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IIDA Inland Empire hosted its 3rd annual NeoConnect Tradeshow on October 3rd, 2017 at the California Education & Performing Arts Center in Ontario. The event was a huge success with 53 participating vendors showcasing products from over 70 manufacturers. We had attendees from 22 local Architect & Design firms, 6 furniture dealerships and 4 schools in addition to many facilities managers and end users.

See the video from the event!

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The atmosphere was very upbeat and attendees were enjoying themselves by networking with local industry professionals and seeing all the new products introduced at NeoCon in Chicago earlier this year. Many designers expressed their appreciation of being able to see these new products in a local setting.

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A student hour was held from 4:30-5:30 consisting of a student sample swap with materials donated by local manufacture reps and a panel discussion with 5 local design professionals. IIDA student members were also able to display their work for the many design professionals attending the event. The students work was judged by our panelists and Nikki Trozzi was awarded with $50 gift card for her work.

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Additionally, a Student membership was raffled off and won by Josephine Wasef of Chaffey College. An iWatch sponsored by Knoll was raffled off to attending designers and was won by Doug Lau of Brian R Bloom Architects.

We would like to thank our committee for the time and effort they spent putting this great event together:
Amy Taylor – Interface
Stephen Friedman – TriWest
Suzi Herrmann – MDC Wall
Treniece Fry – Student Chaffey College
Abril Reyes – Quality Office Furnishings, Inc
Marissa Loudon – Designer

And also to our volunteers for the day of the event:
Treniece Fry – Student Chaffey College
Abril Reyes – Quality Office Furnishings
Mary Buck – Student Chaffey College

Thank you to our Panelists for donating their time for our Students:
Blanca Rivera – Designer
Dona Hutson – Matlock & Associates
Lauren Hollaway – Matlock & Associates
Mel McGowan  – PlainJoe Studios
Bridget McKenzie- PlainJoe Studios
Arcel R. Punsalang  – ArcelDesigns, Inc