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Atlanta: American Society for Industrial Security – ASIS

ASIS is the American Society for Industrial Security.  On the heels of recent “lackluster” ASIS shows in Philadelphia and Chicago, prospective delegates in the lead-up to this year’s event had speculated, we heard, that Atlanta would prove no better. However, frowns were turned to miles of smiles as aisles were packed with more than 20,000 show-goers. Many exhibit booths looked like Apple stores on the day of a new iPhone release, it was said.  ASIS used to be almost exclusively aimed at security end-users themselves, i.e. security directors and managers, facility managers, security personnel and CSOs.  This year the show encompassed the wider breadth of the security spectrum, snagging commercial security systems integrators, consultants and other disciplines in the field. ASIS is about reinforcing product launches, previewing what’s around the corner for the coming year, strengthening business relationships and taking in training and education sessions.  Ten-Four, the perimeter is secure…  #ASIS14

Burbank: Barristar Beauty School Forum

Orlando: The Landscape Show – FNGLA

The Landscape Show’s identifying initials are FNGLA, which in full spells out Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association.  FNGLA is Florida’s oldest and largest association targeting the needs of the Florida’s environmental horticulture industry, which has an estimated $15.2 billion in industry-wide sales annually. There were over 6,500 green-fingered attendees, all there to attend the southeast’s premier landscape and horticulture conference and trade event. The Landscape Show featured over 200,000 square feet of trees, shrubs and equipment from nearly 450 exhibiting companies. This show offered a complete cast of plants, trees, palms, landscape equipment, hardscape products, irrigation, production equipment, business services and garden center supplies.  Dig deep, and you could discover the best new garden and horticultural looks, talent and ideas the industry has to offer.  You dig?  #LandscapeShow

Long Beach: Intermodal Expo

Los Angeles: The LED Show

Chicago: Backer’s Total Pet Expo

Backer’s Total Pet Expo is billed as “the trade show for everyone in the pet industry”.  The show featured exhibitors from around the world displaying dog, cat, bird, aquatic, reptile and small animal products and services for a multi-disciplinarian buying audience that included pet stores, groomers, kennel operators, boutique and specialty gift stores, even hardware stores.  The show drew over four hundred exhibitors in nearly 700 booths, talking turkey (well, parrots and canaries, anyway) with over 6,500 retail buyers from around the world.  There were show features aplenty, including the Product Innovation Area, the Pet Store on the Floor, Smart Zone Education Stations, the New Exhibitor Area, the All-Natural Area, the Idea Wall, and the Celebration of Style Grooming Competition. Also for the competitive-minded was the Backer Buyer Rewards Program.  Now, where am I going to find a grooming kit for my pet wombat…?  #totalpetexpo

Albuquerque: American Association of Bovine Practitioners – AABP

AABP stands for American Association of Bovine Practitioners, which to the idle mind conjures up images of cows in white lab-coats, with stethoscopes around their necks.  But no, the cattle are on the receiving end of these folks’ tender ministrations.  Seriously, the AABP show addresses a key area of veterinary medicine, and is “one of the most comprehensive scientific programs ever assembled on cattle disease and production”.  The Association is composed of veterinarians focused on bovine medicine. It was founded in 1965 as a not-for-profit, and has grown to a membership of approximately 6,000 veterinarians, most  from the United States, and they have approximately 500 Canadian members and 200 members from other countries.  The American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners was there with joint status, so veterinarians with a mixed animal practice were well catered for too.  There they all were, ruminating about their ruminants….