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Dallas: Corrosion – NACE

The phrase “Welcome to Corrosion 2015” sounds a little bit off-putting, doesn’t it?  Like it was going to be a corrosive experience or something?  Corrosion experts needn’t have worried, the NACE show was more interested in treating and preventing corrosion than promoting it.  Conference attendees had the opportunity to learn the latest in regulations and standards impacting the ‘corrosion industry’.  More than 6,000 corrosion professionals from around the world convened in Dallas for the show, and NACE Expo featured more than 380 companies displaying the latest in corrosion control products and services. In addition, the popular cathodic protection test field returned to the exhibit floor for the fourth year, and the NACE Foundation’s Annual Silent Auction featuring gift items and collectibles was a big draw.  Hey, you with the auctioneer’s gavel, my collectible seems to be kinda corroded… #CORROSION2015

Dallas: AUG Converge – International Avaya Users Group

The communications technology landscape is changing daily, we heard, and IAUG CONVERGE was there to provide the maps and tools that today’s communication professionals need to navigate it all.  According to IAUG (it stands for International Avaya Users Group), no other event provides a more comprehensive program dealing with integration, managed services, cost management, BYOD, cloud, and related topics.  The  voyage around Avaya technology was billed as “a journey to the next chapter of communications”.  Special keynoter sessions addressed Amplifying Customer Value through Business Relevance, The Art of Simplicity (yes, seriously, though we didn’t think it sounded all that simple), and Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith talking “Game On!”  …Wait a minute here, what are you people telling me?  That all this is just a GAME to you…?  #CONVERGE2014

Dallas: Snack Food Association – SNAXPO

SNAXPO was mounted by the Snack Food Association, and this was touted as the world’s largest and most comprehensive trade show devoted exclusively to the international snack food industry.  As a “full equipment show”, SNAXPO offered exhibitors and attendees an excellent educational forum.  Visitors could discover new and innovative equipment, ingredients, products and services;  meet with snack food professionals (owners, executives and buyers) from all over the world;  attend educational sessions on hot-button issues affecting the industry;  and hear from expert speakers with key insights that could help achieve a competitive advantage in a rapidly changing business environment.  One hungry guy who came along was ex-president George W. Bush, and he gave a keynote in between spicy chicken wraps.  Hey, even ex-presidents get the munchies sometimes…

Dallas: American Baseball Coaches Association – ABCA

ABCA 2014 Welcome

ABCA 2014 Show Floor

ABCA is the American Baseball Coaches Association.  With over 3,700 coaches in attendance along with well over 300 exhibitors, this was the association’s largest convention outside of the Midwest area.  Delegates listened to clinicians speaking on baseball topics, and discovered new products on the exhibit floor.  The ABCA realizes that the success and growth of baseball starts with youth baseball. One of the major roles of the ABCA has been its work with the governing bodies of the groups represented by the coaches – the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the National Junior College Athletic Association and the National Federation of State High School Associations. In the past twelve years, thousands of young people have gone through the ABCA sponsored youth clinics. Whadd’ya mean, Dallas is a football town?  #Baseball


Dallas: NACCHO

July 10-12, 2013. The NACCHO acronym denotes National Association of County and City Health Officials.  The theme was “Public Health by the Numbers. Our Story. Our Time. Our Future.” Local health departments face a rapidly changing landscape. They encounter pressure from limited resources and must increasingly focus on new and traditional roles, government accountability, and effectiveness models.  NACCHO delegates could explore the current and future status of public health, and interact with the professionals who work every day to promote health and safety. Seminars offered opportunities to learn about research breakthroughs, new technologies, and innovative solutions and products.  The public health finance balance sheet— came under scrutiny, as a way of understanding the numbers that inform strategies.  All in all, NACCHO was definitely ‘healthier’ than… well… eating nachos, for instance.

Dallas: AHR

January 28-30, 2013. AHR?  It sounds like what the Pirate King would say as he opens his treasure chest.  But no, seeing the acronym above the registration desk means you made it to the International Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Expo.  The drive for greater energy efficiency, greener products and sustainable technologies has, we heard, accelerated the pace at which new AC and heating products and innovations are coming to market.  In this challenging economy, these professionals must also be more innovative in their businesses, or risk getting left behind. Present were over 1,800 manufacturers and suppliers of the latest HVACR systems, equipment, products and services.  Attendees included Mechanical & Plumbing Contractors, Facility & Operations Management and Building Owners, Consulting, Project & Design Engineering types, folk from Public Utilities and Government Agencies…  Is it just me, or is it chilly in here?  I’m heading for the heating end of this jamboree…

Dallas: AHVRP

Sept. 19-22, 2012. AHVRP is the Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals, and their  conference was apparently all about “achieving harmony through diversity”, a goal that “reflects commitment to collaboration in delivering education, professional development, peer networking and practical tools that help expand knowledge and enhance performance in achieving volunteer administration goals”.  The main keynoter focused on “what makes us happiest and most resilient as individuals” – particularly in the world of volunteerism. Based on years of research into extremely happy people, the session explored how certain behaviors and attitudes create the most resilient personalities. There was also an exploration of the biochemical and bio-physiological impacts of specific behaviors on our health and personal happiness.  So NOW are you happy?