Young Professional of the Year is awarded to professionals, aged 40 or younger, who already have an unimpeachable record of integrity and respect in the fastener industry. The Hall of Fame recognizes professionals who have made lasting inputs to the fastener industry on a national or global scale, including but not limited to inventors, business leaders, educators and more.

The 2018 winners of the Hall of Fame were Bob Sachs, XL Screw Corporation, and Robbie Gilchrist, Capital Marketing, and the 2019 winners of the Young Fastener Professional Award were Peggy Hsieg and Jun Xu, Brighton-Best International. For more past winners, visit and

“Each year, IFE recognizes outstanding professionals – young and longstanding – who are truly making a difference in our industry,” said Karalynn Sprouse, executive vice president, Emerald Expositions. “We are honored to have these talented and dedicated individuals who are successful in their companies, playing a key role in the community, and destined to become future industry leaders and legacies.”

The awards are administered by the International Fastener Expo selection committee, and are selected based on the merit of the nominee, not by the number of nominations.

Nominations are due by July 19, 2019, and winners will be recognized with a commemorative plaque at the IFE Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Sessions Corner on the show floor. Both online nomination forms are now available at

For more information, contact Alice Huang at For more information on IFE, visit

About International Fastener Expo

The International Fastener Expo (IFE) is the largest and most diverse gathering of fastener and industrial professionals in North America. Founded in 1981 it serves all reaches of the supply chain, from manufacturer to distributor to OEMs, and features nearly 70 product categories. With over 850 vendors and more than 5,000 attendees from 30+ nations, the International Fastener Expo delivers industry‐leading content and facilitates vital industry connections at their annual three‐day show in Las Vegas, Nevada, the entertainment and trade show capital of North America.

About Emerald Expositions

International Fastener Expo is owned and operated by Emerald Expositions, a leading operator of business‐to‐business trade shows in the United States. The company currently operates more than 55 trade shows, as well as numerous other face‐to‐face events. In 2018, Emerald’s events connected over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupied more than 6.9 million NSF of exhibition space. Emerald Expositions has been recognized with many awards and accolades that reflect its industry leadership as well as the importance of its shows to the exhibitors and attendees it serves.

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