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San Francisco: American Geophysical Union – AGU

AGU stands for American Geophysical Union.  With nearly 24,000 attendees, this is the largest earth and space science meeting in the world. Now in its 47th year, the AGU Fall Meeting was the place to present research, hear about the latest discoveries, trends, and challenges in the field. This was a gabfest that brought together all the “stars” of the earth and space sciences community, for discussions of emerging trends. The technical program included presentations on new and cutting-edge topics, most of which had not yet been published, so delegates could return to work with knowledge they couldn’t get anywhere else.  The meeting offered a unique mix of more than 23,000 oral and poster presentations, a broad range of general sessions, and an exhibit hall packed with approximately 250 exhibitors. Examples of themes under discussion included Characterizing Uncertainty, Computational Methods Across Scales, and Dust and Aerosols.  Hey, buddy, keep your aerosol to yourself, you’re crowding my Uncertainty….  #AGUblogs

Beyond The Booth: We are Growing!

Two new additions to the Gem Communications Empire!

Our new “Everything you wanted to know about the Hospitality Industry” Blog:  The Daily Dunkin

Hospitality includes:  Arts & Entertainment, Broadcasting, Food & Beverage, Gaming, Hospitality Design, Tourism & Travel, Event Planning

Because we are road warriors – we’ll be adding curated Tour guides from Jauntful.  We are starting with Las Vegas and have published 2 so far.

These will be our common theme areas for the 11 major cities that we cover plus some individual guides for things like “Our favorite Secret Spots” NYC or Best Craft Breweries in Portland.

You can follow us – Beyond The Booth


Indianapolis: Performance Racing Industry Show – PRI

The estimated total value of the US racing market is an impressive $13.5 billion, according to a survey conducted by the British racing trade organization, Motorsport Industry Association. And this figure does not include OEM motorsport engineering investment.  PRI is the Performance Racing Industry Show.  This was about “hardcore racing”, we heard.  “No fuzzy dice…. No neon windshield wipers….”  Trade buyers from 70 countries and all 50 states of the Union were there to zoom by the displays and source the new technology that could be winning races next year.   Buyers for tens of thousands of racing retail stores, warehouse distribution centers, professional race engine builders and race car production companies were there making 2015 inventory decisions at each exhibit.   1100 exhibiting companies displayed the latest advances in racing products and race engineering, including engine parts, suspension components, data acquisition, safety gear, new metal alloys and coatings, machining equipment, and all kinds of race electronics.  Fuzzy dice, anyone?  Nahhhhh….  #prishow

Orlando: POWER-GEN International

POWER-GEN International is the world’s biggest power generation event, focusing on the industry’s latest innovations, technical trends and business strategies. The show attracts a broad range of qualified power professionals with impressive purchasing power. Over the years POWER-GEN International has provided a world stage for the innovations, ideas and solutions that have informed the power generation industry.  What industry trends and developments were up for discussion?  Well, things like demand response, emissions control, gas turbine technologies, hybrid solutions, on-site power, plant performance, project financing, competitive power generation, fossil technologies…  The experts were there to share their insights and experiences with industry colleagues, and to help attendees take an in-depth look at specific industry hot topics by teaching a half-day, one-day or two-day workshop. Wait, what was that about fossil technologies?  You mean POWER-GEN was already going in the Cretaceous Era?  #POWERGEN

Las Vegas: Ground Water Expo – NGWA

The NGWA (National Ground Water Association) Ground Water Expo was held in Las Vegas for the first time since 2012 — not inappropriately, since the Desert City is one of many Western population centers worried about where their water supply will come from in future.  Over 5,200 registered delegates put in an appearance during the show.  The Expo’s 309 exhibitors occupied 71,600 square feet of exhibit hall space, and there were, we were told, 41 first-time exhibitors, which is ten more than in 2013.   The NGWA Activity Area made its debut in the exhibit hall, with 30-minute offerings for attendees to learn skills applicable to their job. The sessions were divided into five stations: The Office, The Well, The Aquifer, The Pump, and Safety Through Leadership. The show offered a diverse collection of educational offerings with, 10 professional development categories. Many of the educational sessions were standing-room only and featured lively discussions.  So hey, what is “ground water”, anyways?  Same difference as “ground coffee”, maybe…?  #groundwater

Los Angeles: Expo!Expo! – International Assn. of Exhibitions & Events – IAEE

The exhibitions and events industry is worth $11 billion a year, we hear.  Organized in 1928 as the National Association of Exposition Managers to represent the interests of trade show managers, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) is today the leading association for the global exhibition industry. It represents over 8,500 individuals who conduct and support exhibitions around the world.  IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition goes by the title Expo! Expo!  It’s billed as “the event where the organizers from association, corporate, public and independent exhibitions and events are, and where they come to learn”.  The program was specifically designed to benefit show organizers, executives, show directors, managers and staff who work in exhibit sales, event marketing and show operations.  Visitors to the stands of selected exhibitors could enter the Grand Prize Sweepstakes using the a2z Scavenger Hunt and New Product Showcase Treasure Hunt. This was an industry “making an exhibition of itself”….

New York City: International Council of Shopping Centers/New York – ICSC

ICSC is the International Council of Shopping Centers in New York City, and its stated purpose is to advance the shopping center industry and to promote its role in the commercial distribution of consumer goods and services.  ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry, with more than 65,000 members in over 100 countries, member types including shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.  As a global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world.  Dubbed the New York National Deal Making Conference, ICSC was a great opportunity for owners, developers, retailers, brokers, lenders, municipalities, property asset managers and product and service providers to gather under one roof to exhibit, make deals and form successful business partnerships.  So who wants to play Let’s Make A Deal…?   #ICSC