Top 10 Reasons to Come to D.C. in August

Top 10 Reasons to Come to D.C. in August


With apologies to David Letterman, here are the Top 10 reasons to attend

The Fall 2006 Channel Partners Conference & Expo

Omni Shoreham, Washington, D.C.

Aug. 23-25 

10. Tick off a few more spaces on Travel Bingo.

The show hotel is a quick cab ride or, in some cases, a short walk way from many of our countrys national landmarks, such at the Washington Monument (2 miles), the Lincoln Memorial (4 miles), Arlington National Cemetery and the White House (3.5 miles). 

9.  Get some culture. (Seriously, it wont hurt to try.)

Walk one block from the Omni Shoreham and youll be in Adams Morgan, a neighborhood where you can find a variety of restaurants offering a delectable selection of ethnic foods from African to Vietnamese. Or, try the National Gallery of Art. Its just 10 minutes away. The KennedyCenter is 2 miles away and the Smithsonian Institute is 3.5 miles away. 

8.  Experience fantastic illusions. (No, not vanishing commissions.)

AB&T Telecom will be making magic at Booth 902 with world-renowned magician Bob Sheets ( Fresh off his European and Canadian tour, this integrator-turned illusionist is going to conjure 1,000 golf balls with AB&T logos on them and make them disappear again the golf balls, not the logos. 

7. Collect more branded desktop gadgetry. (Hey, logo gear is still It.)

There are more than 100 exhibitors packing the sold-out expo hall eager to ply you with logo-covered gadgets, stress busters, candy and other items with teeny strobe lights inside them. (If you are quick, you wont have to stop off at the airport gift shop on the way home). Seriously, there is some good stuff see No. 5 that youll want to keep for yourself. 

6. Win fabulous prizes!

PHONE+, host of the expo, is giving away a $1,500 Golfsmith gift card and a $1,000 Sharper Image gift card to qualified attendees on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.  A Grand Prize $2,500 Visa gift card winner will be drawn from among the qualified attendees that complete and submit an Expo Ballot with stamps from participating exhibitors.  

5. Take home more free stuff that you cant put in your carry-on baggage.

Many of the exhibitors are giving away cool prizes, too. Heres just a few: Stop by Booth 812 to win one of 10 DVDs of the movie Firewall from Intertex and Ingate, manufacturers of SIP-VoIP capable firewalls;  Check out the wireless device and router demonstrations plus register to win an iPod at the Sprint Booths 407-409. Register to win the Charles Barkley Basketball and display case from Voilà at Booth 701. American Telesis (Booth 900) will hold a drawing for a Nike SasQuatch SQ460 Golf Driver. PAETEC (Booths 101-200) will give away an two-night stay at an offshore location along with $500 toward airfare at its training sessions in the Palladium Room at noon and 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 24. Dataside will be doing a drawing for an iPod Nano at Booth 512. 

4. Get in touch with your inner salesman.

Do you have what it takes to be successful? Find out for free when you preview the PHONE+ CSP Certification program — a $149 value. Join expert trainer Dale Stein at 3:50-5:20 p.m., Wednesday, Aug, 23, for, The Seven Attributes of Successful People, one of the six certification modules providing baseline training in sales, technology and telemanagement. 

3.  Get a reality check. Really!

There are many opportunities to put your finger on the pulse of the indirect channel, not the least of which is a lively discussion about Surviving Consolidation, followed by a Regulatory Update presentation from COMPTEL and a State of the Channel Address, all beginning at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 23. On Thursday, get more straight talk in the TelecomTown Hall featuring New England enterprise CIOs discussing their needs and frank appraisals of your performance to date. 

2.  Join the Campaign for Convergence.

Get on board with the grassroots effort to help American businesses large and small transition to the communications platform of the 21st Century. Attend the educational sessions, sponsored by SES Americom (Booth 907), which will focus on how indirect sales organizations can source and promote convergence technologies and solutions to better serve their residential and commercial customers. 

And, the No. 1, reason to attend the Channel Partners Conference & Expo is   

1. Feel like a politician.

No, not smarmy. Try wined and dined and flattered. Make no mistake; your relationships with end users are as valued as votes to a would-be senator. Vendors will be courting your favor with various incentives and perks. Take a break from the rigors of your day-to-day business and enjoy the attention. 

See you there!

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