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Las Vegas: National Charter Schools Conference – NCSC

Charter schools, we heard, are “unique public schools that are allowed the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement”.  The core of the charter school model is the belief that public schools should be accountable for student learning.  NCSC is the National Charter Schools Conference, and it is the largest gathering of the charter school movement. The stated mission is to lead public education to new levels of academic achievement for all students, by fostering a strong charter sector. The National Alliance provides assistance to state charter school associations and resource centers, develops and advocates for improved public policies, and serves as the united voice for this large and diverse movement.   4,000 participants from around the country came to learn, connect and share ideas on education.  What they learned was an education in itself…  #NCSC14

Las Vegas: InfoComm

InfoComm International is the trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide.  InfoComm bills itself as the largest professional AV (that’s audio-visual) trade show in the industry, featuring the latest technologies for audio, video, display, projection, lighting and staging, digital signage, conferencing, digital content creation, networking and signal distribution.  InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries.  In back of it all is the InfoComm University, which specializes in audiovisual education, with a variety of tracks for installation professionals, designers, networked AV professionals, technology managers, sales/executives and live events professionals.  Okay, sound-check, people…  Testing… One… One…  #infocomm14

Paris: Eurosatory

Eurosatory 2014 was the Land and Air-land Defence and Security Exhibition, held in Paris, France. This was an exhibition of international dimension, a fact emphasized by the presence of six new countries.  Eurosatory is positioned as the premier global meeting for land and Air-Land defense. The exhibition also confirmed it’s now-established involvement in the areas of homeland security and civil security, with the presence of several Interior Ministry office-holders.  Over 50% of exhibitors were offering security solutions.  With a wide selection of materials and systems on show, an unrivaled number of exhibitors and the widest exhibition area, Eurosatory reinforced its position as an international defence leader, and emerged as a major event for new products and innovations. From year to year Eurosatory has improved its already comprehensive cover of the Land and Air-land Defence and Security industries, imposing itself as the industry’s event of reference.  Wait.  Did that sound… well… defensive…?

Las Vegas: Home Based Travel Agent Forum – OSSN TravelShow Marketing Group

The Home Based Travel Agent Forum is an event specifically designed to cater to the
ever-growing channel of professional home-based and independent travel agents. The Forum is held in partnership with the Outside Sales Support Network (OSSN), the industry’s leading organization serving the home based community for over 20 years, with an active membership comprising nearly 8,000 travel agents and a reach to over 40,000 professional travel agents throughout the world. The Forum typically attracts over 1,500 travel agents from 46 States and Canada, representing the largest gathering of home based travel agent
professionals under one roof. Exhibiting companies include airlines, cruise lines, destinations, hotel and resort chains, tour operators, travel insurance companies, villa holiday packagers, attractions….  So, how did delegates get to the show?  Well, gee, there was a certain amount of travel involved…

Denver: National Apartment Association – NAA Education Conference

The NAA Education Conference is the go-to get-together of the National Apartment Association.  NAA is a gathering of over 7,000 multifamily housing professionals, and is the largest event in this specialized branch of the industry.  The NAA Education Conference and Exposition is a draw for multifamily industry professionals who want to expand their knowledge. This year’s conference opened with keynote speakers such as actor Michael J. Fox and “Shark Tank” judge Barbara Corcoran, plus thought leaders such as real estate entrepreneur Bill Rancic.  Erica Campbell Byrum, director of social media of For Rent Media Solutions, (and one of the industry’s top social media experts), spoke at two NAA sessions. In the first, Erica joined Barbara Savona, CEO of Sprout Marketing, to discuss “The Big Brand Theory: Every Touchpoint Counts”; they discussed how to better secure business prospects by making every touchpoint count, and how social media is changing the way consumers engage with brands.  Engaging, no…?  #apartment

Nashville: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners – AANP

AANP is the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. The event spanned two days of workshops, approximately 260 concurrent sessions, 38 skill enhancing workshops, and over 40 contact hours of continuing education and workshop attendance — all vibrant opportunities for professional growth and practice, as well as being a great way to network with AANP members.  AANP is dedicated to promoting excellence in nursing practice and the credibility of the profession.  The Academy provides nurse practitioners (NPs) and NP students with knowledge, resources and educational experiences to optimize their professional performance and practice, from CE programs and accreditation to clinical toolkits and a variety of preparation resources. Entry-level nurse practitioners can get recognition for their knowledge and professional expertise, as well as validation of an advanced practice nurse’s qualifications.  So what ambitions are YOU… um… nursing…?  #nurse practitioner #nursing

St. John’s: Atlantic Canada Petroleum Show – ACPS

The Atlantic Canada Petroleum Show (everyone just calls it “Petroleum Show”), was held to celebrate the technology, people and projects of Canada’s east coast region. Over 160 exhibiting companies and 2,000 attendees came together in St. John’s, Newfoundland to source new technologies, discover new business opportunities and explore the latest innovations. Held in conjunction with Noia’s Annual Conference (that’s the Newfoundland & Labrador Oil & Gas Industries Association), the show spotlighted the products and services driving offshore and onshore activity in the region.  With growing woes in producer countries like Venezuela and Iraq — oil prices have hit 2014 highs on Iraq supply fears and news of spreading sectarian violence in oil-producing and oil-processing regions of the troubled country — many delegates found themselves sleepless and worried.  Burning the midnight oil, you might say…  #ACPS14