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Your Spring “Shared Knowledge University” Invitation (SKU)

April 14th, 2017 COMMENTS


Quit pretending. You want to attend Shared Knowledge University (SKU). You know it. We know it. Heck, your colleagues are sick and tired of hearing you talk about it. Just do it! (as another much more famous Portland company would say).

Will you learn a lot? Yes. Will it be exhausting? Yes. Will you want to leave Portland on Wednesday morning? No. But as former SKU graduates have discovered, we’re going to take your sorry, broken, hypnotized, and dehydrated body to the airport whether you want to leave or not.

Space is limited and openings fill fast. Contact Jen LaBruzza ( to reserve your spot on June 12-13 (Monday and Tuesday). Embrace your chance to add the SKU logo to your LinkedIn profile.

Click on the image below to view the happy SKU video.

Shared Knowledge University, Spring 2017

–Mel White


10 Big Trade Shows in North America | April 2017

March 30th, 2017 COMMENTS

10 Big Trade Shows in April 2017
Spring has officially sprung, and we’re hopping into April with another BIG trade show month. This month features coffee to craft brewers, and furniture design to architects and broadcasters. There’s something for everyone.

PROMAT 2017, Apr. 3 – 6, 2017, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

ProMat is where manufacturing and supply chain professionals go to find their X – that unknown quantity that will take their supply chain to the next level of success. ProMat 2017 is the one show where attendees will see in person, in action the best solutions and innovations the industry has to offer and meet the leading providers face-to-face. As a bonus, a ProMat badge will get attendees into Automate 2017 where they’ll find automation solutions they need to make operations work more profitably.

SAE International World Congress Experience, Apr. 4 – 6, 2017, Cobo Center, Detroit, MI

At WCX17: SAE World Congress Experience practical meets potential. The premier talent in the automotive and mobility industry converge to address current challenges, discover new avenues of exploration, and explore the promise of the future of transportation engineering in an interactive experience. More than 200 exhibitors – including OEMs, suppliers, and technology companies – will be exhibiting at WCX.

Coverings, Apr. 4 – 7, 2017, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL

Coverings is the largest tile and stone show in North America with nine miles of the latest trends and exhibitors from over 40 countries. The show floor at Orange County Convention Center will feature 1,100 global exhibitors showcasing the latest tile & stone innovations. From Live installation demonstrations and tours of the show floor, to networking events and segment-focused Appreciation days, Coverings will be packed with things to see and experience.

Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America, Apr. 10 – 13, 2017, Washington, D.C.

The 34th Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America will return to the nation’s capital. It is presentment annually by the Brewers Association and is the craft brewing industry’s leading event, and the only one that serves both brewpubs and packaging breweries.

BrewExpo America is the main trade show for American craft brewers providing the opportunity to connect customers, leaders, and more than 775 vendors in one location in the national and international brewing arena. The trade show sets the stage for exhibitors and buyers to develop profitable business relationships and helps brewing and brewery restaurant professionals encounter the latest and best products and services that industry vendors have to offer.

Global Specialty Coffee Expo, Apr. 20 – 23, 2017, Seattle, WA

The Global Specialty Coffee Expo has everything for everyone in the coffee world. Roasters and Retailers can attend and have the opportunity to exhibit their products on the show floor, network with the industry’s decision makers, and further their professional careers by participating in the SCA’s numerous lectures, labs or certificate programs. Food and Beverage professionals can attend to view the industry’s most innovative and cutting edge coffee products, learn about integrating specialty coffee into their existing business plan, and easily make purchasing decisions face to face on the show floor.

Coffee Enthusiasts of all professional backgrounds can attend to participate or watch the coffee competitions, mingle with like-minded attendees at receptions and lunches, or learn more about the art of cupping, brewing or roasting in the educational programs.

Artexpo New York, Apr. 21 – 24, 2017, Pier 94, New York, New York

Each year thousands of art industry insiders flock to the Artexpo New York in search of the art and artists that will shape trends in galleries worldwide. Hosting more than 25,000 avid art enthusiasts annually, Artexpo New York is the largest international gathering of qualified trade buyers—including gallery owners and managers, art dealers, interior designers, architects, corporate art buyers and art & framing retailers.

High Point Spring Market, Apr. 22 – 26, 2017, High Point, NC

The High Point Spring Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point, North Carolina, every six months. Serious retail home furnishings buyers, interior designers, architects, and others in the home furnishings industry can be found in High Point twice a year because if you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn’t exist. Currently there are 180 buildings with a combined 11.5 million square feet of show space. There are 75,000 attendees each market, more than 2000 exhibitors, with 100+ countries represented.

