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Mar 10, 2016

All Trails Lead Here: Global Pet Expo 2016


All Trails Lead Here: Global Pet Expo 2016

Orlando, FL (March 10, 2016) Don’t miss the world’s largest annual pet products trade show hailed as “Greatest Show on Earth” by Trade Show Executive Magazine


The American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) are proud to present Trade Show Executive (TSE) magazine’s “Greatest Show on Earth,” Global Pet Expo.


Show Dates for the pet industry’s largest annual trade show:

March 16-18, 2016

Wednesday and Thursday: 9 am – 6 pm, Friday: 9 am - 5 pm

New Products Showcase Awards Presentation: Thursday, March 17 at 5 pm


Press registration details are available at

About The Show:

With industry spending expected to top $60 billion in 2015, consumers are increasingly spending on the furry, feathered, and scaly members of their household. Global Pet Expo is the first pet products trade show of 2016, and gives qualified media and buyers a first-hand opportunity to find all the hottest new pet products to share with the eager pet-owning population, before they hit store shelves.

The 2015 Show opened its doors to more than 311,300 net square feet of exhibit space, making it the biggest Global Pet Expo in its eleven years. There was growth across the board as Global Pet Expo featured 6,061 buyers in attendance, an 8.3 percent increase over last year, more than 3,000 new pet product launches, 1,051 exhibitors and 3,113 booths sold – the highest Show numbers to date. Total show attendance came to nearly 15,500 people.

In addition to being named “Greatest Show on Earth,” Global Pet Expo also recently received a spot on TSE magazine’s Fastest 50 list as one of top fastest growing trades shows (in attendance) across all industries, and has been recognized for the past six years with the TSE Annual Gold 100 Award. The Show has even received a ‘Best Use of Social Media’ award from TSE as well as awards for its sponsorship development program and Exhibitor prospectus from the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE).

In 2016, more than 1,000 companies from around the world will showcase products for all types of pets including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, small animals and horses in various special sections on the Show floor, including the “International Pavilion,” “Natural Pet,” “Boutique,” “Everything Aquatic,” and “What’s New!” section.

Another much anticipated highlight of the 2016 Show is sure to be the New Products Showcase, which provides pet product manufacturers the opportunity to highlight their newest lines, and gives attendees a chance to preview all the newest products hitting the industry in one location at the Show. This 30,000 square-foot space on the trade show floor is set aside to recognize the year's best creative efforts in New Product and Point-of-Purchase Displays. With nearly 1,000 entries expected, this is the largest new products showcase at any pet product industry trade show in the world. The New Products Showcase “Best in Show” awards are the most coveted awards given in the industry. Winners will be announced at the Sixth Annual New Products Showcase Awards presentation. In order to be eligible to win, products must be entered in the New Products Showcase.

There’s no better place to experience the power of the pet industry than at Global Pet Expo! All trails lead here. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals, making it the most important gathering of buyers, pet product manufacturers, and international attendees in the U.S. The Show is not open to the general public.


The Show takes place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The New Products Showcase Awards Presentation takes place on the Show Floor in the New Products Showcase section.

Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The 2015 Show featured 1,051 exhibitors, 3,113 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. Additionally, 6,061 pet product buyers from around the world attended. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. The 2016 Show will take place March 16-18, 2016 in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information, visit

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958. APPA membership includes more than 1,100 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises. APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. Visit for more information.

Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) has represented the interests of pet product distributors since 1968. The mission of PIDA is to enhance the well being of the wholesaler-distributor, to promote partnerships with their suppliers and customers and to work cooperatively with other organizations in fostering the human-companion animal bond. Visit for more information.

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Jan 25, 2016

AHR EXPO Opens Monday, January 25


AHR EXPO Opens Monday, January 25

Orlando, FL (January 25, 2016) The annual AHR Expo, to be held January 25 to 27, 2016 in Orlando, Fla., expects to welcome more than 60,000 attendees and 2,000 exhibiting companies covering all facets of the HVACR industry. Responses from a recent joint survey, sent to 1,300 2016 AHR Expo exhibitors by ASHRAE Journal and International Exposition Co., revealed optimism for the coming year in the HVACR industry.

The survey asked HVACR equipment manufacturers to consider what they anticipate the business climate will be for the industry – regarding their sales, market segment activity and overall expectations – for 2016. Results were compared to a similar survey sent out in November of 2014, which gauged exhibitors’ expectations for 2015. While some answers varied from year to year by only slight percentage points in either direction, some were drastically different, representing changes and future trends in the industry.

