The SAMPE 2019 conference and exhibition in Charlotte was co-hosted by the SAMPE Carolinas and the Baltimore-Washington chapters, co-chaired by Kevin Ahlstrom (Carolinas) and Stephen Scarborough (BW). The event, held for the first time in the Charlotte Convention Center, drew 252 exhibitors and more than 3300 attendees, placing it on par with the Long Beach conference location. By all metrics, the conference was successful, and Charlotte is now the preferred East Coast location for the technical conference.
One of the benefits of hosting the SAMPE technical conference is that the sponsoring chapter(s) receive a portion of the proceeds from the conference registrations. The Carolinas chapter co-sponsored its first national conference in 2014, co-hosting with the Seattle chapter in Seattle, and paired up with the Seattle chapter again in 2017. The Carolinas chapter uses the proceeds from these events to offset the costs of the Carolinas chapter local events and to fund student scholarships and student chapter activities, typically planning on realizing about 3 years of financial support from sponsorship of the national conference.
We really did make a great impression on the SAMPE NA staff and dignitaries. We netted nearly a nice profit, had a great conference and golf event, and no one got locked up or ended up in a pond! SUCCESS!!”
– Kevin Ahlstrom, co-chair