Expect another large and diverse tradeshow at the 143rd General Conference & Exhibition, Aug. 27-30 in Las Vegas.
Nearly all of the companies and organizations that signed up to exhibit in Charlotte, North Carolina, the original conference host city, in mid-September, shifted to new dates and location.
Meanwhile, brisk booth sales continue. They have already exceeded the final total for 2019 at the 141st General Conference & Exhibition in Denver, said James Spargo, a senior vice president with SPARGO, the Fairfax, Virginia, company that sells and manages the exhibition for NGAUS.
That, he said, is testament to the defense industry’s interest in resuming in-person interaction with the people who use their equipment and especially those involved in purchasing decisions.
This year’s exhibition is one of the first military association tradeshows since in-person meetings started to resume this summer.
It will reflect the Guard’s wide array of missions, with companies that offer products and services for domestic response as well as those who market their wares to the Army and Air Force.
Many of the world’s top defense contractors by sales volume will be in Las Vegas. The list includes Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, BAE, L3Harrris Technologies, Airbus and Leonardo.
So will many smaller companies that sell products from weapons to radios and vehicles to personal gear.
Firms and institutions that market services to service members and their families will also be exhibiting, such as mortgage and insurance companies and colleges.
Attendees will have extra time to visit exhibitors this year, with the Governor’s Reception on the show floor. In addition, there are free lunches for all attendees in the exhibit hall Aug. 28 and 29.
The show opens at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 28 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Booth sales will continue through the start of the event. A sales prospectus and additional information are available at https://www.ngaus.org/events/143rd-general-conference-exhibition.