According to the survey, 86 percent of exhibitors are confident about their business prospects in 2016, with 14 percent answering “excellent” and 62 percent selecting “good.” Only 14 percent rated conditions poor or had no opinion. These numbers, particularly the percentage of “good” answers, are fairly consistent with 2015’s survey, which showed a significant growth in optimism from previous years.

Exhibitors also expressed positive outlooks when asked about their expectations of sales growth in the new year based on prospective clients. 81percent expected to see an increase in sales. Of those, 21 percent predicted a 10 percent growth while 33 percent anticipated between 5 and 10 percent growth.

In keeping with the positive outlook for industry growth in 2016, 67 percent of HVACR manufacturers responding to the survey said they plan to introduce a new product at the 2016 AHR Expo in January. Of those new products, 53 percent aim to improve energy efficiency.

The survey question asking, “In general, how much are government and/or utility incentives helping to increase the adoption of energy-efficient products and technologies?” leant additional insight in this regard. Fifty-eight percent answered “some,” 28 percent said “very little,” and 5 percent responded “not at all,” while only 9 percent said “a lot.” This feedback shows that the industry would welcome and appreciate more help from incentive programs in the coming year.

When manufacturers were asked about their viewpoints on various market segments in the new year, data and telecom centers, hospitals and healthcare facilities all tied with the residential market for best outlook overall. All were rated “excellent” or “good” by 65 percent of respondents. Data and telecom centers and residences were both rated “excellent” by 10 percent and “good” by 55 percent, while hospitals and healthcare facilities ratings were 16 percent and 49 percent, respectively. Closely following in ratings were light commercial and office buildings with 62 percent each and heavy commercial with 60 percent “excellent” and “good” ratings. These percentages are a sign of stability in the industry, as they are on par with last year’s survey results showing the strongest outlooks in the same markets.

When it came to the anticipated best potential for business in 2016, responses skewed from those of 2015’s survey. Forty-two percent of respondents selected “retrofit and renovations” as the most opportunistic area of the industry, up 14 percentage points from last year. Thirty percent selected “new construction,” which was last year’s number one answer. “Maintenance and replacement” decreased from 32 to 28 percent in the year between surveys.

“Numbers like these represent the ever-changing needs of this vast, complex industry,” said Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Company. “Yes, the market segments have stayed consistent, but their needs haven’t. We are seeing less new construction and a jump in demand for renovations in existing structures. Much of this comes from a market-wide push for energy efficiency and conservation of resources, which I am pleased to see. The trend of improved energy efficiency in products lends hope to the future in regard to streamlining energy usage worldwide.”

The next question asked manufacturers to rate the importance of various product features to their customers. Leading the pack of what customers considered “very important” was reliability with 87 percent. An additional 11 percent said reliability was “somewhat important.” The playing field was evened out when totals of “very important” and “somewhat important” were calculated. Energy efficiency, indoor air quality, maintenance and first cost totals all fell in the 93- to 98-percent range. Comfort was considered important to 90 percent of customers and sustainability to 82 percent. When it came to use of recycled materials in the product or its packaging, answers were evenly split, with 50 percent deeming it important and 50 percent selecting “not important.”

Examining customers’ needs along with the needs of the industry as a whole, exhibitors’ responses provide a more in-depth understanding of industry trends. When exhibitors almost unanimously agree that reliability is very important to customers, for example, it indicates a trend of engineering and manufacturing to greater reliability across HVACR industry products.

A final, open-ended question asked manufactures what they perceive to be the most important trend or issue in the current HVACR industry. Responses included: renewable fuels, the expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT), building automation, product cost and education, training and recruitment of HVACR staff. . At-large, the most common answer was energy efficiency, suggesting that 2016 may see a drastic shift in focus toward creating even more energy-efficient products and technology industry-wide.

About AHR Expo

The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo), which began more than 85 years ago as a heating and ventilation show, has now grown into one of the world’s largest HVACR events. The Exposition is held annually in key markets and major cities across the U.S., hosting close to 2,000 exhibitors and bringing in crowds of 60,000 industry professionals. The Show provides a unique forum for the HVACR community to come together and share new products, technologies, and ideas. The event is co-sponsored by ASHRAE and AHRI, and is held in conjunction with ASHRAE’s Winter Conference.

