Maria Jasminez, AquaSurTech OEM

WinDoor really is the Industry Event. This is the time and place to network, to hunt down that coveted prospect and put a face to an endless trail of emails and unreturned phone calls. In this technology age; we are all guilty of connecting, at our convenience. At WinDoor you can break down those barriers and make that important connection the old fashioned way; with a hand shake and a smile and good old fashioned face to face conversation.

I remember my first crude introduction to WinDoor all too well; it was the November 2010 show at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. Even though I had been in the industry for 13 years prior to this particular show; my roles never included tradeshow participation.

My first day on the job with that particular door company was on Monday, November 1, 2010 and my first task; was our exhibit in the Number One Window and Door Trade show in North America, which happened to be in 15 days. WinDoor was scheduled for November 16-18 that year.

There I was desperately trying to keep it positive and energetic, I remember thinking….Great! Let’s do this! Two minutes later I was staring at a dusty, broken crate that was 2’ft wide and 15’ft long. I can remember the heart palpitations, the sweaty palms, the vision of failure on a grand pedestal in front of all my peers and thought; this is Do or Die and dying was not an option.

Fast forward to the morning of November 15th; it’s move in and set up day and everything is going wrong. I remember vividly grabbing a cab and racing down to the Beaches (to the only Home Depot within a 5km radius) to frantically pick up emergency repair items. Double Sided tape became a staple in my bag. At the end of the show, we pulled it off without too many catastrophes and as I was reflecting, nursing my swollen feet, I vowed; never again. By January, I was in full planning mode for the 2011 show.

Looking back, and as is with most life lessons; you live and learn and make improvements and learn we did. Three years of experience, Charity Poker Events, Live Bands and continuously making improvements later; the 2013 WinDoor Show was a resounding success with winning the coveted James Parker Best Booth Award.

This year marks my 20th year in this Industry. I’ve since moved on to another Supplier to the Industry and actively participate as an Exhibitor. Over the years, I have found that the key to a great exhibit is to engage your audience and always bring new innovation to the table. Change can be good.

It’s always great to see the old friendly familiar faces and even the new energetic participants. Witnessing the Dynamics of this industry and to see first-hand, the evolution of the Show itself and the exhibits is… well, you don’t have to hear it from me! You have to see it to believe it. Come visit us, November 29-30, 2017!