Just curious - went the UMACC in Houston recently.
Day 1 - a bunch of break out sessions (Facebook, Concrete, CWA, etc) that were somewhat general in nature that would benefit someone who is totally new to the industry. No offence to any one intended by teh CWA session was put on by a 16 year old reading from a power point. Did not really offer much. I was expecting more about water reclaim, how to filter and prepare reclaimed water for disposal, various methods to handle reclaim, talk about the on-site containment systems on properties and the relevance to CWA, etc.
Day 2 - Classes - only 1 paid class for wood (that was not clearly noted in the sing-up and I missed out on it) and all the others (Concrete, Softwash, Roof, etc) ended up just being selling demos for unnamed individuals to promote their own products. I was expecting just more - take concrete for example - have a hands on demo on the entire process. I just learned last week that on a surface cleaner the alignment of the slot of the nozzle needs to be inline with the spray bar and that happened by an indirect statement on this forum.
A small vendor expo (maybe 20 vendors) and not really that great of deals - one had a cleaner for $2 less a gallon than what I normally pay. HASA was there and have a plant 1 hour from me. I would have made a bulk buy if they were in that mindset. Been in restaurants for 30 years and when they did conventions, vendors would offer incredible deals on buying commitments to be made over 6-12 months. You did not have to buy it all that day - you committed to what you needed for 12 months and paid 20-30% less per case and ordered/paid throughout the year. It was a way for them to lock you in for the year (gaining market share) while you got a good deal committing to that purchase. A couple of half-built trailers out front.
I spent the most time at Agent Clean truck. Everything on that truck. Just looking at plumbing, layout, shelves, racks, etc. and he was not even a vendor but a contractor from the area who drove his truck to the event.
It was good and all and I did learn a couple of things, but is that the nature of what these events are or is this one or others offer more?
Again, this is not to bash UMACC or anyone associated with that event. It was my first one so I have no point of reference as to what these events are in the PW industry.