Who are the key people I should contact for questions?
Show Director, Alex Hetherington, firstname.lastname@example.org
Booth Sales/Sponsorships, Jaymie Nielsen, email@example.com
Billing/Sales, Bridgette Barr, Bridgette.firstname.lastname@example.org
Operations (booth questions/shipping/registration), Sarah Wilson (Marine West or Marine South) email@example.com or Andrea Nielson (Modern Day Marine) firstname.lastname@example.org
Where do I send my booth or sponsorship payment?
Contact Bridgette Barr for the address: Bridgette.email@example.com
What should I do if I have a billing question?
Contact our sales coordinator, Bridgette Barr: Bridgette.firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the Marine Corps League?
It is the largest nonprofit organization of former Marines with almost 100,000 members. For more information on joining the League, visit the website at www.mcleague.org.
What is the difference between the three events? How big is each one?
Marine West and Marine South are end-user events; sponsored by the host base, the goal is to get the deployable units of all rank-and-file to interface with industry. Marine West and Marine South average about 175-200 vendors, and 3500 attendees. Modern Day Marine is co-sponsored by the Marine Corps Systems Command – the procurement command of the Marine Corps – and designed to be a systems-level show where industry can interface with the requirements and procurement experts in the Marine Corps. Modern Day Marine has been held annually for over 30-years and averages about 500 vendors and 8,000 attendees. Given the proximity to Washington, DC, Modern Day Marine attracts a broader array of attendees from the larger DOD community, all service branches, and a distinct international presence.
What is the attire for the Expos?
For military, it’s uniform of the day (utilities typically). For the exhibitors and attendees, it’s business attire (but jacket-and-tie not required). Please note that Marine West and Marine South are definitely more casual settings – a collared shirt and slacks is absolutely fine. For the Modern Day Marine Grand Banquet at the Ritz-Carlton the dress is Evening/Dinner Dress for military and black-tie for civilians.
What are the three events?
Marine West at Camp Pendleton, CA (near San Diego), held in the winter; Marine South at Camp Lejeune, NC (north of Wilmington, NC…about 2hrs from Raleigh-Durham) held in the spring; and our oldest and largest event Modern Day Marine, held every fall at Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Quantico, VA, about thirty minutes south of Washington, DC.
So the events are outside? What happens if it rains?
The events are held under massive industrial tents that have flooring, lighting, electricity, etc. So if it rains, you will be fine indoors – the outdoor booths just have to bear it like true Marines! As the saying goes, “if it ain’t raining, we ain’t training”!
Is there a way to save money?
Yes – order your services early and ship to the advanced warehouse. Also, if you have a 10×10 booth, bringing your own materials by-hand will save on drayage/shipping costs. A number of vendors sell portable 10×10 pop-up displays.
How much do the shows costs?
Generally speaking, a standard indoor 10×10 trade show booth will cost $3100 at Marine West and Marine South. Prices are based on a square footage basis, so larger spaces are simply multiplied by the amount of space required. Please note that a basic booth package is included in the price at Marine West and Marine South (10×10 carpet, 6ft skirted table, 2 chairs, wastebasket). Electric is not included – and needs to be ordered via the Exhibitor Resource Center/Kit on the website. A standard booth at Modern Day Marine costs $4500 but please note that a booth package is not included in the price; accordingly, booth services must be purchased via the service kit. A Modern Day Marine booth package (10×10 carpet, 6ft skirted table, 2 chairs, and 1 electric drop (110)) costs about $800 and is paid directly to the service provider, Hargrove Inc.