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Chicago: American Library Association – Midwinter Meeting – ALA

Winter is for curling up by the fire with a good book, and the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting was all for that, we found.  The ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference are the premier global library events each year, they told us, bringing together newsmakers, innovators, thought leaders, and influencers in the library field from all over the world. Important announcements were made, updates were shared, relevant legislation and policy were addressed, and discussions took place with a major impact on libraries, their role, and their ongoing transformation.  The show provided a dedicated area (the Networking Uncommons space) where delegates could gather in small groups to have a quick meeting, hold impromptu sessions, polish up a presentation, or just recharge batteries. There was even a “Fun With Dick and Jane” session, looking at the works of …wait for it …Jane Austen and Bladerunner’s futuristic creator, Philip K. Dick.  (Dick and Jane, geddit?)   #alamw15

Denver: SIA Snow Show – Snow Sports Trade Show

The SIA Snow Show also goes by Snow Sports Trade Show.  SnowSports Industries America has been providing support, research data, marketing products, government affairs representation and participation programs for 60 years. New this year at the SIA Snow Show were seminars geared to sourcing, production and design.  Sourcing Snow (no, they weren’t talking about sourcing the white powdery stuff itself) welcomed over 50 key raw material leaders from all over the world, with their textile and sourcing services.  Trending colors, materials and innovation gather in one place to drive snow sports apparel and accessories. Production professionals met face to face with exhibitors to streamline the buying process during the Snow Show.  The show gathers all the key players in the snow sports category. The addition of a targeted supplier show makes it the largest and most concentrated trade event in the industry.  Okay, all together: “There’s no business… Like snow business…”   #SIA15demo

Atlantic City: The Pool & Spa Show

More than 400 exhibitors and over 11,000 attendees came together to splash about at the Pool & Spa Show (formerly The Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show).  Over a thousand booths filling over 100,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space provided attendees with access to the latest pool product and service innovations.  Enthusiasts would not have wanted to miss the Spa and Hot Tub Hands-on Simulator Training Session, providing the latest training in
spa and hot tub equipment maintenance.  Then there was the NSPF Certified Pool/Spa Operator course, the National Swimming Pool Foundation’s training vehicle for providing operators with the basic knowledge, techniques and skills of pool and spa operations. The certification program included training on pool and spa chemistry, testing, treatment, filtration, maintenance, automatic feeding equipment, and government requirements. Wait.  Could this maybe imply that one of the requirements of government types is for hands-on treatment at a spa….?

Atlanta: IPPE – International Production & Processing Expo

IPPE is the International Production & Processing Expo, which sounds kind of non-specific, but actually has a lot to do with meat.  And chicken.  See, International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo and International Meat Expo all integrated their tradeshows in 2013, under the umbrella name (do chickens carry umbrellas?) of International Production & Processing Expo. The 2015 IPPE pulled together more than 1,100 exhibitors and over 25,000 attendees in Atlanta.  With significant increases in food production needed over the next few decades to support a growing population, we heard, agricultural industries need to learn to communicate more specifically and unambiguously with stakeholders, customers, and others about their sustainability programs, or so thought Dr. Marty Matlock, executive director of the University of Arkansas Office for Sustainability.  So, wait, are chickens about sustainability… or sustenance?  Tricky one, that…  #IPPEexpo

Chicago: AHR – International Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigerating

Yes, you could probably accuse this group of “blowing hot and cold”, since AHR International is after all the Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigerating show.  This event broke records, with over 60,000 attendees flocking in from 140 countries (that’s hot countries as well as cold ones), and an astonishing eleven acres of exhibits from 2,000 companies, representing every segment of the HVACR industry.  Sectors catered for included air-conditioning, refrigeration, heating equipment, ventilation systems, instrumentation and controls, building automation, energy-saving and renewable energy equipment, filters, humidifiers, plumbing, tools, and the software products that make all those things hum along in tune with each other.  Awards-wise, there were 10 categories of competition: building automation, cooling, green building, heating, indoor air quality, plumbing, refrigeration, software, tools & instruments, and ventilation.  So the competition was, um, heating up?  Cool it….  #AHRExpo

Check out this “cool” video our client made about their IceBank energy storage tanks.

Los Angeles: California Gift Show – Winter

You wanted to be reminded of all the things you might want but don’t own yet?  You needed The California Gift Show (Winter), bringing together “an unparalleled offering of local resources, destination lines and international fare”.  This year there was a significantly expanded exhibitor base in eight well-balanced product categories, curated in a way ideally suited to the West Coast retail audience.  Sectors on show included Gifts, Design, Markers’ Market, Personal Style, Boardwalk, World Style, Vintage, and Jewelry Cash & Carry.  It all added up to “the largest gift & home market in the West”.  Attendance saw growth in a
number of key western region trading areas, including California, Oregon and Nevada. Steady buyer traffic, combined with a number of new show promotions and programs, came together to create an upbeat atmosphere on the show floor, we found.   The newly expanded and rebranded “Makers’ Market “ section put a special spotlight on artisans and designers showcasing handcrafted crafts in a variety of categories, including jewelry, home décor and tabletop. Where do the ideas come from?  It’s a special gift…  #CAGiftShow

Fort Lauderdale: Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition – TPEI

TPEI is the Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition, and it was there to showcase the latest trends in foliage, floral and tropicals in warm and sunny South Florida.   The exhibition was dedicated to gardening and nurseries, celebrating the elegant presence of a wide variety of plants including flowering plants, herbs, shrubs and other decorative plants.  TPIE’s trade show was 200,000 square feet of living and vibrant plants creating a virtual indoor garden of showstopping displays.  With almost 400 exhibiting companies in nearly 800 booth spaces, TPIE offered wholesale buyers the widest array of resources for foliage and tropical plants in the country. The show also conducted a program of free demonstrations and educational sessions on themes specific to interiorscape professionals and business managers.  Visitors could connect with vendors in person and touch and feel their plants and products.  We noted, however, that there was less touching and feeling around the cactus exhibits…