FDIC International, April 24 – 29, 2017, Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN

There is no other event like Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC) International.  The FDIC “Experience” is hard to convey in mere statistics, percentages and words. You’ll hear many of our past attendees talk about the “hallway conversations”, “life-long friendships”, and the power of this event to recharge the passion. In 2016 there were 780 exhibitors interacting with 32,439 attendees. 1,403 were international attendees from 59 countries. Also in 2016, TSNN named FDIC International was named #39 of the top 250 Fastest Growing Trade Shows in 2016.

NAB Show, Apr. 22 – 27, 2017, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV

The result of these once distinct fields of media, entertainment and technology are converging and becoming something far greater than the sum of their parts. That’s the M.E.T. Effect – and it’s redesigning the very nature of how we live, work and play.

This cultural phenomenon is fueled by internet connectivity and integrated systems, opening up limitless opportunities. Behavior and business have merged to redefine workflows and revenue streams. Corporate alliances are forming and development teams are working vigorously to fill consumer demand for more digital content and immersive experiences. NAB Show is where global visionaries convene and where this phenomenon comes to life.

The entire digital ecosystem attends the Show, including Broadcast, Digital Media, Film, Entertainment, Telecom, Post-Production, Academia, Mobil, Houses of Worship, Advertising, Military, Government, Retail, Security, Sports, Live Events, Online Video, IT, Virtual and Augmented Reality, and so many more.

AIA Conference on Architecture, Apr. 27 – 29, 2017, Orlando, FL

Every year, the AIA Conference on Architecture attracts thousands of architects and design professionals—a collection of talented and visionary individuals who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people in all communities. Nearly 800 leading building product manufacturers are bringing their best architectural products and materials to the expo so attendees can experience what’s new, next, and cutting edge.


Classic Exhibits Inc. designs and manufacturers portable, modular, and custom-hybrid exhibit solutions. Classic Exhibits products are represented by an extensive distributor network in North America and in select International markets. For more information, contact us at 866-652-2100 or


10 BIG Trade Shows in North America | March 2017

January 30th, 2017 COMMENTS


March can be a little crazy. There’s the weather. A little something called March Madness. The “Luck o’ the Irish” and some OUTSTANDING trade shows. See below for our 10 Ten Trade Shows in March.

Campus Market Expo (CAMEX), Mar. 3 – 7, 2017, Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT

CAMEX is the largest trade show in the campus retailing industry, attended by 1,900 qualified buyers from nearly 900 stores, as well as 600+ exhibiting companies. CAMEX has ranked as one of the top 250 trade shows in the nation for the past 13 years by Trade Show News Network (TSNN).  From apparel to tech products, convenience items to gifts, more than 90 product categories targeted to the campus student consumer can be found at CAMEX. Buying and saving are goals during the three-day show – nearly 90% of CAMEX attendees take advantage of exhibitor’ Show Specials.

2017 HAI Heli-Expo, Mar. 6 – 9, 2017, Dallas, TX

HAI Heli-Expo is where the global helicopter industry gathers to build professionals, networks, and solutions. With 1million+ square feet of meeting and exhibit space, Heli-Expo is attended by 20,000 industry professions, including 20% from international destinations. Heli-Expo also attracts 700+ exhibitors and there are 60+ aircraft on display.

CONEXPO – CON/AGG, Mar. 7 – 11, 2017, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV

CONEXPO-CON/AGG is where every major construction industry is represented amongst 2,500+ exhibitors over 2.5M square feet and more than 150 education sessions including asphalt, aggregates, concrete, earthmoving, lifting, mining, utilities and more. New in 2017, the Tech Experience with 75,000+ square feet dedicated to the future of the construction industry and you’ll also find almost 700 new exhibitors.

Natural Products Expo West

Natural Products Expo West is the world’s largest natural products event and is the preeminent show for spotting trends in the food and CPG industry. The trade show serves as a launching pad for innovation from entrepreneurial brands to more established companies looking to keep up with shifts in consumer demand. Playing host to more than 77,000 attendees, Natural Products Expo West brings together an inspired community of industry members and more than 3,000 exhibiting companies, including more than 600 first time exhibitors.

