The PSMA is an organization of and for Professional Show Managers; Event Promoters; Event Producers; Exhibition Organizers of Shows; Fairs; Festivals and Street Shows including but not exclusively of Antiques Shows; Art Shows; Boat Shows; Book Shows; Bridal Shows; Car Shows; Coin Shows; Collectible Shows; Computer Shows; Consumer Shows; Craft Shows; Doll Shows; Ephemera Shows; Flower Shows; Furniture Shows; Garden Shows; Home Shows; Jewelry Shows; Memorabilia Shows; Sport Shows; Stamp Shows; Trade Shows; Travel Shows; Vintage Clothing Shows and more.
The History of Professional Show Managers Association.
It probably was chaos on a small scale when PSMA was formed by
northeastern antiques shows managers in 1987. The managers regarded
themselves more as adversaries than partners in a greater industry,
there was little communication between the managers, and the antiques
show world seemed centered "east and north of Philadelphia."
But thanks to those managers, one of whom is a member,
Vivien Cord, we have a national organization with national name
recognition. Our Officers and Board come from eight states, coast-
to-coast, plus D.C., and represent antiques shows but also art
shows, blue grass festivals, chocolate festivals, arts and crafts
shows, hunting expositions, bridal events, and pet expos! We have a
full-time association office to do the day-to-day work of running
PSMA. I often wonder if PSMA's founding "fathers and mothers"
would have envisioned our growth and event representation.