Notice to Industry Friends Re: IMEX

IMEXAmerica 2018, at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, will be something you don’t want to miss this year.  In it’s 8th year, this show continues to improve, getting bigger and better with its offerings.  This is THE show that you attend to make connections, be inspired and further expand your own personal and professional development.  This is THE show where you reconnect with industry acquaintances, friends and also make new connections with professionals from around the globe.  It is big, boastful and mostly, memorable.  You will leave refreshed with new event ideas, new contacts and new places to conduct business.

IMEXAmerica is a trade show and industry experiential event that promises High Energy, Superb Education, CSR and Sustainability Components, Technology, Live, Experiential Events, Golf and a Fun Run plus numerous Networking Opportunities.   Participate with over 12,000 other attendees and seize the opportunity to visit with almost participating 3,400 exhibitors from around the world.

This year IMEXAmerica kicks off on October 15 with Smart Monday where the founder of EventsMB, Julius Solaris will detail how to make every event a life-changing experience.  The remaining components of the show then begins October 16-18.

I have previously attended this show as both a hosted buyer and as an exhibitor/supplier. In both capacities, I saw old friends and made new ones.  At times I felt overwhelmed by all that the show offers and all that is happening.   It certainly can be exhausting, yet very rewarding.  Your schedule will be jam-packed but the ideas and information exchange will prove invaluable. Plus, you also have plenty of opportunities to have fun with networking events.   The key is to be informed ahead of time, pre-schedule your appointments, plan and allow time for what you want to accomplish, pack comfortable shoes, take notes, collect contact information, and dive in head first to experience all that you can in a few days.

This show offers so many ways to connect and learn, not just on the exhibit floor.  There are workshops and areas that you can experience a variety of event ideas to possibly implement in your planning.  Also, if you are a buyer, you have options.  Attend as a hosted buyer or as a buyer attendee.  The online appointment system makes it easy for buyers and exhibitors to connect with each other and ensures everyone sees who they want to see.

This show is just around the corner so if you haven’t decided to attend, now is the time.  For more information, visit the IMEXMerica website and here to register as a buyer attendee or as a hosted buyer (if you have not been invited by a supplier already).  Trust me, you will have a blast and leave with loads of helpful information and some new friends to add to your professional and social networks.

So, make plans for October 16-18 in Las Vegas and plan to also attend Smart Monday on Monday, October 15th.


Julie Martinez, CMP, CMM is a meeting, event and incentive planning specialist providing consulting, strategic planning and on-site management.  She is a member and contributor of I-Meet, the online business community for people who plan meetings and events. Please connect with her on LinkedIn and follow her Twitter.


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