Categories

A sample text widget

Etiam pulvinar consectetur dolor sed malesuada. Ut convallis euismod dolor nec pretium. Nunc ut tristique massa.

Nam sodales mi vitae dolor ullamcorper et vulputate enim accumsan. Morbi orci magna, tincidunt vitae molestie nec, molestie at mi. Nulla nulla lorem, suscipit in posuere in, interdum non magna.

New Orleans: International Workboat Show –

At the International WorkBoat Show, over 1,000 marine product and service suppliers exhibited their watery wares. The conference had strands on Business Management (“Explore the various challenges and opportunities that come with running a maritime business); Safety (“For most marine operations, maintaining a safe workplace is a top priority and an ongoing challenge, requiring updates on current standards, best practices, and new maritime safety solutions”; Technical (“The marine industry is a constantly evolving technological environment, showing how the latest innovations can bring efficiency and enhance quality from the corporate office to the vessel engine room”); plus Legal and Regulatory (“Understand marine law, current rules and regulatory trends, and learn the status of key pending legislation so you can plan ahead to keep your business in compliance”). Remember, the Sea is a harsh mistress, and seafarers must obey her laws…. #wbmr15 #workboatshow

New Orleans: International Roofing Expo – IRE – NRCA

IRE – NRCA?  Well, the IRE part is the International Roofing Expo, and the ‘R’ in NRCA is also about roofing.  Show records were broken, with 465 companies occupying 1,178 booths and filling a biggest-ever space of nearly 120,000 square feet.  In that space was a wide range of multi-dimensional manufacturers, distributors and representatives of all sizes displaying  products, services, technologies and innovations in roofing materials and related products.  Specifically geared towards those involved in the development, management and direction of the commercial and residential roofing industry, the conference tackled topics at the forefront of the industry wish-list and worry-list… topics such as Workplace Safety, Leadership and Management, Green Building,  Legal, Human Resources, Money Matters, plus Sales and Service.  Roll in Technical, and the multi-track educational program included 44 sessions in all, at which the leading industry experts presented the newest information and best practices.  And all “under one roof”!  (Roof, geddit?)   #RoofingExpo

New Orleans: Cloud Partners – Fall Conference & Expo

The Cloud Partners Fall Conference & Expo played host to more than 2,500 agents, VARs, MSPs, consultants and suppliers in the IT industry, all of them looking for the business equivalent of Cloud Nine.  Cloud Partners hosted a variety of educational sessions covering topics from choosing cloud suppliers to building a cloud practice. There was a range of VIP and invitation-only events, sponsor and vendor presentations, Lunch-and-Learns, demos and  activities on the show floor.  As keynoter Sue Barsamian of Hewlett-Packard put it, “The higher cloud changes everything about the way technology is designed, delivered, consumed, and analyzed from the device all the way to the data center, and it completely changes the way IT is valued.”  Thirsty, fun-loving delegates had that to think about as they headed for the Big Easy’s French Quarter, and the bars of Bourbon Street.  Hey, bartender, this rum punch looks kind of… well… cloudy…

New Orleans: National School Boards Association – Annual – NSBA

NSBA is the National School Boards Association, a not-for-profit organization representing state associations of school boards across the United States. NSBA achieves its mission by representing the school board perspective in working with federal government agencies and national organizations that impact education.  It also provides vital information and services to state associations of school boards nationwide.  Over 5,000 board members, superintendents and education leaders from across the country and beyond were there to gain valuable knowledge and information in five key areas — leadership, advocacy, technology & learning, urban school issues, and school law.  This, we heard, was a national event that brought together education leaders at a time when domestic policies and global trends are combining to shape the future of students.  Guru journalist and writer Thomas L. Friedman was there to kick off proceedings, and remind delegates that, as his book title has it, “The World Is Flat”.  Wait:  educators have been trying to shake off Flat-Earthism for 500 years…  #education

New Orleans: Vehicle Finance Conference & Exposition – AFSA

VF14: Meeting Signage

VF14: Meeting Signage

AFSA is the Vehicle Finance Conference & Exposition.  This conference is the first event of the year for the vehicle finance industry, and is held in conjunction with NADA’s Convention & Expo in New Orleans.  Under the leadership of the AFSA Vehicle Finance Division, this is a biggie for the vehicle finance industry.  This conference is for auto finance CEOs and senior executives; attorneys and compliance officers; credit and collections; marketing; operations; data security, e-commerce; public policy, remarketing, risk management, and state and federal government affairs executives, as well as auto dealers, industry suppliers and business partners.  The AFSA conference attracts more than 500 top and senior executives specializing in prime, near prime, and subprime vehicle finance and leasing.  Subprime?  Does that mean that some of these vehicles can go underwater…?

VF14: CFPB Seminar How to Survive

VF14: CFPB Seminar How to Survive

New Orleans: International Disaster Conference & Expo #IDCE2014

IDCE 2014: Tom Ridge Keynote

IDCE 2014: Tom Ridge Keynote

IDCE 2014: Show Floor

IDCE 2014: Show Floor

IDCE is the International Disaster Conference & Expo, one of the industry’s most substantive and important meetings of the year, inspired by the growing need for collaboration among disaster management professionals to deal with catastrophic disasters.  Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal had this to say:  “It is no secret the State of Louisiana has experienced numerous catastrophic

events. We have never shied away from the challenges these experiences have presented, and have proven time and time again to

respond effectively, efficiently, and productively in the most trying of times. It is our goal to share our experiences as we ask others from around the world to do the same, generating discourse designed to improve all of our abilities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disastrous events which threaten the safety and security of our people”.  So next, time, we assume, New Orleans will be ready…  #IDCE2014

IDCE 2014: Mobile Laundry

IDCE 2014: Mobile Laundry

IDCE 2014: Command Center

IDCE 2014: Command Center