And this particular convention was being held in Las Vegas, NV, one of the biggest tourist towns in the United States. Who wouldn’t want to be here?
Apparently, quite a few.
Now, before jumping to conclusions, I know that not everyone can attend a national association convention. I know:
Hmmm. Where does this leave national association meetings?
A FEW OBSERVATIONSI spent a little time at a few association meetings recently and got a very good perspective on this subject.
In a two-week span, I sat in a Construction Contractors Alliance (CCA) meeting in Orlando and simultaneously ran between Dis-ney World hotels to drop in on the annual American Residential Services (ARS) meeting. The next week I attended the Air Condi-tioning Contractors of America’s (ACCA’s) National Conference in Las Vegas. The following week I took in the Arkansas hvacr state convention in Little Rock and followed the next day by visiting the Midwest Contractors Expo 2001 in Wichita, sponsored jointly by the Kansas PHCC, ACCA, SMACNA, and ASHRAE chapters.
Here are some conclusions I drew:
I am mostly concerned with the ACCA totals.
ACCA had a good lineup of seminars and prominent speakers, plus plenty of free-time activities for attendees. Yet, people stayed away.
I like the analogy made by David Finley, executive director of the Kansas PHCC. He said his father worked in the automobile trade back in the days when businesses thought nothing of spending thousands of dollars on a national show and almost insisted that employees attend. It was just something everybody did.
But that was then and this is now. The national shows may go the way of the dinosaurs. Or, they may not. What do you think?
Hall is business management editor. He can be reached at 734-543-6214; 734-542-6215 (fax); email@example.com (e-mail)
Publication date: 03/19/2001