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Las Vegas Trade Show recap: January 2016

If you’ve followed this blog for a while you know we try to update after every show. But this year we are short staffed and just don’t have the time so I thought we’d recap at least the month of January in one post.

One of the best shows for geeks like the B-T-B team is #CES2016 – What’s new in the world of consumer electronics. This year 3D printing continued its domination of the show but healthcare apps and drones were also a huge presence. But the big announcement that dominated the show was the  reveal of the Faraday Futures electric cars CES2016_Faraday_Futuresthat are going to be built in North Las Vegas. Also turns out all 3  candidates for the Dem President were in Vegas and at CES. It was pretty wild.

Other shows we attended were NSSF’s #ShotShow 2016 – I did manage to snag a cute pic of  a service dog whose owner was thoughtful enough to equip with noise cancelling ear protection at the firing range.ShotShow

Lots of celebrities show up at the Shot Show – mostly what they have are new gear and accessories. It’s expanding to include other outdoor sports besides just guns and rifles.  Lots of survival gear and various groups trying to get new members. I am trying to objectively view a show that I attend for work purposes but disagree with the content.  Of course I have no problem attending AVN which was held at the same time this year. Perhaps that was intentional due to the fall off of interest from the CES attendees in previous years and the resurgence of rhetoric that have made the exhibitors at ShotShow wealthier and more likely to spend $$ looking at their dream girls. Who knows.

Some of the other highlighted shows are Design Week in Vegas – Combining Surfaces, KBIS & IBS with the Las Vegas Market. It is an visual overload of what’s new in commercial and home design. We try to spend at least one day at each event but this year we were contracted to orchestrate a social media event called a blog-around where a group of bloggers in home design were invited to visit designated booths, collect swag and get a preview of whats new in appliances, accessories and furniture. We started the morning with cupcakes and champagne – and ended with cocktails. Great & fun event.

We ended the month with World of Concrete – everything you ever wanted to know about aggregates could be found there. Again this year recycled concrete and renewables dominated  the show – many new apps that helped with time management to load measurement and tracking.


We have more pics but must hit the show floor tomorrow. – Thanks for reading check back for updates. and don’t forget to share this blog with your colleagues. ##



Las Vegas – SEMA 2015 – Automotive Week 2015

The SEMA Show, we were told, is pretty much the biggest automotive specialty products trade event in the world. This year like others, it apparently drew the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to the Las Vegas Convention Center. As part of the AAIW, the SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries, all searching for profit opportunities in the automotive, truck and SUV, powersports, and RV markets. SEMA Show drew big numbers of both domestic and international buyers. The displays were segmented into twelve sections, and a New Products Showcase featured nearly 2,000 newly introduced parts, tools and components. In addition, the SEMA Show provided attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations and special events. Delegates were reminded frequently that being there would put them “ahead of the curve”… So that explains some of the curvy-type people manning the booths… #sema2015






Las Vegas: AAPEX – Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo

AAPEX  is the acronym for the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo, and those who shape the future of the automotive aftermarket gathered in Vegas, intent on growing their businesses.  They got access to the leading thinkers from the industry, top universities, media mavens, trade and research groups, governments and “those who defy categorization”.  Those who were fairly easy to categorize included manufacturers and suppliers of Air Conditioning, Automotive Lighting, Electrical Systems & Batteries, Cooling Systems, Friction & Brake Systems, Undercar, New & Remanufactured Replacement Parts, Suspension & Front End, Engine & Transmission Parts, Appearance Chemicals and Functional Fluids, Equipment & Tools including Diagnostic, Hand Tools, Machine Shop, plus Service & Installation, Computer Systems & Software, Paint and Body and Retail Warehouse Fixtures…  Oh, you’re from “none of the above”?  THAT’s why I couldn’t categorize you….

Los Angeles: Pacific Oil Conference – POC

POC stands for Pacific Oil Conference, and, rather than focusing on getting the stuff out of the ground, this one was for people who retail gas and other forecourt products.  Full title of the show?  The Fuel Distributors And Convenience Store Industries Western Summit.  What do you do for kicks at a Fuel Distributors And Convenience Store Summit?  Well, aside from listening to keynoters (David Nelson, a professor of economics at Western Washington University presented a session entitled “Energy, The Economy, and The Future”) and the extensive educational sessions… there was a networking dinner, golf, bowling and a Prayer Breakfast.  Petroleum marketers and convenience store retailers from throughout the western United States joined their hands together and besought the Almighty for…. well, a hole in one… two strikes in a row… oh, yeah, and a healthy future for gas retailing please….

Detroit: SAE World Congress

The SAE 2014 World Congress tries to assemble the best talent in the automotive industry: experts, management teams, engineers, and executives gather to collaborate and address current challenges, celebrate evolution and achievement, and promote opportunities for successful futures in the automotive industry.  Locating proceedings in Detroit showed commitment to renewal.  Product development and innovation have evolved significantly over recent decades, as the information technology age continues to shape the products offered to car-buyers.  The automotive community is increasingly being called upon to think strategically, and form the relationships that expand the reach of the industry into a new era of collaboration.  Rapid change has forced development speeds to unprecedented levels, and customer demands continue to rise as buyers connect to readily-available information sources, and grow increasingly knowledgeable.  It won’t be long before car dealers will be confronted with consumers who know as much about the cars as they do…  #SAECongress

New Orleans: National Automobile Dealers Association – NADA

The NADA story (it stands for National Automobile Dealers Association) began almost 100 years ago when 30 auto dealers traveled to the nation’s capital to convince Congress not to impose a luxury tax on the automobile. They successfully argued that the automobile is a necessity of American life, not a luxury. From that experience was born the National Automobile Dealers Association. Today, NADA represents nearly 16,000 new-car and new-truck dealerships with 32,500 franchises, both domestic and international.  A full conference program included remarks from keynoters like Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, and The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, 67th Secretary of State of the United States, US Senator (NY), from 2001 to 2009, and former First Lady of the United States.  Now THERE are a couple of people who know about cars being a necessity, not a luxury…  #NADA2014

New Orleans: Vehicle Finance Conference & Exposition – AFSA

VF14: Meeting Signage

VF14: Meeting Signage

AFSA is the Vehicle Finance Conference & Exposition.  This conference is the first event of the year for the vehicle finance industry, and is held in conjunction with NADA’s Convention & Expo in New Orleans.  Under the leadership of the AFSA Vehicle Finance Division, this is a biggie for the vehicle finance industry.  This conference is for auto finance CEOs and senior executives; attorneys and compliance officers; credit and collections; marketing; operations; data security, e-commerce; public policy, remarketing, risk management, and state and federal government affairs executives, as well as auto dealers, industry suppliers and business partners.  The AFSA conference attracts more than 500 top and senior executives specializing in prime, near prime, and subprime vehicle finance and leasing.  Subprime?  Does that mean that some of these vehicles can go underwater…?

VF14: CFPB Seminar How to Survive

VF14: CFPB Seminar How to Survive