PAX East, Mar. 10 – 12, 2017, Boston, MA

In 2004, the folks at Penny Arcade decided they wanted a show exclusively for gaming. From that idea spawned a small 4,500 person event in Bellevue, Washington, focused on the culture and community that is gaming.

Since then, the show hasn’t looked back. Doubling in size each year until venue capacities were reached, in 2010 the show expanded in Boston for PAX East, drawing tens of thousands of attendees in the inaugural year. The shows in Seattle and Boston represent the two largest gaming events in North America! PAX has been the only place the public could see, hear and experience the insanity that is a game industry expo hall. With over a hundred thousand square feet of show floor and all genres, platforms and styles of games represented, this area makes for one of the highlights to the PAX experience.

Catersource, Mar. 12 – 15, 2017, Ernest N. Memorial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA

The ultimate conference and trade show for the catering and event industry is heading back to New Orleans, the place where it all began, to celebrate our 25th anniversary!

Attendees will walk away with hundreds of ideas from this award-winning trade show. 400+ companies will be on the show floor, introducing attendees to thousands of products and services that will help them grow, maintain, and exemplify their businesses.

The Work Truck Show, Mar. 15 – 17, 2017, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN

Once a year, The Work Truck Show brings together the best from across the industry. With 500+ exhibitors, The Work Truck Show and Green Truck Summit offer equipment distributors, truck dealers, fleet managers and others in the industry a unique opportunity to network and learn about the work truck industry’s evolving dynamics, the latest product developments from leading work truck OEMs and explore fuel-saving technologies and alternative fuels.

International Home & Housewares Show, Mar. 18 – 21, 2017, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

The International Home & Housewares Show is the place where art intersects with engineering, technology informs style. Where exhibitors display innovation, buyers discover trends and the industry connects to do business. The show features more than 2,200 exhibitors, including 400 new companies exhibiting for the first time. and every year more than 62,000 of world’s most important home goods and housewares professionals gather to do business. This year the show will feature a special emphasis on the smart home and connected products with the new IHA Smart Home Pavilion.

Global Pet Expo, Mar. 22 – 24, 2017, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL

Global Pet Expo, the premier pet industry event will host 1,087 exhibitors in 3,200+ booths with total buyer attendance of 6,170 representing 76 countries. The Show is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified media and professionals. The Show features 13 football fields’ worth of pet products, more than 3,000 product-launches and 150 first time exhibiting companies. Global Pet Expo has also been ranked as one of the top 100 trade shows in the nation by Trade Show Executive Magazine.

International Vision Expo East

International Vision Expos, the worldwide conference and exhibition for eyecare and eyewear, are trade-only events that draw more than 30,000 eyecare professionals each year. It is the world’s most inclusive ophthalmic conference and expo.

Attendees will have access to more than five football fields of dazzling exhibit space and discover comprehensive education covering the full spectrum of the medical, diagnostic, lab and practice management skills and the latest trends in eye-wear fashion.


Classic Exhibits Inc. designs and manufacturers portable, modular, and custom-hybrid exhibit solutions. Classic Exhibits products are represented by an extensive distributor network in North America and in select International markets. For more information, contact us at 866-652-2100 or


10 BIG Trade Shows in North America | February 2017

January 16th, 2017 COMMENTS


January was a slamming month for trade shows. February holds strong and makes us wanna say, “I Heart Trade Shows!” Here are 10 of the Biggest Shows in North America this month.

Safari Club International’s 2017 Annual Hunters’ Convention, Feb. 1-4, 2017, Las Vegas, NV

This hunters’ heaven has everything the mind can dream of and occupies over 650,000 square feet of exhibit space. Six continents are under one roof where members come to book hunts, rendezvous with old friends and shop for the latest guns and hunting equipment. That only scratches the surface of products available at SCI’s Annual Hunters’ Convention. Notable authorities of the outdoor sports and shooting industries attend the premier hunting show annually. You’ll find it to be the most powerful buying and selling environment in the outdoor industry.

NY Now, Feb. 4 – 8, 2017, Javits Center, New York City

Innovative products make NY NOW the leading trade show for the Home, Lifestyle, and Gift market, with 400+ product categories from 2,400+ suppliers across our comprehensive collections. A wholesale trade show, trade-only attendees will have access to new, design-focused resources from around the world. Exhibitors will expose their brand to thousands of exclusive buyers. Nearly 40% of buyers ONLY attend NY NOW.

