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Miami Beach: National Association of TV Program Executives – NATPE


Hispanic Marketing Panel with Charlie


Cisneros Media Booth at NATPE2014

NATPE is the National Association of Television Program Executives , best known for its annual Market & Conference, which is the big American programming market serving the worldwide television community, as well as being one of the top new media and technology conferences. The market is recognized worldwide as one of the key media events. Amongst those in attendance were media buyers, broadcast and cable networks and channels looking to acquire programming, program distribution companies, financiers, advertisers, technology companies, and content producers.  NATPE, we heard, “breaks free from the barriers separating traditional and digital media”, being uniquely positioned to connect the entire video content ecosystem, and creating the environment to network, exchange ideas and get deals done.  Over 5,000 top media execs were on hand, which is 22% more than the previous year.  They must have seen it advertised on TV or something…  #NATPE2014

Did we mention there were parties? Roku On the floor networking party & at the Fountainbleu After Hours



Miami Beach: INFORMEX

INF14: 30th Anniversary Cake

INF14: 30th Anniversary Cake

When we talk about INFORMEX, we’re talking about North America’s leading business partnering event for buyers and sellers of high-value chemistry. More than 3,500 attendees from top pharmaceutical, chemical and specialty chemical companies converged on the international hotspot of Miami Beach.  What were they expecting?  “InformEx gives custom manufacturers in the fine and performance chemical industry a personalized platform for getting business done and tapping into resources that will help us all succeed in the fast-evolving marketplace,” said a longtime attendee.  On-floor education sessions covering the most pressing issues of today’s suppliers, distributors and customers from across the fine and specialty chemical markets.  Noise-cancelling headphones allowed attendees to focus and actively participate in “silent” sessions, even amidst an energy-filled environment, we heard. Sorry, could you repeat that…?

INF 2014

INF 2014


1. Show Floor
2. Builds for Habitat for Humanity
3. Cookies
4. Show Floor Cubicle Farm

Miami: ASTA Global

Sept. 16-19, 2013. The ASTA Global Convention brings together all walks of travel professionals for a conference talking to the most influential buyers in the industry. As the leading advocate for travel agents, the travel industry and the traveling public, ASTA and its members represent 80% of all travel sold by travel agencies in the United States. Retail travel selling, we heard, is undergoing a revolution. The impact is set to be bigger than elimination of commissions, and as important as automation itself. Airlines have been leading the way in changing the way travel is sold, and cruise lines and hotels are beginning to follow.  The traveling public’s ability to shop anonymously and to compare base prices and services will be challenged by this approach. Delegates to ASTAGlobal needed to understand firsthand what is coming and how it will affect the travel industry and its clients.  Hillary Rodham Clinton thought this was important enough to justify turning up to speak…c

Miami: FIME

August 7-9, 2013. FIME features four big healthcare industry sectors:  Medical Technology, Medical Products and Supplies, Medical Services and Medical Equipment.  What kind of exhibitor companies did visitors see on the stands?  Well, hospital suppliers, surgical suppliers, suppliers of homecare, diagnostic products and services, laboratory kit, dental products, orthopedic supplies, medical and biomedical services, long-term care, disposable products…  Around 50,000 visitors came through the doors, 80% of them from the USA, but a healthy showing too from Europe, Asia/Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.  Clinicians, physicians and technicians were rubbing shoulders with business managers and government officials.  Those focused on acute care outnumbered the chronic care specialists by about two to one, but, given demographic shifts, that relationship may be changing in favor of longer-term treatment.  Hang in there, patients…

Miami: IDEA Expo

April 22-25, 2013. The IDEA acronym signifies the International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Expo.  Delegates were there to do business with over 375 exhibiting companies, network with executives from more than 70 countries, see the latest innovations and evaluate new and established products, discover new ideas for products and services, meet everyone in one place at one time, and discuss their needs with experts from around the world.  The international nature of the business was highlighted by keynoters from India, China and the Asia-Pacific region.  Another highlight was the IDEA 2013 Achievement Awards, given to recognize new products and technical developments since 2010.  Companies were honored in five categories including raw materials, machinery and end products.  The IDEA Achievement Awards recognized the leading companies, individuals and new products in the global engineered fabrics industry.  It’s all part of the rich ‘fabric’ of life…

Miami: Pension and Investments

March 12-14, 2013. This was the Pensions and Investments East Coast Defined Contribution Conference.  The show gathered the experts in the fields of investments, plan design, and communications to discuss changes in the industry and offer time-tested strategies that could help  make informed decisions for a pension plan, and succeed in providing an adequate retirement income for the plan’s participants. In all there were 470 participants, 59 presenters, 19 sponsors and 30 exhibitors. In his keynote, Harvard University economics professor David Laibson spoke at DC East Conference and discussed why retirement savings accounts are still not working, including low contribution rates and “leakage”  He also offered strategies to overcome some of those pension-sapping issues.  Turns out some older ideas now need to be “pensioned off”…

Miami: Cruise Shipping Miami

March 11-14, 2013. At Cruise Shipping Miami  boat people could launch new products, unveil services, meet cruise industry buyers and attend conferences covering up-to-date topics on matters relating to Cruise Shipping. No other event, we heard, brings together the international cruise industry like the Cruise Shipping Miami conference and tradeshow.  For 30 years, Cruise Shipping Miami has been and continues to be the must-attend event for buyers and suppliers, we heard.  This was a stimulating week of innovation, education and networking.  CSM 2013 attracted a broad range of industry players and delivered the audience sellers were looking for — cruise industry buyers and decision makers, unlocking business potential across all shipping and related product sectors.  Definitely worth “cruising around”…