We recently wrapped up the 2019 IDCO Expo, and by all accounts, it was our biggest and best event yet! A record-breaking crowd of more than 300 attendees from 110 of IDCO’s 140 member and supplier companies gathered at the Hilton Houston North in Texas to “connect” during the three-day event, which is designed to drive member sales and ultimately deliver the suppliers’ products to the end-user.
Day 1 (Monday, February 11)
We kicked off the festivities with a reception and welcome dinner hosted by IDCO supplier Kuriyama of America. The evening included a live band and plenty of invaluable networking. The first night is always a blast, as the Expo brings together members and suppliers who have built long-lasting business partnerships and friendships over the years!
Day 2 (Tuesday, February 12)
The following day consisted of our unique (and wildly successful) 20-minute meetings between members and suppliers. This new one-on-one format allowed IDCO members to meet with endorsed suppliers to discuss trainings, new products, new applications, and growth plans that are most relevant to their businesses.
Flexaust, a longtime IDCO supplier, hosted the night’s dinner and reception and incorporated the ever-popular tailgating theme. Members and suppliers alike ate, drank, and enjoyed bonding over cornhole and ping pong. The atmosphere was perfect for networking and relationship building!
Day 3 (Wednesday, February 13)
The final day of the event included an open tradeshow, roundtable discussions, a member forum featuring the IDCO Product Advisory Committee, and a supplier meeting introducing our brand-new online training platform powered by BlueVolt: IDCO University.
The Expo concluded with an awards banquet recognizing the top members and suppliers of 2018. Rob Lyons, IDCO Chairman and President of TIPCO Technologies, stood before the crowd and announced Midland Metal Mfg. Company as our 2018 IDCO Supplier of the Year and A-1 Industrial Hose Supply as our 2018 IDCO Member of the Year. Suppliers receiving Honorable Mention included CRP Industries Inc., Ideal Tridon, and ZSI-Foster. Members receiving Honorable Mention included A-1 Coupling & Hose and B&B Hose & Rubber Co. Congratulations to our winners!
The Expo was an enormous success, but don’t just take our word for it. Check out what some of our members and suppliers in attendance had to say about the event:
“The three days at the IDCO Expo are the most productive of the year in terms of strengthening customer relationships and finding new growth potential. For us, the core of this event is the day and a half of one-on-one meetings, where you get to sit with decision makers with the singular focus of growing and strengthening your business together. This format yields tremendous results!”
- Chris Ciulla, Tigerflex Product Manager, Kuriyama of America
“The one-on-one meetings with the suppliers worked out very well; it was the perfect amount of time to get to know each other and discuss potential opportunities. We now have new products to offer our customers and to boost our bottom line. The quality of the vendors made it that much better!”
- Anthony Casciato, Vice President, Bartuk Hose & Hydraulics
“I’ve been in the hydraulic and industrial hose business for 10 years. This is the most useful event I have ever attended. IDCO brings together industry leaders for a power-packed two days of networking and training. In just a few days I was able to network with more companies than I could have through months of emails, phone calls, and vendor visits.”
- Jeffrey Akin, Sales Associate, Aztec Machine & Repair
“I was very impressed with the format to meet with current and prospective vendors and receive the information necessary to determine how they fit with our business. Everyone was prepared and made the most of the allotted time which made it a positive experience for both sides. Perfect planning!”
- Janeece Higgins, President, Alaska Rubber Group
“The IDCO Expo is a fantastic resource for service providers. We were able to connect with members that we typically wouldn’t have access to at other trade shows or events. The supplier/vendor meetings allowed us to explain our services and value to multiple members in a very effective format. We are looking forward to working with additional IDCO members in 2019!”
- Brian Kazmierczak, President, Rubber Tree Systems
We’ll See You Next Year!
We’re already making plans for the 2020 IDCO Expo, set to take place from February 24-26 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown in Louisville, Kentucky. Stay tuned for more details!