Top Conferences

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Top Conferences - Restaurants

Please consult this brief explanation of the top restaurant conferences in 2018. The requested information is also included in the attached spreadsheet.

OVERVIEW

Top conferences for restaurants in 2018 broadly adhere to two categories:

1) General all-purpose meetings that bring together a range of industry executives and professionals featuring wide-ranging programming relevant to the entire industry.

Examples of this category:

MUFSO (Multi-Unit Foodservice Operators) Conference
Restaurant Finance & Development Conference
Women’s Foodservice Forum’s Annual Leadership Conference
TDn2K’s Global Best Practices Conference
Restaurant Leadership Conference
FSTEC (Food Service Technology Conference) Trade Show
MURTEC (Multi-Unit Restaurant Technology Conference) 2018

2) Highly focused meetings whose content is designed for a specific type of business or restaurateur within the industry (e.g. franchise-based institutions or Bay Area restaurateurs).

Examples of this category:

GGRA (Golden Gate Restaurant Association) Conference
Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit
RFMA (Restaurant Facility Management Association) Conference


Whether intended as an all-purpose conference or one with a tighter, more specific, focus, themes for the top restaurant conferences in 2018 share a similar emphasis on technology and emergent digital trends within the industry. Most also highlight their networking opportunities, either as part of their programming or as other informal meet-ups throughout the event.

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, the requested conference information has been provided in the attached spreadsheet.
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Top Conferences - Snack Foods


Snack foods industry has associations, trade fairs, organizations and networking opportunities that were used to find top conferences in 2018. Each conference event is detailed in the attached spreadsheet. Brief reviews of the events are also reproduced below for a different view of the information.

snaxpo 2018

March 12-14, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.
The entire snack supply chain that is expanding the snack industry is exhibited. Full snack equipment manufacturing shows that displays industry solutions.

NCA Sweets & Snacks Expo

May 22-24, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois
National Confectioners Association award-winning retailer selected candy and snacks that are best-sellers. Trends and growth forecasts in the industry. 800+ Exhibitors, 18,000 Registrants, 20+ Data-driven learning sessions, 45 new product awards, two halls, and 50% snacks.

2018 NGA Show Expo

February 11-14, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
National Grocers Organization (NGO) food manufacturers, service providers and grocery industry experts share innovative food products, services, and technologies. 40 educational workshops, 350 companies, and over 3,400 attendees in 2017.

ISM The Future & Heart of Sweets & Snacks

January 28-31, 2018 in Cologne, Germany.
World's largest trade fair for sweets and snacks. New product showcase. Sweet Future will design new product concepts and product packaging exclusive to ISM. New snacks presented are from 35 companies and 16 countries. The selections Include fruit and vegetable bars, vegan ice cream and organic, gluten-free, and lactose-free chocolate snacks. There are 307 new products and 196 exhibitors.

2019 SNACKEX XVIII International Trade Fair & Conference

June 27-28, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain
Savoury snacks sector covered by this global sourcing event. 150 exhibitors with the latest snacking products. European Snacks Association (ESA) organizes SNACKEX events. In 2017, there were 70 countries represented, six continents, and 2,600 attendees.

2018 Winter Fancy Food Show

January 21-23, 2018 in San Francisco, California
New food trends and thousands of new products. Specialty food industry's top networking event. There will be 80,000 specialty foods and beverages. The 1,400+ exhibitors are from around the globe.

85th annual Western Candy Conference

March 21-25, 2018 in La Quinta, California.
Confectionery industry associates gather to share strategies, decision-making, and business knowledge. The following participants are members of Western Candy Conference whose participants have registered for the entire conference. They also must be staying at the conference hotel to participate in this "Supplier Tabletop".

rci 2018 annual convention & industry expo

March 21-25, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Retail Confectioners International for those who Rock Candy. Connection opportunities, education sessions, exclusive tours, and displays. The venue has a 230,000 square-foot hall with 30-foot high ceiling and is connected to 17 full truck bays with lots of exhibit space.

Conclusion:

The industries involved with snack foods are confectioners, specialty foods, savory snacks and grocer organizations. There are eight, top conference events detailed in the attached snack foods spreadsheet.
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Top Conferences - Motorcycles

While there is no definitive list or method available to compile a best or top conferences of motorcycles list, we were able to locate ten conferences and expos that are interesting and of intrinsic value. The conferences and expos are detailed in the attached spreadsheet.

FINDINGS

SMSA 2018 National Training Summit
This summit is to promote motorcycle safety programs to help reduce crashes, fatalities, and injuries. The event will be hosted on September 12-16, 2018. I believe this is a good conference because it promotes safety.

American International Motorcycle Expo
The goal is to bring consumers, dealers, industry professionals, and press together to promote the industry. The expo will be held on October 11-14, 2018. I believe this is a good conference because it brings everyone together with all the latest and lets them see the industry and everything it has to offer.

Journal of Motorcycle Studies
This conference is everything to do with motorcycles such as advertising, print, photos, journalism, media, technology, design, engineering, racing, collecting, safety, psychology, rights. This conference will be held on July 26-28th, 2018. I think this would be a top conference, once again, bringing all the part of anything to do with motorcycles in a common ground to communicate and learn from each other.

Women's Motorcycle Summit
This is for learning, riding, and connecting with other women riders. This conference will be held on June 10-16, 2018. I think this is a good bonding event for women motorcyclists. They can meet and learn from each other and have a chance to ride.

International Motorcycle Conference
This conference is on motorcycle safety and research.
I think this is a good way for motorcyclists to gain knowledge on motorcycle safety. The conference will be held October 1-2 2018 in Germany.

Meeting of the Minds
The conference is to help educate members of Congress on motorcycle safety issues that motorists are facing. The conference will be held on May 14-15, 2018. The event boasts some top educated political rights activists.