MD&M West, Feb. 7 – 9, 2017, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA

For 32 years, MD&M West has helped take medical devices from concept to market by uniting cutting-edge technology with the industry’s foremost minds. Source from the world’s largest collection of suppliers on one show floor. Connect with over 20,000 engineers and executives who are ready to forge business partnerships. Attendees will get answers from hundreds of leading medtech suppliers, be the first to witness demos of technology yet to hit the market, and engage with over 20,000 industry professionals from leading companies.

RSA Conference 2017, Feb. 13 – 17, 2017, Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA

In the digital world in which we now live, information is a very highly valued commodity. Safeguarding that information, therefore, has become a top priority. Collectively the RSA Conferences draw over 45,000 attendees per year, making them the world’s largest provider of security events. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about new approaches to info security, discover the latest technology and interact with top security leaders and pioneers. Hands-on sessions, keynotes and informal gatherings allow you to tap into a smart, forward-thinking global community that will inspire and empower you.

World AG Expo, Feb. 14 – 16, 2017, International Agri-Center, Tulare, CA

Celebrating 50 years, the World Ag Expo continues to be a marketplace and a celebration of all things ag. Attracting 106,346 attendees with 1,500+ exhibitors in 2.6 Million square feet of exhibit space, it is the world’s largest annual outdoor agricultural exposition. We are here to encourage the newest conversations, inventions and innovations in the world of ag so that the dealer, the producer and the consumer can all come out on top. When our exhibitors succeed, our attendees and farmers transform their operation, and consumers all over the world are positively impacted by the increased efficiency. Ag is evolving to feed a growing world. And we’re here to help facilitate that.

National Farm Machinery Show, Feb. 15 – 18, 2017, Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY

850 exhibitors will cover 1.2 million square feet of floor space as the National Farm Machinery show continues to be the largest indoor farm show in America. The National Farm Machinery Show offers the most complete selection of cutting-edge agricultural products, equipment and services available in the farming industry. Business professionals from around the world gain knowledge and hands-on access to various technological advancements needed for the upcoming farming season during the four-day show.

Graphics of the Americas Expo co-located with The NBM Show, Feb. 16 – 18, 2017, Broward County Convention Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

GOA Expo provides exhibitors visibility to thousands of graphics industry professionals from around the world who are coming to discover new products, technologies, services and trends. Attendees come to interact with the leading manufacturers and suppliers in the industry to learn, compare and buy. 90% of GOA attendees make or influence their company’s buying decisions and come from over 72 countries.

The NBM Show serves the markets covered by National Business Media’s three graphics-oriented magazines – Awards and Engraving, Printwear and Sign & Digital Graphics.

SME Annual Conference & Expo and CMA 119th National Western Mining Conference, Feb. 19 – 22, 2017, Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO

The SME Annual Conference & Expo and CMA 119th National Western Mining Conference provides a forum for more than 6,500 industry professionals, from across the world, to share innovative ideas, best practices and cutting-edge research in more than 120 sessions along with an expansive marketplace of more than 650 exhibiting companies.

HIMSS 2017, Feb. 19 – 23, 2017, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL

HIMSS 2017 is where the brightest minds in health and IT meet. It brings together 40,000+ health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world. Exceptional education, world-class speakers, cutting-edge health IT products and powerful networking are hallmarks of this industry-leading conference.

79th Oregon Logging Conference, Feb. 23 – 25, 2017, Lane County Convention Center and Fairgrounds, Eugene, OR

Every year manufacturers and dealers from around the world exhibit the latest technology at the larges inside and outside equipment show west of the Mississippi. The 79th Annual Oregon Logging Conference will be jam packed with seminars, workshops, competitions and more! The OLC is packed with unique opportunities for forestry professionals to network and learn more about their trade.


Classic Exhibits Inc. designs and manufacturers portable, modular, and custom-hybrid exhibit solutions. Classic Exhibits products are represented by an extensive distributor network in North America and in select International markets. For more information, contact us at 866-652-2100 or


10 BIG Trade Shows in North America | December 2016 and January 2017

October 18th, 2016 COMMENTS


These OUTSTANDING December and January trade shows are a hit. And like Ted Williams at the plate, you’ll want to keep your eye on the ball and knock it out of the park.

Performance Racing Industry Show, Dec. 8 – 10, 2016, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis

The PRI Trade Show is THE Epicenter of New Racing Technology. 1,200 companies will display the latest advances in racing products and race engineering. Engine parts, suspension components, data acquisition, safety gear, new metal alloys and coatings, machining equipment, race electronics — it’s all part of the world’s largest racing trade show.

