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In the Beginning

We've arrived! All three editors made it to Chicago today and we've started our coverage of the Club Industry 2007 show for you.

The set-up for this year's show seems much less confusing than in previous years. It's pretty simple to get to the registration area and the exhibit hall is right there. Our booth is also right in the registration area. We're calling it the Resource Center this year. It has a map of the exhibit hall with all the exhibitors and their booth numbers, a list of sessions and room numbers, Internet access for attendees at three computers (courtesy of KI Software, which is also sponsoring the blog for this show), a SportsArt Fitness T650 treadmill that attendees can sign up to win (SportsArt Fitness is also sponsoring our Best of the Best awards ceremony and seminar on Friday), tables to sit at and, of course, copies of the magazine. It should create a great place for people to hang out and mingle or meet friends while at the show.

I arrived early this morning and took the courtesy bus from the Palmer House Hilton to McCormick Place Convention Center to check on the booth set-up and other details. I had a great conversation with Karen Woodard, owner of Premium Consulting and a member of our advisory board. We chatted about the magazine and our Web site. Later in the day, I spoke with Casey Conrad, president of Healthy Inspirations and a member of our advisory board. Both of them had some great suggestions that I can't share with you now, but in the near future, I plan to follow through on some of the ideas so you should be seeing some changes soon. - Pam

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