By John Wallace
More than 500 industry professionals attend imaging conference
The 2019 Imaging Conference and Expo proved to be as popular as the sunny beaches of Florida during a nationwide cold spell. About 500 professionals from throughout the imaging service community descended on Clearwater Beach, Florida for the annual conference and it’s top-notch education, exhibit hall and networking events.
The Imaging Conference and Expo (ICE) is the only conference dedicated to imaging service professionals including technicians and directors of imaging services. ICE offers valuable CE credits and world-class presentations. Whether it’s worthwhile continuing education, productive networking or the exclusive exhibit hall, attendees had opportunities to enhance their careers and spend time with colleagues.
ICE 2019 was powered by ICE magazine – the monthly magazine for imaging service professionals and directors produced by MD Publishing.
“ICE 2019 exceeded everyone’s wildest expectations! From the sunny beaches of Clearwater Beach, Florida, our attendance hit 300, and was made up of imaging directors and engineers from 40 states, and combined with the exhibitors, gave us close to 500 in total attendance,” MD Publishing Founder and President John Krieg said. “From the ICE18 Leadership Summit & Reverse Expo, to the jammed packed exhibit hall, to the incredible continued education and super sessions, we heard from more than one attendee who said. ‘ICE has become THE imaging conference to attend. Where else can you combine imaging directors with service engineers and have networking, vendor interaction and powerful education!’ ”
“The 2019 Imaging Conference & Expo was abuzz with activity. The ICE Leadership Summit which brought together over 25 imaging leaders from around the country kicked off the conference, followed by the Reverse Expo with its whirlwind speed-dating style atmosphere. Several ICE sessions had standing-room only, and the exhibit hall provided a festive atmosphere with food, cocktails and live music,” MD Publishing Vice President Kristin Leavoy said. “We even had vendors and attendees asking when registration would be open for the 2020 conference!”
One attendee echoed what many in attendance said during the conference.
“Another successful event! The sessions were informative and sparked some really good discussion. I both instructed and learned quite a deal from the incredible talent pool that attended,” said Christopher Bryant, a Biomedical Engineering Support Specialist who serves as an Imaging Specialist at the Lovell FHCC. “The whole venue was upscale and I think that is a prime factor in attracting the attendees and the exhibitors, knowing what a quality event you all put on.”
Several representatives from companies with booths in the packed exhibit hall shared positive comments about the conference.
“Very good traffic flow yesterday,” 626 Holdings CEO Kevin Gill said before the exhibit hall opened for day two. “It was better than the first day at MD Expo in Seattle – which was surprising.”
He said it was also high quality traffic that delivered the people he needs to speak with regarding his company.
“I like that it is limited to imaging because we are imaging specific,” Gill said. “To my knowledge, there is no other conference that is imaging specific to the core of our business. It is an industry gap filler. There is nothing else like it. You get more bang for your buck and more return on investment.”
Ken O’Day from BC Group echoed that sentiment.
“I saw a lot of people we know and met some new people,” O’Day said.
“I think ICE is a good opportunity to see what is in the marketplace,” he added. “This is the group of people we need to meet. The people who put their hands on the equipment. Those who service and maintain imaging equipment.”
Andrew Geidel from MW Imaging was blown away by ICE 2019.
“This is the best ICE show ever,” Geidel said. “The attendees have been very engaging and willing to give their time to learn about our business. I’ve had engaging conversations and been able to build some new leads.”
“It just seems like the whole aura of the show is better than the other ICE shows,” he added. “It has the right people. It’s been very good.”
The education and exhibit hall lived up to the high expectations of attendees and exhibitors. The last night poolside party sponsored by RSTI also surpassed expectations with delicious food, drinks and live music by the Spencer Road Band. Sponsorships also provided other perks to attendees. MedWrench sponsored the Exhibit Hall Grand Opening. Carolina Medical sponsored the show bags. BC Technical and Summit Imaging each sponsored break stations full of energizing snacks between educational sessions. USOC sponsored the ICE18 for those participating in the popular Reverse Expo and Leadership Summit.
Krieg is excited about ICE 2020 after such a successful 2019 event. The dates and location for next year where announced. Everyone is encouraged to save the date for ICE 2020 being held Feb. 9-11 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“We can’t wait to build on this for ICE 2020 in Scottsdale! Look out!” he said.