2016 B2B Expo Recap

We opened the 2016 B2B Expo pre-event at 3 PM with 10 Educational Roundtables that were well attended with dedicated leaders in the community.  Round two began at 4 PM and the room had a buzz to it and you could see the collaborations building between presenters and attendees.  I personally heard so many positive comments that many people appreciated this added value for their attendance cost.


2016 B2B Expo Roundtable Speakers

2016 B2B Expo Roundtable Sessions

Roundtable Speakers for the event included:

  • Shad Adair, Chairman of SCORE ABQ
  • Joanie Griffin, CEO of Griffin & Associates
  • Wendy Ederer, Owner of Dynamic Growth Business Resource Center
  • Patrick Gannon, Marketing for JTIP NM Economic Development Dept. (JTIP)
  • Bill Bice, Executive Chairman, Boomtime.
  • Lonnie Talbert, Chief Operating Officer of Southwest Capital Bank & Bernalillo County Commissioner
  • Gary Oppedahl, Director of Economic Development, City of Albuquerque
  • Steve Becerra, Tax Accountant for The Becerra Group
  • Jennifer Sinsabaugh, Operations Director for NMMEP
  • Michelle Spencer, Unemployment Benefit Specialists of NM
  • Ernie C’DeBaca, VP of Convention & Tourism for AHCC, Facilitator.

Roundtable Sessions


2016 B2B Expo Main Event

The main event kicked off at 5:00 PM with the doors opening and the lines forming to get in.  By 5:20 PM we already had over 600 people in the room, which by 5:45 PM the attendance grew to a total of 789 attendees at this event!  At 5:30 PM we had my friend and well known successful entrepreneur Andy Lim, former CEO and founder of Lavu, Inc. who is now the Founder of Addmi (which is an interactive and strategic networking App unlike anything on the market). 

Andy Lim

Andy Lim

Demo of Addmi app

This App will truly affect and change the business world tomorrow.  Andy shared a demo of this new networking App and how it worked show you who was in the room and how you could connect instantly and keep the relationship building in the future.  KRQE News 13 was there to tape the App introduction during the event and broadcasted on TV at 10 PM 


2016 Media Coverage


Albuquerque Journal was there to cover the story also.  We were so proud to have Andy support our event and share his new App, even though it is in the development stage and will do so much more in the future (Albuquerque Business First also covered the story earlier in the week).

Ballroom view

While up on stage I overlooked the beautiful venue and saw attendees stopping and visiting with the 115 Exhibitors and you could feel the buzz in the room.  It was nice to see people interacting and truly looking to build relationships and look for business opportunities instead of hanging out with friends just to hang out. 



2016 B2B Expo Raffle and Live Auction

Audience applauding prize winners

The Raffle/Live Auction raised $4,484.00 for Local Nonprofit American Lung Association in New Mexico.  We had a live auctioneer up on stage for 30 minutes during this fundraiser which was nice to see in action.


Live auction

Live auction

Live auction


2016 Best Local Brand Contest Winners

The Best Local Brand contest winners were announced in two categories!

Nonprofit Category: Ronald McDonald House Charities

Best Local Brand winner

Commercial Category: NM Escape Room

Best Local Brand winners

Best Local Brand Winners in Each Category Received $2,625 in Marketing Prizes

  • EXHIB-IT! –  Best Local Brand Crystal Award
  • EXHIB-IT! –  Retractable Banner Stand, with design & printed graphic – $625 value
  • Videotero –  30 Second Promotional Video about your company – $1,000 Value
  • 770 KKOB – One 30 Second Commercial spot, including writing and production (airtime is separate), and an exhibit booth space at one of the quarterly Net @ 5 networking events – $1,000 Value


Hospitality Suite

Hospitality Suite

EXHIB-IT! hosted a hospitality suite for our sponsors, volunteers and staff with snacks and drinks to network and relax before and after the event with a Magician James O’Hara, who drove up from Las Cruces to be our Auctioneer and stayed and did some magic tricks, which made the evening light and fun after the close and cleanup of the event.


