2015 PSP Expo: Day 1 Picks

A look at the Welcome Party at the 2013 PSP Expo. Tonight's Welcome Party is at the same location, LIGHT Nightclub in Mandalay Bay.
A look at the Welcome Party at the 2013 PSP Expo. Tonight's Welcome Party is at the same location, LIGHT Nightclub in Mandalay Bay.

It’s official — trade show season has begun. The pool and spa industry’s biggest trade show, the PSP Expo, opened this morning to large crowds of industry pros eager to roam the trade show floor and soak up some new knowledge.

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In addition to more than 135,000 square feet of show floor space, today’s agenda is packed with a full schedule of class and special events. Looking for a few picks? Try these:

If you’re interested in marketing:

  • How to Stand Out and Share your Story via Social Channels: Booth 4829, 11:30 a.m.
  • Social Media – The "Do’s" and "Don'ts" for Pool Companies: Booth 3250, 1:30 p.m.
  • Using Houzz to Showcase your Business and Communicate with Clients: Islander G, 1:30 p.m.

If you’re interested in improving your management skills:

  • Be a Coach, Not a Boss:  Booth 662, 10:30 a.m.
  • Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce: Islander C, 3:30 p.m.
  • Effective Leadership Skills for Contractors: Islander G, 3:30 p.m.

If you’re interested in project design:

  • Project Profiles – An Interactive Discussion on Design & Construction: Booth 662, 12 p.m.
  • Creating the Dream Outdoor Kitchen Experience: Booth 4829, 1 p.m.
  • Self-Contained Spa Installation & Design: Islander B, 3:30 p.m.

If you’re interested in networking:

  • APSP WAVE Network Expo Reception: The industry’s youngest and brightest will gather at the Border Grill in Mandalay Bay for drinks, light food and conversation about the future of the industry. 4 p.m.
  • Welcome Party: For networking and a good way to blow off steam after the first day of the expo, head to LIGHT Nightclub (located in Mandalay Bay) to mix and mingle with friends, enjoy a drink and celebrate APSP’s Awards of Excellence winners — all in a perfectly Vegas nightclub setting.

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Looking ahead to Wednesday:

If you’re interested in retail strategies:

  • The 10 Keys to Retail Store Success: South Pacific C, 8 a.m.
  • The Psychology of Pricing: How to Create your own In-Store Artificial Economy: Islander C, 9:45 a.m.
  • Creating a Total Customer In-Store Experience: Islander A, 3:30 p.m.
  • Sell More, More Often, for More Money with Less Effort: Islander H, 3:30 p.m.

If you’re interested in water chemistry:

  • Hot Water Chemistry & Testing: Islander G, 8 a.m.
  • Source Water- Fit to Drink Does Not Mean Ready to Swim: Islander G, 9:45 a.m.
  • Spa Sanitizers – The Bromine Option: Booth 4829, 2:30 p.m.

If you’re interested in digital marketing:

  • Get Found Online! How to Manage, Control & Increase your Online Visibility: Islander B, 8 a.m.
  • Why You Should Be Using Google My Business: Top Reasons to Start Right Now!: Booth 4829, 1 p.m.

If you’re interested in a good bite to eat:

  • BBQ Bash: This free event, located next to the Outdoor Living Pavilion on the show floor, offers grilled samples and complementary beer, water and soda. If you’re looking for a new grill line for your store, this is the perfect opportunity to see them in action.

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