Second time is a charm in St. Petersburg, Florida for CSDAPublished 28/6 at 16:14
For the second time in five years, CSDA professionals from around the world converged in St. Petersburg, Florida for the association’s annual convention & tech fair, setting records for the second consecutive year.
The association’s event, held 13 to 15 March at the historic Renaissance Vinoy resort in downtown St. Petersburg, was attended by a record breaking number of attendees. It was the largest group to come together for a CSDA convention outside of Hawaii in 10 years. Attendance was up 15% over the last mainland U.S. convention, the 2016 event in Palm Desert, California. Among the attendees were 19 new members and first time attendees, as well as members from the U.K., Germany and Canada. Many attendees commented on the importance of taking part in the face to face meetings the convention facilitated. “Great time with some very important people in the field. Cannot stress enough the importance of these meetings for contractors and manufacturers alike! We all benefit from these gatherings,” said Bruno Silla, vice chair of the GPR imaging committee.
The Convention agenda included business and technical sessions, as well as presentations covering a range of topics. Among these were managing workers’ compensation claims, expanding your company’s digital marketing footprint, post incident drug testing, the benefits of hiring military veterans and selling your company to specifiers. Two roundtables covered practices for hiring and managing millennials and trends in the GPR industry. Aside from the business sessions, some networking opportunities and social events were available for attendees.
The CSDA tech fair was again part of the convention agenda. 25 manufacturers and affiliates exhibited at the event, drawing a crowd, and allowing exhibitors to show off their new products and technologies. Attendees took the opportunity to talk one on one with vendors. Next year, the CSDA convention & tech fair heads west to Carlsbad, California at the Omni La Costa Resort & Golf Club, 10 to 14 March 2020. This beautiful resort is family friendly and boasts a golf course and a variety of activities. Registration will open in the fall.