SNA, MANTS Plan to Co-Locate Their Events in 2018
The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced that it will co-locate The SNA Conference with the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) in Baltimore, MD, in 2018. Under this new arrangement, both events will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center, with The SNA Conference preceding MANTS on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 8-9, 2018. MANTS will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 10 to Friday, Jan. 12.
Transforming from a traditional trade show format, The SNA Conference will have a clear focus on connecting the industry to identify today’s business challenges and opportunities, and develop new insights and solutions. The conference will offer industry professionals a dynamic and interactive experience through The 16th Southern Plant Conference, The 62nd Annual SNA Research Conference, keynote sessions, and participant-driven roundtable discussions. In addition, SNA will be conducting annual business as well with the 119th Annual SNA Business Meeting.
“There is crossover appeal for participants of both events, and this co-location will bring value and potential new business opportunities for both audiences,” says Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “And, since SNA will no longer have a trade show, co-locating with MANTS offers our participants the convenience of attending MANTS and also allows researchers and students participating in the SNA Research Conference to experience our industry’s largest trade show. The SNA has always supported the state associations within our region and their events, and what better way to support the state nursery and landscape associations of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia than to bring our event to their trade show?”
“We are excited to start this new chapter in the SNA and look forward to exposing the conference to more people,” says Dusty Knight, SNA President. “We would like to thank MANTS for this opportunity, and look forward to being in Baltimore in January.”
“We welcome the addition of one of the industry’s best-known plant and research conferences prior to MANTS, as it will be a great benefit to attendees of both events,” says MANTS Executive Vice President Vanessa Finley.
The Southern Plant Conference will unveil some of the hottest new plants coming to market, the best practices for growing, and a unique opportunity to learn from leading industry plant experts. The SNA Research Conference will offer cutting-edge content of the latest horticultural research. These top researchers, from across the country, will participate throughout the event.
Sponsorship packages will include all-access passes to The SNA Conference to allow face-to-face engagement throughout the two days of keynotes, roundtables, and plant conference sessions to create meaningful business relationships without time constraints. The sponsor package will also include tabletop display space, as well as other promotion before, during and after the event. The SNA Conference will provide a platform to communicate, demonstrate, train, or simply engage with customers on a personal, one-to-one level.
MANTS information is available at MANTS.com or by calling 410-296-6959. More details on The SNA Conference will be released in the coming weeks. For more information, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., at 678-809-9992, send an email to [email protected], or visit the SNA website at SNA.org.