The Opening Gala occurred Saturday night after all of the seminars for the day had finished. As you can see in the picture it was packed. I attribute this to the open bar.
Overall, it wasn't the mix of people that I expected to see. I would have assumed that more manufactures would have been in attendance, but that wasn't the case. Most of the big brand weren't there, but I did notice that several boutique companies like Reinado, Roma Craft, Cabal, Ortega, and others were. The lions share of people in attendance were retailers.
The Opening Gala went by really fast. The staff at the Sands Expo Center were shutting the lights off on us once the event had officially ended. I mean they didn't care that people were still having a great time.
Other than that, the Opening Gala was a success.