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#1 Guest_Mike_*

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 12:48 PM

We were invited to participate in the Aquatic Experience - Chicago, and are looking for people to help man our booth and to promote NANFA.

Contact me if you can help or are interested in going.

Here is part of their letter to us:

The World Pet Association is bringing “Aquatic Experience - Chicago” to the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, November 15-17, 2013. Aquatic Experience – Chicago combines everything aquatic under one roof. We have saltwater and freshwater, pond and aquatic animals available for consumers and retailers both. You will find livestock and equipment experts and trend setting manufacturers.

We are proud to welcome Aquatic Ecologist Zeb Hogan, host of National Geographic’s hit show Monster Fish as our keynote speaker! Aquatic Experience speakers will appeal to hobbyists from entry level to the most experienced. You can find more details on our website at

We are writing you to invite the North American Native Fishes Associationto be an important part of our show. We would like to offer you a 10’ x 10’ complimentary exhibit space in our show.

Please give me a call so that I can better explain Aquatic Experience – Chicago and help you determine how you might participate. If the
North American Native Fishes Associationcannot participate as a club this year, we would like to make sure your members are aware of our show and educational benefits.

Kathy Branson
Director of Shows and Events
World Pet Association

#2 Guest_BenCantrell_*

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 01:26 PM

I'm interested Mike, keep me in the loop.

#3 Guest_Casper_*

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 07:39 PM


I printed this banner a few years ago, perhaps still in my possesion. I may could find and ship it to you or even better, email you the file and you can have a local printer, sign shop or Kinkos print it.
It measures 30" x 72".
I could change the design or size if desired... but i think this design is pretty good as is. I am open to suggestions.

It might be a good opportunity to sell NANFA items such as shirts, CDs, decals. Shipping cost, to you and back to me for shirts, is expensive though and another responsibility. I would be good to have American Currents on hand. Membership sign up sheets too.



The World Pet Association is to be commended for giving NANFA this FREE opportunity to promote our interests.

#4 Guest_Casper_*

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 01:06 PM

In response to your PM, Tom Watson might could assemble a package of previous American Currents issues. You could also request several playing card decks of Fishes of the Big Muddy. All cheap enough to ship. When i get back to the studio i will email you an EPS file that someone locally can print the banner from. I can also mail you some NANFA decals to sell.
E-mail me for future communications.

#5 Guest_Skipjack_*

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 01:42 PM

This seems like a great way to gain exposure. Pretty exciting

#6 Guest_Mike_*

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 06:28 PM

Sounds good Casper, I will contact Tom.

We will need some more people to man our booth, so please check your calendars and get back to me.

#7 Guest_swampfish_*

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 01:37 PM

I'm interested in doing what I can to help. Unfortunately, I'm flying to Austin, TX on that Saturday for a conference. I can help with the planning and display. I'm located in the Champaign, IL area. Phil Nixon, pnixon@illinois.edu

#8 Guest_Mike_*

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 01:34 AM

Thanks, any and all help would be great.

#9 Guest_BenCantrell_*

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 08:22 AM

Mike, you can count on me for the weekend. I know I gave you a somewhat vague answer before.

#10 Guest_Mike_*

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 08:42 PM

Thanks Ben

#11 olaf

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 03:25 PM

That's a maybe weekend for me, but keep me in mind as a potential helper. I'll pencil it in on the family calendar and if things align properly I'd be glad to help out.
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#12 Guest_Mike_*

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 05:28 PM

Sounds good,


#13 Guest_Mike_*

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 05:47 PM

From Charlie Snyder

World Pet Association, Inc. (WPA)

Aquatic Experience Chicago November 15-17, 2013 Schaumburg, IL

"Also important to note is that we’ll donate 10% of all NANFA members ticket sales back to the NANFA organization. To ensure you receive the donation, please have your members reference promo code 9256 when they purchase their ticket(s). If they purchase online, simply have them enter your organizations promo code in the “referral box”…or when purchasing tickets at show site please have them reference the same promo code number, 9256 to the ticket agent.

We’re also offering all exhibitors (clubs included), the opportunity to present free educational programs/seminars on the show floor. Please let us know if you or any of your members would like to do something and we’ll get you into the schedule."

#14 Guest_Mike_*

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 12:45 AM

The Aquatic Experience went well, I had lots of help, Ben Cantrell, Brian Torreano, Phil Nixon, Ruoxi Li, Jerry Montgomey & I worked this event.

Thank you everyone who helped make this happen, besides the people who were there working. I would also like to thank Charles Nunziata, & Brian Torreano for providing posters, Casper Cox provided me with the data to have the banner printed. Michael Wolfe for bringing it to our attention, Tom Watson & Brian Torreano provided some American Currents back issues to pass out.
We passed out 500 NANFA pamphlets along with all the pamphlets provided by our fish vending members. btdarters.com, jonahsaquarium.com, & zimmermansfish.com. We talked to people about keeping native fish & different ways of collecting them, from nets & traps too micro fishing.
The event itself was very interesting with lots of seminars on fish, and lots of products to look at from the many venders.

Overall I think it was a good way to get our name out there & promote the keeping of native fish.

#15 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 08:45 AM

Congratulations Mike, and a big Thank You for jumping on this and representing NANFA. And also thanks to that who's who list of regional support that you got! That's three regional reps in attendance! Sounds like y'all did a great job.
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#16 Guest_BenCantrell_*

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 10:47 AM

It was a lot of fun! Thanks Mike for doing the bulk of the work getting the table set up.

I was able to chat with Zeb Hogan, the host of Nat Geo's Monster Fish, after one of his talks. He has done work with several of NA's larger fish species, such as lake sturgeon and alligator gar. He was excited to hear about the Illinois alligator gar reintroduction project and said after the latest season of Monster Fish finishes he'd like to follow up with us to see how it's going. He also expressed interest in coming to a NANFA convention at some point.

#17 Guest_Yeahson421_*

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 01:31 PM

That's awesome! It would be really cool to have him at a convention. Maybe he would learn a bit of appreciation for the litte fishes, too!

#18 Guest_Skipjack_*

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 07:08 PM

Right on guys!

#19 Guest_Mike_*

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 08:22 PM

Some photos of the last day at the Aquatic Experience - Chicago

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#20 Guest_Skipjack_*

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 09:01 PM

In the last photo, I have to say that Ben's partner is a bit more attractive than yours Mike. :biggrin:

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