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  • AST National Conference

    The AST National Conference is the number one surgical technology and surgical assisting trade show in the country. Join AST as we head to sunny San Diego in 2016!

  • Conference Exhibiting

    AST's 47th National Conference | San Diego | May 31-June 4, 2016

    Conference Hotel:

    Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina | 1380 Harbor Island Dr | San Diego, CA 92101

    Exhibiting Setup/Breakdown

    Exhibit Setup: Noon to 8 pm, Wednesday, June 1, and 9 am to noon, Thursday, June 2
    Exhibits Open:
    1 to 4 pm, Thursday, June 2, and 9 am to noon, Friday, June 3
    Exhibit Booths Cleared:
    Noon to 10 pm, Friday, June 3

    Reasons to Exhibit

    "The AST conference was terrific! Very energizing and the Ruhof staff was able to meet many potential new customers as well as connect with established ones." -Frank Bass, President of Ruhof Healthcare

    "Teleflex understands the value of the Surgical Technologist and their key role in the OR. The AST Conference gives Teleflex the opportunity to showcase our breadth of portfolio in surgery as well as interface with this audience on their needs in the OR." -Muriel Tyler, Senior Product Manager of Teleflex

    Past exhibitors evaluate surgical techs as the best audiences of their conference experience!

    With almost 2,000 attendees and almost 100 exhibitors, the AST Conference is the #1 event for professionals in the perioperative industry. Benefit from one-on-one face time with OR decision makers/influencers or great candidates to fill your open job positions.

    • 72% of AST members are directly involved with purchasing or have a strong influence on products uses – or not used – in the operating room
    • More than 17% of AST members hold supervisory and leadership roles
    • More than 28% of AST member have worked in surgery for more than 15 years

    Conference Exhibits: Benefits

    • One-on-one time with 2,000 OR professionals
    • Exclusive Exhibit Hours
    • Career-center exhibit area focusing on job seekers
    • Free company listing on AST conference web page and handbook
    • Complimentary initiation to the exhibitors reception
    • Complimentary invitations to opening and closing social events
    • More than 100 companies representing the leading surgical device manufactures, developers of specialty instrumentation, sterile processing services and facility recruiters
    • Many companies have exhibited with AST for more than 30 years

    AST Conference Advertising and Sponsorships

    Independent research from the Center for Exhibiting Industry Research proves that additional trade show marketing results in an average of:

    • 104% increase in qualified target audience booth traffic
    • 62% increase in sales conversions to your target audience
    • 98% of conference attendees distinguish which companies provide support to the AST conference – and which do not
    • 68% of conference attendees are more likely to visit the booth of supporting companies


    AST offers a variety of sponsorships to increase your company’s overall visibility and to show affiliation with AST.

    • Highly visible sponsorships
    • Merchandising