The Plumbing Manufacturers Institution revised its statement supporting consolidation of its North American building industry trade shows, and urged sponsors to support the change.
The new statement, approved at PMI's October meeting in Washington, D.C., says trade show consolidation is a necessity and would benefit everyone: Those organizations currently sponsoring shows; current and potential exhibitors; and attendees. The original statement was adopted in March 1999.
The Trade Show Consolidation Issue Committee expanded the time frame on which to achieve its objectives to the year 2005. It also clarified PMI's position as advocating one large annual industry show, rather than "fewer but bigger" shows, as written in the original statement.
Talks between the North American Exposition (NEX) and National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) were urged to continue, since PMI sees trade show consolidation as productive and "a step in the right direction," according to the committee.
In other PMI news, Linda Mayer, (pictured) was elected president for 2000 when the association will celebrate its 25th anniversary as "PMI." Mayer, who is senior vice president of marketing and product development at Moen Inc., has been active in PMI for two years, and will be the first female leader of PMI.