Second Annual Pampered Pet Expo in Orlando — Florida’s Most Anticipated Pet Event Focuses on Education

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) July 10, 2009

Pet lovers across Central Florida will be flocking to the second annual Pampered Pet Expo at the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center on August 7-9, 2009.

The Pampered Pet Expo is owned and produced by entrepreneurial sisters and animal lovers Joyce Perhac of ProShow Inc. and Janice Blasko of The Abbey Group. ProShow is a meeting and event-planning company owned by Perhac and based in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Abbey Group is an Orlando-based website development company owned by Blasko. Blasko also serves as President of a Central Florida animal rescue and education organization.

The event focuses on educating pet owners through fun classes and informative presentations, while offering a large pet vendor shopping area with products and services including food, clothing, spa products, beds, accessories, safety equipment, housing, toys and health care. The variety of free and low-cost seminar choices include: Red Cross Pet First Aid & CPR, Canine Behavior, DOGA (yoga with your dog), Animal Communication, How to Choose the Right Pet, Wildlife and Your Pets and many more. Tammy Roussin will be offering a seminar on “How to Build a Profitable Petsitting Business.” Roussin makes $ 100,000 a year as the owner of Absolutely Pampered Pets, a pet-sitting/dog walking business in St. Louis, MO and was recently featured in Parade Magazine’s 2009 Real People, Real Salaries. Professionals in their fields of expertise such as the Ask-a-Vet Center will be available for free consultations for guests.

Also spotlighted at the Expo is the Petfinder Adoption Center where Florida’s top local pet rescue organizations will be available to answer questions and showcase their adoptables in need of forever homes. These groups also provide guests an opportunity to volunteer their time and donate to help support these important community groups.

Entertainment includes acts such as the Disc-Connected K9s’, a professional, world famous frisbee dog touring show featuring rescued dogs performing cutting edge acrobatics who have appeared at NFL, MLB & NBA half-time shows, on ESPN, the CBS Morning News, USA Network, Animal Planet and more; the Swanky Pooch runway fashion show with plenty of doggie bling and ShowBirdz!; a parrot show featuring Teddy the rollerskating, basketball playing Cockatoo from ESPN Sports commercials and his pals and much more.

Expo sponsors and partners include Banfield, the Pet Hospital; PETSMART; Fizzion; Pet Planet Magazine; The New Barker; Center for Animal Therapies; PetAPotty; Faithful Friends; Park, Bark & Fly; Lake Howell Animal Clinic and Petfinder.com.

The Pampered Pet Expo is being held in the West Building, Hall D of the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center. Expo hours are from 4pm to 9pm on Friday, 10am to 7pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Daily adult admission is $ 10 in advance and $ 12 at the door. Children 10 and under are free. Parking at the Convention Center is $ 8 per car. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by visiting http://www.PamperedPetExpo.com or by calling 800-249-3154. Due to the event’s location, the public is asked not to bring their pets.

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Pampered Pet Expo – Orlando Pet Parents Discover It’s All About Education at the Expo

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) July 30, 2009

When Tammy Roussin was working on her Doctorate in Business and Management Information Systems, she wasn’t picturing picking up dog poop for a living. But after a bad experience her beloved cocker spaniel had during a kennel stay, the idea for a pet sitting/dog walking business was formed. Nowadays, Tammy is occasionally laughed at and made fun of because she picks up dog poop, but she’ll gladly tell you that she’s the one who’s laughing because she pulls in a cool $ 100,000 a year as the owner of Pampered Pet LLC., a pet-sitting/dog walking business.

And if that doesn’t make you want to wag your tail, Pet Sitters International, the world’s largest education association for professional pet sitters, reported that more than 11% of their members have gross business revenues of $ 75,000 or more annually and several businesses report annual incomes of more than $ 1 million. Even amid the recession, the industry has been holding steady.

Tammy, who lives in St. Louis, MO will be a guest speaker at the Pampered Pet Expo, an event for Central Florida pet lovers being held August 7th – 9th, 2009 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Her seminar entitled “Build a Profitable Pet Sitting Business” will walk pet lovers through the details of setting up a pet sitting business. She’ll also be sharing her secrets to success, including having a positive attitude, the will to persevere and always having a smile on your face when talking on the phone.

This seminar is just one of the many education opportunities at the Pampered Pet Expo. The main focus of the event is to provide an array of fun classes and informative presentations geared to pet parents. The variety of free and low-cost sessions include: Red Cross Pet First Aid & CPR; Canine Behavior Basics; DOGA (yoga with your dog); 5 Keys to Successful Animal Communication; Traveling With Your Pets; When it Comes to Wildlife, What you Need to Know to Keep Your Pets Safe and many more.

