Thoughts on 2008 AAPC Conference

Three members of the PRN Funding team travelled to Orlando, FL for the 2008 American Academy of Professional Coders Conference (AAPC) earlier this week.  This is what they had to say about the overall feel of the 2008 AAPC Conference:

As a whole, PRN Funding generally sees weak attendee turnout at trade shows.  It was for this reason that we started pruning some of the shows where we usually exhibit.  After taking some years off, this was the first time in five years that we exhibited at the AAPC Conference, and we were extremely pleased with the show.  We enjoyed speaking with the attendees and other exhibitors, and we had a lot of fun giving away a brand new Garmin Nuvi GPS.

Having attended a multitude of trade shows over the past 20 years, we noticed quite a few things that did not fit the normal traffic flow pattern of a trade show.  Given the current economic times, we were astounded by the overwhelming number of attendees who were present for the conference.  We were also pleased with the attendees’ willingness to interact with the exhibitors.

The only gripe our team members mentioned had to do with unwanted glitches and a general dissatisfaction with the exhibit show company on duty for the AAPC show.  Other than that, our team members came back to the office with a number of to-do’s and follow-ups, and we look forward to exhibiting at the 2009 meeting in Las Vegas at the Rio Hotel.