The EMDA Fall Convention & Industry Showcase scheduled for October 27 – 29, 2020 at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista hotel in Orlando, Florida has been cancelled.
Through numerous conversations with the Boards of EMDA and the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA) – it has been determined that the Fall Conventions can not 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.
The host hotel has not re-opened on its announced schedule of September 1, and with 60 days remaining before the conventions, we have lost confidence that it will reopen in October.
The decision did not come lightly – our hope was to ensure we could create a dynamic experience worthy of your time and money. That was our bar, and, after discussions with the members of EMDA and FEMA, it was clear that we could not provide that valuable networking experience and the decision was made to cancel the meetings.
EMDA is looking at options for a virtual alternative and will keep everyone informed.
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. 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.”