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Denver: SIA Snow Show – Snow Sports Trade Show

The SIA Snow Show also goes by Snow Sports Trade Show.  SnowSports Industries America has been providing support, research data, marketing products, government affairs representation and participation programs for 60 years. New this year at the SIA Snow Show were seminars geared to sourcing, production and design.  Sourcing Snow (no, they weren’t talking about sourcing the white powdery stuff itself) welcomed over 50 key raw material leaders from all over the world, with their textile and sourcing services.  Trending colors, materials and innovation gather in one place to drive snow sports apparel and accessories. Production professionals met face to face with exhibitors to streamline the buying process during the Snow Show.  The show gathers all the key players in the snow sports category. The addition of a targeted supplier show makes it the largest and most concentrated trade event in the industry.  Okay, all together: “There’s no business… Like snow business…”   #SIA15demo

Denver: ASLA: American Society of Landscape Architects – ASLA

ASLA is the American Society of Landscape Architects.  ASLA is THE national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members in 49 professional chapters and 72 student chapters, all dedicated to leading the stewardship, planning, and design of our built and natural environments.  The Society does this through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship.  Landscape architecture encompasses the analysis, planning, design, management, and stewardship of landscape. Types of projects include: Conservation, Gardens and Arboreta, Historic Preservation and Restoration, Interior Landscapes, Landscape Art and Earth Sculpture, Monuments, Parks and Recreation, Reclamation, Streetscapes and Public Spaces, Therapeutic Gardens, Urban Design and Water Resources.  Therapeutic gardens?  You never heard of therapeutic gardens as a cure for what ails ‘ya?  Take two arboreta and call me in the morning….

Denver: Colorado Association of Realtors – CAR

CAR is the Colorado Association of Realtors, and home ownership, we heard, is an important part of our economy, helps our communities thrive and gives our children the stability they need. Real estate transactions involve one of the biggest financial investments most people experience in their lifetime. so the Colorado association is there to protect state consumers’ rights every day through political advocacy efforts and in various other ways.  CAR professes to stand for economic vitality, jobs, housing opportunities, the environment, property-owners’ rights, and building better communities.  They’re ready to consider measures to improve infrastructure like roads, bridges, highways, water, pretty much anything which supports and sustains quality of life by accommodating residential, commercial and industrial growth and facilitating economic development.  That’s how “estates” get “real”…

Denver: National Apartment Association – NAA Education Conference

The NAA Education Conference is the go-to get-together of the National Apartment Association.  NAA is a gathering of over 7,000 multifamily housing professionals, and is the largest event in this specialized branch of the industry.  The NAA Education Conference and Exposition is a draw for multifamily industry professionals who want to expand their knowledge. This year’s conference opened with keynote speakers such as actor Michael J. Fox and “Shark Tank” judge Barbara Corcoran, plus thought leaders such as real estate entrepreneur Bill Rancic.  Erica Campbell Byrum, director of social media of For Rent Media Solutions, (and one of the industry’s top social media experts), spoke at two NAA sessions. In the first, Erica joined Barbara Savona, CEO of Sprout Marketing, to discuss “The Big Brand Theory: Every Touchpoint Counts”; they discussed how to better secure business prospects by making every touchpoint count, and how social media is changing the way consumers engage with brands.  Engaging, no…?  #apartment

Denver: Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. – RIMS

The risk community — actually yeah, since you ask, that’s what they call themselves —  gathered in the Mile High City for the RIMS 2014 Annual Conference & Exhibition. RIMS stands for the Risk and Insurance Management Society, and it’s dedicated to “advancing the practice of risk management”.  Hot topics?  Avoiding Cyber Liability Pitfalls: Lessons Learned from Risk Managers, Legal and Forensic Experts, for one.  Another draw was How Will the Legalization of Marijuana Affect Your Employment Policies?  Oh, man….  There was vigorous discussion of FATCA, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. Lessons were learned, as in Lessons Learned From the Colorado Fire and Floods.  Keynote speaker Jordan Belfort, aka the Real Wolf of Wall Street, shared his own hard-learned lessons from self-confessed mistakes, and gave insight on “how to break the barriers that may be holding us back”. Barriers like not taking risks enough, maybe…?

Denver: Craft Brewers & BrewExpo America®

The Craft Brewers Conference (CBC or Craft Brewers & BrewExpo America) will be remembered, we heard, as the largest gathering of its kind to date. 9,000 industry professionals participated in the conference, a 40 percent increase over the 2013 event.  This is supposed to be the largest trade show of its kind, with 490 exhibitors in 2014.  About 1,100 American breweries were represented among the attendees.  There was an impressive array of craft beer and food pairings at the Award Ceremony and Reception, where 281 World Beer Cup awards were presented in one of the largest commercial beer competitions on record. In other related news, the Craft Beer Wholesalers symposium saw 370 attendees, and the Craft Beer Bar Owners Conference brought together 100 participants.  Craft beers?  You said craft beers?  Well, YEAH?!!!!  All’s you need to know was that the event was just heaving with guys wearing beards, glasses and plaid shirts….  Do you see the head on that…?  #CBC2014

Denver: American Academy of Dermatology – AAD

AAD is the American Academy of Dermatology.  It was founded in 1938, and is pitched as the largest, most influential and most representative dermatology group in the United States. With a membership of more than 17,000, it represents virtually all practicing dermatologists in the United States, as well as a growing number of international dermatology specialists.  AAD meetings offer the latest on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dermatologic disease from the foremost experts in the field, and supports the highest-quality patient care by developing and presenting information that enhances continuing dermatology education.  This was a big venue to get around, so while on site visitors could rent scooters at the Business Center. Oh, we should make special mention of the AAD Bistro, billed as The Best Place to Eat, Meet, And Network at AAD, and saluted by at least one delegate as “the best lunch ever at a trade show”.  Okay, I got one: two dermatologists walk into a bistro….