#aftermarket – Nearly 1,800 delegates, prospective members and guests attended annual ISA (Industrial Supply Association) Convention in Cleveland. Overall attendance jumped by 12.6% percent compared to 2014, with larger numbers of attendees in every membership category.
Distributor attendance improved by 6.7% compared to 2014, supplier attendance increased by 8.2% and attendance among industrial manufacturer’s representatives surged by 115%. “The increase in attendance demonstrates that association members have responded positively to changes to the convention format such as providing greater access to distributors, and improving the professional development offerings,” according to ISA chairman Tommy Thompson, executive vice president of Turner Supply Company in Mobile, Ala.
“The recent inclusion of the Distributor/IMR Day continues to resonate well with our suppliers, and there was a lot of buzz on the floor about the increased activity and opportunities to meet new distributors and suppliers,” he said.
Convention delegates agreed that the event provided ample opportunities to network with channel partners, uncover new business opportunities and pick up ideas for improving their personal and company performance.
“The show was very productive. I thought the committee did a great job maximizing all that Cleveland had to offer,” said Ryan Esposito, vice president, metalworking product management, for MSC Industrial Supply, Davidson, N.C.
“It was a great show,” said Carl Persson, client partner for Codifyd, Cleveland, Ohio. “I am having good follow up calls with many distributors and suppliers.”
Suppliers exhibiting during Supplier Booth Day increased by 7% compared to last year, providing delegates with multiple opportunities for meeting with existing and new suppliers.
“Face-to-face business meetings generate opportunities for all of us to grow our business while building on and creating new relationships,” said Thompson.
Thompson added that the professional development sessions planned by the ISA Education Foundation were well received by convention attendees.
“Our future as an industry depends on each of us leading the next generation. This will require us mentoring them while providing leadership and education training opportunities. ISA should be the destination place for all of us, including our next generation of business leaders and managers,” he said.