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Las Vegas: AUVSI

Aug. 6-9, 2012. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (AUVSI) is the world’s largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community. AUVSI’s nearly 7,000 members worldwide came from government organizations, industry and academia. With more than 8,000 attendees and 500+ exhibitors from more than 40 countries, AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America is recognized as the leading event for the unmanned systems marketplace.  the premier forum for reviewing, assessing and discussing the current state of the unmanned systems market. The event brought together the key leaders and decision-makers in the industry. Officials from government and user organizations around the world attend and participate in the symposium program.  A move to make this a robots-only event was roundly defeated…
Editor’s Note: Check out some pictures we snapped while at AUVSI including our speaker’s corner.

Toronto: Incentive Works

Aug. 21-22, 2012. IncentiveWorks is Canada’s largest and longest running education and trade show event for the meetings, incentive travel and special events industry.  Attendees were typically people involved in meetings, events, conferences, trade shows, galas, and company socials;  also buyers of premium and incentive merchandise and corporate gifts, plus anyone responsible for selecting promotional items to reward and motivate employees and thank clients for their business.  Breakout sessions and workshops were targeted to help plan and execute better meetings, conferences and events. Delegates could find more than 700 companies from Canada and around the world featuring new venues, products and services to meet your meeting, special event and incentive travel planning needs.  IncentiveWorks proves that… incentives work.

Dallas: Great American Trucking Show (GATS 2012)

Aug. 23-26, 2012. GATS is the Great American Trucking Show, billed as the nation’s second-largest trucking trade show.  It offers attendees a wide variety of industry exhibitors and information sessions. Delegates can find a job, attend free educational seminars, get the latest information from top industry leaders, or see the diesel-powered works of art at the Custom Rigs Pride & Polish Truck Beauty Contest.  Aside from the Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference, there were free concerts from top country music artists, and exhibits from leaders in the heavy duty trucking industry. Topics truckers could investigate included aerodynamics, exhaust components, insurance, leasing, recovery and waste oil systems, safety equipment, sleeper cabs and accessories, tires, warranty services, plus waxes, polishes and cleaning equipment.  My truck?  It’s a clean machine…

Portland: FarWest

Aug. 22-25, 2012. The FarWest Show is a nursery trade show with nursery tours, seminars, nursery and allied supplier exhibitors, workshops on the expo floor, new plants and new products. It’s an experience attracting members of the nursery industry from across the country and internationally.  Visitors could check out the new plants that captured the attention of this year’s New Varieties Showcase.  45 speakers conducted 29 seminars throughout the three days of the show. FarWest seminars, we learned, are designed to provide valuable professional development in the nursery, landscape and garden center businesses. The speaker lineup included marketer and humorist Michael Katz, customer-retention pro Anne Obarski, garden center business consultant Sid Raisch, and horticulture professors Dr. Raymond Cloyd and Dr. Charlie Hall. You could spot the real garden enthusiasts by their green fingers…

Atlanta: International Woodworking Fair (IWF 2012)

Aug. 22-25, 2012. IWF 2012 is the connecting point for the woodworking, plastics, solid surface, countertops, furniture manufacturing, material processing and related industries. The International Woodworking Fair is where the material processing and design industries come together to solve problems and find solutions, share ideas and connect with customers. The show focused on furniture manufacturing, cabinetry, architectural woodworking, material processing and other related disciplines and techniques. Visitors could find everything they needed at IWF 2012 from raw materials, supplies, and finishing accessories to woodworking and material processing machinery. Delegates could also see the newest products, trends, and solutions for wood, plastic and other related material processing industries. Wood works…..

Dallas: ASAE

Aug. 11-14, 2012. ASAE bills itself as “the center for association leadership”.  This Association is all about… well, associations.  And sustainability.  2012, we learned, is the fifth year that ASAE has integrated social responsibility into every level of its meetings and events. These efforts — which ranged from biggies like site selection to issues as minor as opting out of pre-poured water at a board dinner — demonstrated that they take their commitment to operating sustainably seriously. There was a clear recognition of the need for ASAE and the wider association community to help lead and grow the green meeting movement.  The green meeting strategy aimed to “lighten associations’ environmental impact and give back to the host community in meaningful ways, while simultaneously providing service and experience to our attendees”.  Hey, who just put a plastic cup in the paper re-cycling???

Chicago: National Conference of State Legislatures

Aug. 6-9, 2012. NCSL is the National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, its commonwealths and territories.  NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.  NCSL is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of state governments before Congress and federal agencies. The arcane arts of so-called gerrymandering also get covered.  NCSL tracks election results and party composition of legislatures, providing 50-state research and analysis on how states run elections and govern campaigns. NCSL’s redistricting resources are comprehensive and cover redistricting law, process and technology.  Now, you say you want a district shaped like a spoon…?