Athletic Business Show 2017

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AB Show is THE four-day, high-intensity conference and trade show designed to help you find the products and services you need to effectively manage and equip your programs and facilities and give you the tools to help you grow.

This industry-leading educational platform and dynamic, robust trade show is designed specifically to cultivate a strong sense of community within our industry and provide a single location where thousands of athletic, fitness, recreation and military professionals, as well as 250+ manufacturers around the world, can come together to share ideas, find solutions and drive the industry forward.

Get Ready to Benefit From:

  • Access to impactful educational sessions designed to help you and your facilities grow
  • 160,000+ sq ft of athletic and fitness solutions from top industry companies with on-the floor features including the Innovation Station, Technology Pavilion, New Exhibitor Pavilion and Demo Stage
  • Keynote on "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg, award-winning author and highly sought-after speaker
  • Networking opportunities galore to engage with your peers

 

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Take a look at what previous AB Show attendees have to say about the event and the value they had in attending.


Andrew Bohannon

Andrew Bohannon

Parks, Recreation & Facilities Director | City of Keene Parks & Rec Department

I wanted to say thank you; this was exactly what I needed at this point in my career and project. The educational sessions gave me the opportunity to dive into a world that I didn't know, but had recently been placed into at my job with our upcoming rec center renovation. I was able to learn a great deal about the steps that design/construction project owners need to take to be successful.

Plus, having 15-20 minutes of undivided attention from professional architects was invaluable – I got new information from each discussion that led to new questions for each following meeting. I also had several takeaways from the keynote speech about what makes the great teams great, that I've been able to share across departments here at the City of Keene.

AB Show did a great job! Keep up the great work – the show was awesome and more importantly, all the AB staff that I engaged with, rocked!
Chase Coonrod

Chase Coonrod

Membership/Scholarship Coordinator | The Jones Center

There was a great opportunity to have discussion about how other facilities run across the nation. Our staff had the opportunity to speak with people about facility programming similar to ours (which is extremely hard to find).

We were able to bring back many great ideas regarding membership and membership retention that we are putting into effect immediately.
Andrew Havrisko

Andrew Havrisko

Assistant Director of Recreational Programs | Ashland University

The sessions that were offered far exceeded my expectations and the knowledge of the presenters made for some fantastic presentations. Seeing as this was my first AB Show, I was pleasantly surprised at how applicable I found many of the sessions to be for my position in Campus Recreation.

My first time attending the AB show but I certainly hope it's not my last. Great educational sessions and extremely knowledgeable presenters. I look forward to returning in the future!
Susan Jacobson

Susan Jacobson

President/Executive Director | Sport Success

Thanks so much for the opportunity to attend the show. Not only did I make vital contacts that will assist us in purchasing equipment for our new facilities, the education was very beneficial as well. Having spent most of my career in one sport, it was great to get the perspective of being singly responsible for many. I also had some great conversations that have led to some more directed dialogue and direction with our City Administration here.
Tom Bryce

Tom Bryce

Manager | Saanich Commonwealth Place

AB Show is an awesome experience full of inspiration and ideal networking opportunities – well worthwhile. I have to figure how to get more staff to attend.

As a direct result of what I learned in the educational sessions, we're on the cutting-edge here in Canada and I've been able to bring together Directors of various Recreation and the Health Authorities in our municipality of about 300,000 people to create a partnership.

The keynote speech was also impactful and I've been able to share the sentiments learned through our department newsletter, reminding our 250+ staff why we do what we do; it brings my team back to our core business.
Ken Weinaug

Ken Weinaug

Executive Director | Jack Link’s Aquatic & Activity Center

Thanks again for the opportunity to attend the show. It was very good timing to take advantage of the number of vendors available at the show, as well as take advantage of the seminars offered. As we move closer to making purchase decisions for our community center, we've been able to stay in contact with companies we met at AB Show.

I didn't attend a single seminar that I thought was a waste of time and have frequently looked back on my notes from those educational sessions. In particular, I used my notes from an architectural presentation that helped me to build out a budget based on the benchmarks they provided and have maintained contact with several other attendees that have provided support, as well.

AB Show proved to be extremely useful and helpful!
Jason Eisold

Jason Eisold

Rec Center Manager | City of St. Louis Park Parks & Rec Department

AB Show is a good combination of education and networking opportunities. The conference offered interesting tracks covering topics that are important to me and my job. The presenters were knowledgeable on the technical side of things at a level beyond what I've seen at other conferences.

Plus, it was helpful to see the latest national trends and how we can bring them back to our community and building project.

Really appreciate the opportunity to attend the conference, a great experience and something I will look to attend annually. Thanks again.
Taylor Kent

Taylor Kent

Wellness Coordinator | St. Ambrose University

This was an amazing conference and it was really great to meet with the vendors and have some deeper conversations with them, especially as a VIP Hosted Buyer and having 15-20 minutes of their uninterrupted time.

Being able to attend the seminars was helpful because I learned about the latest fitness trends that we can incorporate into our programs, and as a result, we've added TRX and more yoga classes. What I learned from the seminars has also helped to guide us as we plan ahead for our building project.

The expo was huge and filled with innovations that I didn't even know existed. It was great to be able to learn about the latest trends in the seminars and then head into the expo hall to meet with the people who can help you meet those needs.
Jim Cleveland

Jim Cleveland

Parks and Recreation Director | Town of Parker, CO

AB Show is an educational opportunity I can count on to annually provide insightful, innovative concepts. They bring in phenomenal, creative minds who present their content at the level of the operator, so that I'm able to easily bring home and integrate what I've learned. What's really great is that the curriculum is always fresh, exciting and reflective of the latest industry trends from aquatics to architecture, marketing to management/leadership and much more.

Plus, the show floor hosts companies featuring cutting-edge technology and products. This is important to me because we want to make sure our facilities and programs are always up-to-date – and AB Show allows us to do just that.
Keri Sullivan

Keri Sullivan

Program Director | Randolph Recreation

Thank you for the opportunity! Every day I am scheduling more and more meetings/webinars etc. with lots of folks I had the chance to meet with at the conference. I learned so much and made some really great connections that I'm positive will be beneficial to us in our building process as we prepare to fill our building with the equipment and necessities to run fantastic programs in our new Intergenerational Community Center!
J.P. Gallagher

J.P. Gallagher

Parks & Recreation Director | Butte-Silver Bow Consolidated Gov’t

I really enjoyed the Athletic Business Show. I met with a lot of great businesses and received great information from the sessions I attended. Once again thank you for the great conference. It was very valuable.
Joe Cassidy

Joe Cassidy

Executive Director of Campus Fitness & Recreation | Wake Forest University

It was a very productive trip for me. I ended up meeting with a total of 24 vendors and have already done business with a few, have demo models being shipped from a couple, and intend to do business with a few others.