buckeye

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  1. Didn't know that Raul Rodriguez passed away. I always loved the "champagne glasses" that were integrated into the Flamingo.
  2. A similar project happened back in 2003 in New Mexico (http://www.rt66nm.org/new/preservation/restoration.html). In 2008(?), I attended a Society for Commercial Archaeology conference in Albuquerque that featured a great presentation/walking tour with Absolutely Neon's Robert Randazzo and the city planner who oversaw the Central Avenue portion of the project. One of the real limitations of that effort was the fact that (5 years later) many of the restored signs were associated with businesses that were marginally successful (or lost money). So it was a real struggle to keep those businesses operating (and the signs illuminated).
  3. I attended the premiere at the Renwick yesterday afternoon. Very well done...about 75 minutes long. Just finished editing in the last few days. Standing room only. I'd guess that the crowd was about 250. (Decent number could be identified as connected to either signshops, graphic designers, folks in other creative arts, or otherwise connected to one of the people profiled in the film.) The companion book is excellent as well (available through Princeton Architectural Press). Screenings are upcoming during May/June in Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, and Vancouver.
  4. I'm really excited to see this tomorrow. (It's screening at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery here in DC)
  5. Glad you are planning your event already! Hopefully I will be able to attend (ISA staff won't know where/when we are scheduled during off-floor hours until March. I just wanted to address one thing. The size of the ISA Expo floor is growing each year--and it is growing even if you limit the numbers only to domestic companies. We have grown 17% with our domestic exhibitors over the last 3 years.
  6. I apologize for not replying sooner, but I was tied up all day with a planners' seminar. The following paragraph represents the viewpoint of ISA: While ISA encourages open dialogue on its online message boards, we are committed to acting in the best interests of our industry. We reserve the right to monitor the conversations that occur within our social media networks to ensure we are in compliance with applicable antitrust laws. We cannot facilitate or provide a forum for discussions about payment, pricing, boycotts or any other conversations that violate such laws. The antitrust laws apply not only to associations and their members, but also to companies that are not association members and apply in all forums, electronic or otherwise. Violations of antitrust laws could result in severe consequences, including fines of up to $100 million and prison terms of up to ten years for those who violate these laws. <now speaking for me> While ISA cannot limit or adjust what conversations or dialogue occurs among other individuals in other locations, we will not be a part of those discussions and we believe that anyone who engages in those types of discussions (especially in an archived electronic forum) is exposing themselves to significant legal liability. Other trade associations have been hit hard by the USDOJ for merely being present in the room while pricing and other contractual matters were discussed. It's not worth it for ANY responsible association or group, no matter the industry or who is leading the organization. Kenny Peskin
  7. :) No, the price did not drop this year. I will be around all three days. During most of the show hours I will be in the ISA booth (which is in the back center this year and not near the main entrance), manning the "Code Experts" station along with Bill Dundas.
  8. I noted the exhibit space numbers in my first post. Basically, there is an increase of 32,000 square feet currently sold for the 2011 Expo over the final numbers for the 2009 show.
  9. Our room block only captures people who (1) register through our website when they registered for the Expo; or (2) register through the hotels/aggregators websites, but also registered for the Expo. Folks staying at Mandalay/Luxor/Excalibur but not attending our show are not included in our totals.
  10. I don't know much at all about attendee demographics, not being involved in any of the marketing or tradeshow meetings. One good source of some basic information can be found in our Exhibitor Prospectus (2011 version) Of course the profile of attendees is different in Orlando and in Vegas. For example, Vegas captures more international attendees from mexico and Orlando draws better from Ontario/Quebec. And plenty of drive-in attendees only come to one show location, but regularly return every second year.
  11. Actually, the numbers are up considerably from 2009 (Vegas) and 2010 (Orlando). (I believe that 2007 Vegas was our largest show ever, and probably will retain the title. This year will probably finish as ISA's 2nd largest show.) The 2009 show's final numbers were 163K square feet of exhibit space (522 exhibiting companies). The 2010 final numbers were 160K of exhibit space (473 companies). The current numbers* for 2011 show 195K square feet of exhibit space among 557 exhibiting companies. (* = Final numbers tend to bump up a little bit because some companies choose to add the show at the very last minute. Why this happens, I don't know, but it happens each year. And very few drop out at this point b/c the exhibit space is already paid for.) I don't have access to all the current attendee and housing numbers, but I know that as of 4 weeks out, our registered attendance is on par with 2009 and room reservations in our hotel block (Mandalay, Luxor, Excalibur) is up 16% over 2009. (Of course, I will note a huge caution in looking at attendee numbers because each year a very large percentage of attendees registers very close to the show start. Whether that is linked to exhibitor's marketing the free trade show passes or another factor, I don't know.)
  12. I asked Tracey for clarification: "The $195 covers the written exam. Fees for the practical exam are $60 for one crane type." Hopefully, the program announcement will have more details to answer some of these questions. (As I don't work much on the technical or education end of things, I don't have the answers myself.)
  13. This actually is somewhat timely with an announcement that ISA should be making in the next few days. ISA is currently updating its program to meet the requirements of the new OSHA rule. (Obviously, sign companies located in some states need certification now, while the rest of the US has until 2014 to comply.) A schedule with training locations is in the process of being developed and will be available soon. Fees for training for the ISA program are set at $349 for ISA members and $549 for non-members. There will be an additional fee of $195 to sit for the certification test. The first session of the course is scheduled for January 19 – 21 in Chicago, Illinois – followed immediately with the exam in the same location on January 22. More details will be available shortly (when the education and technical folks have the news release ready for distribution). For questions about ISA's crane certification program, please contact Tracey Cook at tracey.cook@signs.org.
  14. I am not the best person to speak about WSA or on their behalf, but Jerry Righthouse has been the Executive Director for more than 20 years. He runs the WSA office out of Westminster, Colorado. Tom Sellers (from Luminous Neon in Wichita) either is the WSA president or was until this week. (IIRC, the WSA annual meeting is going on this week out in Nevada.) WSA's public website
  15. For 2010, both the Attendee Registration Form and the Free Tradeshow Pass form allowed attendees to opt-out from (email list) distribution to ISA Expo exhibitors. On both forms, this box was listed under section #1 "Contact Information". I am not sure where the opt-out was located on signexpo.org, as the registration portion of that site is offline during the summer months. (I do not have access to any statistics on the percentage of attendees that opted out.) This change was made for 2010 in part as a response to negative feedback received after email-blasting that followed the 2009 Expo. And I believe that this "opt-out" box will continue to be present for the 2011 Expo. --Kenny Peskin ISA Manager of State and Local Government Affairs (703) 836-4012