Mark your calendars: Thursday, October 29, 2020 at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista hotel in Orlando, Florida
After conversations between the Boards of EMDA and the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA) – the Fall Conventions will go on if we feel it can be done safely and in a way that does not negatively impact the valuable networking experience noted as one of the biggest benefits of EMDA membership.
It is EMDA’s responsibility to deliver the best experience we can in a safe environment. There is no doubt that this year, the Fall Convention will be different.
That’s okay, so long as we feel that we can still create a dynamic experience worthy of your time and money. That’s our bar, and, after discussions with the leaderships of EMDA and FEMA, we’ve identified mid- to late- August as the first target time period for us to make a decision on how to proceed. Once that decision is made – which will largely be dependent on what the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista hotel and public health officials tell us, as well as how other events and attractions in the Orlando-area are handling crowds – we will communicate our plan, as well all of your options.
- EMDA 2020 Industry Showcase Registration Form (DOC)
- EMDA IndustryShowcase Exhibitors (PDF)
- Need help deciding what to register for? Check out this Convention_Choices Guide
A half-day show-and-tell opportunity for manufacturers and marketers of goods and services of interest to distributors, reps and manufacturers of farm equipment and related products, EMDA’s Industry Showcase is a highlight during the concurrent conventions of the Equipment Marketing & Distribution Association (EMDA) and the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA).
“We made more valid contacts at EMDA’s Industry Showcase in 3-hours than we did at a 3-day show the week before.”
EMDA’s Industry Showcase is the gathering place for the industry at convention time and the Association is pleased to note that previous Showcase vendors report in their post-Showcase critiques that their booth visitors are well qualified to make purchasing decisions. More than 500 sleeping rooms are on reserve at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista hotel, where owners and key managers of equipment distributing and repping firms and equipment manufacturing firms will be in-house to attend their respective EMDA or FEMA Conventions. EMDA’s convention schedule is designed to enable these distributors, reps and manufacturers to interact and do business – through informal conversation, scheduled interviews and, of course, contacts made at EMDA’s Industry Showcase.
“Because of the overwhelming response from EMDA members requesting a one-hour meeting, I had a total of 19 meetings in 3 days. The initial assessment would be, we should have done this a long time ago. Thanks to all the people that made this opportunity available for us, it’s just what we needed to move our distribution network to the next level.”
EMDA’s Industry Showcase is primarily a “table-top” show to inform potential customers about products and services. The Industry Showcase is open Wednesday afternoon of convention week. Only persons who are registered for the EMDA or FEMA conventions and who are wearing their convention badges are admitted to view the Showcase. The Showcase is not open to the public.
“I covered all my expenses in the first hour of the Showcase.”