5th Annual Beautiful Bikers Conference and Awards
The goal of the conference is to increase the number of women riders. They also have presenters that are looking to get women into motorsport careers. This conference will be held on February 2, 2018. This event celebrates women bikers and it's in its 5th annual so I believe it looks to be a good conference.

Bikers in the Beltway 2018
The conference is to help educate members of Congress on motorcycle safety issues that motorists are facing. This conference will be held on May 14-15, 2018. This event will be popular because of its nature and the lobbying that motorcyclists will do to make sure they are heard.

Asean Automotive & Motorcycle Parts Manufacturing Summit 2018
This summit brings together manufacturers and speakers for the auto part manufacturing process chain. There will be tools, machinery, robotics, and industry professionals willing to share technical knowledge. The event will be held April 17-18, 2018. This will bring all the parts manufacturers together to share technology and ideas.

International Ride Weekend for Women
This is a women's campaign for educating women motorcyclists and new women riders. The ride weekend will be held May 3-6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. I think this will be a fun event for new riders and old. It will be a bonding and learning experience for these women.

CONCLUSION

Provided are ten motorcycle conferences which cover motorcycle parts, women's events, conferences, and summits. We have included these events in the attached spreadsheet with contact information.
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Top Conferences - Financial Services

The financial services conferences were aplenty and we have identified at least 10 conferences that would be good for those in the financial industry from newcomers to seasoned professionals. We have listed each of the conferences in the attached spreadsheet with complete information on when they are and where they are located.

FINDINGS

Cryptoworld Conference 2018
Professionals attending this will learn about how investment management is affected by the challenges and opportunities of new technology. The buzzword of cryptocurrency has some excited and some running because the technology is so new and unregulated. The conference is in March 2018. I personally feel it's a good conference because with cryptocurrency looming, financial leaders need to understand as much as they can about the payment system technologies.

FinNext 2018
FinNext is for finance professionals to learn from case studies, presentations, networking with other finance professionals, and be motivated by key insights around the finance industry. This conference is in March 2018. I think this is a good conference because it is well-known and is a part of the FPA.

Future Digital Finance
This is for digital finance leaders and will cover innovation, new technology, and customer experiences. This conference is in March 2018. I believe this conference will be a benefit because it is about the current innovations in finance and as we are changing technologically, I think it's important to understand as much as possible about digital finance.

Financial Innovation and Payments Summit
This conference is for discussion on the practices of new payment systems, key issues, and opportunities. The conference is for payment executives, business end-user leaders, and finance organization members. This conference is held in July 2018. I believe it will be a good conference with cryptocurrency on the minds, financial leaders need to understand as much as they can about the payment system technologies.

Marketplace Lending and Alternative Financing Summit
The conference will cover platforms, technology, legal and regulatory issues, debt and investor roundtables, capital market and lender outlooks, online lending trends, the future and much more. This conference is for investors, bankers, law firms, VC, hedge funds, issuers, insurance companies, regulators, underwriters, and trustees. The Marketplace will take place in November 2018. This conference is pretty vast and covers the arena of financial experts so it appears one could learn more than average.

Financial Cavalcade
The Society for Financial Services sponsors this conference. It is a 3-day event that covers all areas of finance. They are held in both North America and the Asia-Pacific. SFS has been hosting a Financial Cavalcade since 2011. The Cavalcade will be held in May 2018. 3 top finance journals boast of it being the largest financial conference.

International Conference on Business and Economic Development
This is for the academics of finance to look at critical thinking, problem-solving, analysis, and dissemination. It is to get the key concepts and framework of business and economics. The event is held in April 2018. ICBED has been around for a great many years. This is in its 7th year and appears to be a widely attended event.

Impact Investing Forum
This forum is regarding financial return for companies using mission-driven and communication-based strategies. The sessions will include top influencers, experienced investors, money managers, and service providers. The Impact will be held in April 2018. This looks like an event for those who want to see what other people are doing and how to be successful doing it.

Alternative Investing Summit
This summit is for trustees, institution reps, money managers, and consultants to strategize. It helps to understand risks and alternatives and look at the paradigm 60/40 rule. It will examine private equity, hedge funds and look at ways to cut costs. The event will be held in December 2018. This would be good for financial managers discussing all the new and upcoming risks and opportunities.

FIMA US
This is a way for financial experts to meet up, listen to others to help grow, interact, and become better professionals. Speakers will share data management approaches, machine readability, technology, innovation. The conference sessions will include panel discussions and live polling. FIMA US is held in May 2018. Some of the world's largest financial institutions attend and it has a high success rate.

FPA NexGen Gathering
This conference is regarding the future of financial planning. The most successful planners in the country will be on hand to learn and grow from. The conference is held in June 2018. This looks like a great conference for beginners to lean on the industry greats and learn.

CONCLUSION

In summary, you can see there are at least 10 financial services conferences to learn more about. We have attached a spreadsheet with our findings and all the contact information needed.

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Top Conferences - Gaming

The top ten US conferences for 2018 in Gaming are Game Developers Conference, E3 Expo, PAX East, East Coast Game Conference, QuakeCon, PAX West, Blizzcon, San Diego Comic-Con, Dice Summit and GoGames360. I have completed the Gaming tab of the attached spreadsheet with the required details.
METHODOLOGY
To select the most attended and most respected gaming conference in the US, I relied on precompiled list from Digital Trends, Game Industry, IGN, and Absolute Exhibits. Each of those lists provided the top 2018 US conferences in the gaming industry based on reputation and popularity. From those lists, I then selected the top ten conferences that appeared most frequently. I excluded all conferences that has already been held this year. I then searched for all the requested information about the conferences selected.
Most of the conferences only provided a general contact email and/or phone number, not that of a contact person. So I entered "NA" in the column for name and provided the contact information of the company in the column for email and phone number where available. You can access the spreadsheet here.
CONCLUSION
To wrap up, I have completed the Gaming tab of the attached spreadsheet as requested.

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Top Conferences - Consumer Electronics

The attached spreadsheet includes the requested information for the top ten consumer electronics conferences in 2018 in the United States. Below are a few notes as they pertain to each consumer electronics conference that are not included in the accompanying spreadsheet.

Event center name is the Las Vegas Convention Center
Please note: contact information for 2019 is not publicly available yet, as the 2018 event was in January. You are able to submit your request to speak through their site, which I have included in the spreadsheet.

#2: IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics
Event center name is the Las Vegas Convention Center
Please note: contact information for 2019 is not publicly available yet, as the 2018 event was in January. You are able to submit your request to speak through their site, which I have included in the spreadsheet.

Event center name is the San Diego Convention Center

Event center name is the Los Angeles Convention Center

#5: E3 Expo
Event center name is the Los Angeles Convention Center
Please note: No specific contact information is publicly available yet for the 2018 event. Interested parties must first complete a form online, which I have included in the spreadsheet.

#6: Technology Expo, New York City (Techspo)
Event center name is the Marriott in Times Square
Please note: No specific contact information is publicly available. Interested speakers and sponsors must submit a form as to which topics they are interested in speaking to, which I have included in the spreadsheet. Additionally, there are numerous Techspo events globally, I have only included the New York City location on the spreadsheet, however the rest of the locations remaining for 2018 are below:
Toronto Canada, (May)
Houston (June)
Los Angeles (June)
Chicago (June)
Sydney, Australia (August)
London, UK (September)
Singapore, China (September)
Dubai, Indiana (October)
Johannesburg, South Africa (November)

Event center name is Santa Clara Convention Center
Please note: No specific contact information is available beyond a speaker inquiry email, which I have included in the spreadsheet. Interested speakers must present information to Augmented World Expo through a form on their site (also in the spreadsheet) as to why they should be a speaker.

Event center name is McEnergy Convention Center

#9: The Media Insights & Engagement Conference
Event center name is Miami Beach Resort & Spa

Event center name is Crowne Plaza

SUMMARY

The top ten consumer electronics conferences for 2018 encompass numerous industries (overall consumer, smart home, telephones and televisions), and cover hundreds of technology and consumer companies and keynote speakers. The attached spreadsheet provides complete details, with the additional notes above as they pertain to each conference.

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Top Conferences - Toys

The attached spreadsheet includes the requested information for the top ten toy conferences in 2018 in the United States. Included are two conferences that are international (Spielwarenmesse, and the China International Toy Fair), as both are two of the largest toy conferences in the world. Below are a few notes as they pertain to each toy conference that are not included in the accompanying spreadsheet.

TOP 10 CONFERENCES

Notes:
Event center name is the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Three different contacts, based on the name of your organization. Simon Yung's contact info is included in the spreadsheet:
Simon Yung: A-F, X, Y, Z
Leigh Carleu: G-0 — 645.520.4862, lcarleu@toyassociation.com
Ava Slepicoff :P-W, 646-520-4852, aslepicoff@toyassociation.com

#2: PlayCon
Notes:
Event center name is San Francisco Jazz Center

Notes:
Event center name is Dallas Market Center
Three different contacts, based on the name of your organization. Simon Yung's contact info is included in the spreadsheet:
Simon Yung: A-F, X, Y, Z
Leigh Carleu: G-0 — 645.520.4862, lcarleu@toyassociation.com
Ava Slepicoff :P-W, 646-520-4852, aslepicoff@toyassociation.com

Notes: Event center name is South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa
All contact pages and inquiries on site lead to a generic contact fill-in page. I could find one name, Carrie Scanlan, who is the Show Manager at ToyFest West. Her LinkedIn page is included here. Her email address was not publicly available online, nor were any email results found for Toy Fest West.

#5: ChiTag
Notes: Event center name is Navy Pier
All contact information for partnership, sponsorship, and event inquiries are directed to sales@chitag.com. I could see that Jessie Manschbacher Kibbe is their Director of Sales, and may be the best bet for a direct contact. I found her LinkedIn page here, however no email address in her name was publicly available.

Notes:
This event is international, and is held in Germany.
Event center name is Messezentrum Nürnberg (Nuremberg Exhibition Centre).
No direct contact information was found to be publicly available, beyond their information page.

Notes:
Event center name is Las Vegas Convention Center

#8: China International Toy Fair (China Toy Expo)
Notes:
This event is international, and is held in China
There were multiple contacts listed, with no known titles. I've included the first one in the list on the spreadsheet, and the rest are below:
Owen Zhou, 010-66038881-226, owen_zhou@tjpa-china.org
Markus Guo, 010-66038881-207, guomengyou@tjpa-china.org
Mary Ma, 010-66038881-205, malin@tjpa-china.org
Olivia Jia, 010-66038881-203, jiaru@tjpa-china.org
Winder Wang, 010-66038881-201, winder_wang@tjpa-china.org

Notes: Event center name is Walter E. Washington Convention Center

#10: Play Fair
Notes: Event center name is Jacob K. Javits Convention center

conclusion

The top 10 toy conferences for 2018 encompass numerous industries (children, baby, overall toy), and cover hundreds of global companies. The attached spreadsheet provides complete details, with the additional notes above as they pertain to each conference.
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Top Conferences - Personal Care / Health & Beauty

Ten top conferences in the personal care, health, and beauty industries are Cosmoprof North America, the Face & Body Spa Expo and Conference, SupplySide West International, the Southern Women’s Show, the iSpa Conference and Expo, the International Salon and Spa Expo, the International Beauty Show, Natural Products Expo West, America’s Beauty Show, and the Bronner Bros International Beauty Show. We’ve included all information in the attached spreadsheet as requested, but please find a summary of our findings below.

