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Corporate Profile: Q&A with ShowNets President David Bishop

ShowNets, a custom Internet solution provider, claims 2014 to be its “best year to date; we celebrate a banner year of explosive growth,” according to Bishop, president. Among the firm’s accomplishments throughout the year were being selected as a sub-contractor for the Las Vegas Convention Center, technological upgrades and a fruitful presence at IAEE’s Expo! Expo!

How do long-time partnerships with venues spur growth?
For over 17 years, we have continued on our growth track, but nothing compares to our recent work.

For Dreamforce [held Oct. 13-16], Salesforce’s largest event, we provided high density wireless to its more than 155,000 attendees in the Moscone Center as well as networking nearby streetscapes and hotels. In fact, we have worked with Moscone Center for over 15 years, including all of its domestic conferences as well as one in the UK.

We are also extremely proud of the 16-year partnership we’ve had with E3, where we have provided custom, high density networks for the annual show in the Los Angeles Convention Center. Our network design teams work for months in advance to ensure a flawless event showcasing the latest in the gaming industry.

In addition, ShowNets has enjoyed a long-term relationship assisting and consulting with SMG.

Last year’s announcement that Cox Nevada Telecom would manage telecommunications for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) led to Cox selecting us as its sub-contractor to provide on-site services for show management, exhibitors and attendees.

According to the LVCVA board, “[ShowNets’] portfolio reflected a history of proven convention and large tradeshow experience in markets such as Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as events with a high level of technical expertise.”

“They’ve been a stellar contractor and have delivered wonderfully,” said John Fountain, director of technology, Cox Business/Hospitality Technology, Las Vegas.

We are excited about 2015 and intend to continue expansion with new partnerships with convention centers across the country.

The ShowNets team partnered with Salesforce to contribute canned foods in support of Dreamforce's One Million Meals drive.
The ShowNets team partnered with Salesforce to contribute canned foods in support of Dreamforce’s One Million Meals drive.

How do you keep up with growing demand for wireless networks?
ShowNets continues to invest in state-of-the-art technology and has made another multi-million dollar investment this year. This investment enables us to remain in the forefront of the demands of high density wireless networking and gives our customers access to the highest quality service and support available.

How was your experience as a first-time exhibitor at Expo! Expo! this year?
ShowNets made a big impact at Expo! Expo! with a 20’x20’ exhibit featuring four monitors and iPads using our own high performance wireless network. Visitors in the booth were invited to compare their wireless speed against the ShowNets solution.

ShowNets exhibiting at IAEE’s Expo! Expo! at Los Angeles Convention Center in December 2014.

How do you support women in the industry?
Two of ShowNets’ young professionals, Ashley Newman and Hala Bowen, joined IAEE’s 20 Under 30 program offering young professionals the opportunity to gain more experience in the exhibitions and events industry.

“I have been part of the 20 under 30 program in the Southeast, and I look forward to expanding the program to include the Southwest,” said Ashley Newman, account representative, ShowNets.

ShowNets also actively supports the launch of IAEE’s Women’s Leadership Task Force (WLF). The group brings together women professionals within the exhibits industry. Anne Marie Newman, vice president of marketing, ShowNets, attended the planning session for the upcoming WLF event April 8 in Washington, D.C.

“We are pleased to help launch the Women’s Leadership Forum at IAEE. We want to bring together this amazing group of women to share knowledge and strategies to succeed in their careers while balancing life along the way,” Newman commented.

ShowNets representatives attended IAEE's Women's Leadership Forum in Washington, DC.
ShowNets representatives attended IAEE’s Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington, DC.


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