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2009 Las Vegas Connections Convention and Trade Show report

September 15, 2009
LAS VEGASA combination of interest in creative business building tactics and a new approach to hands-on training has — despite a worrisome slow economy — helped this year’s Las Vegas Connections Convention and Trade Show become a success story.
Click here to view the official event photos, courtesy of event photographer Cliff Grost.
"The Experience was a tremendous success," said Connections President Craig Kersemeier. "It will be what other shows in our industry will be judged by ... owners and technicians alike always love to learn in a hands-on experience, over a classroom and PowerPoint environment. The show''s registration started slower than past years, but really the last 30 days, registration was phenomenal."
Although official numbers are not yet tallied, Kersemeier said this year definitely exceeded last year, and noted that on the first day of the show, there were more than 75 "walk-ups" or late registrants.
Dan Taylor, Connections treasurer, commented: "With all the positive feedback we received, we have some great ideas for our Florida conference and can''t wait to see the expanded program in Las Vegas."
Kersemeier echoed Taylor''s comments. "We listened to our attendees and will continue to adapt our show to what our manufacturers, distributors and cleaning and restoration companies want."
Gary Glenn, Connections vice president, noted a change in outlook for the industry. "It was a great opportunity to see our cleaning and restoration industry connecting and see the positive outlook for the future of our industry in this economy," he said. "We really have an opportunity to build on this show for future shows."
Kersemeier stated: "One the most interesting things I noticed is the new trend of the participation by some other industries, such as duct cleaning, pressure washing and hard floor surfaces."
The Connections Conference and Exhibition is slated for April 29-May 1, 2010, at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida.