By Durk Price

With so many great conferences, events and client meetings taking place over  the next few month, my spring travel schedule is about to be sprung.

The wonderful thing about all of these events is that they offer a chance to connect with peers, industry leaders, clients and potential clients, but all of them have very different flavors. That keeps it very fresh and exciting for me.

Next week, I’ll be attending a meetup in Denver. Affiliate Summit is sponsoring a meetup day and affiliate marketers in various cities across the US will be getting together on the same night to network, hear speakers and just have a little fun.  The casual nature of these types of local gatherings gives me a real sense of community. If you’re in the Denver area, I hope to see you there.

As I mentioned in a previous post, eAccountableOPM is a Silver Sponsor of  ChannelAdvisor’s Catalyst conference.  Participating on a sponsorship level provides much deeper involvement than simply attending a conference. Plus, this event, which focuses on leading online retailers and ecommerce industry leaders, offers me a huge opportunity to connect with a powerful and influential e-commerce community in a smaller, more intimate setting.  The fact that it’s being held at a top-notch golf resort also means I’ll have an opportunity to hit the links.

I’ll also probably be attending Ad:Tech San Francisco. This is a very big show that brings together so many different players in the online marketing and advertising world. It’s a whirlwind of swanky sponsored parties, a large exhibition hall and days packed with educational sessions.  I have a feeling that my iPad will be working overtime as I jot down notes, ideas and action items taken from the flurry of inspiration.  Plus, San Francisco is a fabulous foodie town and is always a great backdrop for any event.

I’ll close out my spring travel schedule with ShareASale’s ThinkTank (remix) in Chicago.  This is the first time ShareASale is opening up its previously invite-only conference to all of its affiliates, merchants and partners – hence they are calling it a remix. It’s also the first time the event is being held in the company’s home base of Chicago. I’ve attended many of these ShareASale events in the past (usually at jaw-dropping, picturesque golf resorts on the West Coast), so I know it’ll be first-class. The ShareASale crew always puts together events with great panels and lots of good networking opportunities, but I’m excited about the inclusion of even more people from the ShareASale community.  And following CEO Brian Littleton’s traditional “Things We Need to Fix” session, we’ll be heading to iconic Wrigley Field to catch a Cubs game. Add a late night slice of deep dish pizza to this trip and I’ll be in heaven.

If you’re attending any of these events, make sure to say hello.

Now, all I have to do it figure out how to squeeze in some spectacular spring skiing here at home in Colorado between my travels and to also get my golf game sharpened up. The new/old Ping Eye 2’s should help.