Pete,

Actually, what I had suggested is that there be a fee for the expo.  Most
of the expo's that I attend here in DC (and we've got LOTS of them....but
NONE with AS/400's, yet) you have to reg for the conference and in alot of
situations pay a expo admit fee of $20-35....but that $350'ish was just
too outrageous...and you should have your expo only pass good for day 0.

Toys:  Uh, frankly, that was one thing that was really lacking at the last
expo in NOLA...there were a few t-shirts, red lobsters, mug or 2, lots of
chocolate, but not the goodies that I saw in San Anton or Vegas...

Speaking of expo goodies...how about awards for expo presentors?  Awards
that come to mind:  Best coffee mug, best t-shirt, best executive
passifier, Most technically knowledgeable about thier product and
industry, Best booth, best bimbos, best gimmick, best hospitality
suite(yes they do exist and don't howl at me about the bylaws), most
friendly, least obnoxious high pressure sales pitch.....   Obviousely,
there would be 2nd, 3rd and honorable mention....

Don in DC metro

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On Wed, 22 Jul 1998, Pete Massiello wrote:

> As a vendor, we give out quite a lot of marketing information and
> "toys", and we would prefer that these go to real AS/400 users.  You can
> be assured, that anyone who has paid the price for the Common
> conference, definitely has an AS/400 interest.  Therefore, it would be
> nice if they had to be members of Common, and not just people walking
> off the street.  
> 
> Just my two cents, from a different perspective.  
> 
> Pete Massiello
> OS Solutions International 
> Phone: (203)-744-7854  Ext 11.
> http://www.os-solutions.com
> mailto:pmassiello@os-solutions.com
> 
> Don wrote:
> > 
> > Laura,
> > 
> > Since there is no other trade show for the midrange product line and
> > since it happens only twice a year and since they're gonna have a expo
> > anyway...and since not everyone is going to be able to attend Common, and
> > since the expo subsidizes(sp?!) the costs of the convention, and since
> > there are alot of locals that would like to have exposure to the vendor
> > area that for whatever reason won't be able to make the main sessions.....
> > why not?  :)
> > 
> > Basically what brought this up was the fact that they wanted about $350
> > for a manditory 1-day pass JUST to attend the expo in NOLA....and there
> > were people that drove all the way from DFW just to wonder through the
> > expo....and had to return to DFW on Monday...and I'm sure this isn't the
> > only time this has happened...this is kinda (bizzare!) when compared to
> > the real world...like NAB, et al....   There has to be a happy medium
> > here....
> > 
> > Don in DC metro...
> > 
> > > I remember that coming up at MOM, but I don't recall the board committing 
>to
> > > it.  Not that it's not a good idea....I kind of like it.  But doesn't it 
>lend
> > > the notion that COMMON is 'just another trade show' vs. what it's 
>supposed to
> > > be - a users group meeting??
> > >
> > > Laura Ausel
> > > AS/400 Support Center
> > >
> > >
> > > I just printed the registration form for Anaheim from the web.  I thought
> > > that at MOM they were going to implement a "expo only" pass....  What
> > > happened to that??
> > >
> > 
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