President's Column


Room Show Wrap up!

Welcome to March already everyone! I’m hoping this finds you all thinking about spring and a warmer April than the last blizzard we just endured the end of February.  I don’t know about you, but winter can be done now, in my opinion, but onto some updates!

UMAPP just wrapped up the annual Room Show at its NEW location, the Minneapolis Airport Marriott on Feb. 25 with a great buzz around new suppliers and what’s coming in 2019!  We had 117 pre registrations and 95 attendees enjoyed a day of fast-paced, jam-packed meetings from 11 excellent industry suppliers!

Also at this gathering, we held our annual meeting for membership and recognized four dedicated and talented members for their efforts within their own organizations and UMAPP. 

Congratulations go to: 

Sabrina Franz, SnugzUSA (Volunteer of the Year)

Michelle Gunderson, Fields (Superstar Award)

Virginia Lemmer, Maple Ridge Farms (Lifetime Achievement Award)

Past president Melinda Marr, iClick (Hall of Fame)

A great day and event yet again for our awesome organization!  Mark your 2020 calendars for March 9 as we’ll return to the same venue for this event!

Looking ahead to the upcoming events on our calendar, please be sure to pencil us in and attend our UMAPP CONNECTS event coming up Thursday, April 4, at Bad Weather Brewing Company in St. Paul for some networking and craft beer.  And the week after, we kickoff our new outreach initiative with our very first Brew & View mini tradeshow in Fargo, North Dakota on April 9!

The Fire & Ice Booth Show is fast approaching on May 22 and it’s never too early to start planning to attend or register to display if you haven’t yet done so yet.   Until next time, here’s to a warm Spring, a MN Wild playoff push, and Twins Opening Day just around the corner!

“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.”  – Bobby Unser

Your President,

Chris Thies