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“My business partner and I had very little experience with kiting, the kites themselves and the kite related business network when we set out to open our first kite store in 2009. If you are new to the industry, I strongly suggest you consider attending the next convention and joining the KTAI, you won’t regret it.
// Daren Henderson; San Francisco Kite Company - San Francisco, CA
Great trade show this year. Met some new vendors and worked with some existing ones. Although a good bit can be accomplished on the phone when your negotiating with a vendor I find more gets done face to face. In addition I had the opportunity to meet with my fellow retailers and share ideas. I find this very refreshing to hear the prospective of someone who is doing what your doing but in a different way. Rick Kligman Kligs Kites Myrtle Beach, SC
// Rick Kligman; Klig's Kites - Myrtle Beach, SC
When Retailers attend the KTAI Trade Show, we can improve their product knowledge, merchandising and marketing techniques. No one knows our products better than we do and the extensive test marketing and product development we paid for allows us insight that we can give to our Retailers.
// Lolly ~ Revolution Enterprises
The orders written at the 2014 KTAI Show totaled the largest dollar amount Skydog Kites has ever written at the Kite Trade's big annual event. Most of the attending retailers have been in business for over 20 years, you know they are knowledgeable, experienced, and they will be around for many years to come. The attendees write great business, and they also provide valuable feedback that help's us perfect our products and strengthen our brand.
// Jim Christianson; Skydog Kites - Colchester, CT
Just got back home from a very interesting week in Las Vegas, attending KTAI. Made new friends, reacquainted with old ones, found new suppliers, mingled with many and ordered from most. I learned a little more about the inner working of the kite world and new ways to help others and myself to experience yet grander adventures from this business of kites. Its going to be a fun time, I can see the writing in the sky now. A Great Big Thank you to all that attended this year and for the many idea's and lessons shared. I truly appreciate each and everyone for their generosity, kindness and goodwill they all possess. This is a very unique organization to be a part of, and isn't it any wonder why it is this way.
// Bud Taylor; Two Guys Flying - Canada
The KTAI show was again, a success for us. We gained new retailers, and wrote more orders than the last 2 years. We made deals that would not have happened if we did not attend. The personal contacts, ideas shared, and requests received have already given this year a new exciting vibe. Now, I am energized to get this year off to a great start ! And that is what shows and events are all about ! Thanks to the association and its members for coming together.
// Lolly Hadzicki Ryno; Revolution Enterprises - Poway, CA
Thank you for the opportunity to attend the KTAI Show 1/2014. We are a relatively new store and we found the wealth of information available amazing and with much potential.
// Ron Shahar; Bubbie's Store - Las Vegas, NV
As a new retailer, I strongly feel I am better positioned to succeed, knowing that I have the support of the association and the combined knowledge and experience of my fellow members. Not only did I leave the KTAI convention with a wealth of knowledge, and a lot of new friends, but I also left knowing that I am part of something special.
// Mike McEwen; Zephyr Kites - Florida
In the Breeze’s involvement with the KTAI has had a direct impact on our understanding of the kite and outdoor decorative market. The KTAI has been invaluable in helping us to recognize trends, gain product knowledge and establish a loyal customer base among many other benefits.
// Bill Dual; In the Breeze - Bend, OR
The January 2012 KTAI Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, brought a whole new meaning to me regarding Kite Manufacturers, their products, and what all is involved in selling quality products. It was amazing to see the collegiality of everyone, and to see how long time friends in the industry were happy to share information with those of us who were new.
// Sheri Manigan; Life Unlimited - Las Vegas, NV
Thanks for the warm welcome we received from the membership of the KTAI. As brand new KTAI members and first-time trade show attendees, we were thrilled at the support offered by our fellow business folk. Demo Day was a great introduction to other members- we had two new business mentors in the first hour!
// Anne Phoenix; Must Like Mud - Santa Clara, CA
I have been attending the KTAI Convention for many years now. Each and every trip brings new ideas that help improve my business. The networking opportunities alone, make attending the convention worthwhile...Thanks
// Jay Knerr; The Kite Loft - Ocean City, MD
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