The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association (CSDA) set an attendance record for the second consecutive year at its annual Convention & Tech Fair in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The association’s flagship event, held March 13-15 at the historic Renaissance Vinoy Resort, welcomed the largest group to come together for a CSDA convention outside of the always-popular Hawaii in 10 years. Attendance was up 15 percent over the last mainland U.S. convention, the 2016 event in Palm Desert, Calif. Among the attendees were 19 new members and first-time attendees, as well as members from the U.K., Germany and Canada.
The convention agenda included business and technical sessions, as well as presentations covering a wide range of topics. Among these were managing workers’ compensation claims, expanding your company’s digital marketing footprint, post-incident drug testing, the benefits of hiring military veterans and selling your company to specifiers. Two roundtables covered best practices for hiring and managing millennials and trends in the GPR industry.
Networking opportunities and social events were also available, including the CSDA Tech Fair. Attendees were provided the opportunity to talk one-on-one with 25 manufacturers and affiliate vendors.
“The opportunity to gather with other industry professionals that share similar values and challenges at the CSDA Convention is always beneficial to the attendees, and the large attendance at this year's convention in St. Petersburg is a testimony to the value people get from the programs, speakers and roundtables that take place during the meeting," says CSDA President Matthew Finnigan. "As changes and additional regulations come about for our industry, the information exchanged among colleagues as a part of the convention becomes even more important to being able to move forward in serving our customers in a safe and professional manner."
Next year, the CSDA Convention & Tech Fair will be held March 10-14, 2020, at at the Omni La Costa Resort & Golf Club in Carlsbad, Calif. Registration will open in the fall. More details on this, and other events from CSDA, can be found at www.csda.org or by calling the CSDA office at (727) 577-5004.