President's Column

May 11, 2018


Hello to all UMAPP members!

I am writing this just days after we closed the Fire & Ice show at the US Bank Stadium.  WOW!  What an experience the Tailgate party, Professional Development and Show itself brought to our membership.

The Executive Board would like to send a BIG shout out and "thank you" to all of our sponsors, distributors, suppliers, committee members and, of course, to Sue Selseth, our Executive Director.  Without all of you, this event could have never happened.

More than a year ago, we started this journey of changing things up around this show.  Our goal was to step out of our comfort zone and produce a one of a kind “experience” for all.  We are always looking for ways to continue to bring new ideas and events to benefit our members and stay relevant in today’s everchanging business market place. 

We had heard from many members that the venue we had used for this show the last few years could use a fresh approach.   Listening to membership concerns, we started looking at new venues for the Fire and Ice show. We also reviewed what had been successful for other regional associations.  Many were using large venues, especially sports arenas.  With the Super Bowl being held here in February, we thought US Bank Stadium would be just the venue we’d try to add some excitement and energy to our show!  So, we moved forward with planning measures. 

When they say “it takes a village” this was definitely one of those times.  I’d like to thank the many members of the committee itself and all others that pitched in to make this happen!

We have heard feedback from many of you on this show and venue.  We appreciate all your thoughts and comments as we start planning for the 2019 show.

While most of the feedback was positive or helpful, some of you had a different opinion and have offered many suggestions.  We are so fortunate to have a membership that is engaged and eager to give feedback.

While feedback is great, we’d also like to see our members put their suggestions into motion.  Join us in planning the 2019 show!  So many thoughts and ideas have been shared with us; we’d love to see you implement those ideas yourselves and help to create the next Fire & Ice show experience!

Please feel free to email me to be invited to the next Fire & Ice show committee meeting or to join us at a board meeting!  Getting involved at the regional level is a great way to have your voice heard and to give back to the industry that supports us all.



Sandy Nichols, MAS
UMAPP President