Each year, IPMBA attendees pour into the exhibit hall, eager to greet those whom they have known for years, and anxious to see what’s new. One might describe the IPMBA Expo as “InterBike in Miniature”. While it does not draw nearly as many vendors, it does generate a similar level of anticipation and excitement. In order to ensure that all attendees have ample time to indulge themselves, the exhibit hall is open on the last day of the pre-conference and the first day of the conference.
We appreciate the participation of the fine companies which made the IPMBA conference a priority during this challenging economic year. 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 brand usually rise to the top.
IPMBA welcomed several first-time vendors to the 21st Annual Conference. Athena GTX displayed a compact, sophisticated, wireless patient monitoring device. DiNotte Lighting, described as a world leader in innovative bicycle lighting and recreational lighting products, attracted a lot of attention with their brilliant products. First Line Technology brought PhaseCore personal cooling products, designed to keep you cool under your body armor. An innovative style of pedal retention was brought to the table by Hold Fast, whose cleverly named website is holdfastordie.
MPoliceStuff.com offered an incredible variety of police jewelry, challenge coins, dog tags, eyewear, knives, and more! SIMUNITION® brought its latest in training ammunition, protective equipment, and training programs.
These new companies joined forces with the veterans to create a fun and informative environment. 4Bike-Police.com and Patrol Bike Systems offered “one-stop shopping”; Bratwear, Mocean, and United formed the triumvirate of uniform suppliers; Cannondale returned with its newest line of public safety bikes to complement iFORCE Bicycles, Trek Bicycles, and Volcanic Bicycles, all of whom were also showing their latest models.
IPMBA’s vendors contribute to the conference in ways beyond the exhibit hall. Mocean outfitted the instructor cadre in shirts of brilliant red, while Bratwear provided slate-gray shirts for the members of the host agency. Per usual, Mocean also teamed up with United 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 from Carytown Bicycle Company. Supplies for the maintenance classes were donated by Park Tool. The t-shirts were made possible by sponsorships from MyPoliceStuff.com, 4Bike-Police.com, Athena GTX, Mocean, Ultimate Test Lab, United Uniform, and donations from Board Members Tom Harris, Bob Hatcher, Charlie Summers, and Marc Zingarelli.
R&B Fabrications generously donated the popular string backpacks, this year in blue-and-white. Reading material was plentiful – From A to Z by Bike from AMC Media, Law Enforcement Product News, Law Enforcement Technology, EMS World, Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS), Dirt Rag, Bicycle Times, and Police Magazine.
Incredible deals on terrific products were available at the Silent Auction, which raised more than $2000 in support of IPMBA’s programs, thanks to the generosity of the donors: Bratwear, Brite-Strike, Capital Ale House, ELHN Badge & Emblem Design, Fox Racing Shox, Gargoyles Eyewear, Hayes Bicycle Group, In Gear, Kenda Tires, Mirrycle, Patrol Bike Systems, PrestaCycle, R&B Fabrications, Spenco, Street Crimes, Charlie Summers, Tallac Designs, Timex, Trek, Trikke Tech, Twofish Unlimited, United Uniform, Volcanic Bicycles, and Zero Goo. The hottest items were the Fox fork and the Haix boots donated by In Gear.
Finally, Cannondale generously donated – not one, but two – fully equipped Cannondale Law Enforcement bikes for a raffle. Brad Miller of Lewisburg (PA) Police Department became the owner of a Cannondale Law Enforcement 1, while Jay Colella of Bucks County (PA) Rescue Squad took possession of the Law Enforcement 2.
IPMBA was pleased to be selected as the venue for a major announcement: Mocean and Volcanic have signed a memorandum of understanding for Mocean to purchase a majority share of Volcanic. The companies will continue to operate autonomously but will derive mutual benefit from their complementary products and strengths.
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.
© 2011 IPMBA. This article appeared in the Summer 2011 issue of IPMBA News.