Atlantic City: New Jersey School Boards Association – NJSBA

NJSBA is the New Jersey School Boards Association.  It’s a federation of all of the state’s local boards of education. The 4,800 local board members who comprise the membership are the largest group of elected and appointed public officials in New Jersey. The Association provides in-service training and technical assistance.  The Association also advocates the education, health and safety interests of New Jerseys public school students and school districts.  The NJSBA Special Education Task Force had conducted an exhaustive study of trends in special education programming, funding, and effective practices. During its deliberations, the Task Force consulted with more than 25 experts in special education, including representatives of higher education, key personnel in the U.S. and New Jersey Departments of Education, and special education advocates and practitioners.  So this was solid information, not just an “educated” guess…

San Diego: Direct Marketing Association – DMA

Marketing technology takes gigantic leaps forward every year, we heard.  The Direct Marketing Association pitched DMA 2014 as “the global event for data-driven marketers”.  Every customer journey is unique, we were told, and every touch point is an opportunity to leverage valuable data to nurture customer relationships, and deepen customer contact intimacy. Earvin “Magic” Johnson gave a keynoter, among more than 150 sessions over the course of six days, focusing on the modernization of marketing-centric technology and online/offline data management, predictive and prescriptive analytics.   The DMA2014 Exhibit Hall made it easy to discover the latest advances. The NeXtGen Arena and SoMoLo Pavilion were both places to find new and exciting technologies to add to the marketing mix.  Want to get the message across?  Be direct…!  #dma14

Philadelphia: American Association of Blood Banks – AABB Annual Meeting

The American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) is an international organization with members in 80 countries.  AABB has recently taken on a broader scope to include all of transfusion medicine as well as cellular therapies, specifically those based on hematopoietic stem cells.  The AABB works closely with the US Food and Drug Administration and provides technical input into the development of blood regulations for the USA, and virtually all major blood banks in the United States are accredited.  Speakers at the session described the recommendations of the AABB-CAP interorganizational work group on RHD genotyping, as well as the financial implications of expanding this genotyping. This time around AABB also added a hot topic session on Ebola and transfusion medicine to the Annual Meeting educational program.  The current Ebola outbreak is a major health concern, but other emerging infectious diseases like dengue required close monitoring as well, we heard.  Kind of a transfusion against confusion…  #aabb14

Las Vegas: National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo

The National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo claims to be the largest event of its kind, a place for manufacturers to market and sell their products and services to interested buyers from throughout the USA and around the world, and reportedly the best place for industrial distributors, importers, sales reps and others to see, touch and buy the latest product offerings, as well as to find solutions to unique and complex applications. The Expo features industrial fasteners; fastener machinery and tooling; inspection, testing and packaging equipment; abrasives; cutting tools; drills; hand tools; plant and safety supplies; and hundreds of other industrial products and services. The Conference program is built around topics of vital current interest as presented by the Fastener Training Institute and the leading industry associations.  All in all, pretty fasten-ating…..  #NIFMSE

Las Vegas: Specialty Graphic Imaging Association – SGIA

Specialty Graphic Imaging Association runs SGIA Expo as a window into specialty printing and imaging technology.  25,500 registered attendees and 540 exhibitors filling 220,000 square feet made this a printing big deal.  Attendees were buzzing from exhibitor to exhibitor, watching the latest printers in action, viewing vivid new inks, and marveling at innovative technologies for faster and bigger print and smoother workflow.  Reception Row gave them a chance to mix and mingle within the specific sectors of their industry, whether it was Graphic Printers, Garment Decorators, Industrial, Photographers or whatever.  Expo education sessions followed specific tracks to mirror the sectors of the industry such as color management case studies or sales and pricing strategies.  The Golden Image Gallery at the back of the Expo hall was a popular space, as hundreds of entries lined the walls, showcasing hard work and creativity.  All the print… that’s fit to print.  #SGIAExpo

Las Vegas: Solar Power International – SPI

SPI is Solar Power International, designed to serve and advance the solar energy industry by bringing together the people, products, and professional development opportunities that drive the solar industry.  SPI’s primary mission is to deliver on the objectives of both SEIA (the Solar Energy Industries Association) and SEPA (Solar Electric Power Association) in ways that strengthen the solar energy industry domestically and globally, through networking and education, and by creating an energetic marketplace to connect buyers and suppliers.  Who was there?  Savvy solar industry professionals who wanted to learn, grown, connect, and compete.  Specifically, though?  Well, architects, builders, contractors, engineers, entrepreneurs, government types, installers, investors, legal eagles, manufacturers, policymakers… even the military, apparently.  So what would the military be there for?  Maybe they were checking out potential ideas for solar ray-guns or something…?? #SPIcon

Denver: Colorado Association of Realtors – CAR

CAR is the Colorado Association of Realtors, and home ownership, we heard, is an important part of our economy, helps our communities thrive and gives our children the stability they need. Real estate transactions involve one of the biggest financial investments most people experience in their lifetime. so the Colorado association is there to protect state consumers’ rights every day through political advocacy efforts and in various other ways.  CAR professes to stand for economic vitality, jobs, housing opportunities, the environment, property-owners’ rights, and building better communities.  They’re ready to consider measures to improve infrastructure like roads, bridges, highways, water, pretty much anything which supports and sustains quality of life by accommodating residential, commercial and industrial growth and facilitating economic development.  That’s how “estates” get “real”…