|November 2016, Volume XXVI, No. 6|
25th Anniversary Product Show Breaks Records!
by Mark Levanites, Product Show Committee Chair, with photos by David Fox Photography
The week leading up to the 25th Anniversary Boston Area Chapter Product Show set the stage. With the return of Tom Brady and the gorgeous 60-degree sunny day the mood had been set. A record-breaking 3100 attendees made the trip to Gillette Stadium and with plenty to do, see, and learn regardless of your professional expertise the 2016 Product Show did not disappoint.
The Plenary Session started with an inspiring video documenting the past, present, and future of the Product Show along with Chapter President John Spohn, reporting that the Chapter is financially sound, continues to be the largest Chapter in the world, and has some very exciting programs and initiatives planned for the upcoming year. He concluded his presentation with the Annual Chapter Awards that recognize the contributions of outstanding Chapter volunteers:
The first keynote address was delivered by Joseph Famulare, Immediate Past Chairman of the ISPE Board of Directors and Vice President, Global Quality Compliance and External Collaboration, Genentech/Roche, Pharma Technical Operations. Next up was U.S. Congressman Richard E. Neal, representing the 1st District of Massachusetts, who concluded his visit by opening the Product Show with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and leading the assembled crowd into the Exhibit Hall. Soon to follow were 3100 attendees who visited the 375 exhibitors and the Career Fair's 44 hiring companies and set a new record for Product Show attendance.
The full slate of educational programs offered throughout the day in the plenary session area thanks to the efforts of the Educational Program Committee attracted almost 400 attendees: "Implementing Lifecycle Process Validation Practices at CMOs" led by Rusty Morrison; "Unique Challenges of Executing Expansion and Retrofit Projects Concurrent with GMP Manufacturing" led by Joseph Musiak; "Project Delivery: Which Method of Contracting is Best?" led by Dean Poillucci; and "Biotech 101" led by Kamal Rashid. If you missed them, don't worry - you can view them on the Product Show website.
On the Innovation Stage, showcasing their latest breakthrough technologies and techniques throughout the afternoon were: M+W Group, G&G Technologies, AutomaTech, Kneat Solutions, ClorDiSys Solutions, Environmental Systems Corporation, Harrington Pure/E&S Technologies and The Windshire Group. And the Student Development Program was a huge success with its session "How to Make the Most of Your Product Show Experience" led by Brian Hagopian.
The Career Fair, truly a "show within a show," was expanded this year to include 44 hiring companies eager to meet with potential new employees. Partnered with Career Builders to help source talent, the Career Fair attracted over 650 Product Show attendees - another record setting number. Many of the visitors took advantage of our professional photographer to get a new headshot - free of charge. Feedback on the Career Fair was overwhelmingly positive all around. So if you are a hiring company, contact us now at email@example.com if you're interested in next year's Career Fair.
We are excited to report that our Champions for Charity pavilion was a huge success once again. People generously donated over $2700 to the National Kidney Foundation and had their photo taken with Patriots alumni Jermaine Wiggins and Ronnie Lippett and Pats cheerleaders. These donations helped to support our team - the ISPE Nephronators - participating in this year's Boston Kidney Walk on October 16th.
The Young Professionals held a Networking/Educational Social hour which was highlighted by a panel of industry experts who provided resume reviews. And when the exhibitor floor closed at 6:30pm, both attendees and exhibitors made their way to Splitsville/Howl At The Moon to relax, bowl, dance, and socialize with new and old friends and meet special guest, Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich. A great end to a tremendous day!
So on behalf of the Chapter, thank you to all of our exhibitors for your continued support. We look forward to your participation next year and encourage you to pre-register. To make it easy, you can preregister now and pay your deposit online on our Product Show website so don't delay - half of the booths and tables are already reserved for 2017!
It goes without saying that a Show like this doesn't happen without a lot of help from many people. Our volunteers are the backbone of our Chapter and we are grateful for their help in making the Product Show the success that it is, year after year. The Product Show Committee is already hard at work planning how to top this year's tremendous result and we are always looking for enthusiastic, imaginative, and fun people to help us run this event. If that is you and you would like to join us, please contact the Product Show Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So mark your calendars - October 4, 2017 at Gillette Stadium - and watch this space throughout the coming year to learn what we have planned. Thanks for your support and see you at the Show in 2017.
Chapter Manager: Amy Poole, CAMI - Tel: 1.781.647.4773 and E-mail: email@example.com