Nearly 3,000 meeting and industry professionals recently gathered to attend two American Society of Association Executives events: Springtime Expo, April 8-9 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., and ASAE Foundation’s Annual Springtime DC Golf & Tennis Invitational April 10 at Lansdowne Resort.
The Springtime Expo’s total number of participants included 1,500 attendees and 1,370 exhibiting personnel with 348 companies occupying 468 booths on the showfloor. The Buyer/Seller ratio was 52 percent buyers to 48 percent sellers.
A highlight of this year’s event was the use of beacon technology. Attendees who downloaded the ASAE Events app and opted-in were able to download a personalized report showing which education sessions they attended, education credits earned and booths visited. Exhibitors received a complimentary report with real-time booth analytics.
New this year, ASAE held a one-day pre-conference program called “Building a High Performance Team and Winning Culture,” led by John Spence.
The session focused on how to create and sustain a high performance team within an organization. Attendees took a customized Team Effectiveness Audit and analyzed the gap between the “current” and “desired” state of a high performance team.
Attendees also participated in Learning Labs that provided an opportunity for meeting professionals and exhibitors to share challenges, ideas and successes around a variety of topics including: meeting redesign, integrated marketing campaigns, technology and proving ROI for your meeting.
During the general session, Spence provided attendees with advice on what’s required to be a highly effective leader. He focused on skills, characteristics, attitudes, and behaviors that are key success factor, and why these traits attract willing followers.
“The education sessions this year provided attendees with insight on new ideas and strategies they can execute into their organization,” said ASAE President & CEO John H. Graham, IV, FASAE, CAE.
He added, “The Expo floor was packed with engaging conversations, and the exhibitors benefited from meeting with all the buyers.”
The ASAE Foundation hosted its 33nd Annual Springtime DC Golf & Tennis Invitational, a green event for Corporate Social Responsibility, at Lansdowne Resort.
ASAE Foundation had nearly 300 participants who took part in golfing, wine tours, spa, and golf clinic events.
Next year’s date for ASAE’s Springtime Expo is April 28, and the Annual Springtime DC Invitational Golf and Tennis Tournament is April 29.
- Association Show News