FINDINGS
We focused our research on events in the United States and defined “top” as the most attended and most respected in the industry. We’ve filled in rows 3-12 of the “Personal Care/Health & Beauty” tab of the attached spreadsheet.

COSMOPROF NORTH AMERICA
Cosmoprof North America is held annually at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The cosmetology event features more than 1,000 exhibitors from 39 countries with over 30,000 attendees.

FACE & BODY SPA EXPO AND CONFERENCE
The Face & Body Spa Expo and Conference is held annually at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. The spa industry event has been bringing "industry professionals and suppliers together for over 20 years" and features more than 10,000 beauty experts and suppliers.

SUPPLYSIDE WEST INTERNATIONAL
SupplySide West International is held annually at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. At the forefront of the organic and natural products industry, the event features more than 1,200 companies and over 15,000 participating industry professionals.

SOUTHERN WOMEN’S SHOW
The Southern Women’s Show is held annually at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The lifestyle event "hosts over 400 companies and great features focusing on fashion, health and fitness, business, travel and leisure, and food and nutrition."

ISPA CONFERENCE AND EXPO
The iSpa Conference and Expo is held annually at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. The spa industry event "feature[s] more than 215 companies offering the latest spa products and services available on the market."

INTERNATIONAL SALON AND SPA EXPO
The International Salon and Spa Expo is held annually at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. The beauty and spa industry event is "the largest cash-and-carry, professionals-only beauty event on the West Coast."

INTERNATIONAL BEAUTY SHOW
The International Beauty Show is held annually at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The cosmetology event is "the longest-running professionals-only event in beauty and draws 65,200 serious beauty pros."

NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO WEST
Natural Products Expo West is held annually at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Focused on the organic and natural products industry, the event "attract[s] over 80,000 industry professionals and 3,100 exhibits" each year.

Please note that event managers are divided by region. Gina Spampinato works with exhibitors from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Washington DC, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Other event managers include:

Brad Squier manages exhibitors from Arizona, California, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada.
Phone: 303-998-9332
Email: bsquier@newhope.com

Cathy LaClair manages exhibitors from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Phone: 303-998-9410
Email: claclair@newhope.com

AMERICA’S BEAUTY SHOW
America’s Beauty Show is held annually at McCormick Place North in Chicago. According to its website, over 82,000 industry professionals attended the cosmetology event in 2017.

BRONNER BROS INTERNATIONAL BEAUTY SHOW
The Bronner Bros International Beauty Show is held annually at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The cosmetology event features over "30,000 beauty professionals and 300 exhibitors."

CONCLUSION
Cosmoprof North America, the Face & Body Spa Expo and Conference, SupplySide West International, the Southern Women’s Show, the iSpa Conference and Expo, the International Salon and Spa Expo, the International Beauty Show, Natural Products Expo West, America’s Beauty Show, and the Bronner Bros International Beauty Show are ten top conferences in the personal care, health, and beauty industries based on attendance numbers and prestige. Please see the attached spreadsheet.
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Top Conferences - Apparel

Below are top 10 Apparel Industry conferences in the Untied States. They were selected as the top due to either the high number of tickets sold, their hashtag trends, or keynote speakers. All these conferences are being/were held in the United States and take/took place in 2018.

TOP 10 APPAREL INDUSTRY CONFERENCES IN THE UNITED STATES.

1. National Retail Federation's annual conference.

The National Retail Federation claims to be the world's most important retail conference which brings together the largest gathering of industry executives from all over the world. This conference was held on 14th-16th of January.

2. International Textile and Apparel Association annual conference.

The International Textile and Apparel Association's annual conference presented industry research, as well as design sessions. It will be held on 6th of November.

3. AAFA's Sourcing Conference

The American Apparel & Footwear Association's annual sourcing conference presents the latest technology innovations, and industry research on agility and profitability throughout supply chains, as well as relationship building and improving collaboration with vendors. It will be held on 24th -25th April.

4. Wear 2018 conference

WEAR 2018 website state it to be a conference that will feature 3 days of tours and workshops, sessions and presentations around the latest updates on Covering the gaps on standardization, technology and economy between fabrics and tech and how the two industries can find a common language. It was held on the days 13th — 14th January.

5. SYFA 2018 Spring Conference

The Synthetic Yarn and Fiber Association Conference, is believed to cover areas like fiber producers, texturizers, staple yarn manufacturers, fabric producers for apparel, automotive, upholstery, and industrial markets. In addition to that, it also covers areas like raw material suppliers, equipment manufacturers. It will be held on 26th-27th April.

6. FASHTECH2018

San Francisco Fashion and Merchants Alliance's annual TECH Fashion Week, according to their website, it showcases tech distruptors and creators to discover the latest developments in fashion through the lens of technology. It will be held on 3rd-4th of March.

7. USFIA Fashion Forward

The United States Fashion Industry Association's annual West Coast event. This event will include keynotes and interactive panels featuring U.S. Customs & Border Protection and USFIA leadership, legal counsel, and partners -- plus plenty of time for networking. It will be held on the 1st of February.

8. SXSW Style 2018

SXSW Style will be a three-day style track that will present a platform for creatives in the fashion and technology community to come together, learn and innovate while exploring a range of topics. It will be held on 9th-11th March.

9. WWD Men's Wear Summit

On the day of WWD Men's Wear Summit, there will be inspiring speakers present and interactive sessions will be held. People will be able to network with colleagues from fashion, retail and e-commerce for the men's wear industry. It will be held on 9th-11th March.

