Seems like just about a week ago that we were getting ready for the 2013 Vegas Fastener Show, talking about Brighton Best purchasing Porteous and wondering what else was going to happen in 2014 to radically change our industry. This week we turn the calendar to October and the Vegas Fastener Show is looking us square in the eye. There have been some acquisitions in 2014 but it seems like it has been a lot quieter than what everyone expected. Business has been good most of the year and I think the rest of the year should remain steady. Let’s hope so.
This year we will see a new program rolled out. The Young Fastener Professionals organization in partnership with the Fastener Industry Coalition will be announcing the “30 Under 30”. These are the 30 people under 30 who look to be the movers and shakers of the next generation in our industry. Ryan Kertis of Stelfast started up the Young Fastener Professionals association and is certainly worthy to be named a 30 Under 30 – but he will not as he is one of the organizers of the program. Check out his website at www.youngfastenerprofessionals.com. Also, you can join Ryan and his group at the “Bolt Bash” which will be held on Wednesday, October 22 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at Kahunaville at the Treasure Island. You will get a chance to meet Ryan and his board of directors and do a little networking with some of the young people who are embracing and helping to grow the fastener industry. And, don’t sweat… you’ll be done in time to make it to the annual Fastener Show Opening Bash program sponsored by the Vegas Show organizers Mike McGuire and Jim Bannister. That is always a great place to catch up with hundreds of other fastener people.
Of course, on Thursday night, after the show and all the hospitality suites are done, come hang out at the Bourbon Room. Networking is such a huge part of what happens in Vegas and the casual atmosphere of the Bourbon Room is a perfect night-cap to a great day at the show. This is an outstanding networking event and one you should not miss.
As I started, Vegas is right around the corner. And, wasn’t it about a week ago…