Vegas: Worthy of Consideration

Overall, this year’s GlassBuild America garnered good reviews from almost all with whom I spoke. There were some common-themed suggestions that I heard a number of times during my week in Vegas. They are:

  1. Most likely the result of an attempt to integrate GANA’s Fall Conference into the GlassBuild architecture, the old GANA annual conference stretched to four days, with only one meeting on most days. Other events such as the Glazing Executives Forum overlapped show hours, as did the Window and Door Dealer Day which was held at a separate location entirely. The overlapping conferences and their times and location was a bit confusing.
  2. Holding the cocktail party on the show floor was a lovely idea but a number of people suggested that it be held during show hours and in a designated area rather than throughout the floor. Yet others told me they didn’t like that idea because it would take attendees away from their booths, so finding a consensus on this would be difficult, but kudos to the organizers for trying something new and nice.
  3. In great company: KMR research director Nick St. Denis (left) and YKK AP America president Oliver Stepe (right) at a reception YKK sponsored at the Ice Bar in Mandalay Bar Wednesday evening.

    The last comment is not new. I have heard it repeatedly since GlassBuild began. That is this: the show could easily be two days rather than three. If it started both days at 9 a.m. instead of 10 a.m., and went one hour later on one of the days (maybe to accommodate a cocktail party—see #2 above), the net loss would be one show hour total and leave more time the day before and/or after for seminars (see #1 above). I see both advantages and disadvantages to this but as it’s such a common refrain, I am throwing it out there for discussion.

3 Responses to “Vegas: Worthy of Consideration”

  1. Mike Wallace says:

    Hi Debra,
    i hope all is well with you. although we have not exhibited in a couple of years, I still make it a point to walk the show and give you my input and some of the reasons of why we pulled out of the show.
    1. two days for the show sounds like a great idea, the third day could be a cocktail party and conference meetings, etc. for those who would like to attend it. two days for the show with a couple of extra hours extended is good. it forces the folks to be there in that two day period which is good, it feels busier and for many, time is of essence and having so many people out of the office at one time can be cumbersome.
    2. we really liked it when the show went from vegas to various locations. back to atlanta is not good in my mind, it doesn’t get to different parts of the country, it favors those manufacturers who are down in that area who don’t have near as much of an expense. plus there was always a draw when it went to other locations. maybe its more expensive for the booths, but i would pay that expense for it to be in a different region every other year where national guys like us can have more impact as it always draws better from the local 5-10 state areas. people will travel, keep in mind a lot of folks bring their spouse along if it is somewhere new or exciting where they can make a weekend of it after the show. brings in more people.
    3. question: with GANA and GLassbuild together, with the BEC conference change to the glass shows.

  2. Patti Lampl says:

    Are you kidding? Pulling off what you and your team do is amazing. Asking for honest feedback is wonderful. We (the over 30) group are having some fun talking about the economic forecast speaker. The conversations from our clients has been very positive.

  3. Debra Levy says:

    Thanks Patricia. I am glad you were able to attend. Also good that your clients are so positive.

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