Sunday’s festivities ended with the sun setting, the drinks pouring, music playing, and ideas flowing as delegates at the 82nd INMA World Congress enjoyed a welcome reception on the pool rooftop of the J.W. Marriott Hotel at L.A. Live.
Warren Bright, CEO of APN Australian Regional Media, said he was ready to exchange ideas at the conference.
“I think for me it’s just a chance to open my mind to some of the possibilities of what I and other media operations are doing,” Bright said. “It’s good to get out and know what others are doing.”
Chris Pelletier, sales manager of Denver-based Emailvision, said the company was there not to present, but instead to network.
“We’re here to meet some people, see the new technology that’s in the industry, and showcase what we have,” he said.
Pelletier has noticed a trend in the past few years — not only with the newspaper industry, but many others.
“It’s something we’re here to learn more about — how folks in the industry are struggling with it, the opportunities that they see for themselves, the franchise,” he said. “Do some learning here.”
Between finger foods and mixed drinks, Ravi Dhariwal, INMA president and CEO of Times of India, said the next couple of days are appropriately called “New Oxygen, New Growth.”
“There is a lot of new oxygen that we will breathe over the next two days, and hopefully,” he said, “it will lead to a lot of new growth.”