Brad Sipe, our Midwest Regional Account Executive, attended the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference last month and came back with a great write-up about the attendance! Read on to see why this show is so valuable to our industry. Many thanks to Brad for working the show and sending back the information.

The 20th Annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference wrapped up Thursday, May 24 with a record-breaking attendance of 4,051 people; breaking the record set in 2010 by nearly 1,300 people. The Conference included:

  • Attendees from 47 states (Maine, Hawaii and Delaware being the only states not represented)
  • Seven Canadian provinces
  • Nine countries including: the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Nigeria, Norway, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom
  • Three hundred exhibitors – including 282 indoor exhibits and 45 outdoor exhibits. In fact, the conference was such a large draw, exhibit space sold out within 17 minutes!
  • Representation by more than 2,102 businesses, including 145 sponsors.

Of the 47 states and seven provinces represented, North Dakota had the largest showing with more than 1,717 attending; followed by Colorado with 401, Texas with 341, Minnesota with 272, and Alberta with 206.

Registrants traveled from more than 730 cities across the state, nation and the world to participate. This included participants from 93 North Dakota communities. The top five represented cities included:

  1. Bismarck-Mandan, 653
  2. Denver, 265
  3. Williston, 219
  4. Dickinson, 192
  5. Houston, 171

Rounding out the top ten were Calgary,Minot,Fargo,Grand Forks and Billings.

With 4,051 attendees, this international conference ranks as the largest event held in Bismarck-Mandan. The conference continues to serve as a catalyst for networking and innovation in the energy industry and will help continue the industry’s influence and impact in economic and job growth for our state and nation.