In addition to classes, attendees can visit the Ask-a-Vet Center, talk to pet adoption groups, shop with local and national vendors of pet products and enjoy entertainment such as the K9′s in Flight Frisbee Air Dogs, the ShowBirdz! performing parrot show and the Swanky Pooch Fashion Show.

The Pampered Pet Expo is being held in the West Building, Hall D of the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center. Expo hours are from 4pm to 9pm on Friday, 10am to 7pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Daily adult admission is $ 10 in advance and $ 12 at the door. Friday evening is half-price. Children 10 and under are free. Parking at the Convention Center is $ 8 per car. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by visiting http://www.PamperedPetExpo.com or by calling 800-249-3154. Due to the event’s location, the public is asked not to bring their pets.

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SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals Named Official Computer Rental Vendor and Gold Sponsor for the IAEE™ Expo! Expo! Atlanta 2009

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) December 2, 2009

SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals (Hauppauge, NY), one of the nation’s leading providers of computer, audio visual (AV) and trade show technology rentals and services, has been named the Official Computer Rental Vendor and Gold Sponsor for Expo! Expo!, IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Atlanta. The event, a premier educational, networking and career enhancing venue for the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE™) members, non-members, event industry managers and staff alike, will take place December 8th-10th, 2009. The majority of activities will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center with the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and Georgia Dome also serving as locations for select programs. Organized in 1928 as the National Association of Exposition Managers to represent the interests of trade show and exposition managers, IAEE™ is currently the leading association for the global exhibition industry, representing over 8,500 individuals who conduct and support exhibitions around the world.

For its part, SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals will be the supplier of a wide range of brand name equipment, from computers, servers, and copiers to LCD and plasma monitors and kiosks. In addition, the company will provide its comprehensive, end-to-end support services, from on-time delivery, fast set-up and correct configuration to convenient de-installation and removal – all backed by its “No Hassles, No Worries, NO EXCUSES” guarantee.

According to SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals President and CEO Michael McClernon, “We are very pleased to be involved with Expo! Expo! for the sixth consecutive year as a Gold Sponsor and Official Computer Rental Vendor. We are honored that a standard setting organization like IAEE puts their trust in SmartSource year after year to deliver qualityTechnology Rentals] to the IAEE itself and to its exhibitors. The exposure that being part of Expo! Expo! provides us is invaluable. It puts SmartSource in front of the Who’s Who in the exhibition industry and gives us the opportunity to showcase our ability to be the Provider of Choice for a broad range of Event Technology Rentals and Services. We look forward to seeing visitors at Booth 310 on the exhibit floor.”

SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals has a long history of service to the exhibitions and events industry. In recognition of its contributions, the company recently received the trade show and meeting industry’s “2009 Top Industry Supplier Award.” The award was presented by Conventions.net, the world’s leading online resource for convention, trade show, and conference planning. Additional evidence of its leadership in this area is SmartSource’s standing as the official technology vendor for some of the nation’s largest convention centers.

About SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals

Founded in 1984 and formerly known as Rent-a-PC, Inc., SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals serves broad-based corporate IT, association, professional AV and trade show technology rental needs. The company is widely recognized for its outstanding customer service, technical expertise, geographic reach, breadth of product, and end-to-end solution. Its extensive line features brand name products from Apple, Dell, HP/Compaq, IBM, NEC, Eiki, Meyer, Stumpfl, and others. Among its products are computers, servers, copiers, professional AV equipment, LCD and plasma monitors, kiosks, digital signage and video walls. SmartSource employs over 250 including over 100 field technicians. Its 21 strategic locations are in: Anaheim, CA; Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Englewood Cliffs, NJ; Eugene, OR; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Las Vegas, NV; Long Island, NY; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; Queens, NY; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; and Washington, DC. Visit us online to see What’s New at SmartSource Rentals.

About Kirtland Capital Partners

Kirtland Capital Partners is a relationship-oriented private equity firm focused on accelerating the growth of middle-market companies by leveraging its internal operating, financial and strategic resources. For more than 30 years, Kirtland has executed a disciplined investment strategy that has created long-term value in its portfolio companies and delivered superior returns to its investors and management teams. Kirtland invests in niche manufacturing, distribution and business service companies with potential for growth organically and/or through strategic acquisition. The firm has $ 293 million of capital under management from institutional and individual investors. Kirtland is known for the strong partnerships it builds with its operating management teams and the experience of its professionals. For more information, visit: http://www.kirtlandcapital.com

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Patients Beyond Borders

Chapel Hill, NC (Vocus) September 23, 2010

Josef Woodman, president and CEO of Healthy Travel Media, has been selected as a featured presenter and moderator at Orlando@50+, AARP’s national event and expo, taking place Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at the Orange County (Fla.) Convention Center. Woodman will moderate a panel discussion titled, “Medical Tourism —Is it for me, and what do I need to know?” slated for Oct. 1, 11:00 a.m. to noon. Other panelists include Sherry Kaufield, executive director of International Services for Joint Commission Resources, and David Boucher, president and COO of Companion Global Healthcare, Inc.

