Despite Economy, Nearly 5,000 Attend ASAE Annual Meeting in Toronto

In spite of the down economy, ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership welcomed nearly 5,000 association professionals and industry partners to its 2009 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Toronto last month, it announced this week.

"The final attendance numbers surpassed our expectations, especially during this challenging economic environment, which affected many of our colleagues and organizations across the association and nonprofit community," ASAE & The Center President and CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE, said in a statement. "We are very grateful to everyone who has made this event possible, especially Tourism Toronto and our Canadian partners."

ASAE & The Center's Annual Meeting & Exposition took place Aug. 15-18. According to its final attendance breakdown, the meeting attracted a total of 4,901 attendees, including 2,183 association executives, 1,798 exhibitors and 920 other participants, including guests, spouses, press, volunteers, vendors and staff.

Among association executives, roughly 47 percent represented individual membership organizations and professional societies, while 22 percent represented trade associations, 7 percent AMCs, 7 percent consulting firms, 3 percent corporations, 1 percent certification organizations and 6 percent "other" organizations.

ASAE reported a total of 436 exhibiting companies, occupying 733 booths. The ratio at the expo hall, it said, was 55 percent buyers to 45 percent sellers.