10. SIMPLY New York

SIMPLY NYC will be a conference where people will learn, network and get inspired as they enjoy a day filled with panels and breakout sessions presented by influencers who are making major waves in the world's fashion, beauty, blogging and tech. It will be held on February 10th.

CONCLUSION

To conclude this; the above mentioned are the top 10 apparel industry conferences in the United States. Being selected due to the high number of attendees, keynote speakers or trending hashtag. Please click on the links for more information about the conferences.
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Top Conferences - Beer & Wine

SPREADSHEET: 2018 Industry Conferences (Wine and Beer)

We have compiled a list of wine and beer conferences to be held in 2018 in the US. Included within this list are the event names, contact details and attendance rates of all the events. When not provided on the event's website, email hunters, such as Norbert, were used to locate the email addresses of the organizers. The events listed have not yet occurred and are recommended by leading industry websites and associations like the United States Trade Testing website, Wine and Craft Beverage News, CraftBeer.com and Brewers Association.

To compile the data, we researched lists of wine and beer conferences, such as the ones published by USA Trade Tasting and the Beverage Trade Network. Then, we filtered the lists by selecting events being held in the US. Finally, we researched the attendance rates of the events and selected the events with the most number of attendees. Conferences which are held in conjunction with other events like trade shows, exhibitions and competitions have significantly higher attendance rates as these numbers include both the trade show visitors and conference attendees.
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Top Conferences - Resorts & Theme Parks

Ten of the top conferences for resorts and theme parks include New York Times Travel Show and Travel Industry Conference, Amusement Expo, Future of Immersive Leisure, HITEC, AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Annual Conference, The Lodging Conference, NRPA (National Recreation and Parks Association) Annual Conference, World Waterpark Association Show, The Hotel Experience, and IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) Attractions Expo. I have compiled all details, including a description, website, contact information, venue address, and reason for selection on the "Resorts & Theme Parks" tab of the attached spreadsheet.

Methodology

There are very few conferences in either the theme park or resort industries in the United States. As such, I was forced to expand my search to the amusement and hotel industries to identify 10 total conferences. Once I broadened my search criteria, I was able to find five top conferences in the theme park or amusement industries and five top conferences in the resort or hotel industries.

All conferences are either heavily attended or have been identified as important to the theme park, amusement, resort, or hotel industries. I have provided justification for including each conference in column M of the "Resort & Theme Park" tab of the spreadsheet. Please note that I was unable to find a telephone number for the New York Times Travel Show and Travel Industry Conference, but I did provide an email address for the contact person. All contact information for all other conferences was readily available.

Conclusion

Ten top conferences in the theme park, amusement, resort, and hotel industries have been entered in the "Resort & Theme Park" tab of the attached spreadsheet in order by month in which they will occur. The first conference, which is the New York Times Travel Show and Travel Industry Conference, is occurring on January 26-28, which is this coming weekend. Otherwise, all other conferences are at least a month away.
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Top Conferences - Pharmaceutical

I've added information to your spreadsheet covering leading pharmaceutical conferences including the 2018 Pharma Forum, iPharma USA 2018, and two hosted by the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering. Read on for my rundown of these conferences and a few additional notes!

OVERVIEW

The conferences I've included are the following:

The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering is hosting two large conferences in 2018: their Annual Conference (speaker submissions are application-only) and Facilities of the Future, a pharma manufacturing-focused conference.

The Pharma Forum is specifically aimed at life sciences management and covers a wide variety of topics within the industry.

The BIO International Convention is a huge international convention for the biotech and pharma industries, held in Boston annually.

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development hosts an annual Life Science conference that covers the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

I've included another pair of conferences by the same organizers, MD&M East and West. These conferences together form the largest life science and med tech event in North America. Speaker booking contact information isn't available for MD&M East yet, as it's currently too far away.

The Medtech Conference is an annual medical technology conference hosted by Avamed. I wasn't able to find an organizer name, but they do have a direct contact form for the organizer at the bottom of their Contact page.

The World Healthcare Congress is a worldwide annual event that's been running for 15 years. The Congress hosts attendees from around the world and from all over the healthcare industry.

Finally, iPharma USA is an annual conference that aims to bring together academics, professionals, and providers from around the pharma industry.

After an extensive search, direct contact information for event organizers was usually unavailable or incomplete. This is likely because these conferences have chosen to rely on contact forms to filter responses. For some conferences, neither direct details nor contact forms were readily available. When this occurred, other verified company contacts were provided instead. All relevant contact details were added to the spreadsheet.


CONCLUSION

I've completed the Pharmaceutical section of your spreadsheet with contact information, descriptions, and locations for several leading conferences in this industry.
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Top Conferences - Non-Profit


determining factors

The determining factors for rating the top conferences are based on their inclusion on multiple best conferences lists as reported by Forbes, Classy.org and Foundations List. In addition, each conferences details were analyzed to ensure criteria included such as the widest inclusion of categories of attendees and broad topics covered for the nonprofit industry.

Princeton Community Works Conference, number two on the Foundations List rankings, is omitted as it appears to be a smaller conference focused on education for non-profit boards, staff and volunteers. Also not included is the NPInfusion Conference for Nonprofits, as it is a one-day conference with only four speakers scheduled.

conclusion

Details of each of the ten top nonprofit conferences in the US for 2018 are found in the attached spreadsheet.
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Top Conferences - Sports & Sports Marketing

According to my research, the U.S. sports conferences with the highest attendance are SEAT, Leaders Week New York, The National Sports Forum, CAA World Congress of Sports, MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, and Hashtag Sports. After analyzing websites for multiple events, as well as industry articles, I concluded that those with around 1,000 attendees or more are considered large. Additionally, I included Sports Industry Networking and Career Conference, Sports PR Summit, and Sportel Summit for their reputation. I also chose one international event, SportAccord Convention, for its high attendance. There weren't enough U.S. examples that could be classified as "top." The information about ten conferences has been compiled into the attached spreadsheet.

