After Day 1 of the 2010 Exhibitor's Show, I am again reminded just how lucky we are to have some of the personalities we have in this industry.
I would say "characters", but I want to be fair and balanced here. they all have character, but are certainly not caricatures.
"Trade Show" Bob Milam, "Booth Mom" Candy Adams, Jerry Gerson, Elaine Cohen, Mark Bendickson, the Nagles of Czarnowski, the Freemans, Ray Andrews and dozens of others. These people all have contributed and continue to contribute to the trade show and events industry. These people and many others have helped found exhibit companies, created everyday concepts we take for granted and taught us how to make things work on the show floor and with our marketing plans.
The good news, both for the industry and those coming after us, is that they are sharing their knowledge.
I sat in several sessions yesterday. All three classes were required for the CTSM program and were filled: 120 to 140 people in each. And nearly 60% of these attendees have less than 3 years of experience as trade shows and events people for their companies.
Think about that for a second.
Business leaders think enough of trade shows and events as a marketing tool to (1) hire someone to manage them and (2) send them for training out of the office for several days. Must be some business out there.
Thanks to the veterans and to those who want to learn.