Triton Spring Expo at Bahia Mar
Date(s) - Apr 6, 2016
05:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Bahia Mar Yachting Center
April 6 is the Triton Spring Expo at Bahia Mar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316, (954) 627-6309.
The Yachty Rentals will run their Yachty bus. Call for pickup at your location at 855-55-scoot. Pick up time from 5:00 to 5:30, Drop off time from 8:00
The Triton’s popular Expo is open to yacht crew and industry — both working and looking — to help them develop the contacts that can make their careers better. There will be vendors, food and beverages. 5-8 p.m.
The first Wednesday in April is The Triton’s semi-annual Triton Expo, a mini trade show we have created to give captains and crew a chance to network with the companies that offer the goods and services they need to do their jobs better.
This is our 16th Triton Expo, which started in 2008 as a job fair and quickly evolved into what it is now. What’s the point?
Networking. While our newspaper targets the captains and crew who run yachts, our readers also include the businesses that service them. Everyone wants to know what captains and crew think, and we work hard to be a voice for those professionals.
People do business with people, not companies. And we all prefer to do business with people we like. So this event is a way for captains and crew to meet some people and companies they might grow to like. We’re really focused on networking this year. We created Conversation Cards for guests at our monthly networking events to give them an excuse to initiate a conversation with someone they want to meet. Lots of people are having fun with those.
At the Expo, we’ll have another fun way for our guests to interact: an interactive mini puzzle we call “fish cards.”
Even more powerful is crew networking with their peers, other yachties going through similar life and career phases. So much of this industry is accomplished through word-of-mouth, so we want to encourage our guests to never stop building a professional network of contacts for jobs, advice, tips, referrals and just camaraderie. Think about it. If you were in the middle of Spain and ran into a yachtie you didn’t know, you would have no shortage of things to talk about. Make those magical connections in yachtie places, too.
The main point is that the Triton Expo is merely a gathering of people and companies who share so much in common. It’s just a fun evening.
These events have grown over the years and now attract 600 (in spring) to 800 (in fall) guests. Did you ever think they would grow to be so popular?
Absolutely. David and I always knew that if you provide a congenial environment with interesting things to do at neat places, people would come. Actually, the Triton Expo replaced the semi-annual parties we used to have. Those events drew as many as 6,000 Triton readers. While there are a lot fewer costumes at these events, the networking is just as good.
So do you miss those more raucous parties?
Not really. They were definitely fun, but when we did them, there were only a few parties for crew. Now, there are a lot. Crew didn’t need another party, so we looked for another way to get people together while providing information, which is what The Triton has always tried to do.
How can our readers get the most out of stopping by?
Come ready to meet people. Sure, grab a glass of wine and sample some snacks, but walk around. See all the cool vendors. Participate in the games and contests. Introduce yourself to a couple of people, or ask someone you know to introduce you.
If you are asked to make an introduction, try to find something that the couple have in common so they can more easily begin talking. You’ll be a rock star to both people if a new connection is the result.
All our readers are welcome to join us at Triton Expo on the first Wednesday in April (April 6) from 5-8 p.m. on the tennis courts at Bahia Mar. No need to RSVP; just bring business cards and a smile so you can meet some new people and companies.
Boat shows target owners; Triton Expo is for crew. Please come join us for a fun evening.