The debut of the Northern New England Energy Conference drew more than 200 attendees, 31 vendors who exhibited indoors, and truck marketers who displayed their vehicles outdoors June 18-20 at the Sebasco Harbor Resort in Phippsburg, Maine, the organizers said.
The organizers—the Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire and the Maine Energy Marketers Association—will hold the second conference at Mill Falls at the Lake, Meredith, N.H., June 24-26, 2018.
“It was an excellent event—very well organized and attended by Maine and New Hampshire dealers and associates,” Al Davis of H.R. Clough, Contoocook, N.H., said of the initial conference. Davis is the chairman of the OHCNH. Annual events are vital fundraisers for trade associations, Davis said, and partnering with the Maine association was a way to draw more attendees and vendors. Davis said vendors were “very generous” in their support of the event.
Jamie Py, president and CEO of the Maine group, said that vendors seemed to appreciate the exposure to members from both associations and that members “appreciated meeting new people, seeing new faces. There was better interaction.”
The educational program stood out for Py, who estimated that 40 to 50 people attended each session. “It was probably the best education program we’ve had in years,” he said.—Stephen Bennett
Pictured, from left: Jamie Py, president and CEO of MEMA, Jon Radjavitch of Consumer Focus Marketing, Portsmouth, N.H., Robert Sculley, executive director of the Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire, and Alex Burns of Consumer Focus, which received OHCNH’s “Business of the Year” award.
Photo by Carlisle Lynch; courtesy of Maine Energy Marketers Association