44th Annual Conference
October 5, 2012
“THE HAPPIEST CONFERENCE ON EARTH”
Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort
It was October 2012 and our membership came together at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. It was another remarkable Conference with plenty of entertainment, education, camaraderie and inspiration to keep our tools sharp, as well as our minds.
My heartfelt “thank you” goes out to everyone that made an effort to support each other and our industry. Our speakers were engaging, our vendors shared their wealth of knowledge, and we truly had a cohesive group of industry professionals, friends and families. And our outgoing President, Chad Barger, is even more outgoing than we could’ve imagined. He can “Wow” a crowd with his amazing voice and on-stage presence. Thank you, Chad, for the personalized entertainment that we all enjoyed very much.
We had ample networking time this year, as we had a free Friday night with a designated meeting place. We also had a hot breakfast buffet on Sunday morning, which included all family members. I enjoyed this extra time to mingle and re-connect with many of you.
Another “bear hug” thank you to all of our sponsors this year. The generosity of our sponsors amazes and delights me to no end. They not only give financial support, but also caring guidance to our entire membership. Our sponsors provide time, energy, thoughtfulness and gifts. The silent auction items raised a substantial amount for our organization’s coffers as well. There were some fierce bidding wars that let members unleash their competitive spirits! These donations benefit all of us and are greatly appreciated.
If you missed Conference this year, I’m fairly certain it was because you had a personal calendar conflict that could not be avoided; so please know I will not chastise you for not attending. Missing out is punishment enough, because your fellow industry professionals benefited greatly from experiencing this event.
Put us on your calendar for next year. The date and place will be announced in the upcoming months to give you a fair chance of attending. You won’t regret it, and I look forward to seeing you next year.