LAS VEGAS, NV – March 12, 2020 – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Hall of Fame and Young Fastener Professional of the Year Awards, which annually honor professionals who have made significant contributions to the industry. Inductees and winners are commemorated during the annual awards ceremony at the International Fastener Expo (IFE), Sept. 28-30 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The award for Young Professional of the Year is presented to professionals, aged 40 or younger, with a record of integrity and respect in the industry. Inductees into the Hall of Fame are recognized for having made lasting contributions to the industry on a national or global scale, including but not limited to inventors, business leaders, educators and more.

The winner of the 2019 Young Fastener Professional award was Baron Wayne Yarborough, Managing Director of Spring Bolt and Nut Manufacturing. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019 were Edward McIlhon of Assembled Products, Inc., and Marty Nolan of R.L. English. For more past winners, visit and

“At IFE, tradition is to recognize outstanding professionals – young and longstanding – who are truly making a difference in our industry,” said Jessica Blue, executive vice president, Emerald. “We are honored to have the pleasure of announcing inductees into the prestigious Hall of Fame each year. We are also very pleased to have the opportunity to recognize talented and dedicated individuals who are successful in their companies, play a key role in the community, and are destined to become future industry leaders.”

Nominations for 2020 are due by July 25, 2020. Administered by the International Fastener Expo selection committee, the awards are based on the merit of the nominee, not by the number of nominations received. Winners will be recognized with a commemorative plaque at the IFE Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the show. The online nomination form for the Hall of Fame can be found here:; the nomination form for the Young Fastener Professional Awards can be found here:

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 650 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. For more information on IFE, visit

About Emerald Expositions
International Fastener Expo is owned and operated by Emerald, a leader in building dynamic, market-driven business-to-business platforms that integrate live events with a broad array of industry insights, digital tools, and data-focused solutions to create uniquely rich experiences. As true partners, we at Emerald strive to build our customers’ businesses by creating opportunities that inspire, amaze, and deliver breakthrough results. With over 140 events each year, our teams are creators and connectors who are thoroughly immersed in the industries we serve and are committed to supporting the communities in which we operate. For more information, please visit

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