Most attendees today were like me, taking seminars or workshops (I registered far too late for workshops, but I experienced some fabulous seminars! - about things like taking a product to market, advanced Photoshop and new members info sessions). These photos are of the entrance/lobby. The convention center is HUGE! The place seems to go for miles with meeting rooms. I'm sure the whole population of Courtenay could fit in here easily. And have room for their second cousins....
The convention center is as long as 17 football fields according to the local touristy info. Somehow I don't think it will look this quiet tomorrow when the booths are open.
I'm here as a buyer, although I guess I could have come as a manufacturer or a designer - or, perish the thought, an exhibitor. (I think manufacturers pay a lot more to be here though, so this weekend I'm a buyer.)
I got lucky this afternoon after a meeting with designer Judi Kauffman and slipped into onto the exhibition floor with her. Yes, that was my chin dragging on the floor when I wasn't in danger of being run over by a fork lift. I ended up lending a minor hand at one booth with some very wonderful people.
I'll try to get some pictures of the lobby tomorrow as well as some booths. In my brief nosing around, I can say that EK Success has a BIG space.
Tomorrow at 8:30 is the keynote speaker. It was originally Randi Zuckerberg, marketing director of yup-you -know-that-name Facebook, but that changed in the last few weeks. Too bad! We'll have to see how her stand-in makes out.
Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow! Thanks for reading - wish you were here!
P.S. Usually this conference is held in Anaheim and will return there next year.