SRAPPA 2009 Annual Conference Review
SRAPPA held its 2009 Annual Conference and Board Meeting on October 24 through 27, 2009 at the Hilton Beachside Hotel in Daytona Beach, Florida hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The event started with a Board Meeting on Friday, October 23rd and had its final event on Tuesday evening, October 27th. The 4 day conference was packed with events and door prizes where you were constantly reminded “You have to be present to win!” The weekend started with a shotgun start at the LGPA Champions Course on Saturday morning at 8:15 a.m. with 30 “would be” pros and a lot of mulligans available for a cost. The day proceeded with bright sunshine and a beautiful golf course. It turned out that the par 3 hole-in-one prize, a Camaro, was safe from this early morning group. Back at the hotel, an evening of tropical shirts, flip-flops and mumu’s were in style as a Beach Party was held on the hotels veranda.
Sunday morning started with a welcome from Dr. Richard Heist , Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach Campus. After a great breakfast the morning was filled with a Church Service and a First Timers meeting which were both well attended. The Business Partners were set up in the Exhibit Hall and the doors opened at 12:30 p.m. The Exhibit Hall stayed open through Monday at 1:00 p.m. During the time made available for the Business Partners contact opportunities, lunch was served and Give-A ways were presented to all attendees present. Lunch was served on both exhibit hall days, and prizes were presented to drawing winners present. “Race to Green” was the conference theme, and by the end of the Conference 20+ well attended educational sessions had been given with energy conservation and sustainability as the common thread.
Sunday evening was a NASCAR evening as the entire party was transported to the Daytona 500 Experience which is adjacent to the famous Daytona 500 Race Track. The Experience included an IMAX theatre, 8 NASCAR Simulators, many other electronic simulators, and a “time yourself” Pit Crew area. The “Time Yourself” feature required participants to change a tire using the same equipment that the NASCAR Pit Crew members use. Several exhausted amateurs gained a new appreciation of just how physically challenging being part of a real pit crew can be. The event clearly sparked or rekindled the NASCAR flame for many of those in attendance.
The Companions with our Conference Attendees were provided with a list of daily events that transported them to such venues as a tour of the Kennedy Space Center, the Light House and Nature Walk at Ponce Inlet, and a visit to St. Augustine to ride the trolley through the oldest city in the State of Florida.
Monday morning started with a breakfast and our Keynote Speaker “Mike Lipkin”. Mike is the president of Environics/Lipkin, a motivational and sales empowerment practice research group. