LAS VEGAS – After Medtrade wrapped up last week, organizers immediately turned their attention to Medtrade Spring, scheduled for March 30-April 1 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
“We are certainly energized from a successful Medtrade,” said Kevin Gaffney, group show director, Medtrade. “However, March of 2015 is not that far away, and we are already planning events, educational sessions, and actively signing up exhibitors for what should be an excellent show.”
Members of the California Association of Medical Product Suppliers (CAMPS) are already signed up for Medtrade Spring thanks to a new Medtrade Spring co-location agreement.
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 Gaffney. “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, Achermann 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 Ackerman for their vision.”
Registration for Medtrade Spring should be open by late November. Check www.medtrade.com and/or Medtrade Monday for updates.