This blog was submitted by: Kat Hayden, ClearSpan Truss Arch Sales Specialist
About three weeks ago, my manager asked if I would be willing to attend the Electric Power Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans and of course, I jumped at the chance. With the good food, warm weather and the opportunity to represent the company, who wouldn’t? Monday the 31st I boarded a flight to New Orleans at 8:30 a.m., and after an hour delay from the freak, end-of-March snow storm, we were heading south. One missed connection and a four hour layover in Nashville later, I made it to New Orleans. It was too late for me to set up my booth, so I got some sleep and set up Tuesday before the show.
As many of you know, I frequently post about the equine and agriculture shows I attend. When my manager asked me to attend this show, I agreed to go since I could learn more about the energy industry. Not only did I meet people from electric plants, but I also connected with customers from the coal, oil, and alternative energy industries. But I couldn’t resist this mounted police officer just outside the convention center. Did I mention horses are my passion?
Anyways, the show ran Tuesday through Thursday. Each day I spoke with various people about coal storage facilities to equipment covers. I even made friends with a few vendors next to me, and one happened to be from the Albany, N.Y. area which is where I grew up! During my down time, I did a bit of exploring while I was in the city. The convention center was located just a few blocks from the French Quarter, so naturally I had to sample the famous Beignets and chicory coffee all while taking a quick walk down Bourbon Street.
Thursday afternoon I quickly packed up my booth and hopped in a cab to get to the airport for my flight. While sitting in the terminal waiting for the plane I thought to myself, “That was a great show! We need to go back next year!” I returned home late Thursday night to the chilly Connecticut weather, wishing I was still in New Orleans!