The "Who's Who" Build The FutureWritten By: Matt Di Iorio
Article Date: 12-01-2005
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And have a great time doing it!
When I was a young buck in the construction equipment distribution industry, I remember wondering when I would get to go to AED. That's what we called the annual meeting and equipment show - AED - and that's what most people still call it. I went to the local AED meetings, but I wanted to go to the "big show" - to the place where the industry's "Who's Who" gather to pontificate about the past, present and future, or so it seemed at the time.
I would never have imagined then that some years later I'd actually be involved in producing that very same show.
The industry's "Who's Who" continues to evolve and so does AED's Annual Meeting & CONDEX. The convention's evolution from 2005 to 2006 includes hosting the Chairman's Inaugural Dinner on Friday night instead on Saturday. The reception preceding the banquet, compliments of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, dinner sponsored by GE Commercial Finance with wine sponsored by Ritchie Bros., and ice cream parlor afterward compliments of MTU Detroit Diesel will afford many opportunities to connect with new people, and build on current relationships. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, co-sponsored by Pricewaterhouse-Coopers and Sentry Insurance, is the keynote speaker. He's sure to provide plenty of fodder for consideration and conversation.
There will be plenty to talk about Saturday night as well as the party moves to the deck of the U.S.S. Midway - that's THE U.S.S. Midway, America's longest serving aircraft carrier, sponsored by QUALCOMM with cocktails compliments of CIT Construction.
The Midway was commissioned the largest ship in the world in 1945 and ended its storied history with the liberation of Kuwait. (Personally, I can't wait! And if you, like me, are excited by the prospect of a tour of the Midway, be sure to register soon. Space is limited.)
CONDEX, the convention's trade show, is an excellent resource and it continues to get bigger and better. Every year, dealers tell us that they found new product lines, new services and new solutions at the show. Last year, CONDEX included its first live demos. They were so successful and well-received, the 2006 show will also have demos. Also last year, we added "Technical Scholl Row," to give representatives from AED Foundation accredited schools to meet with dealers - that, too, was such a successful addition, that additional accredited schools will participate this year.
Another measure of the convention's evolution is The AED University Manager's Conference. This two-day event is being held in conjunction with the convention and it is designed to provide comprehensive professional development for rental, parts, service, sales and branch managers. (While this event was developed for managers, executives that register for the Annual Meeting are also eligible to attend any of the parts, service, sales and rental programs.) This year, managers who attend all of the seminars in their particular programs will receive a certificate.
More than 20 years have passed since I joined this industry. Now I'm fortunate enough to get to go to all of AED's meetings and I've learned that the equipment distribution industry's "Who's Who" that attend the convention do much more than pontificate about the past, they discuss the present and build the future!
Whether your annual sales are $1 million or $1 billion, whether you are a service manager or a CEO, whether your dealership considers itself Heavy or Medium or Specialized, everyone who attends the annual meeting gets the royal treatment.
YOU are the industry's "Who's Who," and this convention has been designed specifically and exclusively for you. If you haven't registered yet, do it today - including the Inaugural Banquet and the trip to the U.S.S. Midway. You'll have a great time, you'll see old friends and make new ones, and you'll learn a lot...and don't forget to bring YOUR young bucks.
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