Beyond The Booth: We are Growing!

Two new additions to the Gem Communications Empire!

Our new “Everything you wanted to know about the Hospitality Industry” Blog:  The Daily Dunkin

Hospitality includes:  Arts & Entertainment, Broadcasting, Food & Beverage, Gaming, Hospitality Design, Tourism & Travel, Event Planning

Because we are road warriors – we’ll be adding curated Tour guides from Jauntful.  We are starting with Las Vegas and have published 2 so far.

These will be our common theme areas for the 11 major cities that we cover plus some individual guides for things like “Our favorite Secret Spots” NYC or Best Craft Breweries in Portland.

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Las Vegas: National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conf. & Expo

NWCD hosts the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference and Expo. National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference (NWCDC) has long provided the best workers’ comp and disability management training available, we heard.  NWCDC is home to the industry’s largest expo in the nation and features more than 260 vendors, allowing visitors to find, compare and contrast all the products, tools and services to help with your toughest workers’ comp and disability management challenges.  It’s surprising how many disciplines and areas of expertise are covered at this show.  They include Case Management, Claims Investigation, Disability Management, Ergonomic Solutions, Healthcare Management, Injury Prevention, Managed Care, Medical and Pharmaceutical Processing Solutions, Rehabilitation, Risk Management, Safety, Screening, Surveillance, Transportation and Vocational Rehabilitation.  Not everyone goes along though; they wanted her to go to rehab, she said No, No, No….  #NWCDConf #workerscomp

Las Vegas: Diving Equipment & Marketing Association – DEMA

When they say DEMA, they’re talking about the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association. It’s an international organization dedicated to the promotion and growth of the recreational scuba diving and snorkeling industry.  With more than 1,300 members, this global non-profit organization promotes scuba diving through consumer awareness programs and media campaigns like the national Be a Diver campaign; diver retention initiatives such as DiveCaching; and of course this annual trade-only event for businesses in the scuba diving, action watersports and adventure/dive-travel industries.  Why do people join?  Well, there are business and travel savings to be had, health and business insurance deals, disaster assistance, industry analysis, education, advocacy, and that all-important Diver Acquisition & Retention Support, generating new customer leads with the Be A Diver Pool Tour.  Wait, you said industry analysis?  Yeah, divers do it deeper….  #DEMAShow

Chicago: American Heart Association

The American Heart Association likes to put “heart-warming” slogans around the place at their show, so we were seeing a lot of “My American Heart” and “Life Is Why” banners as we toured the show floor.  We were also aware of Big Things:  Big Science, Big Technology, and Big Networking, to name but three.  Scientific sessions like the ReSuscitation Symposium were prominent on the agenda, with sessions titled Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Symposium. Another summit brought together faculty and participants involved in the areas of arrhythmia mechanisms, diagnosis and management, all there to participate in topics devoted to cutting edge research and therapeutic innovation. A diverse range of topics enabled clinicians, basic scientists, biomedical engineers and outcomes experts to participate.   There were show-and-tells on Late-Breaking Clinical Trials including Dual Antiplatelet Therapy (DAPT) and IMPROVE-IT.  Welcoming?  Sure, these guys are all heart….

Chicago: BAI Retail Delivery

BAI Retail Delivery was, we heard, all about “giving delegates actionable insights and inspiration that would help them reimagine the world of retail banking”. Okay, in order to reimagine the world of retail banking, you had to be able to imagine it in the first place.  No problem, this conference promised to “rewire your thinking, showcasing innovation in a myriad of ways, putting you at the forefront of what’s next”, so you could “learn what the most innovative banking organizations are doing to compete and win today”.   BAI Retail Delivery was designed to “offer fresh perspectives by immersing you in cutting-edge insights and solutions that are as practical as they are game-changing”.  Keynoters tackled topics like “Creating a Performance-Based Culture” and “The role of the Contact Center in an Omni-Channel environment to drive Revenue and Efficiency”.  Okay, have you re-imagined anything yet?  You have?  Imagine…!  #retaildelivery

Orlando: International Pool Spa Patio Expo – PSP

PSP is the International Pool Spa Patio Expo.  It’s apparently one of the largest exhibitions of its kind, bringing together landscape architects, builders, construction materials manufacturers and suppliers, retailers and service providers.  Manufacturers, distributors and representatives of all sizes displayed their products, services and equipment for the pool, spa and backyard industry.  PSP has an attendance of over 11,000 individuals with an exhibit floor almost 150,000 square feet made up of close to 600 exhibitors.  Business professionals experienced a full array of educational classes and certifications conducted by the PSP Expo Genesis 3 and APSP ed strands.  The show in its present form was pulled together from the former International Pool & Spa Expo, Backyard Living Expo and AQUA Shows.  There was a full line-up of show floor activities, key events and opportunities for pool/patio/spa insights and experiences.  So you want to play pool after your spa visit?  See you on the patio….  #EducateAtPSP

Boston: Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents – BE

BE stands for the Big Event.  So far so cryptic.  Whose big event?  Well, Massagent’s big event.  Say what?  Well, okay, the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents’ big event, that’s whose. Attendees were from all levels of experience in the insurance industry, serious learners who came to solve their toughest challenges by discovering solutions they could use immediately, we heard.   BE is “the premier exhibition and educational conference for insurance professionals, the insurance professional’s top choice for serious education, new product launches, and tracking trends that provide a competitive edge”.  1,800 attendees from all over the state of Massachusetts, sporting badges with more than 20 different job titles, were there to reap the benefits.  Topics of interest included thoughts on being a Personal Insurance Professional (or PIP), A Curmudgeon’s Take on Social Media, and The Mysterious World of Surety Bonding. Confused?  Don’t think, just BE….  #BigEvent14