Conference Details for 2018 Vendors


2018 Conference Information

Thank you for being a vendor at our conference in Tampa, FL on October 4-6, 2018.

Exhibit Hall

Breakfast, breaks and lunch each day are in the exhibit room hall.  You must plan to have representative(s) in the exhibit hall during breakfast, breaks and lunch on Friday and Saturday. We will have a trailmap to encourage attendees to visit with our vendors and someone will need to be at your booth to participate. We also use a game on our conference mobile app to encourage our attendees to visit. The exhibit hall is open throughout the meeting however we only require that booths be staffed during the specified times.

Exhibit Hall Information:

Thursday, October 4 – Set-Up
1:00pm – 5:00pm Exhibit Hall Set-up

Friday, October 5
5:30am – 6:15am Exhibit Hall Set-Up
6:30am – 8:00am Breakfast
11:00am – 11:45am Morning Break
1:00pm – 2:30pm Lunch
3:30pm – 4:15pm Afternoon Break
4:15pm Exhibit Hall closes

Saturday, October 6
6:30am – 8:00am Breakfast
10:00am – 10:45am Morning Break
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:15pm begin exhibit breakdown
4:00pm all exhibit materials must be ready for shipping

Corporate Description and Event Representatives

Your 25 word corporate description is due to Tammy Bulger no later than September 1, 2018.

Email your corporate representatives names and emails no later than September 24, 2018.

Vendors will receive a detailed email from Ms. Bulger in late June/early July.

If you have questions contact Tammy Bulger.

Shipping Information

Shipping to the Conference:

This year NORM is working the UPS Store located in the hotel. The UPS store is happy to help you with any printing needs in addition to your shipping/receiving needs.  The UPS exhibitor drayage page is available here.

Exhibitor Drayage: $1.35 per pound with a minimum of $10.00 and a maximum of $135.00 per item. Crates or containers on four wheels are $250.00 and pallets are $400.00. Fees cover both inbound and outbound handling and are assessed based on each individualin-coming package, case, crate or palette.

To ensure that your boxes are at your exhibit table/booth when you arrive to set-up this form must be completed and returned to the UPS store by September 24, 2018.

Address items as follow:

Receipent’s Name (No hotel staff)
Company or Organization Name
NORM – Booth # _________
Marriott Tampa Waterside Hotel
700 S. Florida Ave.
Tampa, FL 33602

Each box. crate or palette must also have a label on it containing the following information:

Company Name
NORM – Booth # __________
Box ____ of _____

Shipping After the Conference:

The UPS store will handle shipping your items to your next meeting or to your office. The form you completed to ensure your boxes were at your exhibit table/booth includes instructions for return shipping. If you check that you are bringing your labels you must bring the appropriate label.

Trash cans will be provided for any trash from your exhibit; do not leave trash sitting on table – place it in the trash cans.

Exhibit Booth/Table Numbers

Exhibit table/booth numbers will be assigned and emailed to you on or before August 15. They are necessary to order additional items for your booth and to ship items to the hotel.

Exhibitors – Exhibit tables are 6′ long tables.

AV Needs

NORM will provide WiFi for the conference. However, if you need to stream items or need extra bandwidth please use the AV form to order.

If you need a TV or other AV items please use the AV form to order.

NORM will also provide electricity for corporate members and sponsors. Exhibitors if you need electricity please use the AV link to purchase.

AV Form –  2018 Exhibitor Form

Accommodation Information

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina
700 S Florida Ave
Tampa, FL 33602

Accommodations for the National Organization of Rheumatology Managers Annual Meeting can be made through the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina. For reservations call (888) 789-3090 and request the NORM meeting guest room block. If you prefer to make guestroom reservations on-line click here. To take advantage of our special rate reservations must be made prior to September 6, 2018. Please note that once our guestrooms fill we cannot guarantee that our special rate will be available. We suggest making plans early.

Transportation between Tampa International Airport and Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina and the Westin Tampa Waterside

Vendors may take advantage of our 45% discount with BluMoon transportation to schedule a shuttle between the airport and the hotel.

  • Go to
  • Click on “book now” (upper right corner)
  • Accept Privacy Policy
  • Log in (right hand side of page under privacy policy)
  • Menu bar
  • New reservation
  • For pick-up time you must use military time
  • Tampa airport code: TPA
  • Drop-off locations: Tampa Marriott Waterside
  • Select vehicle – price will show once you click on vehicle
  • New Passenger (include phone & Email)
  • Include flight information!!! Very important so they can track your flights.
  • Book return service=YES
  • Enter Your Credit Card Information
  • Book Now

If you do not login using the information above you will not receive our discount.

There will be a BluMoon representative when you step off the tram from your terminal. They will have a sign with your name on it.

  • As a speaker at the first ad hoc meeting of rheumatology practice managers gathered in a single small room at its infancy a decade ago, I’m amazed to see how NORM has blossomed into a high energy organization of depth and professional meetings with parallel break-out symposia between plenary sessions. NORM has truly come of age. This is where the “business” of rheumatology gets learned. The ”guildmanship” for rheumatology practice management is now strong.- Paul H. Caldron, DO, FACP, FACR, MBA, Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology Associates
  • In a time of demanding changes in the management of medical practices in the US, NORM has been a lifesaver to the community of Rheumatology practices.  NORM has allowed our practice to stay ahead of the many demands of CMS and others payors and has ensured that our practice remains cognizant of new issues that arise in HIPPA compliance, human resources and medical billing to name a few. Sending our Practice Manager to NORM's conferences has been cost-effective and beneficial to our practice because she returns to our office with an abundance of information that otherwise would have taken months to compile. Every Rheumatology practice that wishes to stay on top of emerging issues in practice management should consider sending a member of their staff to NORM's conference.- Michael S. Rosen M.D., Chester County Rheumatology PC
  • Thanks to all those wonderful people in the NORM Network who respond to emails, offering their advice, experience, time, and support ... I haven't even been a member a full year yet and I am amazed at the dedication of everyone who responds to helping via emails and the NORM Organization itself! I have barely had a chance to explore the resources and I have yet to really dive into requests for help still I am silently learning so much and do occasionally offer what I can! Thank you all!- Cheryl Piambino, Kenneth E. Bresky, DO

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