Exhibitor Opportunities

On behalf of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association, I would like invite you to join us at our Annual Congress at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center from April 5-8, 2024.  We are looking forward to an outstanding mix of education, business and exhibits, and hope that you will join us. The meeting will have its own built-in excitement as Monday, April 8 is the next full solar eclipse and Erie is in the path of totality which means a full eclipse will be seen.

Exhibit hours are scheduled on Sunday, April 7 from 7:00-8:15 a.m. with a continental breakfast, a coffee break from 10:10-10:40 a.m., and from 12:30-2:15 p.m. with lunch. Set up is Saturday, April 6 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. We’re going to pack the time with plenty of opportunity for you to interact with the attendees by providing food, drinks and prizes in the hall. Space assignments will be based on POA’s Criterion for Booth Location which includes Business Partner membership, past Congress participation, double vs. single booth purchase, date of receipt of registration and requests for proximity to related companies.

We are also planning some great social events including our Welcoming Reception featuring Paul Sutter, an astrophysicist who will talk about all things eclipse, our awards program, our President’s Reception, and a sunrise yoga class on Monday morning.  We encourage your representatives to attend all of these events to socialize with our members, staff and guests.

Hotel rooms are limited due to the eclipse so we recommend making reservations quickly. Hotel reservations can be made at these links:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ilene K. Sauertieg, POA's Director of Education and Conferences at (717) 233-6455 with any questions, or via e-mail at Ilene@poaeyes.org.               

I look forward to greeting you in the exhibit hall.

Very truly yours,

Perry C. Umlauf, O.D.
Exhibits Chair

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