2012 OFA Short Course Sees Largest Event in Years
The Association of Horticulture Professionals recently announced the attendance at the 2012 OFA Short Course increased to more than 9,100 people. This is the largest number of participants since 2008. The expanded exposition component was sold out with more than 740 unique exhibits, which is also an increase over previous years. Some exhibit footprints were as large as 4,100 square feet. This made for the largest OFA Short Course in several years. Attendees visited from more than 25 countries, including China and Australia.
Michael V. Geary, CAE, chief executive officer of OFA said, “We believe the increased attendance reflects an increasing confidence in the U.S. and global economy, and a continued trust in OFA and this event as the preferred provider for education and international market development. This year, OFA Short Course was recognized by Trade Show News Network as one of the top 25 fastest growing trade shows and the 150th largest show in the country among all industries.
The convention was also an opportunity to publicly celebrate the joint venture activities between OFA and the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA). The next OFA Short Course will take place on July 13-16, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio