Nashville: ASAE & The Center Annual Meeting

ASAE is the Center for Association Leadership.  It is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 organizations. Members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, providing resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of associations and nonprofit organizations. The event being held in Nashville, home of country music, visitors were encouraged to “learn the notes to play the song of success”, and get the strategies, tools, and techniques they need to know in order to promote their organization. The 2014 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition had lots of  education sessions.  “Song of Success”?  Don’t think I know that one.  Can you hum the first coupla’ bars…?

New Orleans: APCO International Conference & Expo – Assn of Public-Safety Communications Officials

APCO International is pitched as the largest Public Safety Communications Conference & Expo in North America.   If you are a supervisor, manager, director, telecommunicator, dispatcher, engineer or technician, 9-1-1 coordinator or police or fire chief, you needed to be there.  With more than 5,000 exhibitors and attendees, this forum focuses on public safety products, technologies and equipment.  Industry companies were there to exhibit a wide range of products such as mobile safety products, communications services and gizmos, health way products, wireless, software, antennas and much besides.  APCO International hosts a number of events and conferences throughout the year designed to provide members and public safety communications professionals with cutting edge educational experiences, effective networking opportunities and showcases of the industry’s latest and greatest products and services.  Feeling safe now?  #APCO2014

New Orleans: Louisiana Foodservice Expo – LRA

The Louisiana Foodservice and Hospitality Expo in New Orleans claims to be the premier foodservice event for the Gulf Coast.  It’s mounted by the LRA, the Louisiana Restaurant Association, which invites companies to exhibit their products and services to an audience of thousands of restaurant owners and operators.  Visitors could learn the basics of a successful restaurant brand/concept, analyzing regional markets and growth patterns, understanding how design reinforces a food or restaurant brand and improves the customer experience, plus  restaurant prototype standards and scalability.  Who was there?  Well, restaurant owners, managers, buyers, hotel food and beverage directors, for sure.  Chefs from across the country battled it out to be crowned King or Queen of American Seafood in The Great American Seafood Cook-Off. Appetizing!  #LRAEXPO14

Chicago: Clinical Lab Expo – AACC – American Association for Clinical Chemistry

Basically, clinical chemistry is medical testing that uses chemical processes, with those results applied to evaluating patient health.  Clinical chemistry is what goes on when you have your blood tests done at the doctor’s office, and it also involves medical testing performed on other human fluids.  AACC represents not only the medical professionals who perform these analyses, but also the innovators who design, manufacture, and sell the devices utilized in clinical laboratory science.  AACC is the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, and this was their Clinical Lab Expo.  The Association is an international scientific and medical society of clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, research scientists and others involved with the clinical chemistry and related disciplines.  One of AACC’s strategic initiatives is to develop programs that support the global laboratory community.  Now, which of your human fluids are we going to be working on today…?

Las Vegas: Las Vegas Market

The home furnishings industry has changed more in the last 10 years than it has in the last 100, we heard.  LVM is the Las Vegas Market, a biannual furniture trade show.  In an industry that claims it’s constantly changing, Las Vegas Market is a business platform that delivers a confluence of new opportunities. Featuring an impressive breadth and depth of product offerings, the show’s attendees got easy access to nearly 1,500 world-class manufacturers and fresh new resources. Las Vegas Market debut’d latest industry trends all within one state-of-the-art event, and offered products across all categories, including furniture, accessories, gift, lighting, home textile, rugs, floor coverings and more.  World Market Center mobilized its connections to provide participants with memorable moments, including elegant parties and meet-and-greets with design icons and industry superstars.  Fortunately, this being a furniture show, they all had something stylish and comfortable to sit on….

Boston: Campus Technology CT Education Technology Conference

Campus Technology 2014 aimed to explore compelling and revolutionary technologies for higher education — cloud computing, mobile integration, collaborative environments and so on.  The delegate list made up a community comprised of hundreds of highly motivated technology professionals working at large universities, small colleges and education institutions in-between, from across the country and around the world, but with a concentration of attendees from the eastern United States.  Campus Technology conferences were designed to offer attendees the opportunity to learn about the technologies that drive student success and educational advancement both in and out of the classroom, and help place campuses on the leading edge of 21st century education, enterprise and infrastructure technology.  The common goal is professional growth, with an emphasis on sharing solutions to specific technology challenges.  Oh, hey, there’s an app for that….  #CampusTech

Los Angeles: Global Business Travel Association – GBTA

GBTA is the Global Business Travel Association, and their Los Angeles beano claims to be the largest gathering of business travel buyers in the world, enabling travel companies to put their brand in front of close to 1,500 business travel buyers.  This included a chance to reach the world’s largest gathering of Fortune 100 business travel buyers, we heard.  The average travel spend among buyers hovered around the $84 million mark, so there was real money involved.  There were education sessions designed to update convention attendees on a variety of topics including management skill development, sourcing and procurement, the global marketplace, and business strategy.  One well-attended session was titled A Numbers Game: Using Strategic KPIs to Demonstrate Value of Travel Management to Senior Management.  Uh… KPIs?  That’s Key Performance Indicators to you and me, pilgrim….  #GBTA2014