The greatest show on earth
From the editor
Guess who: a person with ice applied to sore knees, pulled back muscles, and more than 20 miles traveled by foot in about three days. Sounds like an athlete, huh? Maybe a NBA or NHL player? Actually, that person is me – after a trip to Las Vegas to cover Conexpo.
The number of attendees at the 2014 Conexpo- Con/Agg show last month was estimated at 150,000. I believe this estimation to be true. This, the largest trade show I ever have or, most likely, ever will cover, was a booming success. Meeting appointments with our masonry industry clients every half hour sometimes required a light jog across the many concrete lots. All of my time playing Pacman and Frogger as a kid paid off as I maneuvered the aisles of the crowded halls.
This show only takes place every three years, and although the Masonry Magazine team returns feeling a little battered and bruised, we all agree it’s a highly productive trip. Even better than the sprawling array of construction equipment is the variety of attendees from nearly every culture and country you can name. It’s a gentle reminder of just how important our business is – not only in the United States – but around the globe.
If you missed the show this time around, I suggest you try to make the 2017 Conexpo- Con/Agg show. If you did attend Conexpo/Con/Agg this year, I’d love to learn about your experience and see your photos. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or post to our Facebook page.
Originally published in Masonry magazine.
About the Author
Jennifer Morrell was the editor of Masonry magazine. She has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry as a writer and editor, covering such topics as real estate and construction, insurance, health care, relationships and sports. A graduate of The University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in magazines and is an award-winning newspaper columnist.