LAS VEGAS – Officials from the California Association of Medical Product Suppliers (CAMPS) inked a co-location agreement with Medtrade Spring last year, and now three California-specific educational sessions are in place. Click Here for more info on the sessions.
“Before the co-location agreement, many CAMPS members were trying to decide; Do I go to the CAMPS show or Medtrade Spring?” says Tony Myrell, president of CAMPS and owner of Premier Medical Equipment, Colton, Calif. “They will now get the best of both worlds. They will be able to get state info with topics specifically geared toward California providers, but also, at the same location, understand the national issues, and be able to participate in those educational sessions.”
The agreement combines the annual CAMPS meeting with Medtrade Spring, scheduled for March 30-April 1, 2015. “This co-location agreement saves CAMPS members time and money by allowing them to go to one trade show instead of two in 2015,” says Kevin Gaffney, group show director, Medtrade. “CAMPS members will have full access to the Medtrade Spring show floor and all educational sessions, and we will have the privilege of welcoming CAMPS members to what will be an excellent show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.”
Bob Achermann, executive director of Sacramento-based CAMPS, says the agreement is a renewal of sorts that harkens back to a similar agreement a decade ago. With so much specialization among providers these days, Acherman thought the time was ripe to head back to Medtrade Spring.
“We needed to look at ways to be more efficient for our members in providing a greater array of topics and speakers,” he says. “By combining with Medtrade Spring, we can provide some California-specific topics and speakers, but also be attractive for providers, because there is such a wide variety of speakers at Medtrade Spring in other aspects of the business. A membership update meeting will be part of the content, and a small reception for California attendees is also likely.”
“CAMPS coming back to the show as a partner in this co-location agreement is great news,” adds Tom Ryan, president of the American Association for Homecare. “We have been having several discussions along this front, because it makes sense to leverage the Medtrade brand, as well as the expertise of Emerald Expositions [company that puts on Medtrade], to run a successful show. My hat is off to the CAMPS board and Bob Achermann for their vision.”
“Medtrade Spring is a worthwhile event for all providers,” enthuses Dave Fein, CAMPS board member and a Valencia, Calif-based HME provider. “There is valuable info and education that providers can bring back to their businesses. It’s one of the few events in our industry that bring all the different DME/HME providers together.”
General registration is open for Medtrade Spring, scheduled for March 30-April 1 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Anyone who has any questions about the registration process should call: (877) 914-4677 (toll free) or (240) 439-2984 (International residents) between the hours of 9:00 am – 6:00 pm EST, or email: MedtradeSpring@Experient-Inc.com.