Q: What are your primary responsibilities at NAILBA?
O’Hanley: My primary responsibilities include managing NAILBA’s exhibits, sponsorships and advertising marketing, operations and logistics. I am our customers’ primary point of contact and do my best to ensure their needs are fulfilled and expectations are met.
Q: Something fun about you that most people in the industry probably don’t know?
O’Hanley: I have dual citizenship (UK & USA), as my mother is British, and love to spend my time traveling as much as I am able. Which reminds me, it’s about time I renew my UK passport.
Q: Cats or dogs?
O’Hanley: Dogs. That is until I met Tarzan, the coolest cat to ever walk the planet. Thanks to him, I’ve started to warm up to cats… that act like dogs.
Q: How does NAILBA’s team use a2z’s solutions to manage and grow your events?
O’Hanley: NAILBA uses a2z’s floor plan management system to sell and allocate exhibit space. The system also allows our exhibitors to showcase their product or services before, during and after the Annual Meeting. We also use the company descriptions and contact information that our exhibitors provide us in this system for our exhibitor/sponsor directory in the Annual Meeting Program Guide and mobile app.
Q: What are some of the highlights that participants at this year’s NAILBA Annual Meeting can look forward to?
O’Hanley: Our Board of Directors adopted a revised schedule of events for our Annual Meeting this year, so attendees will be able to enjoy more education sessions and greater opportunities for networking. And thanks to the fantastic space we have at the Gaylord Texan, we are able to host many major food functions in the exhibit hall, which is a great traffic builder for our exhibitors.
Q: What is the coolest thing you have seen at any show?
O’Hanley: Although I’ve seen many creative exhibits at NAILBA’s Annual Meeting and other conferences I’ve attended, the first thing that popped into my head was the IAEE Expo! Expo! Opening Reception at Harry Potter World in Orlando a couple of years ago. I’m not sure it’s possible to top that opening reception. It doesn’t hurt that I’m a major Harry Potter fan, but to have the park be closed down and all rides open (with minimal lines) for the private event was unreal. Now that was COOL!