FINDINGS

Top nine sports conferences in the U.S., which will be held in 2018, are:

1. SEAT (Dallas, TX)
2. Leaders Week New York (New York, NY)
3. The National Sports Forum (Frisco, TX)
4. CAA World Congress of Sports (Los Angeles, CA)
5. MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (Boston, MA)
6. Hashtag Sports (New York, NY)
7. Sports Industry Networking and Career Conference (Washington, DC)
8. Sports PR Summit (New York, NY)
9. Sportel Summit (Miami, FL)

Additionally, SportAccord Convention (Bangkok, Thailand) is one of the top international events.

Please note that in some cases, I was unable to track the requested contact details, despite using email hunter services. I provided general contact info instead. If the phone number was unavailable, I filled the appropriate cell with "N/A."

Also, I couldn't only choose the conferences based on attendance. Many of those I identified don't disclose the information or had less than 1,000 participants. However, such events aren't well-covered in the industry media. Therefore, in some cases, I had to use sources that are older than two years to confirm their reputation. I noted it in column M.

CONCLUSION

The information about nine top U.S. sports conferences, including the ones focused on sports marketing, and one leading international sports event, has been compiled into the attached spreadsheet.
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Top Conferences - Candy

The following are the top ten candy conferences in the US this year in terms of attendance and/or reputation within the sector (in chronological order): NCA State of the Industry Conference, 85th Western Candy Conference, 72nd Annual Production Conference, SoFlo Cake and Candy Expo, Sweets and Snacks Expo, RCI Annual Convention and Industry Expo, 138th Philadelphia National Candy, Gift, and Gourmet Show, 47th Candy Hall of Fame, and Candy Planning: Halloween EPPS.

The events were selected from the Manufacturers Confectioners Publishing website, credible events listings websites such as 10times.com and eventbrite.com, and industry organizations. Taking into account previous attendance or reputation within the sector, these are considered the premier conferences in the candy manufacturing and retail industries. The comprehensive list can be found on this spreadsheet with the requested details, except for the contact names for NCA State of the Industry Conference, 72nd Annual Production Conference, SoFlo Cake and Candy Expo, and 47th Candy Hall of Fame.
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Top Conferences - Footwear

ASSUMPTIONS

I started looking for footwear conferences only but as not many came up in my original searches, I looked up the definition of a 'conference': "a meeting of two or more persons for discussing matters of common concern".

OVERVIEW

I've added information on the top ten footwear conferences in the US into your spreadsheet. The conferences I found range from executive summits (AAFA Executive Summit) to expos (New York Shoe Expo).

The ten conferences I found are as follows.

NSRA Education Conference features Bob Negen & Shane Fell addressing industry topics and issues that are relevant to independent retailers.

The NSRA Leadership Conference features business education, peer-to-peer networking, vendor exhibits and social events as well as nationally recognized speakers over the course of two-days.

The FN Platform showcases over 1600 men's, women's, juniors and children's footwear brands from more than 20 countries.

Footwear Sourcing at Magic is a show created for brands and retailers to source their footwear production directly from factories worldwide.

Sole Commerce is an event showcasing women’s and junior’s footwear and accessories.

Fashion Footwear Association of New York market week and the New York Shoe Expo bring the fashion industry together to do business in New York.

The AAFA Executive Summit is a discussion opportunity for senior level retail, apparel, footwear and fashion brand executives from all around the US.

The FDRA 2018 Footwear Compliance Summit includes discussions on product safety, including global, federal and state chemical law as well as factory compliance issues including hours, wages, and working conditions.

FDRA's Footwear Executive Summit is a one day summit for executives, directors, and managers to discuss consumer demands and trends.

Outdoor Retailer & Snow Show provides an opportunity for outdoor and snow industry companies across all product segments to network and reach potential buyers.

PLEASE NOTE

Not every event I listed is exclusively footwear but I verified - by reviewing the previous or forecasted exhibitor lists on the appropriate event or organization websites - that footwear is indeed a major part of these events.

Also, since Sole Commerce did not delegate a specific individual as their contact person for their event, I used the UBM Fashion's general contact information instead.

FDRA’s Footwear Executive Summit is scheduled for May 3, 2018, and they have not specified a location, yet.

CONCLUSION

I have completed the Footwear tab of the attached spreadsheet, with descriptions, dates, addresses, and more.
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Top Conferences - Software

Hi and thanks for Wondering about the top software conferences in the United States. This was an interesting topic because software is a broad concept nowadays, which includes many subcategories that fall under software engineering and programming. In fact, most of the included software conferences in the attached spreadsheet are "top" in their specific field. However, this means it was not as straightforward as simply listing the most prestigious or highest attendance conferences numbered 1-10.

SELECTED CONFERENCES

The 10 conferences that are either the premier event in their subcategory of software or ranked in the top 5 are: the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, the International Conference on Computer Communications, the Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation, the Design Automation Conference, the International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering, the RSA Conference, the Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation, the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, the Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, and Devnexus.

The necessary descriptions and organizer contact information for these software conferences are listed in the attached spreadsheet, as requested.

RANKING METHOD

To determine the prestige and ranking among software conferences, there are 3 often-used rankings. The H5-index is provided by Google Scholar Metrics, and it measures the citation impact of a scholarly article. The Excellence in Research in Australia (also known as ERA) provides a rating between A and C. Qualis is "published by the Brazilian ministry of education and uses the H-index as a performance measure for conferences." Qualis provides a rating between A1 and B5.

