For the ninth consecutive year, NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association saw an increase in their annual convention’s attendance at their Las Vegas, NV show last month with 2619 attendees, an increase of over 8% over 2020’s in-person Raleigh, NC event.
NATE’s attendance percentage was considerably higher than many shows that recently saw huge drops in visitors such as the January CES show in Las Vegas that fell more than 70% compared with its previous event two years ago.
Although Las Vegas lifted its mask mandate just days before the NATE UNITE 2022 show, it didn’t provide a marked improvement in attendance since pre-registration numbers appeared to be eclipsing the 2020 Raleigh show, according to NATE UNITE Registration Manager Nikki Gronau.
The show boasts a 45% increase in women attending
The nation’s most successful wireless infrastructure show also had a record 539 women in attendance, a tribute to the outreach efforts of Women of NATE (WON) and their success in getting the participation of more women leaders in the wireless workforce, and client and support companies. There was a 45% increase in women attending this year’s event, surpassing Raleigh’s 370 registrants.
The show also enjoyed a record number of exhibitors, 164. Many of them informed Wireless Estimator that it was one of the busiest and productive shows they’ve ever attended, as witnessed by the packed exhibit hall.
Close but the Tower Family Foundation gets the cigar
Wireless Estimator ran a contest last week offering $100 to the individual that guessed the final attendance total that was released by Gronau this morning. Unfortunately, out of 243 guesses, there wasn’t a winner, although one submission was just off by one attendee.
Therefore, the Tower Family Foundation will be receiving the contribution.
A double tip of the hard-working hat to the NATE trade show committee members
The finely choreographed Las Vegas trade show was a team effort of all NATE staff members with Event Coordinator Shari Wirkus working tirelessly in the background displaying her innate ability to herd cats.
However, the conference’s success and ever-changing presentations and events are through the year-long efforts of Trade Show Committee Chairwoman and Committee member Amanda Stegall of MILLERCO and committee members: Jerry Bezner, Gap Wireless; Beau Aero, GME Supply Co; Curt Tuttle, FIMO USA; Nick Trussell, Michigan Towers Incorporated; Ken Clark, Engineering Wireless Services, LLC (EWS); Christy Hall, Texoma Contracting, Inc.; Bruce Eades, Insurance Office of America (IOA); Alicia Titus, Meridian Blue Construction, LLC; Tim Tanner, Noash Construction, Inc.; and Mike Fowler, VIKOR.
Subcommittee Members also contributing to the show’s success include: Nicole Deas, MILLERCO; Sean Cooper, ERI Installations, Inc.; Becky Danielson, Tractel, Inc.; Luke Ferguson, Valmont Site Pro 1; Michael Pelletier, Arcosa Telecom Structures; Nicole Icovitti, Sunsight Instruments; Dawn Smith, TUF-TUG Incorporated; Tony Lane, MAFI US Inc.; DeeDee Flynt, RAKM, LLC; and Jordan Bankston, MasTec Network Solutions.
Board of Directors oversight is provided by Board Member Victor Drouin of Green Mountain Communications.