NGAUS Goes In-house for Future Trade Shows

NGAUS Washington Report

(May 14, 2013) Future trade shows and exhibitions connected to the annual NGAUS conference will be planned and presented by the association.

NGAUS will no longer use an outside contractor for what is one of the largest military trade shows on the exhibition calendar each year. Last year’s show in Reno, Nev., attracted more than 350 exhibitors, including some of the defense industry’s largest firms.

“The economics of trade shows and the availability of new technology make in-house planning of our annual exhibition not only possible but the best and wisest approach,” said retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr., the NGAUS president. “We can save money by performing this task here at NGAUS and use the savings for the purpose of better serving our members and the members of the National Guard.”

The trade show for the 135th NGAUS General Conference and Exhibition to be held in Honolulu in September is being prepared by Technology Forums, Inc., which also planned the 2012 show in Nevada.

But beginning with the conference and trade show scheduled for Chicago in 2014, the exhibition will be done by NGAUS staff.

Retired Col. Randy Williams, who is currently the NGAUS chief of staff, will take charge of future conference exhibitions. He will retire from his present position at the end of June and begin his new role on a part-time basis immediately.