Power-Gen International, Dec. 13 – 15, 2016, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL

As the World’s Largest Power Generation Event, POWER-GEN International is the industry leader in providing comprehensive coverage of the trends, technologies and issues facing the generation sector. More than 1,400 companies from all sectors of the industry exhibit each year to benefit from the exposure to more than 20,000 attendees. Displaying a wide variety of products and services, POWER-GEN International represents a horizontal look at the industry with key emphasis on new solutions and innovations for the future.

Consumer Electronics Show, Jan. 5 – 8, 2017, Las Vegas, NV

The 2016 CES was a record-breaking year. More than 170,000 attendees from across the globe gathered among 2.47 million net square feet of exhibit space. That’s why CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology. No other even gives companies this depth of exposure and reach, because there’s NO other event experience like CES. It’s where business gets done: on the show floor, in and around their conference program, in impromptu connections, and in planned meetings and special events.

National Western Rodeo & Stock Show, Jan. 7 – 22, 2017, Multiple Venues, Denver, CO

The National Western Stock Show, one of Colorado’s preeminent tourist destinations, held every January for 16 days. A nationally recognized western heritage and entertainment event, the stock show hosts one of the world’s richest regular season professional rodeos, one of the country’s largest horse shows and Colorado’s largest western trade show, attracting attendance numbers over 650,000 visitors each year.

International Builders’ Show, co-located with KBIS – Design and Construction Week, Jan. 10 – 12, 2017, Orlando, FL

IBS brings together the industry’s most important global manufacturers and suppliers and showcases the latest products, materials and technologies involved in all types of buildings – including wood, concrete, stone and brick. See 550,000 net square feet of exhibits and more than 1,400 manufacturers and suppliers of the latest and most in-demand products and services.

KBIS will host 500+ leading brands in the kitchen and bath industry, including over 100 NEW companies, spanning across two halls. No other event offers an interactive look at the top brands, the ability to compare products side-by-side and get answers straight from the manufacturers.

Outdoor Retailer – Winter Show, Jan. 10 – 12, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

Outdoor Retailer Winter Market is where orders are written, new accounts are found, connections are made, and winter sports products brands are launched. Outdoor Retailer has proven to be the leading growth vehicle for the winter sports market and brands that are interested in progressing and advancing into multiple channels of the outdoor marketplace. From small shops and regional chains, to the largest national and international retailers – OR Winter Market attracts thousands of buyers and senior level decision makers.

Retail’s BIG Show 2017, Jan. 15 – 17, 2017, Javits Convention Center, New York, NY

NRF’s Annual Convention and EXPO earned the nickname “Retail’s BIG Show” years ago and because the name was so appropriate, it stuck. Today, Retail’s BIG Show is the National Retail Federation’s flagship event held annually in New York City. The three-day event offers unparalleled education, collegial networking with 33,000 of your newest friends, and an enormous EXPO Hall full of technologies and solutions. After more than a century – 106 years to be exact – Retail’s BIG Show is still the only place where you can see and experience all things Retail.

NAMM – National Association of Music Merchants, Jan. 19 – 22, 2017, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA

No other trade show has been more influential in introducing musical trends, unveiling the latest, cutting-edge technologies, creating household product names, showcasing emerging brands and uniting every segment in the industry than The NAMM Show. The NAMM Show is a true global gathering, with buyers attending from 125 countries and regions. Exhibitors benefit from exposure to a diverse base of businesses that buy products, including retail stores and non-exhibiting distributors.

Winter Fancy Food Show, Jan. 22 – 24, 2017, Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA

The Winter Fancy Food Show is the largest specialty food and beverage show on the West Coast, drawing 33,000+ industry professionals, and the premier showcase for industry innovation. The next big products. The next big companies. The next big trends. They’ll be discovered at WFFS 2017 in San Francisco.

NADA – National Automobile Dealers Association, Jan. 26 – 29, 2017, New Orleans, LA

The NADA Convention & Expo is celebrating 100 years in 2017. The NADA Convention & Expo is the world’s largest international gathering of franchised new-vehicle dealers. More than 25,000 new-car and truck dealers and their managers, as well as dealers from over 30 countries, auto industry executives and exhibitor staff typically attend the NADA/ATD Convention & Expo each year. It offers dealers the chance to meet face-to-face with major automakers, provides dozens of workshops with the industry’s best trainers, and features hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the latest equipment, services and technologies.


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