From David Kolacny, National Exhibit Chairman . . .
A favorite part of my job as National Exhibit Chairman for the AHS is the site visit. I make a trip to the upcoming conference site to see for myself how everything is going to work. Floor plans and drawings of rooms are nice, but sometimes misleading. It is great to walk around in the space, check out the areas for loading and unloading, sneak around behind the scenes and really figure out the best way to do things.
I recently made a trip to The Emory Conference Center in Atlanta. I came away feeling very good about the upcoming conference. The center itself is beautiful. It is full of Frank Lloyd Wright inspired design. Even though the center is relatively close to downtown, it feels like you are in the woods. I had a hard time finding a window that didn’t offer a view of beautiful trees. The loading dock is not super close to the exhibit area, but it is all on one level and shouldn’t offer any trouble. We have ample storage for harp trunks and boxes. Exhibits will end up in one large and two smaller rooms. They are all in the same area and should work well, not unlike the layout at many World Harp Congress meetings. Every employee I came into contact with was super friendly and helpful. Just three blocks away there is a retail area with a “Food Fair” market that has lots of healthy options, a dine-in deli and a well stocked wine and beer department. There are pubs, restaurants and a pharmacy all very close.
I am looking forward to coming to this conference both as a committee member and as an exhibitor. Hope to see you there.