Yesterday the Exhibit Hall for the SHRM National Conference opened. I don’t have an exact number but my guess is 400 – 500 exhibitors were present. Some of the booths are ostentatious – really. Some of the booths are fairly plain with a banner or two, maybe a computer display or two but that is about it.
Many of the exhibitors have a dozen or more folks on staff to help peddle their wares. Some of the smaller booths have only 3-4 but it would appear to be adequate for what they are trying to accomplish.
I am not sure what the vendors pay to exhibit in the hall, but I know what my employer pays to attend major national trade shows. My guess is that booths cost around $5 K and to bring the staff and materials on site is a $25K undertaking. That should be a big deal in anyone’s realm.
As I walked the floor I was shocked to come upon one booth. There was no one in the booth. It was set up, there was a display but there was no one there. Who does that? Someone dropped the ball. If that were my Company – and that happened – someone would loose their job. I was going to put a picture of this operation, but I decided better. If you want to know who it is contact me and I will email you.
I am headed down to the floor later today, I am going to check and see if they are still missing in action, or if it is staffed.