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Sima Show, Go or No Go and what to expect?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by BMWSTUD25, Mar 28, 2016.

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  1. BMWSTUD25

    BMWSTUD25 Senior Member
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    I'm not currently a member of SIMA and was looking for some imput from others who are in regards to the show.

    Do I have to be a member to attend the show?

    Is the show worth making the 6 hour drive? This is the closest it will be to me for a few more years.

    Are any of the more structured meetings/trainings worth attending and do you have to be a member to attend those?

    I'm thinking about going and bringing one of my main guys. Was thinking of doing an overnight stay and not only spending some time with vendors at the show, but also taking some of the classes/informal chats if allowed.
     
  2. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
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  3. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
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    The show/display area is open to general public once you pay the admission.
     
  4. BMWSTUD25

    BMWSTUD25 Senior Member
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    Thanks for the link! So it appears the trade show is pretty cheap but I think I would interested in at least getting a day pass for some of the other workshops/chats. What is the general concensus on these? I know there are many of you that talk about going often so I'm hoping I can use this info to determine how valuable it would be and what to expect.
     
  5. Masssnowfighter

    Masssnowfighter Senior Member
    from ma
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    I was wondering the same thing. Im only an hour and half drive so I am definitely planning on going to the trade show, but I was wondering if the workshops are worth going to. Or is it just the same type of information you can find on plowsite for free?
     
  6. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
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    Trade show yes

    I see nothing for us driveway guys.
     
  7. BMWSTUD25

    BMWSTUD25 Senior Member
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    We continue to work for larger and larger companies, and I'm not talking about the size of their lots but rather the size of the parent companies. There doesn't have to be much take away from a day of workshops to make back the couple hundred it may cost to attend. I'm just looking for some opinions from the guys that attend these meetings and workshops.
     
  8. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 300

    not to be difficult but the lunch and learn round tables for the driveway guys last year in Chicago was worth the price of admission for everything.

    it is worth it and every organization and show is worth only what you put into it.

    I will be there and perhaps some of my staff this year
     
  9. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,549

    So they have driveway event/forums/exchange/info? They say nothing about anything applicable to driveways in there web site.
     
  10. Herm Witte

    Herm Witte Senior Member
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    There is always an opportunity to learn whether or not you "only" service driveways. Come with an open mind, listen and you will learn. How you apply all information is up to you. It is because of a relationship developed through and at SIMA that we decided to transition our driveway services to inverted snowblowing. Those folk will be around as well.
     
  11. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 300

    Herm

    How did I miss you last year?
     
  12. Herm Witte

    Herm Witte Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    Not sure. Too many balding, overweight guys with a beard runnining around I guuess. Unfortunately I can not attend this year.
     
  13. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 300

    but Montreal Herm--Montreal will be required attendance--the homeland of the tractor snowblowers and the motherland of residential snow removal--and you could visit us too after the show on the way back
     
  14. Herm Witte

    Herm Witte Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    I plan to be there for sure and will do my best to take you up on your offer. Thanks!
     
  15. Herm Witte

    Herm Witte Senior Member
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    I plan to be there for sure and will do my best to take you up on your offer. Thanks!
     
  16. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
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    There is always something to learn, I would be somewhat interested in the trade show, I was a member, the magazine was good reading but not that valuable to me.

    I'm not interested in the round table chats, I don't have the patience for facilitators or vendors. I feel I learn enough on PS and have received good advice when needed. Have not seen a issue that was not resolved with the advice from PS. This is including links.

    Hopefully all that attend can share there learning experience with other PS members. Be all of 6hr drive for me. Gearing up for Construction now. Starting jobs next week.

    Enjoy the show.
     
  17. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
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    Any snack and chats on repairing sealed concrete?
     
  18. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
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    I believe that's covered under day 3 to seal the deal.
     
  19. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
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    :laughing::laughing::laughing: No thanks.
     
  20. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
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    Seal what? The 2k I spend going. :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:
     
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