This year's event closed in high fashion with a Grand Farewell event throughout the levels of the hotel's main atrium with a "world tour" of foods and performers.
Pilkenton said it was decided to convert the usual sit-down formal farewell dinner to more of a "party atmosphere." With food and beverage stations and the chance to mingle with more people, the excitement level was raised. Popular stations included New Orleans (Seafood jambalaya, red beans and rice), Asian (dim sum, sushi) and nearby Key West (oysters on the half shell).
One vendor liked the increased mingling of the red carpet-style party. "The excitement on the floor during the awards was breathtaking. I didn’t win a darn thing and I had goose bumps for the winners."
The 2011 ISN Tool Dealer Expo is scheduled for June 24-25 at the Marriott World Center Resort in Orlando.