The staff of North Atlantic Airsoft (NAA) Expo is at it again with the second annual NAA EXPO. It's the US Atlantic Seaboard’s only leading local and international Airsoft exhibition, drawing exhibitors and attendees from all over the United States and world. This exciting expo will be held March 4th - 6th, 2011, at the state of the art Exhibition Hall located in High Point, North Carolina.
The NAA Expo is a “MUST” event for all Airsoft manufacturers, Airsoft retailers and field / facility owners. Active participation is also expected from event coordinators, state organizations and organized teams. The NAA Expo will also strive to increase public awareness of the sport of airsoft while providing a fundamental network to those who are already a part of this acclaimed sport.
This year they are continuing their focus on quality exhibitors, one of whom is Gold Partner, Pyramyd Air. In addition to the sweet exhibitors like Pyramyd Air, the popular activities from 2010 will be returning again at this year's expo; events such as the Top Shot, Uniform, and Regalia competitions as well as the Battle Buddy program.
New for 2011, they are adding the NAAEC Passport Program. This program requires a little thought and investigative work. Clues and/or Trivia will be listed about various exhibitors, visit the correct exhibitors, have them stamp or sign your passport and then bring your completed passport to the main lobby to be entered to win an awesome prize.
Apparently, the prizes for the Battle Buddy program in 2010 were legit, and the same can be expected again for this year's winners of the new Passport Program. Another change for 2011 is the actual event format.
The Airsoft free market spoke and the NAA staff listened. If you noticed the slight change in the title of the event, they've added the word Conference to it. One of the top comments left on the comment cards at the 2010 show were remarks about the few seminars that were held, so the event production team decided to get their package up and throw in some seminars to the mix.
This will be a weekend for players, business owners, and professionals to network and share their knowledge. The majority of the seminars have been set, but there are a few more slots available, so if you are interested, don’t hesitate to contact NAA Expo Director, Kyle Thaggard, through the NAA Expo website (www.naaexpo.com). The basic schedule of events for 2011 looks something like this:
Friday, March 4th, 2011
6pm to 8pm – VIP Preview Night (Showplace)
Saturday, March 5th, 2011
8am to 10am – VIP Breakfast and Seminars (Showplace)
10am to 7pm – Exhibit Hall and Seminars (Showplace)
8pm to 10pm – VIP Social Mixer (J.H. Adams Inn)
Sunday, March 6th, 2011
8am to 10am – VIP Breakfast and Seminars (Showplace)
10am to 4pm – Exhibit Hall and Seminars (Showplace)
During the day, there should be at least one seminar running every hour and a half. Each seminar is approximately 1 hour long. This is how the hourly break down appears for general attendees:
10:00 am – Exhibit Hall & Shooting Booth
10:30 am – Seminar & Exhibit Hall
11:30 am – Exhibit Hall & Shooting Booth
12:00 pm – Seminar & Exhibit Hall
1:00 pm – Exhibit Hall & Shooting Booth
1:30 pm – Seminar & Exhibit Hall
2:30 pm – Exhibit Hall & Shooting Booth
3:00 pm – Seminar & Exhibit Hall
4:00 pm – Exhibit Hall & Shooting Booth
4:30 pm – Seminar & Exhibit Hall
5:30 pm – Exhibit Hall & Shooting Booth
6:00 pm – Seminar & Exhibit Hall
7:00 pm – Close
This means that at a minimum there will be 10 seminars over the course of the weekend. Add at least two additional seminars for VIP attendees. If we get enough speakers, expect to have two seminars running simultaneously and we’ll try and double them up again later in the weekend so you have an opportunity to get to it later. Below is a sample of some of the seminars that will be held:
Business Round Table – Speak to a panel of successful airsoft business owners about their business and get ideas to help improve or create your own airsoft business.
Web of Mistakes – Tips to avoid the 10 biggest website blunders. Great for businesses or teams!
Hey! That’s me on TV! – Learn how to interact with the media concerning the sport of Airsoft. Business owners, you can even use this to your advantage!
Leverage Social Media – An introduction to the various social media networks and learn to use them to benefit your business or team!
Field Feng Shui – See various field designs and learn inexpensive ways to implement those ideas.
When Seconds Count – Learn to use airsoft as a training tool to keep sharp on skills used for Law Enforcement and in the military.
Commander’s Table – Speak to a panel of team commanders of various sizes and operational techniques. Ask them questions that will help improve or create a solid and successful airsoft team.
Team Drills & Tactics – Airsoft tactics and training techniques that have are tried and true, taught by prior military and law enforcement from the airsoft team Special Warfare Command.
Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way! – Learn useful leadership techniques to help you on and off the airsoft field. Use them to command your team to victory!
Ticket Sales will begin on January 1st, 2011 at Midnight!
Sounds like a good time to me. Sure wish it wasn't going down during the middle of my very busy tax season at the accounting firm I work at. Otherwise, I'd be leaving on an Airsoft Jet Plane to check this shindizzle out. If you happen to be priveleged enough to attend, be sure to stop on by Pyramyd Air's booth to let 'em know you read the blog and that you think it's quite possibly the BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE AIRSOFT BLOG THAT YOU ARE AWARE OF.