With theNAEC’S 69th Annual Convention & 2018 Exposition just days away, there’s still time to register to attend. This year’s convention runs September 24-27 in Atlantic City, NJ at the Sheraton & Atlantic City Convention Center. It will have exhibitors showcasing new products and the latest technology; industry experts leading education sessions; and plenty of opportunities to network with peers. ESS will be in attendance at “largest vertical transportation show in North America” too.
Here are the top reasons why it’s worth your while to attend the NAEC Convention.
See what’s new in the industry
Set yourself ahead of the rest by discovering what’s on the horizon for the industry. At this year’s convention, there will be over 200 exhibits showing you the latest technology and demos for products. ESS will be there, too, at booth #1825 to talk about our Mobile Office Manager 5.0 and ERPs. These exhibits can give you a competitive edge; they can inspire the next move you’ll make as a company or professional.
Having that many exhibits mean there will be a lot to see and do. Workopolis stresses the importance of having a “game plan”, so you “know what you want to learn and who you want to meet.” Put together an outline of all the not-to-miss exhibits (using this NAEC Convention exhibitor list) and then you’ll be sure to accomplish all your convention goals.
Learn from the experts
The NAEC Convention features three days of education sessions that vary from lectures to roundtable discussions. Some of these sessions can even contribute to certain elevator NAEC certifications. They cover everything from basic matters to topical or emerging themes in the elevator industry. This is also your chance to get expert advice from global leaders who are most knowledgeable in the field, whether they are leading or simply sitting in on the session.
Inc. Magazine shares that attending conferences or conventions “allows you some time to take a look at the wider industry.” Without conventions, you may not be learning the necessities to not only grow your business or career but avoid potential pitfalls too. This convention is your time to look at the bigger picture and how you can benefit from this new knowledge.
Network with your peers
There’s no better opportunity to meet face to face with other members of your industry. The NAEC Convention lets you connect with a mixture of peers, from elevator technicians to contractors and consultants to inspectors. Those professionals make up over 70% of the convention’s historical attendance, so you’ll be in good company. Networking is a key way to foster lasting connections that can lead to future job opportunities, prospective partnerships and business deals, and access to potential resources.
Knowledge sharing among peers is an essential way to develop your skills and grow your company, too. The Harvard Business Review notes that, especially for new startups, it’s pertinent to “overindex on networking and meeting new people” at these events. However, even if you’ve been in business for years, there’s always something new to learn from your peers.
To register for the NAEC Convention, simply visit the NAEC website or click here now. Once you’re all signed up, don’t forget to download the NAEC Mobile App, which is sponsored by ESS. Forbes explains why these event apps are so valuable: “[you can] manage schedules, find networking events, interact on social media with unique hashtags, and connect with speakers and other attendees.” Be sure to download the Mobile App so you can make the most out of your event experience.