April 19-21, 2013. KBIS stands for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. KBIS is the voice of the kitchen and bath industry and has been for 50 years, putting up an interactive platform that showcases the latest kitchen and bathroom industry products, trends and technologies. This year, the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bathroom Association) celebrated its 50th Anniversary, and unveiled a brand new conference series, “Voices from the Industry,” featuring 70 conference speakers representing all industry segments and every level of professional – a platform for sharing new ideas on design and inspiration, business management, a renewed focus on the customer, and sales & marketing matters. Courses spanned a wide range of industry-relevant topics including “Integrating Universal Design in the Kitchen,” “Google AdWords — An Introduction to Search Marketing,” “Improve Your Sales Performance With Consultative Selling,” and “Recruiting & Hiring for Success”. Um, ‘scuse me… where’s the bathroom…?
March 3-7, 2013. This is largely about IT and its applications in healthcare. Presenters and attendees at HIMSS 2013 said healthcare organizations are overlooking a major opportunity if they leave nurses and other support staff out of the mix. The focus on physicians makes sense on one level, we heard; with a couple exceptions, physicians are the only clinicians eligible for meaningful use incentives. They are the ones whose use of EHRs federal regulators will measure and judge, so they must be able to fit the technology into their workflow. But nurses can improve transition of care outcomes, which tend to be poor at most organizations. The meaningful use rules requires much of the documentation that happens during transition of care situations be made in electronic formats. So maybe the IT thing needs “nursing back to health”, like the patients…
January 8-11, 2013. The disaster business is growing, not least thanks to global warming and climate change. Here’s the assessment at the show of Tom Ridge, erstwhile Secretary of Homeland Security, and the man who gave us all those color-coded risk-level alerts: “Recent natural disasters, man-made crises and geopolitical unrest have demonstrated that our world has never been more interdependent. Catastrophes now have second and third order impacts that transcend levels of government and jurisdictional boundaries, as well as industry sectors and supply chains. It is critical that international preparedness, emergency management and resilience leaders—from both the public and private sectors—have a forum to develop relationships and share ideas. IDCE provides such a global forum.” IDCE? It stands for International Disaster Conference and Expo. If they didn’t have a forum, it would be a disaster…
January, 4-6, 2013. AALS is the acronym for the Association of American Law Schools, and it is dedicated to improving the legal profession through education. The AALS Annual Meeting and Exhibits claim that they offer the most comprehensive week of continuing education and networking available for legal educators. The show provides attendees with the opportunity to view and discuss products and services which can enhance or support their teaching goals. Prominent was the American Bar Association Publishing Group, the preeminent legal publisher of practice-oriented books for lawyers, students, and legal professionals. With more than 700 books in its inventory, the Association publishes in every practice area, and focuses on books that help lawyers in their day-to-day working lives, providing in-depth analysis of complex legal issues, and furnishing lawyers with solutions and strategies to better serve their clients. “There he stands… a lawbook in his hands….”
January 3-6, 2013. AHA stands for the American Historical Association. Its nearly 14,000 members include academics at universities, two- and four-year colleges, museums, historical organizations, libraries and archives, plus independent historians, students, K–12 teachers, government and business professionals, and countless people who, whatever their profession, have an abiding interest in history. AHA publications have always played an important role in the teaching of history, the dissemination of historical scholarship, and the support of historians’ career development. The list of these publications has grown to include the American Historical Review, which claims to be the world’s most widely read and cited history journal, and a newsmagazine titled Perspectives on History. Publishing-wise, this association has, well, quite a history…
Dec. 3-5, 2012. The International Workboat Show is the largest commercial marine tradeshow in North America, serving people and businesses working on coastal, inland and offshore waters. 1,000 companies displayed products and services for commercial vessels and the companies that build, service and operate them. The commercial marine industry is pretty big, we were told, and what with fluctuating market sectors it seems to be continuously changing. Staying ahead of change and keeping the business profitable can be tough, so visitors where looking for an event where they could meet face-to-face with thousands of colleagues and suppliers, while sourcing and researching new products, technologies and ideas. They were rewarded with over 1,000 exhibiting suppliers, touting everything from pushboats and barges to patrol boats and military vessels. Hey, mind that buoy…!
Nov. 13-16, 2012. Companies from throughout the oil spill prevention & response industry were in attendance at the 23rd Annual CLEAN GULF Conference & Exhibition. Key professionals and decision makers from the Gulf Coast and beyond came together to view the latest products, services and technologies, as well as hear about trends and developments in the oil spill response industry. From spill prevention to clean-up, CLEAN GULF offered top caliber content for anyone who prepares, prevents or responds to an oil spill or large incident. The trade show floor featured over 270 exhibits showcasing the latest tools and technologies for oil spill prevention & response. Okay, just keep it clean, guys…!