- THE MAGAZINE
In spite of a tough economy, the 2009 ISSA regional-seminar series, Piecing Together a World of Standards, saw an increase in company attendance of 63 percent over 2008, with a 73 percent increase in individuals attending compared with last year’s events. The sessions, which were presented in five U.S. cities and Toronto, Canada, helped attendees understand the many product, service, and individual certifications and accreditations currently available in the industry and explained how organizations can best utilize them to meet their needs.
Due to the increased participation at these regional seminars and an influx of requests to present the topic in other cities, ISSA has added a special webinar version of Piecing Together a World of Standards, July 31, at 11:00 a.m. CST. Seats are limited, so ISSA members are encouraged to register today to secure a spot in this popular session. To register, go to www.issa.com/?m=events&event=view&type=&id=210&page=1&lg.
Visits to the ISSA.com Web site also were up in the first quarter of 2009 over previous years, with a 9 percent increase in user sessions over 2008 and a 7 percent increase in unique visitors.
“We are seeing an increase in members attending events in person as well as more calls and Web site visits searching for industry information,” said ISSA Director of Industry Outreach Dianna Bisswurm. “We believe this trend will continue this year as companies look for ways to differentiate, grow, and improve operations to become more effective in today’s business climate. We also believe these participation levels bode well for a strong tradeshow turnout this fall.”
An ISSA Certification Expert (I.C.E.) workshop scheduled for June 25 in Philadelphia, PA, also sold out this week. The event will draw attendees from 13 U.S. states and South Africa. Due to the continued interest, ISSA has added an additional I.C.E. workshop for September in Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.issa.com/events.
In addition to the strong turnout this year for seminars and workshops, registrations for the ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America tradeshow, scheduled for October 6-9, at McCormick Place South, Chicago, IL, are also coming in strong. Attendee registrations are on par with those logged the same number of weeks out from the show in 2007 and 2008, and they are ahead of the registrations for 2006-the last time the show was in Chicago. Distributor registrations are running especially strong right now while building service contractor registration numbers are exceeding the norm for this number of weeks out from the show, according to reports from CompuSystems, Inc., ISSA’s third-party registration provider.
Also encouraging is the fact that a large number of people who have not attended the show before are expressing interest in attending this fall. In fact, 69 percent of contractors and in-house decision-makers requesting information on the show in May said they had not attended previously.
“We are pleased to see these results this far ahead of the show because it tells us that those who participate in ISSA/INTERCLEAN this year not only will have the chance to network with a large number of business leaders, but that they also will be exposed to new contacts they may not have made at previous events,” said Bisswurm.