What time should I arrive each day?
To avoid long lines at the registration counter we suggest you register in advance and arrive 45 minutes prior to your first conference session. If you registered for conference sessions, those will be included. To speed registration, print this email and bring it with you, or have it available on your mobile device.
What happens when I arrive at the expo? I’ve never attended before.
We welcome first-timers! When you arrive at the convention center, look for signs directing you to National Pavement Expo Registration where you will pick us you badge. Your badge gives you entry into the Exhibit Hall, special events and conference sessions, if you have registered for those. You also will receive a Show Guide with information about exhibitors, show hours, the conference, and special events. If you have questions, please ask any of our staff for assistance.
What’s the difference between a Seminar and a Workshop?
Seminars provide 90 minutes of information while Workshops provide three hours of information. Workshops, because of their intensity and depth of material, cost more.
Do Seminars and Workshop cover the same material?
In a general sense, yes. In a specific sense, no. Due to the longer timeframe, Workshops are more in-depth, provide more information and include more interaction.
What if the same speaker is presenting two sessions on a related topic? Do I have to attend the first session to get the most out of the second session?
If we or the speaker thinks the first session lays the groundwork for the second session, then the description will include a statement suggesting the first session as a prerequisite for the second session. Another approach that has proved successful for us in the pastis suggesting that “Attendance in Seminar 2 requires a basic understanding of … (whatever the topic might be).” NPE has used this approach effectively in sessions related to computer training and software use when the session was not intended as “introductory.”
How can I tell if the session is meant for me or my level of expertise?
Read the description. The title of the seminar provides a good one-phrase insight into the session, but the devil is in the details. Drafted jointly by NPE and the speaker for each session, the descriptions are designed to let you know not only what will be covered, but what won’t be covered. You’ll learn what specific topics the speaker will address and what you can expect to take home and put to use – that should tell you whether it’s meant for you. If after reading the description you still aren’t sure, give us a call.
Why don’t you label sessions for different levels of expertise?
The main reason is that everyone’s assessment of their level of expertise is different. What might be “Advanced” to us might be considered “Intermediate” or even “Basic” to a contractor working in the field day in and out. Assessment – even self-assessment – is difficult… so read the descriptions. They should tell you all you need to know since NPE and its speakers go through painstaking efforts to make sure they accurately reflect the content of the session. Don’t be afraid to take a “Basic” class if you’re an industry veteran or an “Advanced” class if you’re a beginner. There’s nothing wrong with seeing what’s around the bend so you have something to aim for (or discovering that you’re ahead of where you thought you were). Just like there’s nothing wrong with taking a “Basic” class as a vet and relearning something you stopped doing years ago; it happens every year and contractor thank us for reminding them.
Who has to register to attend NPE?
What about my wife? She’s just coming to go shopping. What about my husband? He’s just attending because the microwave is broken.
Everyone must register to be admitted to the Exhibit Hall or Conference sessions. Many exhibitors offer VIP invitations that provide free admittance to the Exhibit Hall, so contact your materials supplier or equipment company and ask. Most are more than happy to give you a VIP pass.
Does a VIP Pass include admission to the conference?
No, you must register and pay for conference sessions. But when you register for the Exhibit Hall, whether with a VIP Invitation promo code or not, you get admissions to 1) Preview Night on Wednesday, 2) Exhibit Hall on Thursday and Friday, and 3) Industry Roundtables.
Who are NPE official vendors?
- A2Z – Official Show Planner/Floorplan Vendor
- Shepard – Official Decorator
- EventSphere – Official Housing Vendor
- Experient – Official Registration Vendor
- Reach Marketing – Exclusive List Vendor
- Marsh/Total Event Insurance – Insurance Vendor
- Levy – Catering/Food/Beverage Vendor
No Suitcasing Policy
No Suitcasing policy: Suitcasing is a practice on the part of any attendee who is observed to be soliciting business in the exhibit hall aisles or other public spaces at the facility. In order to distribute information to and conduct business with attendees, you must have a booth on the trade show floor. Any person in violation of the NPE suitcasing policy will be required to leave the facility. All materials must be distributed from a contracted booth secured by NPE Show Management. Strolling entertainment or moving advertisements outside of an Exhibitor’s assigned booth space or in the public space of the facility is not permitted at any time during the show hours, move-in/move-out.
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