All the included conferences were rated in the top 5 of the H5-index of their respective subcategory, unless a H5-index rating was not given. Each conference also achieved the highest A ERA or A1 Qualis, unless one of these ratings was not given. The exception was, in the case of the RSA Conference which achieved a B and B1 rating, but was by far the highest attended cybersecurity conference. The Devnexus software conference does not have an ERA or Qualis rating assigned, but it is the largest software development conference.

AVAILABLE SUBCATEGORIES of software

The subcategories included are: image processing & computer vision; computer graphics and computer-aided-design; computer networks and communication; software engineering; information systems, human computer interaction; computer science; computer security and cryptography; signal processing; and software development. There are many potential conferences within each category. Some premier conferences are not held in the United States, and software at times rubs shoulders with the tech industry and gaming.

Thanks again for Wondering! Please refer to the attached spreadsheet for the full details requested on the top 10 software conferences in the US. We hope to have exceeded your expectations.
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Top Conferences - Media

I've added information on ten top conferences in the US media industry to your spreadsheet. The conferences I found range from traditional media (the American Magazine Media Conference) to influencer and social video (VidCon) to the leading conference in kid's media (Kidscreen). Read on for a brief rundown of my findings and some additional notes.

OVERVIEW

The ten conferences I found are as follows.

The American Magazine Media Conference is a large event for the magazine industry specifically -- attendees in 2018 include Ronan Farrow.

Code Media is a digital media and technology conference hosted by tech blog Recode -- for this conference I included the email for one of the hosts, as I couldn't find an organizer contact.

The Media Insights & Engagement Conference is an annual event for the media research industry.

The NAB Show is the annual expo and awards show hosted by the National Association for Broadcasting with over 100,000 annual attendees.

Digital Entertainment World is a B2B conference for media companies, specifically targeting those in music, gaming, and publishing.

Digital Hollywood has two entries on the spreadsheet, one in New York and one in LA -- both focus on the crossroads of technology (specifically VR and AR in 2018) and traditional media. They request no phone calls but do provide an email for speaker pitches.

The New York Media Festival is a two-day conference covering gaming, music, TV, and copyright with several leading industry sponsors.

VidCon is a new conference focused on digital video producers and consumers. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find a contact person for VidCon, so I've included their general email address for inquiries.

Kidscreen is the leading conference for children's media, including film and TV.

CONCLUSION

I've completed the Media tab of your attached spreadsheet, with descriptions, websites, and contact information for several leading conferences including the American Magazine Conference, the National Association for Broadcasters' NAB Show, the New York Media Festival, and more.
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Top Conferences - Airline

The listing of top airline conferences is complete and provided within the “Airline” tab of the attached spreadsheet. Even after an extensive search, I wasn’t able to locate a precompiled list ranking airline industry conferences on attendance; this may be because those numbers are sometimes considered proprietary by conference organizers (or sometimes only available to organization members). However, I was able to find several precompiled lists of popular and recommended conferences. Those respected events are the ones that were selected for inclusion within the attached spreadsheet.

TOP LISTS

There were a mix of “top” and “recommended” lists used to select the conferences listed. Many of these conferences came from 10times. The site features the top 100 “air, aviation, and airport events” around the world. As per the research criteria, I have only included U.S.-based airline industry conferences, if concessions were made, they were also noted on the attached spreadsheet. Other airline industry conferences listed were from AirGuru’s 2016 post on airline conferences that revenue personnel (e.g., pricing managers and revenue managers) should attend.

Please Note:
1. Some of the conferences did not designate the personnel in charge of coordinating or directing conference activities like speaker assignments or general contacts. Sometimes this kind of information is provided after one signs up for registration or exhibition and sometimes the organization will name and list their Events Coordinator or other related personnel. Regardless, if available, I have identified staffers within the conference’s hosting organization whose job titles align with various conference responsibilities. Those names, emails, and phone numbers are included in the spreadsheet.
2. If a hosting organization is located in another country (e.g., ConnectID) the conference is listed because the 2018 event will be within the U.S.

FINDINGS

The list of 12 conferences is presented below. Each conference is listed in more detail within the attached spreadsheet.

1. World Aviation Training Conference and Trade Show
2. Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show
3. AeroMat Conference and Exposition
4. Business & General Aviation Industry Suppliers Conference
5. Connect:ID Conference
6. International Aviation Issues Seminar
7. NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition
8. International Aviation Snow Symposium
9. Commercial Aviation Industry Suppliers Conference
10. Air Warfare Symposium And Technology Exposition
11. National Air Traffic Controllers Association Conference
12. Smart Travel Data Summit North America 2017

CONCLUSION

All required information is presented in the attached spreadsheet.
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Top Conferences - Entertainment

Ten of the top conferences in the entertainment industry are NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives), Entertainment Experience Evolution, Evolution of Entertainment, Los Angeles Entertainment Summit, Ticket Summit, Small Market Television Exchange, Radio Show, Future of Television, NYC TV Week, and Aspen Live. All details for these conferences, including a description, website, contact person, contact information, venue address, and reasons for selection for each event have been entered into the "Entertainment" tab of the attached spreadsheet.

Methodology

I was unable to list the actual top 10 conferences in the entertainment industry because most of them have already been entered on the "Media," "Music," and "Gaming" tabs. However, I was able to identify 10 conferences that draw a significant number of industry professionals and/or are considered important events for specific segments of the industry. For example, the Radio Show is considered the premier event for radio professionals, who would likely be largely ignored in the bigger entertainment conferences listed as media, music, or gaming events. The Small Market Television Exchange caters to broadcasters in smaller markets that again, may be marginalized at the industry-wide conferences. Similarly, the Ticket Summit is designed specifically for the ticketing aspect of entertainment, which is a critical component, but one that is not often addressed at the major entertainment-oriented events.

