I hesitated using the term “record-breaking” when talking about
this year’s successful AAPEX. Has it lost its meaning? How relevant
is it? Does anyone care? Is it overused?
But, then I was reminded that it’s a pretty big flippin’ deal
when an individual, team, company or organization can say they broke a
record. It could be the number of home runs, passing yardage, product
sales, racing speed, votes registered, corporate profits or any number of
So, folks, AAPEX did break some records and I’m proud to report
- More exhibitors
and booths, meaning more products to see than ever before.
- 2,100 one-on-one
meetings for AWDA – the most ever – the equivalent of 175 work days.
- 39 education
sessions with an average 80 attendees in each – most and best so far.
- 1,200 industry
professionals at the AAIA Town Hall breakfast.
Beyond these impressive numbers, however, is what’s most
important -- and that is the AAPEX numbers are a direct reflection of the
current business climate in our industry. While the industry grew AAPEX, I
hope AAPEX helped further grow the industry. Talk about a win-win!