Industry Newcomers and Emerging Leaders

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AB Show gives you opportunities to listen to successful industry professionals and hear how they got to where they are. It's the perfect opportunity for coordinators, associates, managers and assistants who are new to the industry or looking to advance their careers. Attending AB Show 2020 is a great way to make valuable connections and grow your skill set.

Elevate Your Potential with Industry-Leading Education
AB Show provides individuals like yourself with relevant and motivational sessions that will offer information and insight on how you can take your career to the next level. Our high-quality conference speakers have the experience, knowledge and desire to share best practices and solutions with our 2,300-plus attendees.


Empower Your Users with New Products and Programming Ideas
The AB Show expo is the ideal place for industry newcomers to see everything the industry has to offer, and bring new ideas back to their programs and facilities. The Demo Stage is a great place to check out the latest programming trends right on the show floor! The whole floor is yours to see what's available — from day-to-day essentials to the most innovative products. Make sure you check out the growing list of exhibitors for this year's event.

Q&A with Shane DeWald, CPRP, Recreation Manager | Blue Valley Recreation Commission

Q: What was the most valuable lesson you learned at your first AB Show?

A: The network and leadership sessions offered at AB Show were very focused and honed in on the recreation and wellness side of things, which was refreshing. I feel like I got a lot out of the event in a short amount of time.

Q: How has your attendance at AB Show 2019 impacted your career?

A: I walked away with a reminder that we have the opportunity to impact so many lives in so many ways. Plus, I was able to connect with a lot of peers — who I'm excited to catch up with — to learn about what they're doing in their communities and how we can bring some of those ideas back home. Ultimately, everyone has the same challenges and it's interesting to see how different people navigate those challenges.

Q: Are you planning to attend AB Show 2020?

A: Yes, I'm attending AB Show 2020, and bringing more people with me. I'm looking forward to reconnecting with the people I met last November to see what they're up to now, what's changed and what the new trends are.



Enrich Your Network with Valuable New Connections
AB Show attendees come from around the world, representing every corner of the athletics, fitness and recreation industries. This means you can gain new ideas and insights from a wide range of perspectives — a benefit unique to AB Show. Many people leave with a list of new connections with whom they stay in contact long after the event has ended.

If you're new to the athletics, fitness or recreation industries, the First-Timers' Reception on Tuesday night is the place to be. This event gives new attendees the chance to start building their network from day one, ask AB Show staff any questions they have and kick off the event with light refreshments and yard games.

AB Show 2020 (Nov. 3-6 in Baltimore) will give you the chance to build your network, discover everything the industry has to offer and learn from industry experts, making it a valuable investment opportunity if you're new to the industry or looking to expand your role. Learn more and register at We'll see you in Baltimore.

This article originally appeared in the April 2020 issue of Athletic Business with the title "Happening Now: Industry Newcomers & Emerging Leaders." Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.


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