As such, the attendance numbers for the 10 events on the "Entertainment" tab of the spreadsheet may not be as high as the conferences listed on the "Media," "Music," or "Gaming" pages that are also entertainment conferences, but the events identified on the "Entertainment" tab are significant conferences for the many niche markets within the entertainment industry. An explanation for why each conference was selected has been entered in column M.

Please note that the venues for the Small Market Television Exchange and Radio Show have not yet been released; however, the city is known, so that is all I was able to provide regarding the venues at this time.

Conclusion

Ten top conferences in the entertainment industry have been entered on the attached spreadsheet in order by month. The NATPE is the most heavily attended of the 10 conferences listed on the "Entertainment" tab, with more than 5,000 top media executives attending the event in January 2018.
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Top Conferences - Insurance

A listing of the top conferences within the insurance industry is complete and included under the "insurance" tab in the attached spreadsheet.

Creation of a list of the top insurance conferences was complicated by the fact that there are no direct lists ranking the top events for the industry. A review of a variety of sources suggests that the insurance industry is highly diverse with a number of highly rated events catering to different niche audiences within the industry.

In order to compile a top-ten list for this industry, we sifted through numerous conventions and events and compiled a list of top events representing a cross-section of the industry.

Overview

The list was constructed by looking at a large representative sample of events within the insurance industry. This was narrowed by cross-referencing industry sources, such as the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI) and AmPmInsure. The goal was to ensure that the conference organizers were well regarded within the industry.

In the event that the organizers were not an industry group, but some other insurance-related organization, we researched to see whether the same conferences in previous years received industry-wide attention. Lastly, we also took into account the profile of sponsors, corporate attendees and speakers.

Given the breadth of the industry, we attempted to create a list that touched on different aspects of the industry, so that the list as a whole gave a representative sampling of a cross section of what industry events had to offer.

Summary List

Full details of the conferences included in the list are presented in the attached spreadsheet. However, here is a summary of the events included:

NAIFA Performance — The event is advertised as being a well-attended event and is hosted by the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, which represents its members regardless of the products they sell or the focus of their practice.

Casualty Insights Conference — Hosted by Advisen, the Casualty Insights Conference is meant to be "the premiere insurance industry event" aimed at discussing casualty risk management and insurance.

Connected Claims USA Summit — The event, hosted by Insurance Nexus, is lauded in reviews as being highly regarded in the insurance world.

GHIC 2018 — The theme of the event is listed as "understanding global health insurance and healthcare schemes." Unique among conferences on this list, this meeting gives a true global perspective to the insurance business. There are speakers listed from all over the world, including Canada, but there are no speakers from the United States.

IASA 2018 POWERUP! Conference — A conference focused on team building within the insurance industry. The event, hosted by the Insurance Accounting & Systems Association, is described on its website as being meant "to empower ourselves and those we work with to create a happier, more effective work environment."

InsureTech Connect — A conference focused on insurance technology, it advertises itself as the world's largest insurtech event.

Americas Claims Event — A broad look at the insurance business, the conference promises keynote speeches aimed at "the pressures and rewards facing insurance professionals."

PLRB Claims Conference & Insurance Services Expo — The conference's website says the event brings together diverse claims professionals from hundreds of companies, with over 300 leading service providers represented.

One Place 2018 — The event focuses on technology investment, promising information on the future of health care and benefits.

ILTCI 2018 — The Intercompany Long-Term Care Insurance Conference is presented as a multi-disciplinary event, with a high profile and a comprehensive approach.

Conclusion

Despite the lack of a definitive list organizing events withing the insurance industry, we were able to compile a list of the top conferences in the sector. This was done by sorting the major conferences by their profile and the strength of their sponsors, organizers and speakers. The list was further narrowed with an eye toward providing a comprehensive look at the industry by representing different sectors as well as by including events that took a broad approach to the industry. All required information is presented in the attached spreadsheet.
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Top Conferences - Fitness

For your request, we found ten well-known fitness conferences that cover a variety of subjects. Most of the information was readily available, however contact information for specific people was unavailable for some of the conferences. Standard contact information was available so that was provided instead.

General Information

The conferences provided are very diverse. Mania is a conference that is held across the United States in states such as New York, Florida, California, Texas and more. IHRSA is a unique conference because it is run by the official trade organization of health clubs. Other conferences, such as the National Wellness Conference or World Spinning, are uniquely focussed on a specific topic.

Conclusion

More information is available in the attached spreadsheet. The spreadsheet also lists sources for each conference.

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Top Conferences - Music

Ten top music conferences in the United States were found from this list. Each event that was chosen has been identified as a top conference due to attendance numbers, having top music industry professionals presenting at the event, or both. Details about each conference, including address, dates, and contact information, have been entered into this spreadsheet. Please note, contact names and emails are hard to find as most events prefer to have either an online form to request information, or a general info email with no contact name attached. In those cases, the general contact information has been provided. Please see below for a brief list of the conferences that you will find in the spreadsheet.

TOP MUSIC CONFERENCES

1. MAGFest - January 4th-7th 2018 - Oxon Hill, MD

2. NAMM - January 25th-28th 2018 - Anaheim, CA

3. Pollstar Live - February 6th-8th 2018 - Los Angeles, CA

4. Vegas Music Summit - February 15th-16th 2018 - Las Vegas, NV

5. SXSW Conference - March 9th-17th 2018 - Austin, TX

6. LAUNCH Music Conference - April 12th-15th 2018 - Lancaster, PA

7. MUSEXPO - April 29th-May 2nd 2018 - Los Angeles, CA

8. ASCAP I Create Music Expo - May 7th-9th 2018 - Los Angeles, CA

9. Summer NAMM - June 28th-30th 2018 - Nashville, TN

10. DIY Musician Conference - August 24th-26th 2018 - Nashville, TN

In conclusion, the above music conferences and their details have been entered into this spreadsheet.
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