The IPPCA is pleased to announce that the 7th Annual INFO TANZA, held in conjunction with the Irrigation Show at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA, Nov 5-8th, 2011, was by all accounts a smashing success. We call it smashing, as that is what occurred to all previous records of attendance for both the educational INFO TANZA seminars as well as the walk through attendance at the trade show portion of the event at the IPPCA Pond and Waterscape Pavilion on the main show floor. The Pond pavilion was the most heavily attended tradeshow display in the history of the Pond and Waterscape Industry’s history.
Represented at this year’s trade show, just to name a few, were such industry heavy hitters as: Firestone SP, Atlantic Water Gardens, Aquascape, Inc., Easy Pro Pond Products, Little Giant, Savio, Great Lakes Bio, Aqua Ultraviolet, Matala, Fielding Pumps, Rockin Foam, Kasco Marine, and Toba Fountains.
The 16 educational seminars were top of the line all the way through, featuring many internationally recognized pond industry experts.
The best way to describe these seminars and workshops is to quote attendee Cor Van Diepen of California in his thank you letter to the IPPCA Headquarters, in part:
*Dear Dave and Gloria,*
I didn’t think it could be done, but this past INFO TANZA in San Diego was the best ever. The caliber of the speakers including John Russell, Rick Bartel, and Demi Fortuna was excellent. I do believe I received a college education in pond building, closing the sale, and aquatic plants in one short weekend.
Also, seeing Greg Wittstock of Aquascape there, and being able to thank him personally for helping me get started in the grand adventure was a sweet moment.
Thanks for everything. I’m looking forward to next year.
*Cor Van Diepen*
The IPPCA’s awards banquet took place Nov. 6 at the House of Blues. Nine contractors received Top Gun Contractors Awards for participation in the Ponditat For Humanity build on Nov. 2-3: Mike White, Eric Triplett, Mike Garcia, Tim Rogers, Dave Jones, Mark Lawson, Max Taylor, Jacob Langsley and Rod Galasco. Max Taylor was presented the honor of the IPPCA 5 Star Contractor Award and POND Trade Magazine presented the Product of the Year Awards.
A special thanks to our many media sponsors as well: IGI Magazine, POND Trade Magazine and Water Garden News. Your support definitely contributed to the success of this event.
(*Note:* in the November/December issue on page 26 is the press release for the IPPCA 5 Star Contractor Award. To see more about the Ponditat’ 2011 see the article in that issue on page 30.)