NAEIR was among the eighty-six exhibitors at the conference. We had about fifty people, mostly principals – stop by the booth and pick up information on NAEIR membership. Those that stopped by the booth were given information on Basic membership as well as the Teacher’s Program. Of course some of the discussions with interested attendees had to do with what type of inventory is donated to NAEIR and what kind of experience a school or school district might look forward to as a member.
A few members even dropped by to say hi and let us know how much their NAEIR membership means to them.
There were upwards of 600 principals that registered for the conference that IPA management attempted to drive to the booths through periodic announcements during the day, drawings and other incentives.
Although the distance between the location of break out sessions and other gatherings related to the conference proceedings might have, at certain times, reduced the number of those walking the exhibition hall, there were efforts on the part of IPA to promote traffic in the exhibit hall.
In addition to the lunch hour, periods during the day during which exhibitors and attendees were able to mingle included an early morning breakfast opportunity as well as times after break out sessions later in the morning and during the afternoon.
We were also able to leave over one hundred and seventy membership packets at a “resource table” before leaving the Peoria Civic Center. Hopefully, there will be some additional people that will pick these up and contact us regarding membership.