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It’s all smiles for attendees at this year’s Pacific Northwest Dental Conference

“We really weren’t sure what to expect,” said Amanda Tran, Assistant Executive Director of the WSDA, and the point person for all things PNDC, “Members got so used to the conference being in July. We just hoped they’d adjust their schedules for the new June dates.” Tran had reason to worry — the economic downturn of the past few years had left everyone trying to rein in budgets and expenditures, and she was no exception.
With the help of the Commitee on PNDC and the talented PNDC staff including Kainoa Trotter, Eleanor Pawley and Jennifer Banday, Tran was able to craft a conference that not only made budget, but exceeded expectations. As most WSDA members know, the PNDC generates a great deal of WSDA’s operating budget for the year, helps to keep dues manageable, and affords our members and their staff a way to meet most of their CDE requirements, so there’s a lot on the line. 
Dr. Henry “Bud” Evans had this to say about this year’s offering, “The 2010 Pacific Northwest Dental Conference was one of the best meetings we have seen in Seattle in terms of the speaker quality, and enthusiam among attendees and exhibitors. We are already hard at work planning for next year, which we anticipate will top this year’s PNDC.”
Exhibitors love the show, too
This year, we took an informal straw poll among advertisers in the WSDA News at the conference, and they all said the same thing: traffic was up, people were actually buying this year (as opposed to last year, when no one seemed to want to part with their green), and they loved the June dates. One after another said they think the uptick in the economy, no matter how imperceptible, was driving business, and that having the show in June meant a better showing of  the folks who control the office purse strings. There was genuine excitement in their voices this year, a complete reversal from the cloud of gloom that hung overhead last year. Jenn Banday, WSDA’s exhibitor wrangler, agreed, saying “I got a lot more positive feedback this year than last, and people are already blocking out next year’s dates.”

It’s all smiles for attendees at this year’s Pacific Northwest Dental Conference “We really weren’t sure what to expect,” said Amanda Tran, Assistant Executive Director of the WSDA, and the point person for all things PNDC, “Members got so used to the conference being in July. We just hoped they’d adjust their schedules for the new June dates.” Tran had reason to worry — the economic downturn of the past few years had left everyone trying to rein in budgets and expenditures, and she was no exception. With the help of the Commitee on PNDC and the talented PNDC staff including Kainoa Trotter, Eleanor Pawley and Jennifer Banday, Tran was able to craft a conference that not only made budget, but exceeded expectations. As most WSDA members know, the PNDC generates a great deal of WSDA’s operating budget for the year, helps to keep dues manageable, and affords our members and their staff a way to meet most of their CDE requirements, so there’s a lot on the line.  Dr. Henry “Bud” Evans had this to say about this year’s offering, “The 2010 Pacific Northwest Dental Conference was one of the best meetings we have seen in Seattle in terms of the speaker quality, and enthusiam among attendees and exhibitors. We are already hard at work planning for next year, which we anticipate will top this year’s PNDC.”
Exhibitors love the show, too This year, we took an informal straw poll among advertisers in the WSDA News at the conference, and they all said the same thing: traffic was up, people were actually buying this year (as opposed to last year, when no one seemed to want to part with their green), and they loved the June dates. One after another said they think the uptick in the economy, no matter how imperceptible, was driving business, and that having the show in June meant a better showing of  the folks who control the office purse strings. There was genuine excitement in their voices this year, a complete reversal from the cloud of gloom that hung overhead last year. Jenn Banday, WSDA’s exhibitor wrangler, agreed, saying “I got a lot more positive feedback this year than last, and people are already blocking out next year’s dates.”