Chicago ANME show, 2012


I had the privilege of attending the ANME (Army Navy Military Expo) in Las Vegas on January 13-17th.  It was held at the Tuscany Suites.

This was my first trip to Las Vegas.  I really enjoyed our bus trip to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam.  The Skywalk was exciting, but a little nerve wracking for my wife whom has a fear of heights.  The scenic view of the Dam and the Grand Canyon is more than words can describe.  I did not realize how severe the drought is out West, but to see the water line on the canyon about 80 feet below normal painted a vivid picture of the drought.

This was also my first time to attend an ANME show.  Needless to say, I was greatly impressed by it.  The magnitude of the show was almost overwhelming.  A highlight of the show for me was the opportunity to meet face to face with vendors whom I order from on a regular basis.  Now I have a face to connect with the voice.

David Castlegrant and Associates provided an excellent opportunity to meet over 100 exhibitors.  It was amazing to see the various vendors and the myriad of surplus and new products. Mr. Castlegrant and Associates also edit a magazine called Surplus Today.  This magazine provides helpful information on the Army/Navy Surplus Industry.  I made sure I signed up for a subscription.  The articles I read in the edition at the show were very helpful especially concerning social media and loss prevention. He also held workshops, and I had the opportunity to attend two of them.  The first one concentrated on Social Networking and the second on Financial Ratios, something that is important to every business.

The next ANME show will be held in Chicago, July 28-29th at the Odeum Expo Center.  I encourage all surplus store owners and managers to attend an ANME Show.

ANME sign