2016 Event Sponsors

Special thanks go to Diamond Sponsor Southwest Capital Bank for partnering with EXHIB-IT! to take this event to the next level and allowing us to grow and find a larger and nicer and elegant venue for our exhibitors and attendees.

Ballroom mingling

Also if it were not for all our sponsoring partners, we could not put on an event of this caliber being a small business here in New Mexico and we are so blessed and thankful.  We were excited to have so many dedicated companies to provide cash or in kind services to truly provide an experience for the attendees. The list gets longer and longer each year as these companies believe in this event and many of these companies have sponsored this event for multiple years.


A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR Sponsors who contributed to make this event not only memorable, but possible with the increase in size along with costs to host this event!

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors:
770KKOB, Action Audio, Albuquerque Journal, Bank of New Mexico, BRAVE Social, First Nations Community Healthsource, Jan Pro of New Mexico, KNKT Radio, LAVU, New Mexico Escape Room, Real Time Solutions, Videotero.

Gold Sponsors:
Abba Technology, AHCC, Griffin & Associates, King Mobile Music, NM Wedding Expo.

Contributor Sponsors:
Annapurna’s Chai Shoppe, Chick-Fil-A Cottonwood, Furr’s Catering, Garcia’s Kitchen, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Pizza 9 Franchise Corp., Premier Distributing, The Safari Grill, SnapShare Photo, Southern Wine & Spirits, Valliant Printing, and Village Inn.

Official Photographers:
Guadalupe Chavez
VJS Photo Design

B2B Masters of Ceremony:
Jeffrey Candelaria, Bank of the West
Melissa Larranaga-Melfi, Canyon Club Golf Course

Host & Producer:

EXHIB-IT Trade Show Marketing Experts Logo.

Premier DIAMOND Sponsor



News Radio KKOB and Magic 99.5FM

EXHIB-IT!'s annual B2B event is a great opportunity to showcase your business to the Albuquerque networking community as well as introduce yourself to other local businesses and strengthen business relationships you've already started. HUNDREDS attend each year. It truly is a "don't miss" event.

Steve Reimann, Sales ManagerKNKT 107.1 FM

The B2B Expo NM is by far the largest collective of local talented entrepreneurs under one roof, and a great event for critical business-to-business networking. I loved it!

Shawna Baker, Solopreneur and Commercial PhotographerShawna Baker Photography

The relationships I have developed through the strategic networking at DJ's B2B Event has been an asset for our business. There has always been fantastic energy and collaboration at every event. People, this is one event you do not want to miss!!!

John Reimann, Account ManagerFastPark & Relax

The business to business aspect of the event is fantastic! It really gives us a chance to
showcase our food and service while in a relaxed, inviting environment. We have made many connections and gained new catering clients and restaurant customers every year.

Miia Hebert, Catering and Marketing DirectorGarcia's Kitchen

The ability to interact with other businesses and the support of local charities makes this a very worthwhile event. We very much look forward to being a Platinum Sponsor at the upcoming 10th Annual B2B Expo.

Gregg Russell, Business Link RepresentativeMelloy Dodge

EXHIB-IT's Annual B2B event is probably one of my favorite and absolute MUST-ATTEND events I look forward to each year. The connections I have made at this event are truly priceless, and have catapulted my business forward.

Maralyn Beck, Chief Digital StrategistBRAVE Social

Exhib-it’s B2B Expo is THE networking event of the year. This is our fourth year as an exhibitor and sponsor because it’s the one event in which we participate that always results in expanding our brand AND our client base. Each year’s event improves over the last!

Toby Younis and Shelley CarneyVideotero, LLC

I LOVED last year’s B2B event. I made new connections, gained valuable knowledge that I continue to use today, and met new prospects who became clients. We are proud to sponsor the 2020 event again this year!

Dena CrainMenicucci Insurance
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