Dallas: Corrosion – NACE

The phrase “Welcome to Corrosion 2015″ sounds a little bit off-putting, doesn’t it?  Like it was going to be a corrosive experience or something?  Corrosion experts needn’t have worried, the NACE show was more interested in treating and preventing corrosion than promoting it.  Conference attendees had the opportunity to learn the latest in regulations and standards impacting the ‘corrosion industry’.  More than 6,000 corrosion professionals from around the world convened in Dallas for the show, and NACE Expo featured more than 380 companies displaying the latest in corrosion control products and services. In addition, the popular cathodic protection test field returned to the exhibit floor for the fourth year, and the NACE Foundation’s Annual Silent Auction featuring gift items and collectibles was a big draw.  Hey, you with the auctioneer’s gavel, my collectible seems to be kinda corroded… #CORROSION2015

Boston: New England Food Show – NEFS

NEFS stands for the New England Food Show.  Sponsored by the Massachusetts Restaurant Association and supported by other New England state restaurant, retail, hospitality and specialty food associations, NEFS is the region’s largest and most attended trade show for retail food and foodservice buyers and professionals.  Delegates were typically those who influence buying decisions or purchase products for retail markets, supermarkets, distribution, institutional foodservice or large or small restaurants.  At NEFS they could find everything needed to satisfy existing customers, attract new ones, and grow the bottom line.  From interactive education and culinary competitions on the main stage to industry-expert-led info sessions addressing marketing and operational needs, the food buzz was pervasive.  We counted 350+ exhibitors, many offering wine and beer tastings among the culinary delights.  Cheers!

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Las Vegas: Travel Goods Show

The Travel Goods Show was sold out, maxed out, and an enormous success, we heard. Nearly 300 exhibitors – 44 more than last year – displayed more than 500 brands. This is very definitely an industry that’s on the move. The Show was up 75% in floor space and up 50% in the number of exhibitors, offering travelling kits, travelling accessories, travelling experiences and essentials.  The expo was more global than ever, with 77 international exhibitors, up from 44 in 2014. The event presented everything that might be an urgency or a necessity for every traveler.  This event has emerged as a place where business connections are developed.  Travel goods are defined as luggage, backpacks, travel/sports bags, business cases/computer bags, handbags, personal leather goods, and luggage locks.  The Travel Goods Show is an example of a show for which you have to pack luggage in order to go look at… luggage.

Baltimore: National Facilities Management and Technology – NMF&T

NFMT stands for National Facilities Management and Technology, a show and expo designed for anyone  involved in facilities management, maintenance or operations.  This was a three-day event that gave delegates customizable facilities management training, product discovery and non-stop networking. Major take-aways were new best practices, operational strategies, tricks of the trade, new relationships, fresh ideas and innovative solutions that would help manage facilities more productively in 2015. The NFMT Conference program featured more than 120 educational sessions for facilities management professionals, who could choose from every topic imaginable: from best practices for reducing energy, to maintenance planning and scheduling, to Finance 101 for FMs, to a review of ADA regulations, to developing a leadership style that leads to success.  These guys had a facility for managing…

Las Vegas: NASCAR Sprint Car Series

NASCAR Sprint Car Series at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Motorsports Complex, March 6-8, 2015. Thanks for the memories, #24 Jeff Gordon!

Chicago: International Home + Housewares Show

The International Home + Housewares Show  is the world’s premier housewares marketplace, features 2,100 exhibitors from 34 countries, and more than 20,000 buyers from over 100 countries around the world. The show was sold-out, with 2,115 exhibitors from 46 countries and an increase in total buyer attendance from US and international markets. The show also included a series of educational sessions, including keynote programs on the convergence of housewares and giftware, color trends by Lee Eiseman of the Pantone Color Institute, an overview of consumer trends by Tom Mirabile of Lifetime Brands, and former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaking at the annual Industry Breakfast.  We have to assume that, now he’s no longer running for president, the Mittster has considerably more time available for thinking about things like furniture and housewares…  #interiordesign

Las Vegas: LeadsCon West

LeadsCon West at the Mirage in Las Vegas, March 3-4, 2015