SNA Conference to Move to January and Co-Locate With MANTS
The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced plans to co-locate The SNA Conference with the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) in 2018.
Under the new arrangement, both events will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center with The SNA Conference preceding MANTS Jan. 8-9, 2018. MANTS will take place Jan. 10-12.
Transforming from a traditional trade show format, The SNA Conference will have a clear focus on connecting the industry to identify today’s business challenges and opportunities, and develop new insights and solutions.
The conference will offer industry professionals a dynamic and interactive experience through The 16th Southern Plant Conference, The 62nd Annual SNA Research Conference, keynote sessions and participant-driven roundtable discussions. In addition, SNA will be conducting annual business as well with 119th Annual SNA Business Meeting.
“There is crossover appeal for participants of both events and this collocation will bring value and potential new business opportunities for both audiences,” said Karen Summers, SNA executive vice president. “And, since SNA will no longer have a trade show, co-locating with MANTS offers our participants the convenience of attending MANTS and also allows researchers and students participating in the SNA Research Conference to experience our industry’s largest trade show. The SNA has always supported the state associations within our region and their events, and what better way to support the state nursery and landscape associations of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia than to bring our event to their trade show. I am excited about the possibilities, and confident this will create new synergies for everyone involved,” she added.
The Southern Plant Conference will unveil some of the hottest new plants coming to market, discuss the best practices for growing and offer a unique opportunity to learn from leading industry plant experts. The SNA Research Conference will offer cutting-edge content of the latest horticultural research. These top researchers, from across the country, will participate throughout the event.