Published 28th of April 2017

Written by Lloyd Williams - Group Chairman

Is it really April already?

Having just returned from the NAID conference in Las Vegas I’m still amazed that other industry leaders and innovators from the UK do not visit this show whilst representatives from most European, Asian and Australasian country’s make the trip. Two of this year larger visiting national delegates were from Japan and Australia. With the Expo and conference package represented extremely good value with the event taking place at the Tropicana Resort in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip. The Tropicana is an older property built 60 years ago and has a retro feel to it but also was the right size for a conference and expo because in any of the larger venues the audience and delegates would have been lost.

Kicking off with the annual golf tournament or as my son Nik calls it ‘one of the best day of his year!’ The conference then grows into full swing offering sessions on educational input, each session has an option choice of three titles lasting approximately 45 minutes. In between sessions are expo breaks to give delegates time to talk with the biggest selection of trade vendors and suppliers in the world that cover all kinds of shredders, shred trucks, software solutions and bins cabinets and other receptacles for collection and servicing at our client’s offices.

On the Thursday lunch the associations business lunch takes place and Board minutes and new Board are approved.

My main 2017 highlights from this year’s conference expo were,

·The Block Party which is where all delegates are invited to a BBQ in the truck lot or block where they can view all the new innovations on state of the art mobile shredders. With a first class BBQ and a band to rock up the show.

·The keynote speaker talking on Faith Family and Freedom this was given by the wife of the ‘American Sniper’. I was also very impressed on a session called the Secret to Explosive Growth in Your Business this session explained the merits of mentoring employees from the bottom of your business to the top Chairperson or CEO’s.

NAID’s CEO, Bob Johnson can now boast that he has grown this conference expo to one of the largest industry specific shows and bolstered it by 100 people from the Medical Waste Management Association giving a total 900 plus delegates and vendors in total.

In summary, I don’t think there is a better think tank for our industry with delegates openly discussing our trade and client issues whilst sharing common goals.