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Final preparations for the 76th Annual Conference in Charleston, South Carolina are being completed. The program chair, Mike Davino, and the committee have compiled a slate of presentations and topics that will prove to be educational and beneficial to each member despite our years of experience in the industry. Mike Brittain and Francie Dix, our Executive Directors, have been working diligently to address all the details associated with planning a conference and ensure a memorable experience for the attendees. A special thanks to our sponsors who make hosting and providing a quality event to our membership possible.
As in the past, the conference will kick-off on Saturday evening with a new member reception followed by the reception for all members. This year we will venture out of the hotel and board The Spirit of the Lowcountry for a cruise of the Charleston harbor. On Sunday we will have our golf outing and alternative event returning to the hotel that afternoon for educational sessions for both retail and commercial. Monday morning will have the opening ceremonies with the key note address followed by the educational break-out sessions Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. Monday night we will sit down and break bread and the conference will close out with a luncheon on Tuesday. A complete agenda can be found on the website.
I would like to extend an open invitation to all members to not only attend this year’s conference, but bring along that special someone in your life to share this city with. Charleston is a great location with sites and attractions to appease any traveler. Conde Nast has the city ranked as Top US Destination. Travel and Leisure magazine ranks it as the #2 destination in the US. Charleston has been awarded most mannerly city for the past five years. Come to town early to enjoy the Charleston Farmers Market on Saturday from 8 -2 held in Marion Square, which is directly across the street from our hotel, The Francis Marion. Stay over an extra night as Charleston is rich in history with Fort Sumter and other civil war historical locations. Visit a Plantation or take a tour of the USS Yorktown located at Patriots Point. Aboard the Yorktown is the Medal of Honor Museum, a must see I have been told. Or just take a leisurely walk from the hotel to enjoy dining, entertainment and shopping.
I would like to make a special appeal to all members to make their travel arrangements accordingly to allow them to attend the Tuesday morning education sessions and the closing luncheon. Charleston is serviced by most airlines, Southwest, Delta, American, and United with Jet Blue starting service on February 28th. The program committee has assembled an impressive group of topic experts to provide continuing education for our benefit. Your efforts to attend these sessions are greatly appreciated.
Looking forward to seeing each of you in Charleston!
Dennis Moon, NPECA President 2012-2013