Thermo Bond Buildings has been attending the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Conference for more than 20 years, and it is one of our favorite events for several reasons.
- It’s well-organized. APCO 2016 set aside two whole days just for exhibits, which means we had dedicated time to meet with public safety communications officials and cultivate great customer partnerships.
- Thousands of people come, participate, and exhibit each year, which means we always see and meet new people and businesses in the industry.
- It’s always in a great location.
The 2016 APCO Conference did not disappoint. This year’s event was held in Orlando, Florida, where the Thermo Bond team was welcomed by clear skies and balmy Florida temperatures. While the weather in Elk Point was pretty similar at the time, there was something about having palm trees around that made the heat a little more bearable.
“I think it went well,” said Chuck McKeever, Thermo Bond Sales Representative. “It’s always difficult to tell right at first. If we can get a dozen good leads out of a show, we’re pretty happy. We came back with a few more than that and have several strong contacts on our list that are pretty exciting.”
While similar to the IWCE show in terms of its government-related clients and contractors, APCO is different in that it also brings in other major players in the communications industry.
“The big ones are always cool to see. Brands like Motorola create a bit of a frenzy around their booths. It’s almost like a circus when you walk by there,” said McKeever. “You always try to get close to those type of booths to pick up traffic and traction.”
More than 5,600 attendees and exhibitors from 22 countries gathered at the 2016 APCO Conference to visit the vendor expo, network with peers, and earn CEUs at over 100 different educational sessions. Its near record-breaking attendance represented law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical services, government agencies, service providers and commercial vendors.
Next year’s 2017 APCO Conference is in Denver, Colorado, from August 13th to August 17th. And you can bet that Thermo Bond will be there.