"This is the part of the year I love the best," said ABB's Mark Taft, who is acting as MC for thr fifth straight year. 40,000 square feet of exibit space and close to 3500 attendees (almost 1000 more than last year) make this substantially larger than any previous ABB event. In addition, ABB has partnered with the Make a Wish Foundation and is using the venue to raise funds for the Foundation. Taft announced that ABB will be a name sponsor of the Houston Marathon. This year, the Automation World theme is "The Power of Collaboration." Taft spoke about the collaboration necessary to install and operate an automation system by telling a story about creating a new show at Sea World-- the show is called "Believe."