ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) kicked off the 2017 trade show season with a three-day trade show at the Orange County Convention Center that featured a lively keynote by former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino, who told a packed house of enthusiastic football fans that the key to success is passion.
"The best advice I can give you is have passion for something, that's really the key to success," Marino said. "Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do it."
In a free-wheeling Q&A with ASI President and CEO Timothy M. Andrews, Marino wowed a crowd of entrepreneurs from throughout the $23 billion promotional products industry, tossing out life lessons, business advice, a few laughs and four autographed footballs to anyone correctly answering a trivia question about his life and career.
Discussing appearing in "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" alongside Jim Carrey, Marino joked: "I take full credit for his career. If it weren't for me, nobody would know who the hell he is."
Drafted by Don Shula's Dolphins, Marino went on to become one of the most prolific passers ever, winning the NFL's MVP award in his second season and breaking scores of NFL records – 11 of which are still active. When asked about never winning a Super Bowl, Marino admitted, "It's the one feeling – winning a championship – that I didn't get. But I got to play 17 years, and a lot of guys only get to play two, so I wouldn't trade that career."
The Marino keynote, which attracted nearly 500 people, was a highlight of ASI Show Orlando (#asiorlando), which ended Friday after drawing close to 700 exhibitors and distributors from 47 states and 22 countries, along with 69 companies from Florida, 65 women-owned and 87 minority-owned companies.
"We're excited about this week's debut of several new features designed to enhance the overall show experience, deepen relationship-building opportunities and give attendees at our shows a full, three-day event that hits he business touch points most important to today's suppliers and distributors," said ASI Show VP and GM Rita Ugianskis-Fishman.
The Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) serves a network of 23,500 suppliers, distributors and decorators in the $22 billion promotional products industry.
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SOURCE Advertising Specialty Institute