The exhibit hall was filled to capacity, with more than 85 exhibitors manning more than 100 booths. “That definitely showed the support of the industry from the vendors with the services and products they offer,” said Arnold.
One highlight of the show was the recognition of industry pioneers who have made distinct contributions to business continuity planning throughout the years. Many of the recognized pioneers attended DRJ’s first conference held in Atlanta, Ga., in 1989. The industry leaders were recognized during a general session and were given special ribbons to wear throughout the show so other attendees could identify them.
DRJ has sponsored 30 shows during the past 15 years. The conferences have grown from 300 attendees to more than 1,400, representing a 450% growth.
DRJ President Richard L. Arnold is pleased with the growth of the conference, despite many companies cutting budgets and travel expenses.
“We are pleased with the contributions our conferences have made to the industry and will continue to offer top-rated sessions and events at future conferences,” said Arnold.
Todd Wiedman, of Coca-Cola Enterprises, won the deluxe Walt Disney World vacation package as part of DRJ’s 30th conference celebration. Jack Henson, of Fidelity Investments, and Michael Emerson, of Citrix, each won a pass to take part in the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Peggy Pelliccione, of First Services, and Joanne Madore, from Hospital of Ontario Pension Plan, won tickets to see La Nouba, the new show from Cirque du Soleil at Downtown Disney.
DRJ’s Fall World 2004 will be held in San Diego, Sept. 19 - 22 at the San Diego Sheraton Hotel and Marina. For more information, see pages 79-85.