Support Those Who Support You

One of the reasons people attend the IPMBA Conference is the opportunity to wander around the exhibit hall, meeting the vendors and examining their wares.  The exhibits are open for business on the last day of the pre-conference and the first day of the conference so that everyone has a chance to visit. 

IPMBA appreciates the participation of the fine companies which made the IPMBA conference a priority.  There are many law enforcement, security, and EMS conferences, but the IPMBA conference remains the best opportunity for marketing to public safety cyclists.  When times get tough, marketing budgets often suffer, but those who continue to promote their brands usually rise to the top. 

IPMBA welcomed several first-time vendors to the 20th Annual Conference:  Blue Dolphin Engineering, BionX, iForce Bicycles, Louis Garneau USA (returning after a long absence), local jeweler and BBQ sponsor NarVla, National Emblem, Pedego Electric Bicycles, Trikke Tech, and Watchguard Video.  Perennial supporters 4Bike-Police.com, Bratwear, Cycle Force Group, Hayes Bicycle Group, Jones & Bartlett, Mocean, Patrol Bike Systems, Tactical Wear Online, Trek Bicycles, United Uniform, and Volcanic Bicycles were all out in force. 

IPMBA’s vendors contribute to the conference in ways beyond the exhibit hall.  Thanks to Mocean, the instructor cadre looked spiffy in royal blue shirts sporting the conference logo on the sleeve, while the Command Staff was resplendent in “Cardinal Red”, courtesy of BratwearMocean also teamed up with United Uniform to sponsor the Thursday night reception, offering free food and drink to the masses. 

Volcanic’s Eric Kackley spent hours wrenching in the Bike Check, supplemented by mechanics Greg Ott and Jim Valentine from Ghisallo Sports

SKS-USA generously provided tire levers, floor pumps, CO2 cartridges, and other tools for use in the maintenance workshops this year and in the future; Purple Extreme donated both Purple Extreme lube and Golden Degreaser to keep things running smoothly; and Andy Paradowski of Hayes Bicycle Group conducted the Manitou Suspension Tech and Hayes Disc Brake clinics. 

R&B Fabrications generously donated string backpacks in cardinal red, white, and black; into those bags were placed Safetec products, educational CDs from NHTSA, and an array of reading material, including Cygnus publications Law Enforcement Product News, Law Enforcement Technology, and EMS Magazine; JEMS, Law Officer, and Police magazine. 

Incredible deals on terrific products were available at the Silent Auction, which raised more than $2500 in support of IPMBA’s programs, thanks to the generosity of the donors:  4Bike-Police.com, ArmorPur, Blauer Uniforms, Bratwear, Crown Candy Kitchen, DriFire, Artie Gonzales, Hayes Bicycle Group, Hufford’s Jewelry, Lt. Denny Hufford, Kenda USA, Lt. Steve Lewis, Louis Garneau USA, Mocean, Patrol Bike Systems, Police Bike Store, R&B Fabrications, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Cardinals, Trikke Tech, United Uniform, and VeloPress.  The hottest items were the Hayes Disc Brake set and the Park Tool Kit donated by Patrol Bike Systems

IPMBA appreciates the support of industry members – exhibitors, sponsors, advertisers, etc.  They need YOUR patronage, however, to justify their continued participation.  Please support those who support you at every opportunity.  

© 2010 IPMBA.  This article appeared in the Summer 2010 issue of IPMBA News.

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