NIGA Trade Show & Conference 2017

Well, we survived! After months of preparation, planning and healthy financial investment we jumped on an airplane and headed for San Diego. Within hours we had been introduced to several Tribal leaders […]

April 17, 2017 // cdub5000 // No Comments // Posted in CRW Blog

Well, we survived!

After months of preparation, planning and healthy financial investment we jumped on an airplane and headed for San Diego. Within hours we had been introduced to several Tribal leaders from across the country at the opening reception. From the beginning, it felt as though we had made the right decision and received nothing but positive feedback regarding our mission. We ran into several familiar faces and also made a lot of new friends. The next day we spent setting up our booth and plotting our game plan for the big trade show. We had only seen our brand new trade show set up in design pictures and never fully set up, so needless to say we were beyond excited. Once it was up, we stood back in awe of what we created. It’s like every aspect of the trip went better than expected? After years of working towards this moment and the many disappointments, setbacks, doubters, and very wealthy embedded competitors it was almost expected that something would go wrong. But nope! We did great! Stood our ground in the face of those exact competitors and laid out our plan for change in Indian Gaming Entertainment.

Day the three was upon us and off to our trade show booth we headed. Charged with coffee and high spirits we quickly gained a rhythm. Many times all three of us were talking to several Tribal leaders at one time. Not one person had any criticism or negative feedback what so ever. For the most part, it became a common theme of our booth visitors to say “this is important and we are proud that you are here.” One Tribal leader from Washington State stood back after listening to Corey talk for awhile and yelled: “because it just makes sense!.”  By the afternoon many of our visitors were letting us know they were referred to our booth by previous visitors. They were talking about us!!

Although there are too many stories to share in this one post, it was a huge success and a launching pad for our “Guide to Booking National Entertainment” training program and getting people aware of the Native American Talent Buyers Network. Stay tuned for updates on our upcoming travels.


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