Colorado used to be host to The International Golf Tournament every year and it was played at a very exclusive golf course called Castle Pines. Not only was the course itself very exclusive, the neighborhood was like trying to get into Fort Knox. It was nearly impossible to drive past the gate of this guarded community. So what happens when you have to have 50,000 people attend the golf tournament? I myself had attended the tournament and can remember parking in a horse pasture a few miles away from the gate. How did we reach that elusive community? We were moved there by a specialty company that specializes in moving people at events.
This special type of company is what we are featuring in this week’s Friday Feature. I had a chance to speak to the CEO of The Convention Store, Inc., Elaine Curl and I learned a number of very interesting facts about the ability to move lots of people from point A to point B in the area of conventions, trade shows and other events. Other events to the people at The Convention Store include very important gatherings such as Presidential Inaugurations and of course my favorite events, sports gatherings, such as the Ryder Cup!
It was clear after speaking to Elaine Curl of The Convention Store that she is truly and expert in her field of Transportation Logistics and Design Management, or in other words she can do a great job of moving lots of people and doing it securely and safely and with little hassle to the passengers as possible. Elaine tells me that transporting people is like”
“Creation of a beautiful dance, or like choreographing a wonderful production of a dance in a Broadway show.”
Truly this is the case since they can choreograph moving 10,000 people in 45 minutes! Try to wrap your mind around the logistics of that and you will understand why it is imperative to have experts such as those as Elaine and her company The Convention Store. Thinking just about the issues of safety and security alone can make my head spin, but The Convention Store is equipped with the expertise to make this a very easy proposition for your convention or trade show or other events as I spoke about above. I asked about their experience, and it is clear they are an industry leader with 24 years of experience.
Showing a bit of her human side Elaine quipped that she has gone as far as printing up T-shirts that had on the front:
“We Have Told A Million People Where to Get Off!”
We had a good laugh and then she also showed her professional side when she revealed a very impressive list of clients and people they have served all over the country and in Canada, including of course, the Clinton Administration with its inauguration, The PGA, Baltimore Airport, Dulles International Airport, and National Education Association to name just a small list.
After speaking to Elaine I got a feel for her hands on approach to every contract they fulfill, down to her inspecting every driver roster, vehicle maintenance logs, and visits to every bus maintenance facility they use for fulfilling the needs of their customers. She has a huge responsibility with her choreography , but after 24 years, they are not only on top of the game, they love to play it. I for one know where to find my next vendor for convention transportation. You might check out The Convention Store yourself and find out if they can dazzle you as they have me. Just take a moment to read about the people they have served and the opinions of that service. Good luck Elaine with your future and if ever I need to move 10,000 people in 45 minutes, I’ll definitely look you up!