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Welcome to the 2008 AEA Convention

LIVE from the AEA's 51st annual Convention and Trade Show taking place this week at the new Gaylord National Resort in Washington, D.C., we present you with the latest news and sights of daily happenings at the convention and from the trade show floor! Keep checking back daily for continuous updates.

Keep checking back daily for continuous updates.




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At opening ceremonies Thursday morning, AEA President, Paula Derks announced the recipients of the AEA's Lifetime Achievement Awards. This year's award recognizes three international AEA members who were instrumental in advancing the association beyond American soil.

  • Bruce Baxter, Australia and the South Pacific region
  • Paul Brenner, Europe
  • Tom Sternig, Canada

*More than 25 new products debuted at the ever-popular "New Products Introductions" session on Thursday afternoon. The Exhibit Hall was packed with AEA members placing orders for these new products and services.