GEAPS Exchange 2019 Draws 2,836 Attendees from 19 Countries
GEAPS Exchange 2019 drew 2,836 attendees from19 countries to New Orleans to see and learn about the latest products and innovations in the grain handling and processing operations industry. The technical conference and exposition included a tradeshow with 407 exhibitors in 290,000 square feet of exhibit space, and over 30 hours of education in a variety of formats.
GEAPS International President Robert Taylor, Cargill, Minneapolis Chapter attended the event for the 15th time this year, and ranked the social events among the best he’s personally attended.
“The Get-Acquainted Party had good live entertainment, great New Orleans food and live animals,” Taylor said. “It was a great venue for networking, and set the tone for the entire conference. Between the Expo, education and special events, Exchange 2019 was a terrific event.”
Taylor also noted the success of the new grain entrapment rescue demo in the Expo Hall. The interactive training showed how first responders react to grain entrapment situations, and expanded on topics discussed in the Open Workshop. The demo routinely drew standing-room only crowds.
GEAPS Bestows Corbett Award, Recognizes Top Recruiter
During the President’s Banquet GEAPS recognized members who made exceptional contributions to GEAPS and the industry. This year, GEAPS honored Allan Tedrow, McCormick Construction, Greater Iowa, with the Corbett Award, GEAPS’ highest award for Associate Members. Read the full news release on the Corbett Award.
GEAPS also recognized R. Scott Brittingham, MCGOM, Mountaire Farms Inc, Mid-Atlantic, as the organization’s top recruiter for 2018. Read the full release on the 2018 recruitment awards.
Outstanding Members and Chapters Recognized
GEAPS recognized outstanding individuals and companies that won annual Safety Awards at Exchange 2019. Please see the following news releases on the GEAPS website:
- 2018 Credential Earners
- 2018 Safety Award Winners
- 25-Year Members
- 40-Year Members
- Chapter Member of Distinction
- Chapter Cup and Outstanding Chapter Award winners
Top Attendance at Exchanges in GEAPS History
- Kansas City 2017 with 3,859
- Omaha 2014 with 3,379
- Louis 2015 with 3,215
- Denver 2018 with 2,918
- Austin 2016 with 2,852
Exchange 2020 in Minneapolis
GEAPS Exchange 2020 will be held March 21-24 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, and booth sales are currently open. So far, 82 percent of available space has been reserved. The Expo Hall will showcase 272,000 square feet of grain handling and processing operations equipment, service and technology solutions. Registration and room blocks will open in the fall.