California Educational Data Processing Association
The DataBus - Vol. 38, No. 1
December, 1997-January, 1998
1997 Conference Vendor Recap

Terrell Tucker, Panama-Buena Vista Union School District

My experiences dealing with vendors this past year have been quite rewarding. With the number of exhibitors participating in this year's conference reaching 58, there seemed to be solutions to everyone's problems and questions around every corner. It was satisfying to see the support from so many different areas of technology and the abundance of equipment, software and goodies available for attendees.

The exhibit area drawing that capped off the show drew its usual high level of anticipation as attendees viewed a virtual mountain of goodies to be awarded to those lucky enough to have their names drawn. These goodies included the standard collection of clothing apparel (t-shirts, sweatshirts, golf shirts, and fleece jackets), tote bags, mugs, and gift baskets. Prizes also included software (Corel WordPerfect Suite 8, anti-virus, personal information management, electronic encyclopedia), network cards, camera and binoculars set, deskjet printers and a color television set. Over forty lucky attendees had their names drawn for these prizes.

Activity inside the exhibit area seemed to be at an all-time high, impressing vendors with the usefulness of CEDPA in their marketing strategy. At the same time, all present were able to witness one of the largest vendor shows in CEDPA history. As the saying goes, "if you couldn't find it there, maybe it doesn't exist".

I extend my sincerest appreciation to vendors willing to support our group and to each of you that saw the benefit of the event. It is always rewarding to see hard work pay off and the response from attendees regarding the usefulness of this year's show was certainly rewarding. As always, we welcome your ideas to improve the exhibit area of the conference and look forward to next year at Palm Springs to be even better.

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