From February 29 – March 3, 2016, the Technology and Maintenance Council will host their 60th Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition in Nashville, Tennessee.  Music City Center will serve as the venue for the show that is set to feature over 400 exhibitors. Displays will range from presentations of alternative fuel options and heavy duty vehicles, to exhibits about information and safety technology.

The Technology and Maintenance Council aims to develop solutions specifically for the trucking industry, through networking, education, and improving industry standards. TMC’s meeting and exhibition will offer a wide range of educational sessions. Attendees can choose from sessions about maintenance, technical training, leadership, and recruiting diesel technicians, among others. While Temel Gaskets has yet to attend this show, we have provided some business tips learned from attending other shows, along with a few engaging leisure ideas that are unique to Tennessee.

1. Plan Which Companies to Meet

Before arriving at the event, check which companies will be present, and identify the ones that could be potential business leads. Take time to contact company representatives beforehand and show interest in arranging a meeting with them. The show can become very busy and it is important to schedule any desired meetings beforehand to make sure everyone involved has time to modify their schedules.

2. Arrive Early

Like most major cities, traffic conditions in Nashville are usually a bit congested. The city is not built on a grid system; therefore, even after only one missed turn, it may take a bit longer to get back on route. If you prefer not to drive, Nashville offers a commuter rail system, metro buses, taxis, and active rideshare services, like Uber and Lyft. Staying in a hotel near Music City Center will significantly lower your commute time. Arriving early will give you a chance to map out the event space and make all necessary preparations to have a productive day.

3. Explore the City’s Unique Offerings

In addition to being a great place for business, Nashville also offers a wide variety of interesting leisure activities to unwind after work. The Nashville Predators, a member team of the National Hockey League, have two home games during the week of the trade show. Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum remains the world’s largest popular music museum, featuring exhibits of music legends and modern country stars. With over 5,000 employed musicians working in Nashville, every night is overflowing with performances at live music venues. Consistently ranked as one of the most friendly cities in the U.S., Nashville locals might even suggest some of their favorite city locations.

We are hopeful that this will be a great event and encourage you to contact us to discuss your current and future gasket needs.


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