TCI EXPO 2013 is well underway, and already the Charlotte Convention Center is packed with thousands of tree care professionals from around the country (and even a few from overseas!). There are quite a few things to see this year, but here’s what you need to keep an eye out for today:
Ready, Set, Buy! The Trade Show Floor is Now Open
The TCI EXPO trade show floor opened to much fanfare at 10 a.m. this morning. As you can see, our exhibitors were hard at work early this morning, preparing for the first day of the show. A quick walk through the trade show floor reveals why this is the best conference in the tree care industry; there is a wealth of new equipment, booths and other attractions to explore.
You can easily spend the entire day browsing through the latest equipment, chatting with vendors, and visiting with the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) staff - so make sure to get in as early as possible! Key booths to look for include the TCIA Membership and Store Booth #1205, where you can check out brand-new products, the TCIA Marketing Booth #103, where you can get free marketing consultations for your tree care company, and the Accreditation Booth # 1303, where you can learn more about the TCIA accreditation process.
Visit our 75th Museum
Your history is our history - so come share it with us at our one-of-a-kind 75th Anniversary Museum! Once you enter the trade show floor, veer to the left, where you will find the 75th Museum lining the wall. This temporary exhibit compiles rich details from the history of the tree care industry, and chronicles the birth and growth of TCIA.
Walk your way through tree care industry history, decade by decade, and learn how TCIA developed into the organization it is today. Browse pictures and vintage equipment, examine climbing gear and tools, or read stories and anecdotes about key figures and events in the tree care industry.
Many of the exhibit items were generously donated for display by our member companies, while other items were gathered directly from our archives. Together, they tell a rich story of our industry - a story that you can’t experience anywhere else.
If you can't make it to TCI EXPO to see the 75th Museum in person, you may view our collection in digital format here.
Don’t Forget - The Welcome Reception is Tonight!
You definitely don’t want to miss this year’s Welcome Reception, which takes place next door at the NASCAR Hall of Fame from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. this evening.
This reception is FREE to all TCI EXPO attendees and exhibitors, and offers a unique opportunity to combine networking with food, fun and plenty of NASCAR. Join us tonight for complimentary hors d’oeuvres with a cash bar, and mix and mingle with thousands of industry professionals.
How has your TCI EXPO experience been so far? Let us know in the comments!