My attorney once told me, â€œWhen thereâ€™s trouble, check the low man on the totem pole – heâ€™s the one most likely to cause a ruckus.â€
In 9 years of hugely successful International Custom Rod Building ExpositionÂ events, weâ€™ve had literally tens of thousands of people andÂ millions of dollars of product, displays, currency, etc., move in and out of the event facility. Â And yet in all that time, Iâ€™ve only had 3 reports regarding any sort of unseemly â€œincidents.â€ Considering the amount of material and numbers of people weâ€™ve dealt with, that puny number may constituteÂ a record for all I know, but due to some gross exaggerations being spread I feel compelled to state the facts regarding those 3 “incidents.”
1. In 2010, a guest or a housekeeper, failed to lock and close a room door at an area hotel (I have nothing to do with any of the hotels). The room was thoroughly examined by the guest and hotel personnel and nothing was disturbed nor found to be missing.Â In other words, nothing happened.Â But eighteen months later, the guest filed a claim against her homeownerâ€™s insurance policy stating that the room had been ransacked and jewellery taken. She became upset when the hotel manager refused to corroborate her new story, which contradicted her own statements at the time of the incident. The insurance company was not fooled.
2. After packing up from a successful event in 2010, an exhibitor left a parcel (long tube) for UPS pick up on the following Monday. The parcel failed to reach the company later that week. It went missing as shipments sometimes do. Rumors that it was â€œstolenâ€ are Â based on nothing more than conjecture, not fact. I covered this matter over a year ago.
3. In 2011, one of the exhibitors placed some of their product decals on another exhibitorâ€™s crate. They thought it was funny. He didnâ€™t. I spoke to both parties. The first called the second, apologized and assured him theyâ€™d not repeat the stunt in the future. End of story.
So, thatâ€™s the naked truth about the wild and wooly International Custom Rod Building Exposition. Actually, I feel kind of bad that after 9 years, tens of thousands of custom builders, dozens upon dozens of exhibitors, millions of dollars in product and currency changing hands, and everything else that has to take place to stage such a full scale event, these 3 Â supposedly sordid incidents are the only tales I can regale you with – and they’re hardly ribald in the least.
On the other hand, the Expo itself is indeed exciting and Iâ€™ll hopefully see you in February when the worldâ€™s largest and best custom rod building event again takes center stage.
PS It dawned on me that this is an excellent opportunity to put up the most recent exhibitor list for the upcoming 2012 Expo. Enjoy!
Anglerâ€™s Resource (Fuji)
Get Bit Outdoors
Hydra Fishing, LLC
Jim Upton Weaving
Ken and Lana Preston Rods
Mar Ktruz LDA Cork
Mickels Custom Rods
Mud Hole Custom Tackle
NERBS â€“ Northeast Rod Builders
North Fork Composites
Pacific Bay, Inc.
Phenix Rods and Blanks
Schlesinger Wood Turning
Seeker Rod Company
Skin Shop USA
St. Croix Rods
Sticks â€˜N Bones
Tour Star Products
More TBA by December 15th, 2011