Great ideas, somebody get in touch with him, hopefully with some of the builders/manufacturers in the community as well. :)
Guys, we kind of need somebody to take the lead on this; pull interested people together and get things rolling (interested vendors, builders, manufacturers and local merchants are fairly easy to find and contact). It's not that scary, a few of hours of plannings the logistics of space rental, tables/chairs with wall power access is all it takes :) Rental costs area easily covered by entry fees, donations or raffles at the event.
I'm totally not opposed to hosting, in fact it's the easiest and most convenient for me in terms of transportation and logistics, I just want to push for community involvement in this fun part of the hobby. :) If somebody wants to set up a meet at a conference room, meeting room, hall, personal house, whatever; that would be awesome. :) We've had meets at Libraries, rented hotel meeting rooms, condo party rooms, basements of houses, pretty much any place available. :) Lets see what we come up with next! :)