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Las Vegas: Ground Water Expo – NGWA

The NGWA (National Ground Water Association) Ground Water Expo was held in Las Vegas for the first time since 2012 — not inappropriately, since the Desert City is one of many Western population centers worried about where their water supply will come from in future.  Over 5,200 registered delegates put in an appearance during the show.  The Expo’s 309 exhibitors occupied 71,600 square feet of exhibit hall space, and there were, we were told, 41 first-time exhibitors, which is ten more than in 2013.   The NGWA Activity Area made its debut in the exhibit hall, with 30-minute offerings for attendees to learn skills applicable to their job. The sessions were divided into five stations: The Office, The Well, The Aquifer, The Pump, and Safety Through Leadership. The show offered a diverse collection of educational offerings with, 10 professional development categories. Many of the educational sessions were standing-room only and featured lively discussions.  So hey, what is “ground water”, anyways?  Same difference as “ground coffee”, maybe…?  #groundwater

Las Vegas: National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conf. & Expo

NWCD hosts the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference and Expo. National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference (NWCDC) has long provided the best workers’ comp and disability management training available, we heard.  NWCDC is home to the industry’s largest expo in the nation and features more than 260 vendors, allowing visitors to find, compare and contrast all the products, tools and services to help with your toughest workers’ comp and disability management challenges.  It’s surprising how many disciplines and areas of expertise are covered at this show.  They include Case Management, Claims Investigation, Disability Management, Ergonomic Solutions, Healthcare Management, Injury Prevention, Managed Care, Medical and Pharmaceutical Processing Solutions, Rehabilitation, Risk Management, Safety, Screening, Surveillance, Transportation and Vocational Rehabilitation.  Not everyone goes along though; they wanted her to go to rehab, she said No, No, No….  #NWCDConf #workerscomp

Las Vegas: Diving Equipment & Marketing Association – DEMA

When they say DEMA, they’re talking about the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association. It’s an international organization dedicated to the promotion and growth of the recreational scuba diving and snorkeling industry.  With more than 1,300 members, this global non-profit organization promotes scuba diving through consumer awareness programs and media campaigns like the national Be a Diver campaign; diver retention initiatives such as DiveCaching; and of course this annual trade-only event for businesses in the scuba diving, action watersports and adventure/dive-travel industries.  Why do people join?  Well, there are business and travel savings to be had, health and business insurance deals, disaster assistance, industry analysis, education, advocacy, and that all-important Diver Acquisition & Retention Support, generating new customer leads with the Be A Diver Pool Tour.  Wait, you said industry analysis?  Yeah, divers do it deeper….  #DEMAShow

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….

Las Vegas: National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo

The National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo claims to be the largest event of its kind, a place for manufacturers to market and sell their products and services to interested buyers from throughout the USA and around the world, and reportedly the best place for industrial distributors, importers, sales reps and others to see, touch and buy the latest product offerings, as well as to find solutions to unique and complex applications. The Expo features industrial fasteners; fastener machinery and tooling; inspection, testing and packaging equipment; abrasives; cutting tools; drills; hand tools; plant and safety supplies; and hundreds of other industrial products and services. The Conference program is built around topics of vital current interest as presented by the Fastener Training Institute and the leading industry associations.  All in all, pretty fasten-ating…..  #NIFMSE

Las Vegas: Specialty Graphic Imaging Association – SGIA

Specialty Graphic Imaging Association runs SGIA Expo as a window into specialty printing and imaging technology.  25,500 registered attendees and 540 exhibitors filling 220,000 square feet made this a printing big deal.  Attendees were buzzing from exhibitor to exhibitor, watching the latest printers in action, viewing vivid new inks, and marveling at innovative technologies for faster and bigger print and smoother workflow.  Reception Row gave them a chance to mix and mingle within the specific sectors of their industry, whether it was Graphic Printers, Garment Decorators, Industrial, Photographers or whatever.  Expo education sessions followed specific tracks to mirror the sectors of the industry such as color management case studies or sales and pricing strategies.  The Golden Image Gallery at the back of the Expo hall was a popular space, as hundreds of entries lined the walls, showcasing hard work and creativity.  All the print… that’s fit to print.  #SGIAExpo

Las Vegas: Solar Power International – SPI

SPI is Solar Power International, designed to serve and advance the solar energy industry by bringing together the people, products, and professional development opportunities that drive the solar industry.  SPI’s primary mission is to deliver on the objectives of both SEIA (the Solar Energy Industries Association) and SEPA (Solar Electric Power Association) in ways that strengthen the solar energy industry domestically and globally, through networking and education, and by creating an energetic marketplace to connect buyers and suppliers.  Who was there?  Savvy solar industry professionals who wanted to learn, grown, connect, and compete.  Specifically, though?  Well, architects, builders, contractors, engineers, entrepreneurs, government types, installers, investors, legal eagles, manufacturers, policymakers… even the military, apparently.  So what would the military be there for?  Maybe they were checking out potential ideas for solar ray-guns or something…?? #SPIcon