Experts participating in the panel discussion will share with event attendees the pros and cons of crossing borders to obtain high-quality, affordable healthcare.

“I am pleased to see medical tourism included in AARP’s annual conference agenda,” said Woodman. “AARP’s members are the heartland of American medical tourism, where populations with financially challenging medical conditions are forging new health care opportunities for consumers, providers and carriers.”

The three-day conference, to be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, is expected to draw more than 25,000 attendees and features a host of celebrities and guest speakers geared toward the 50+ audience. AARP currently boasts nearly 40 million members and helps people 50+ achieve independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society. AARP makes products available as member benefits, ranging from health and homeowners insurance to legal services to member discounts on rental cars, cruises, vacation packages and lodging.

About Sherry Kaufield

Sherry Kaufield (MA, FACHE) joined Joint Commission Resources in 2004 with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare. Kaufield oversees Joint Commission consulting and education services in over 90 countries, collaborating regularly with Joint Commission International (JCI) Regional Managing Directors in Singapore, Dubai, Milan, and Ferney-Voltaire, France.

Ms. Kaufield has advised both domestic and international healthcare organizations in the areas of standards compliance, accreditation readiness, patient safety, and quality improvement. She has traveled extensively and worked with multiple clients in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. Clients include individual organizations, health care systems, ministries of health, health authorities, third-party payers, and other government bodies. Ms. Kaufield regularly serves as a faculty member at international practica and other educational events. She is a consulting editor and contributor for Joint Commission International Accreditation: Getting Started and many other publications. For additional information, please visit the Joint Commission Resources website at http://www.jcrinc.com.

About David Boucher

David Boucher (MPH, FACHE) currently serves as president and COO of Companion Global Healthcare, a wholly owned subsidiary of BlueCross BlueShield South Carolina. In this capacity, he is responsible for Companion Global Healthcare as well as complementary and alternative health programs for BlueCross. Prior to joining BlueCross in 1999, Mr. Boucher worked in Quorum Health Resources hospitals for 14 years, the last several as CEO in North and South Carolina facilities. Mr. Boucher is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. For additional information, please visit the Companion Global Healthcare website at http://www.companionglobalhealthcare.com.

About Josef Woodman

As president and CEO of Healthy Travel Media and author of Patients Beyond Borders, Josef Woodman has spent more than four years touring more than 140 medical facilities in 22 countries, researching contemporary medical tourism. As cofounder of MyDailyHealth and Ventana Communications, Woodman’s pioneering background in health, wellness, and Web technology has allowed him to compile a wealth of information about global health travel, telemedicine, and new developments in consumer and institutional medical care. A noted consumer advocate for the globalization of healthcare, Woodman has lectured at Harvard Medical School, UCLA School of Public Health, and Duke University Fuqua School of Business, and has hosted more than a dozen seminars and workshops around the world on the topics of medical tourism and health travel.

About Healthy Travel Media

Healthy Travel Media, an independent imprint based in Chapel Hill, NC, publishes books, eBooks, video, online, mobile, and social networking information and applications on medical, health, and wellness travel. Its flagship international title, Patients Beyond Borders, now in its Second Edition, is the world’s leading consumer reference guide for medical tourism and is filled with authoritative, accessible advice. Country-specific editions have been published for Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Turkey. The Patients Beyond Borders series is available through booksellers everywhere and is distributed to the retail trade through Publisher’s Group West.

For more information or media queries, please contact:

Judy Orchard, communications manager

Tel: +1 919 545.0668

Email: jorchard(at)patientsbeyondborders(dot)com

Web: http://www.patientsbeyondborders.com

Note: Qualified members of the media are invited to request a review copy of the international Patients Beyond Borders Second Edition or any available country-specific title. Please contact jorchard(at)patientsbeyondborders(dot)com.

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Engraving Equipment on Display at ISA International Sign Expo

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) March 15, 2010

Vision Engraving & Routing Systems’ engraving equipment will be on display at the International Sign Academy’s International Sign Expo from April 8-10 in Orlando, FL.

The International Sign Expo is proudly hailed as the world’s largest sign show, where sign industry professionals travel from all over the globe to learn, network and conduct business. The expo will feature nearly 1,600 exhibit booths displaying the latest engraving equipment, sign products, services, trends and technologies as well incredible networking opportunities and over 60 educational workshops.

The International Sign Expo debuted in 1947 and continually breaks records in exhibit sales and attendance. The enormous popularity of the ISA International Sign Expo mirrors the growth the sign industry itself has experienced over the last 60 years. Within this period, sign making has evolved from a labor-intensive process practiced by commercial artists to a fully automated process driven by computer systems and manufacturing specialists.

“Vision Engraving & Routing Systems is very excited to take part in the International Sign Expo,” said Joe Marziano, Vice President of Vision Engraving & Routing Systems. “This trade show is comprised of industry leaders from around the globe and is a great opportunity to get a glimpse into the future of engraving equipment and sign-making.”

Vision Engraving & Routing Systems will be displaying their engraving equipment, including their new 25 Series CNC routers and Digitally Aligned Cutting System (DACS), at booth #2714 of the International Sign Expo. The International Sign Expo will be held Thursday, April 8- Saturday, April 10, 2010 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. For more information about the International Sign Expo, visit SignExpo.org.

Catapult Technology Exhibits at GSA Training Conference and Expo in Orlando, FL May 4-6, 2010

Bethesda, MD (Vocus) May 1, 2010

Catapult Technology, Ltd., a leading Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) Information Technology (IT) contractor to the federal government, announces that it will be an exhibitor at the GSA Training Conference and Expo, May 4-6, 2010 in Orlando, FL. Catapult will be in booth #517 on the show floor at the Orange County Convention Center.

“Catapult has been a regular exhibitor at the GSA Expo for years,” said Randy J. Slager, CEO, Chairman, and founder of Catapult Technology. “GSA is our largest customer, so we’re proud and excited to be exhibiting again this year and being available to talk to other potential GSA customers about Catapult’s wide array of information technology, management consulting, program management, and human capital solutions.”

GSA is the prime contractor on the $ 200 million GSA Infrastructure Technology Global Operations (GITGO) contract, which is a huge consolidation, as well as change management, effort within GSA. Catapult won the five-year GITGO contract in 2007. The contract nearly doubled Catapult’s revenue as a result of the contract and helped propel the company to the next level of service for its nationwide roster of clients.

Catapult has a wide range of federal contracts available to meet customers’ specific IT needs. These contracts include Government Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACS), Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contracts, and Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) based upon GSA Schedule rates. The GSA contracts under which Catapult operates include: GSA 8(a) STARS (Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resources for Services); GSA Schedule 70; and GSA VETS (Veterans Technology Services).

About Catapult Technology

Catapult Technology is a leading Service Disabled Veteran Owned (SDVO) Information Technology government contracting firm that provides a wide array of Technology and Management Solutions and Enterprise Systems solutions to the federal government. Catapult is focused on quality service delivery and has been independently certified as a Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Level 3 company and is also ISO 20000:2005 and ISO 9001:2000 registered. The company was awarded the Government Contracting Firm of the Year by the Tech Council of Maryland in 2009, shared the Best in IT Infrastructure Award by the Outsourcing Center with General Services Administration (GSA) in 2009, and was ranked 21st on the federal government’s Top 100 Governmentwide Acquisition Contractors (GWAC) list in 2008. Catapult was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Go to http://www.catapulttechnology.com for more information.

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Catapult Technology Exhibits at GSA Training Conference and Expo in Orlando, FL May 4-6, 2010

Bethesda, MD (Vocus) May 1, 2010

Catapult Technology, Ltd., a leading Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) Information Technology (IT) contractor to the federal government, announces that it will be an exhibitor at the GSA Training Conference and Expo, May 4-6, 2010 in Orlando, FL. Catapult will be in booth #517 on the show floor at the Orange County Convention Center.

“Catapult has been a regular exhibitor at the GSA Expo for years,” said Randy J. Slager, CEO, Chairman, and founder of Catapult Technology. “GSA is our largest customer, so we’re proud and excited to be exhibiting again this year and being available to talk to other potential GSA customers about Catapult’s wide array of information technology, management consulting, program management, and human capital solutions.”

GSA is the prime contractor on the $ 200 million GSA Infrastructure Technology Global Operations (GITGO) contract, which is a huge consolidation, as well as change management, effort within GSA. Catapult won the five-year GITGO contract in 2007. The contract nearly doubled Catapult’s revenue as a result of the contract and helped propel the company to the next level of service for its nationwide roster of clients.

Catapult has a wide range of federal contracts available to meet customers’ specific IT needs. These contracts include Government Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACS), Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contracts, and Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) based upon GSA Schedule rates. The GSA contracts under which Catapult operates include: GSA 8(a) STARS (Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resources for Services); GSA Schedule 70; and GSA VETS (Veterans Technology Services).

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