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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…

Ft. Lauderdale: International Marina & Boatyard Conference – IMBC

IMBC is the International Marina & Boatyard Conference, and it’s apparently the nation’s leading marina and boatyard gabfest.  IMBC is geared specifically toward marina and boatyard owners, operators and managers, as well as dockmasters, harbormasters, boat builders and repairers, and boating industry consultants. This is where dedicated marine professionals gather to exchange information, talk about the future of the industry, explore new methods and techniques, receive updates on revised standards and established rules, and discover new products.  There were presentations of industry awards, including Certified Marina Manager and Certified Marina Operator Awards.  The exhibit hall floated over 140 booths, and delegates could sign on for a field trip to marinas and boatyards near the location of the show.  Does that float your boat…?

Fort Lauderdale: Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition – TPEI

TPIE is the Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition unites Tropical Plant Industry vendors and wholesale buyers worldwide. The show is enormous, with everything that encompasses growing. In attendance are soil companies, fertilizer manufacturers, every branch of the tropical horticultural fraternity. This year’s surprising finds were “the faithful low light Agalonemas all gussied up with pink lines along the veins, and blotches of pink on the leaves, similar colorations on a caladium leaf by Kraft Nursery. Deroose Plants introduced Ananas Mine Me, a miniature pineapple grown in a our inch pot”.   Still with us here?  The best part of the show for many is the relationships that have been built over the years. The TPIE is similar to a family reunion for many attendees.   Eyes were misty as family members shared stories of beginnings.  Dang, nephew,  I can remember when…..

Fort Lauderdale: American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery – AACS

AACS 2014

AACS 2014

 

 

1. Mobile Marketing Seminar
2. Live Hair Restoration Demo
3. Facial Machines
4. Networking Reception

 

 

 

 

AACS is the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and it provides educational opportunities that deliver procedural knowledge, hands-on training and mentorship to cosmetic surgery professionals.  Where else would you find a session titled “Two Procedures that Will Have Your Patients’ Eyes Looking Younger”?  The AACS is committed to “the development of the field of Cosmetic Surgery as a continuously advancing multispecialty discipline that delivers the safest patient outcomes through evidence-based information that informs best practices and technologies in service delivery globally”.  Hot topics?  They included Psychosocial Aspects of Cosmetic Surgery: Managing Patient Expectations, not to mention Pitfalls and Promise of Endocrine Anti-aging Strategies and Why Don’t Patients Act Like Consumers?  For that matter, why don’t consumers act like patients…?

Fort Lauderdale: National Pavement Exposition

NPE 2014: Giant Machines for Paving

NPE 2014: Giant Machines for Paving

So you think you know about paving?  Good to see you at the National Pavement Exposition.  A big deal was the workshop on “Applying best practices to your paving operation” A “best practices” program for successful paving contractors, their crews, and newcomers to the paving business, this session took contractors step-by-step through the paving operation. Delegates learned how to get the most out of crew and equipment and how to complete high-quality paving jobs as efficiently as possible. By relying on his “patented” video discussion, nationally known paving jobsite specialist John Ball explained and demonstrated through video the various paver operations, proper and improper techniques, best paving practices, problems and their solutions, as well as tips and other insights into the paving process.  This was a how-to:  how to make sure your paving operation is operating as efficiently as possible while producing high-quality finished hot mix asphalt pavement.  Okay, let’s hit the road, Jack…

NPE 2014: Expo Show Floor

NPE 2014: Expo Show Floor

NPE 2014: Graco Demo

NPE 2014: Graco Demo

Fort Lauderdale: Association of the United States Army (AUSA)

February 20-22, 2013. AUSA is the Association of the United States Army, and it works to support all aspects of national security while advancing the interests of America’s Army and the men and women who serve. AUSA welcomes anyone who subscribes to the philosophy of a strong national defense with special concern for the Army. Community businesses and defense industry companies are also welcome to join. The association supports America’s Army – Active, National Guard, Reserve, Civilians, Retirees, Government Civilians, Wounded Warriors, Veterans, and their family members. It also provides numerous Professional Development Opportunities at a variety of events both local and national. AUSA has 125 chapters located worldwide, made up entirely of volunteers, and these provide recreational and educational opportunities to soldiers. Most importantly, they support deployed soldiers and the families they leave behind while on active duty or training. Ten-hut!

Fort Lauderdale: VenueConnect (IAVM)

July 20-24, 2012. IAVM is also known as VenueConnect.  Approximately 1,400 venue management professionals and exhibitors arrived in Fort Lauderdale from as far away as Asia, Australia, Canada, and Europe. Attendees gained valuable insights into the latest research, innovations and products tailored to large venues such as amphitheaters, arenas, auditoriums, performing arts centers, stadiums, university complexes, and convention centers. Visitors participated in educational sessions covering subjects as varied as crowd safety and management, ticketing, weather-related safety, sustainability practices, and how to handle sponsorship and naming rights for venues.  Keynote speaker Frank Abagnale Jr., the notorious (but now reformed) 1960’s fraudster, imposter, and the base-character for the movie Catch Me If You Can discussed how venues can protect themselves from embezzlement, forgery, counterfeit currency, check fraud, identity theft and internet fraud.  Can you seriously counterfeit a whole venue?