The final part of this three-part article examines the many events and networking opportunities available at the show.

On top of experiencing first-hand all the latest products, equipment and innovations the industry has to offer, there is no shortage of networking opportunities at the show.

In reality, the entire week is an opportunity to network, but ISSA has scheduled a few specific areas devoted to meeting with old and new colleagues. Of the specific events scheduled, attendees can connect with industry peers at the ISSA Excellence Awards Luncheon on Friday, as well at the Show Floor Happy Hour on Thursday. The ISSA LinkedIn Reception is also on Thursday and runs from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (a half hour past the Happy Hour) outside the ISSA Resource Center. The reception lets ISSA LinkedIn group members connect and possibly win great raffle prizes.

Another great networking opportunity that is back by popular demand is the ISSA Bistro, an upscale dining option located on the show floor. Attendees who want an easy way to find one another on the busy show floor can use the ISSA Meeting Hub. It includes private meeting space that is available to reserve for short discussions or, if needed, multiple days.

Those who attend the show, no matter their roles in the industry, will take home valuable information. Distributors in particular will find products they can’t find anywhere else and have access to supplier executives and technical experts they otherwise may not be able to reach. Plus, they’ll find trend updates and business advice to help maintain their competitive edge.

For those still debating whether going to Vegas this year is worth the expense, Rangel says distributors often tell her that by attending ISSA/INTERCLEAN, they are positioning themselves to be seen as more professional and as experts in the industry.
“They genuinely feel like they are missing out if they don’t invest the time to attend,” she says.

Nick Bragg is a freelance writer based in Milwaukee. He is a former Deputy Editor of Sanitary Maintenance.

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