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(Pictured L-R: The board of directors for the EDPA Chapter of NorCal (front row) Naveen Korenu, Expand; Melinda Stewart, OnSite Exhibitor Service; Erin Winn, Platinum Cargo; (back row) Don Svehla, ECN, Chris Clark; John Peck, Cort; and Stan Bender, AAA Flag.)

by Melinda Stewart

DPA-NorCal-event-on-Moscone-showfloor-OPTOn Oct. 18, a beautiful fall day in San Francisco, more than 40 prominent tradeshow professionals gathered at BeSpoke, a unique event and office center in the Westfield Mall, next to the Moscone Center. Oleg Nakonechny, director, Convention Services, SF Travel was joined by colleagues Kacie Marshall and Brett Allor and gave a compelling presentation on what’s coming up on the San Francisco event and convention schedule and what to expect as the available room nights and convention and event space continue to grow.  After a San Francisco-themed lunch from Boudin Cafe, the group strolled through the Yerba BuEDPA-NorCal-event-on-Moscone-elevator-OPTena Garden to meet Bob Sauter, general manager of Moscone Center, in the nearly finished South Lobby for a behind-the-scenes tour of the new $550M expansion that will officially open on Jan. 3, 2019.

The NorCal chapter’s next event is Jan. 17 at the Jameson Brown Farm House, next to the Triton Museum in San Jose, where Pat Friedlander and Dan Greene will reveal the results of the EDPA’s annual Economic Survey and discuss important trends in the tradeshow and event business. A big thank you to host BeSpoke and to SF Travel and SMG for their support and outstanding presentations.

This story originally appeared in the November/December issue of Exhibit City News, p. 62. For original layout, visit https://issuu.com/exhibitcitynews/docs/ecn_flipbook_novdec2018

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