Crowded classrooms and brisk booth
traffic helped the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo complete another
successful year in the face of economic uncertainty.
“Overall, it was a very successful show…all I heard
were good things about the Expo and the conference,” said
Tracy Beaulieu, conference manager for Hanley Wood Exhibitions.
The exhibition portion of the show — held Nov. 16-18
— brought nearly 450 companies and more than 1,000 booths to
the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. And although attendee
figures were not available by press time, the
first day’s numbers were on par with last year’s event,
according to show organizers. For their part, exhibitors were quite
pleased with the turnout.
“Our [schedule] was literally covered from the start of
the show to the end every day,” said Tom Alloway, director of
aftermarket products at Newport Controls in Irvine, Calif. “We
came out with our notebooks full of contacts, and we’re still
very busy trying to follow up with everything.”
Held Nov. 13-18, the show’s conference featured more than
60 seminars spanning levels from beginner to advanced and offering
credits for licensing and certification.
“All the classes seemed to be full, even on the last day,
which can be a challenge,” said Beaulieu.
Show organizers brought back well-attended live workshops and
several full-day classes from the Association of Pool & Spa
“The education is always great,” said Debbie
LeClerc, co-owner of The Pool Doctor in Coventry, R.I. “We came back
with a couple things we already know we’re going to implement
into our business.”
Also returning this year was the Genesis 3 program.
The renowned educational group held four 20-hour courses that
covered a variety of topics from advanced hydraulics to creating
But, in addition to its more established programs, IPSPE also
offered new educational opportunities.
“The VGB Educational Pavilion was packed for the
presentations and the product area, so people were definitely in
tune with learning about compliance to the law,” Beaulieu
said. “That was critical for the service people since
they’re on the frontline.”
The show’s builder and retailer Power Panels — which
replaced a single keynote speech — were also met with
enthusiasm and may return again in 2010, Beaulieu added.
IPSPE will return to Mandalay Bay next year on Oct. 31-Nov.
Hanley Wood Exhibitions is owned by Hanley Wood, LLC ,
which also owns this magazine.