The 2014 NGWA Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting made a warm return to Las Vegas, Nevada, as more than 5000 attended the event.
“We had excellent turnouts from all of our targeted audiences,” said NGWA Chief Executive Officer Kevin McCray, CAE. “Participants really seemed to thrive in our in-hall activity areas. Most of those were fully occupied, as were lots of our workshop sessions. We’ve been listening more deeply to what folks need and want and we’re working to deliver on that.
“It’s always rewarding when you see your efforts pay off, and this year’s Expo seems to suggest they have for NGWA. We invested hundreds of staff hours, as well as the insights of expert outside authorities in making incremental improvements in the Expo. From the feedback, they were well received. We can and will do more. That’s my personal commitment on behalf of the entire NGWA team—staff and volunteer leadership.”
Held in Las Vegas for the first time since 2012, the Expo’s 309 exhibitors occupied 71,600 square feet of exhibit hall space. There were 41 first-time exhibitors (10 more than 2013).
“I predicted after the 2013 Expo that the 2014 Expo in Las Vegas would be a success and it most certainly was,” said Vickie Crosby, NGWA advertising and exhibit sales director.
“We have received a good amount of positive feedback from exhibitors about both the quantity and quality of visitors to their booths. The exhibitors networked with current and potential customers and stayed quite busy throughout the duration of the trade show. In fact, some were so busy they did not have time to take advantage of the 2015 onsite booth selection process, although we subsequently took care of these folks. All in all, the 2014 Expo ranked as one of the best in a number of years.”
The Expo offered a diverse collection of educational offerings with 10 professional development categories. Many of the educational sessions were standing-room only and featured lively discussions.
The NGWA Activity Area made its debut in the exhibit hall, with 30-minute offerings for attendees to learn skills applicable to their job. The sessions were divided into five stations: The Office, The Well, The Aquifer, The Pump, and Safety Through Leadership.
If you missed hearing a particular speaker or wish to review a session, the recordings will be available by January 9, 2015 in the NGWA Event and Education Recordings Archive.
Make your plans now to join us next year December 15-17 in Las Vegas for the 2015 Expo!