2018 B2B Expo Recap

11th Annual B2B Expo a Huge Success!

The 11th Annual B2B Expo, New Mexico’s largest strategic networking event and business-to-business expo, was a huge success last week with a packed house of 920 in attendance. This year we used Addmi’s new technology app, making it easy to track attendance and attendee preferences. The event broke previous attendance records with 836 attendees and 138 exhibitors representing more than 46 industries. Additionally, over 132 people attended educational roundtables prior to the expo’s kickoff!

Event RegistrationEvent Speaker

“Given our record numbers, it is obvious business people are looking for an opportunity to network, learn and make important connections,” said DJ Heckes, founder of the Expo and CEO of EXHIB-IT! “There are many industry trade shows, but nothing dedicated solely to business. We have already secured the date for next year’s event — Tuesday April 23, 2019 — with many returning sponsors already committed.”

Ballroom Gathering
Alpha RomeoExhibitor Hall
Educational Roundtables

The event began at 2PM with the Educational Roundtable sessions, presented by 12 award-winning local business leaders:

  1. Mark Herman, CEO of Dion’s
  2. Andy Lim, Owner of Addmi, Inc.
  3. Sandra M. Bustamante, Payment Solutions Market Manager with U.S. Bank
  4. Diane Villegas, Owner of Big Picture Marketing
  5. Ryan Cangiolosi, Director of Economic and Community Development of UNM Health Sciences Center
  6. Annemarie Henton, Director of Communications and Marketing with AED
  7. Dale R. Dekker, Founder of Dekker/Perich/Sabitini
  8. Chris Moore, Strategic Director/Partner of 3 Advertising
  9. Chris Schroeder, Chief Operating Officer of Real Time Solutions
  10. Ernie C’DeBaca, CEO of Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce
  11. Kristelle Siarza, CEO of Siarza Social Digital
  12. Mark “Pardo” Gonzales, Owner of Mark Pardo SalonSpa
Educational Roundtable SessionEducational Roundtable Session
VIP Meet & Greet

Next was the main event that started off with a VIP Meet & Greet with 41 candidates from the 2018 election. The candidates were available to meet with all attendees throughout the evening.

2018 Electoral Candidates
Libertarian A. Blair Dunn Attorney General
Republican Michael Hendricks Attorney General
Democrat Jeff Apodaca Governor
Democrat Joe Cervantes Governor
Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham’s campaign representative Governor
Republican Steve Pearce’s campaign manager Governor
Republican Michelle Garcia Holmes Lt. Governor
Democrat Billy Garrett Lt. Governor
Democrat Rick Miera Lt. Governor
Republican Janice Arnold-Jones Congress (CD 1)
Democrat Pat Davis Congress (CD 1)
Democrat Deb Haaland Congress (CD 1)
Democrat Dr. Jesse Heitner Congress (CD 1)
Democrat Damian Lara Congress (CD 1)
Democrat Damon P. Martinez Congress (CD 1)
Democrat Paul Moya Congress (CD 1)
Libertarian Lloyd Princeton Congress (CD 1)
Democrat Antoinette Sedillo Lopez Congress (CD 1)
Republican Dr. Gavin Clarkston Congress (CD 2)
Republican Jerald Steve McFall Congress (CD 3)
Libertarian Chris Manning Congress (CD 3)
Libertarian Aubrey Dunn’s campaign representative U.S. Senate
Democrat Martin Heinrich’s campaign representative U.S. Senate
Republican Mick Rich U.S. Senate
Republican JoHanna Cox Secretary of State
Libertarian Sandra D. Jeff Secretary of State
Republican Wayne Johnson State Auditor
Republican Arthur L. Castillo State Treasurer
Democrat Tim Eichenberg State Treasurer
Democrat Garrett VeneKlasen Land Commissioner
Democrat Day Hochman-Vigil State Rep. D-15
Republican Jim Dines State Rep. D-20
Democrat Melanie Stansbury State Rep. D-28
Republican Jimmie Hall State Rep. D-28
Republican John L. Jones State Rep. D-30
Libertarian William Wiley State Rep. D-31
Republican Monica Youngblood State Rep. D-68
Republican Natasha Hadrych-Rosier County Commissioner D-5 (Bernalillo Co.)
Republican Lou Golson County Sheriff (Bernalillo Co.)
Democrat Sylvester Stanley County Sheriff (Bernalillo Co.)
Democrat Brianna Zamora NM Court of Appeals
Best Local Brand Competition

Best Local Brand Winners were announced after LIVE Voting ended at 6:30 PM at the event. New Mexico Piñon Coffee won first place in our Commercial Category, and LifeRoots took first in our Nonprofit Category. Each of our winners took home $6,825 in marketing Prizes!

Best Local Brand - Commercial Winner
Shown left to right: Jeffrey Candelaria (Konnection Now 03, LLC); DJ Heckes (EXHIB-IT!); Carolyn Fittipaldi (770KKOB); Joan Archibeque (U.S. Bank); Kelsey Bishop and Madison Rumbaugh (accepting the award on behalf of New Mexico Piñon Coffee); Dawn L. Bodenner (NM American Marketing Association); Maralyn Beck (BRAVE Social Co.).

Best Local Brand - Nonprofit Winner
Shown left to right: Jeffrey Candelaria (Konnection Now 03, LLC); DJ Heckes (EXHIB-IT!); Carolyn Fittipaldi (770KKOB); Joan Archibeque (U.S. Bank); Kathleen Cates (accepting the award on behalf of LifeRoots); Dawn L. Bodenner (NM American Marketing Association); Maralyn Beck (BRAVE Social Co.).

An Evening of Food, Fun and Strategic Networking

You could feel the excitement in the air while walking the event and seeing people truly interacting and making strategic business connections.

Ballroom FunExhibitor Hall
Feedback and Comments

“The event was a great adventure where I gained information about different products and services that are out in the market place and met just a whole group of nice and educated people.”

“I was able to make a very important business connection by attending a roundtable discussion being conducted by my prospect. Thank You.”

“[The roundtable sessions were] very informative and a great way to get in front of potential clients.”

“I was able to make connections with companies I didn’t think I would have relations with.”

“If you are business minded, this is the place to be. The conversations I had with everyone were absolutely amazing experiences!!!”

Exhibitor HallGreat Food
Self Defense DemonstrationDJ Heckes
11th Annual B2B Expo Survey Metrics

See the results of our attendee satisfaction survey below.

Click on the image above to see the infographic in full-size PDF format.


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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