AGG1: Something Old, Something New
Better Roads Staff
Feltes does give a nod to show management — the Association of Equipment Manufacturers — for its efforts in handling its responsibilities for selling floor space to exhibitors and trying to ramp up registration. “They do a great job with this,” Feltes says. “It’s a tribute to the industry, the association, and the manufacturers that exhibitors believe in the goals we are trying to accomplish.”
Feltes says when NSSGA moved to its current format of AGG1 being held over a three-day period focusing on educational topics related to the aggregate industry with an average of 45 to 55 classes per event — it lost the same type of input from its previous committee structure. “Each committee would plan its separate forum or meeting,” Feltes says. “Now, the Education Committee determines the classes.
“Each committee used to put on their respective seminars/meetings,” he continues. “It was very inefficient for the association and was very cumbersome for members to attend all of the meetings or some of them. We streamlined it when we put AGG1 together,” Feltes says. “But when we did this, we did away with the committee structure for obvious reasons. As a result, we lost the input from member companies and their employees like we did in the old days.”
To get the best of both worlds — the efficiency and practicality of one yearly show instead of 13 smaller conferences and the valuable input these provided — Feltes says NSSGA has embraced social media. “We are trying to take advantage of social media to re-establish these valuable connections to members through SharePoint, Facebook, Twitter, [and other mediums] to create that buzz we had with the committee structure.”
Discussions via these social mediums are being used to garner input on education topics, Feltes explains. “Social media is the next step in trying to grow the participation level in NSSGA and AGG1,” he says.
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