Upcoming Western CSI Product Trade Shows

Wren’s Western Output
by Annette Wren, FCSI, CDT

As an Industry Member, how can you choose trade shows wisely to maximize your investment? You should know that one of the BEST bargains is the local CSI chapter trade show. A majority of design professionals do not travel to national trade shows to get product information even in good economic times. Most of the efficient worker bees who produce these CSI shows are volunteers and the results are BETTER than the professionally produced events. How can you obtain information about local CSI chapter trade shows? You can go to all the websites for the chapters or you can read on!

Once upon a time at the beginning of the CSI fiscal year, West Region CSI Editors awaited a very special list compiled by the editor of the Sacramento CSI newsletter, Toni Potter. That list provided the date, time, location and contact information for each upcoming show. No need to search all over sites for simple information. That list appeared in our newsletters in time to assist potential exhibitors budgeting for the following fiscal year. Toni passed away several years ago and the “one stop shopping” list went with her. This is in your honor, Toni!

2010 CSI Trade Shows - Western United States:

April 14, 2010 - San Francisco Chapter CSI
What: 2010 ProFair
Where: UCSF - Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco, California
Contact: Larry Fosnight at 707-238-5175; lfosnight@assaabloydss.com

*April 16-17, 2010 - 2010 Gulf States Region Conference
Hosted by the Shreveport Chapter CSI
Where: Shreveport Hilton, Shreveport, Louisiana
Contact: Joey Gilchrist at Jgilchrist@bradleybrick.net & www.csiwse.org

*April 20, 2010 – New Orleans Chapter CSI
What: 31st. Annual Trade and Product Exhibition
Where: Delgado Community College - Student Life Center
New Orleans, Louisiana
When: 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Contact: William W. Stoffle at 504.349.8595/ bill.stoffle@jppss.k12.la.us

April 23, 2010 - Interior Designers of Idaho
What: 2010 Trade Show
Where: Grove Hotel, Boise, Idaho
When: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Contact Kimberly Crystal at 208-371-2560 or kimberlyc@pacmat.com

April 27, 2010 - Fresno Chapter CSI
What: CSI Fresno Product Show
Where: Fresno Convention Center Ernie E. Valdez Hall, Fresno, California
When: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Contact - Marcel Bourdase at mbourdase@pesc.com

April 29, 2010 - Puget Sound Chapter CSI
What: ProSpec
Where: Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Seattle, Washington
When: 3 PM – 9 PM
Contact: http://www.csi-prospec.org/

April 29 – May 1, 2010
2010 Southwest CSI Region Conference
Hosted by Pikes Peak Chapter CSI
What: “Surviving the Dry Times”
Where: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Contact: Darin Weiss, CSI; 719- 634-3751; dweiss@bkeys.com

May 11, 2010 - Portland Chapter CSI
What: Construction Industry Forum 2010
Where: Two World Trade Center, Portland, Oregon
Contact: Cherie McNabb at cherie.McNabb@forbo.com

September 14, 2010 - Orange County Chapter CSI
What: Construction Products & Services Exposition 2010
Where: Astor Classics Museum & Event Center, Anaheim, California
When: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Contact: Bryan Stanley at 714-221-5520

September 23 – 27, 2010
2010 Northwest CSI Leadership/Region Conference
Hosted by the Idaho Chapter CSI & Big Sky Chapter CSI
Where: Holiday Inn Sun Spree Resort, West Yellowstone, Montana
ONLINE REGISTRATION at www.idahochaptercsi.org

September 30 – October 3, 2010
2010 West Region CSI Conference hosted by Fresno Chapter CSI
Where: Tenaya Lodge Yosemite, California
For information call: 800-743-1890

Membership Meeting Tabletop Opportunities:

Las Vegas Chapter CSI
When: 2nd Tuesday
Contact: Paul R. Ricciuti; Email: pricciuti@cox.net or (702) 436-2899

Mt. Rainier Chapter CSI
When: First Thursday
Contact: To participate in our Product Display Program, call Nora Vivarelli at (206) 409-3870 to schedule.

Sacramento Chapter CSI
Email: info@csisacto.org for information regarding tabletop opportunities

Spokane Chapter CSI
Email: www.csispokane.org for information regarding tabletop opportunities

Trade Show TBD:

San Diego Chapter CSI
Honolulu Chapter CSI

Pass this information around to others who may be interested. There will be updates regarding other trade shows as they are sent to me. My thread on 4specs.com will reflect updates and revisions. If your want your trade show to be publicized, please post your information on my thread.

© 2010 Annette Wren, FCSI, CDT
Annette Wren is a Business Management Consultant assisting privately held companies.
*Annette’s “honorary western” CSI chapter & region