About International Exposition Company, Inc. (IEC)

International Exposition Company (IEC) is a Westport, Conn.-based trade show management company. For more than 100 years, the company has built its reputation on a track record of honesty, respect and fairness for exhibiting companies and show attendees. IEC owns and manages three major trade show events; the annual AHR Expo (International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition), the biennial AHR Expo-Mexico, and the biennial Chem Show. Attendance across the three events totals in excess of 70,000.

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Jan 11, 2016

National Future of Education Conference Begins January 12th


National Future of Education Conference Begins January 12th

Orlando, FL (January 11, 2016) The Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) starts TODAY in Orlando and will focus on ed-tech trends, including STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Keynotes will include Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani and astronaut and engineer Leland Melvin.

Thousands of educators and technology professionals from around the world are converging at the 36th annual Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in the Orange County Convention Center to peer into the future of classroom technology. As one of the largest ed-tech conferences, FETC provides pre-K – 12 educators and administrators the opportunity to explore the integration of technology across the curriculum through hands-on exposure to the latest software and successful implementation strategies.

Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, kicks off the conference as the Opening Keynote speaker. She will discuss bridging the gender gap in technological learning and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. According to Girls Who Code, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but hold approximately 25 percent of the jobs in technical or computing fields. To further educate attendees about this issue, FETC will host a screening of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, a documentary which exposes the shortage of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gap.

“FETC is excited to feature experts on ed-tech trends, such as STEM, who will provide insight on how to teach these topics to all students,” said Mike Eason, FETC General Manager.

FETC STEM Innovation and Keynote speaker, engineer and astronaut, Leland Melvin will present the importance of pursuing STEM careers. Also, FETC will recognize excellence and innovation in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education at the primary, middle and high school levels at the second annual STEM Excellence Awards. The finalists are Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies (Overland Park, Kan.), Immaculata-La Salle High School (Miami, Fla.), Nikola Tesla STEM High School (Redmond, Wash.), Laing Middle School of Science and Technology (Mount Pleasant, S.C.), Renton Prep and the STEM Academy (Savannah, Ga.), Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. Elementary (St. Petersburg, Fla.), The Evergreen School (Shoreline, Wash.) and Jack Anderson Elementary (Hendersonville, Tenn.). Winners for each division will be announced during the keynote.

“Beyond STEM, FETC prides itself in highlighting a variety of education technology topics in its more than 500 sessions – from podcasting in the classroom to assistive technology to game-based learning,” said Eason.

National Teacher of the Year Sean McComb will keynote iWill: Activating Empowered Teachers and Students, where he will share his positive experiences in transforming his classroom and conditions needed for students and teachers to thrive. 

The conference will feature more than 400 exhibitors including Florida Shines, Insight Systems Exchange, National Science Foundation, Scantron, Microsoft, Lenovo, Symballo Edu, Aver and Epson.

Learn more about FETC at Join the conversation by following the conference on Twitter (@FETC) and using and searching the hashtag #FETC.

About the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC)

For 36 years, the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) has brought together education leaders and technology experts to exchange techniques and strategies for teaching and learning success. Known worldwide for its outstanding program, FETC provides educators and administrators the opportunity to explore the integration of technology across the curriculum — from pre-K - 12 — through hands-on exposure to the latest hardware, software and successful strategies.

About LRP Conferences, LLC

LRP Conferences, LLC, an affiliate of LRP Publications, produces more than a dozen professional conferences and trade shows annually, including: Campus Technology Conference, Transformational Technology in Higher Ed Conference, Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo, Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), HR in Hospitality Conference, HR Technology® Conference & Exposition, Recruiting Trends Conference, and National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference® & Expo.

About LRP Publications

LRP Publications, headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is known as educators’ most trusted source for practical and legal education administration guidance and produces newsletters (Education Daily®), books, pamphlets, DVDs, audio conferences, eLearning courses, online services (, and Special Ed and training tools to help educators implement sound programs and avoid compliance errors related to Title I, autism, discipline and more. LRP also produces professional education conferences including: National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities® and Special Education School Attorneys Conference. For a complete list of LRP products, eCourses and conferences, please visit

Note: Media representatives interested in attending and covering FETC 2016 can register on-site in the Press Room at the Orange County Convention Center where registered media representatives can schedule interviews, work stories or just relax. Media representatives are required to register and will not be admitted into any FETC venues without a badge issued by FETC press staff. There is no cost for media registration.

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