San Diego: DistribuTECH

The DistribuTECH Power Transmission Conference was electric…  at least it was electricity distribution that occupied most delegates’ attention.  Discussion strands included metering, grid communications, smart grid operation, big data and analytics, distributed energy resources and renewables, substation integration and automation, water utility technology, geospatial and mobile solutions, customer strategies, and defending the grid. Each year, the editors at POWERGRID International magazine (the official publication of DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition) announce  the magazine’s Projects of the Year during the Electric Light  and Power / POWERGRID International Awards Dinner.  DistribuTECH is apparently the largest U.S. event that covers the utility industry from end-to-end, with 10,000 attendees and more than 480 exhibitors. The 2015 show in San Diego turned out
to be the largest ever. Powerful stuff….

San Diego: American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences – AAPS

AAPS is the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and it provides a dynamic international forum for the exchange of knowledge among scientists to enhance their contributions to health, offering timely scientific programs, ongoing education, opportunities for networking and professional development. Founded in 1986, AAPS is an individual membership society of approximately 11,000 pharmaceutical scientists who have joined together to serve the public and their own common professional interests. AAPS is not a trade organization but a nonprofit organization that serves as an educational, scientific, and scholarly body.  AAPS members primarily come from a pharmaceutics, biopharmaceutics, or pharmacy field of study. They also represent scientists from complimentary disciplines such as chemistry, biology, engineering, and medicine, involved in the discovery, development, and manufacture of pharmaceutical products and therapies.  And yes, pharmacology IS a science….  #AAPS2014

San Diego: Direct Marketing Association – DMA

Marketing technology takes gigantic leaps forward every year, we heard.  The Direct Marketing Association pitched DMA 2014 as “the global event for data-driven marketers”.  Every customer journey is unique, we were told, and every touch point is an opportunity to leverage valuable data to nurture customer relationships, and deepen customer contact intimacy. Earvin “Magic” Johnson gave a keynoter, among more than 150 sessions over the course of six days, focusing on the modernization of marketing-centric technology and online/offline data management, predictive and prescriptive analytics.   The DMA2014 Exhibit Hall made it easy to discover the latest advances. The NeXtGen Arena and SoMoLo Pavilion were both places to find new and exciting technologies to add to the marketing mix.  Want to get the message across?  Be direct…!  #dma14

San Diego: National Safety Council – NSC

The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities and on the road, through leadership, research, education and advocacy.  Their expo claims to be the world’s largest annual event for safety, health and environmental professionals.  The huge expo floor covered 190,000 square feet with the offerings of more than 900 companies, showcasing the latest innovative products and services. There was a New Product Showcase area, a Solution Center, OSHA’s Top 10 most cited safety violations, and solutions for those violations from the International Safety Equipment Association.  Visitors hailed from a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, construction, petrochemical and utilities. Geographically they came from the United States, Canada and more than 60 other countries.  It sounds like “there’s safety in numbers”…

San Diego: BDwest – Boutique Design West

BDwest serves hospitality design (that’s the stuff they put in hotel rooms, to you and me) professionals in the Western United States, Mexico and Central America with a multi-faceted trade fair experience focused on innovation and creativity.  BDwest connects manufacturers to some of the most sought-after and influential design firms in the hospitality industry, as well as purchasing agents and hospitality owners, developers and operators, based primarily in the Western United States.  There were awards recognizing the best new products introduced to the market since 2013, within the categories of accessories or specialties; applied finishes and materials; bedding/top of bed; casual/outdoor; lighting; indoor seating; and textiles. So what exactly did YOU “have designs on” achieving at the show…?  #BDWEST

San Diego: International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association – IHRSA

San Diego: International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association – IHRSA

IHRSA is the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, the trade association serving the health and fitness club industry.  IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and activity promotion.  There are over 9,000 members in 76 countries, and they represent health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide.  The fitness industry, we heard, is poised to step up as a solution to the growing public health crisis of obesity and inactivity. The association represents and supports this goal through outreach, education and programs which help promote healthy, active lifestyles, such as the annual Summit for a Healthier America.  Additionally, IHRSA collects and reports key operational data on all aspects of the health club industry from consumer attitudes to industry trends.  A popular part of the outreach program has been titled “I Lost It At The Club!”.  Maybe they needs an anger management program for those who “lose it”…?  #wellness #fitness