The Motivation Show-the combined 24th Incentive Travel & Marketing Executives Show (IT&ME) and 63rd National Premium/Incentive Show-attracted record turnout to Chicago's McCor-mick Place in October.
Some 25,000 business executives visited with 15,000 exhibitors in the incentive travel and premium industries.
"I go to make contacts," says Mary Bell, director, travel and meetings, for AmerUs Life in Des Moines, IA, who attended the show for the second time. "I can see people with whom I have an upcoming program and talk to them about details; if I have a site in mind, I can go and meet those people; or if I want to do follow-up about a meeting I've already had, I can do that, too. Everybody's in one place."
Other insurance conference planners seen on the show floor: Lynn Averill, National Life of Vermont; Jeff Calmus and Ellen Yeaser, The New England; Pat Fagan, Sun Life of Canada; Robyn Harper, State Auto Insurance; Mark Kustwan, Mass Mutual; Gary Pearson, Combined Insurance; Rod Peterson, Mutual of Omaha; and Dave Vanselow, The Franklin.