Live from day 1 of IPCPR 2019, it’s halfwheel’s beloved editorial assistant: Heather Hartel. I helped out with the convention last year, and came back again for more fun in 2019. I’ve been in Las Vegas for two days now, and am currently writing this post from the dark corner of our halfwheel bunker on the convention floor. Luckily for me, our space is double the size of last year’s, so we aren’t all crammed like sardines in our booth.

Lunch with halfwheel is a new segment I’ll be writing daily, just to break up some of the IPCPR coverage and offer a little bit of insight into halfwheel behind the scenes. I have a few jobs as the editorial assistant for the convention. My responsibilities range from: uploading all posts to, posting on halfwheel’s Instagram, editing videos, keeping the booth organized, and, debatably most important: ordering lunch for the halfwheel staff.

Today, we are enjoying some barbecue from the Sands Expo Center food court. As a vegetarian and Chicago-native, my opinion is null in regards to the rating of this meal (I got myself pizza). However, Texas native and self-proclaimed BBQ lover, Brian Burt, said of the meal: “while it might not be Austin famous, it is still pretty good barbecue…especially for trade show food.”

As the halfwheel team gets back in to the swing of things, we’re still feeling a little rusty at noon on day one. As a staff, we aren’t collectively too exhausted yet, but are definitely reminded of the whirlwind that IPCPR coverage is. The process of uploading videos, photos, blogs and social media posts is lengthy, but nonetheless worthwhile for our readers to get full coverage of the trade show. Charlie, Brooks, Brian and Patrick hit the trade show floor from 9am to 5pm, while I hold down the bunker and press buttons on my laptop.

On that note, we still have half a day left of Day 1 coverage. So, until tomorrow, halfwheel fans.

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Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.
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Heather Hartel

I am a recent graduate from Wake Forest University where I studied economics, politics & international affairs and journalism. While at school I was the online managing editor for Wake Forest's student newspaper, the Old Gold & Black. During my time here I also began the Unmasked Podcast with another journalism student, which explored underreported issues on the Wake Forest campus; previous episodes were about campus sexual assault, anonymous donations to the university and issues with university staff. I am now working full-time reporting on the national news desk for American City Business Journals in Charlotte.