Satisfaction was in the air as the Midwest Acquirers Association's seventh annual conference came to a close July 24, 2009, at what the Chicago Tribune rated the "coolest" Chicago suburban hotel: the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, Ill. The show offered a mix of classic tradeshow offerings, refinements to previously tested ideas and new options – all coordinated to help industry professionals adapt and thrive in today's uncertain economic environment.
"Some new people on the advisory board and on the board really came through for us," said Mark Dunn, MWAA Treasurer and founder of Field Guide Enterprises LLC. "Donna Embry's connections to the banking industry and the Federal Reserve really beefed up our meetings, and the idea of the Innovation Hall came from a group of people on the board. It's a little bit different change in format, but I think it brought in a lot of people."