Seems like a logical position if the purpose of the show is to drive WISPA 
membership. Maybe the existing members want a show for another purpose.


On Feb 8, 2010, at 3:03 PM, Forbes Mercy wrote:

> While I initially had the same concerns you had and was not even that 
> personally impressed in our meeting with their promoters, I eventually 
> decided it was the way to go for one reason, membership.  Yes our trade 
> needs a good show but I did the math, If we sent out 2000 invitations to 
> the WISP-DIRECTORY list we might get about 3-400 people in our trade.  
> Of those likely 200 would be our own members and likely we would add 
> about 100 new members tops.
> With this other show we stand the chance at being exposed to 1500 
> attendees, forging this new alliance would help to cement our integrated 
> interests and have them start recommending their area WISP's, that's 
> great for our membership.  Also we might get their interest in joining 
> so potentially adding hundreds of new members to WISPA. Even if they are 
> affiliate members that still adds up to more than we get at our own show 
> PLUS it would be more inviting for the other 1800 wisps to have 
> something other than just us there.
> It just seems like an easier sell to WISP 's who aren't in WISPA, it 
> might push a lot of business to our members and we potentially could see 
> a much greater membership increase than if we did our own.  That versus 
> the hazard of losing money when we would rather spend it on filings and 
> true WISPA business, that's my thinking anyway.
> Also for those who have stated we have made up our minds, those people 
> are just people stirring s^&t, they speak from no fact whatsoever and 
> just like to say the board just does what they want, it's crap, untrue.  
> We've been very transparent and this debate is us taking that input and 
> using it to weigh heavily in our decision.  It's a huge decision, easy 
> for members to say "hey you put on your own show" but just think about 
> the work that would put on a volunteer board versus the idea of what I 
> stated above.  Most opinions I've read have been self serving ones, 'put 
> it five miles from my house' kind of thing.  We're trying to serve the 
> entire country and those with the middle America approach are very valid 
> for that reason. We'd really enjoy hearing these kind of ideas but if we 
> sit here and argue where all day we'll never get to put it on and yet 
> another WISPA initiative gets buried in minutia, as a board this is 
> exactly what we are trying to stop.
> Forbes
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