What makes a memorable convention? For those recyclers who have been attending every convention for years, even decades, the reasons vary. It may be a great trade show, talking one-on-one with a session presenter, meeting new friends, or after-hours get togethers with long-time friends, and the list goes on.
Yet, one thing remains the same. Each convention has its own distinct feel. This year ARA’s 71st Annual Convention and Exposition, which was held in Nashville, Tennessee from October 22-25 will be remembered by some firsts for attendees.
It broke the attendance record set last year in Phoenix, with over 1,000 attendees and 100 exhibitors. It had the largest international representation with participants from UK, Spain, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Canada, and Estonia.
It marked the first time in the history of ARA conventions that the Award Dinner and Gavel passing was a themed experience.
Exhibitors experienced some firsts as well.