October 1, 2014 |

Expo Spotlight: International Pizza Expo is now open for business!

By Bill Oakley

pizza expo logoCan you imagine a show floor larger than five football fields with nothing but pizza-related supplies, equipment and services? At Pizza Expo® you’ll be able to shop, sample and network with your pizza peers from around the world. International Pizza Expo –– the “Show of Shows” for the pizza industry –– is THE place to do business, learn, network and deal. Pizza Expo has grown from a humble start (134 booths) in Orlando, Florida, in 1984 to more than 1,000 booths for last year’s record-breaking 30th anniversary show.

Designed specifically for pizzeria owners and operators, there’s something for everyone at International Pizza Expo® 2015, whether you’re a veteran or just opening your first store. When the show closes on Thursday afternoon, you’ll have had the opportunity to visit more than 475 exhibitors and attend your choice of 95 educational seminars, workshops and demonstrations. Rounding out the experience are numerous culinary competitions, contests and other special events.

Show Web site is live – www.PizzaExpo.com

The Web site for International Pizza Expo 2015 has been recently updated to let you know everything you need to know about attending or exhibiting.

Online registration Is open

Book online and SAVE $10. Make your plans now; as always, Las Vegas will be bulging at the seams during the month of March with Pizza Expo, Spring Break and several other events and trade shows all going on at the same time. And that’s not to mention the great weather, gambling, award-winning restaurants and some of the world’s best hotels! Best of all, it’s a tax-deductible working vacation. Remember, the earlier you plan, the more you save.

Housing Is open

We’ve negotiated special discounted rates with some of the finest hotels in Las Vegas — some call them the best in the world — through our official housing bureau, Expovision. Check out our Travel and Hotel page at PizzaExpo.com for a list of hotel properties, rates and online reservation instructions. Or, if you prefer, you can download a housing form and fax in your request.

Conference program

Do you want to find out how to position your pizzeria to outperform your competition in the current economic environment? International Pizza Expo 2015 will offer more
on-target business-boosting seminars and networking events than ever before. If you’re looking to take your pizzeria to the next level, then make plans now to attend the School of Pizzeria Management on Sunday and Monday, March 22-23. The school’s advanced-track workshops go in depth on a range of topics and are taught by top pizza owner-operators and restaurant-industry pros. In addition, new operators and early-arriving attendees will have the opportunity for education geared to businesses on the rise on Monday, March 23, free-of-charge to all registered attendees. Topics include first-year marketing and branding strategies, common pizzeria start-up mistakes and the Pizzeria Concept Showcase. If you’re looking for answers or need a few new ideas, then attending International Pizza Expo  will be the best investment of time and money you’ll make next year. There are so many valuable seminars available you may want to bring additional employees, so you won’t miss a single important one!

Exhibit hall

While on our Web site, be sure to visit the Exhibit Hall and Exhibiting Companies to see a listing of all the exhibitiors who will be at the show ready to negotiate and do business. If they’re in the pizza industry, then they’ll be at Pizza Expo. Even better, most of our exhibiting partners will be offering great show specials and special pricing. At next year’s show you can expect to see more than 475 exhibiting companies representing every facet of the pizza industry. Come see and experience the thrill and excitement of the pizza industry’s No. 1 networking event and trade show!

Looking to Exhibit?

International Pizza Expo 2015 is nearly 90 percent SOLD! If you haven’t reserved your booth space yet, NOW’s the time. Don’t get stuck on our waiting list. Request your booth online by going to the Exhibitor section and clicking on “To Exhibit,” or call Bobbie MacIntosh, Tradeshow Sales Manager, at (800) 489-8324.

If you still have questions after exploring www.pizzaexpo.com, then call us toll-free at (800) 489-8324. We’re working hard to make International Pizza Expo  the best show you’ll attend in 2015. In fact, it’s the only show YOU need to attend.

We Mean Business!

Bill Oakley
Executive Vice President

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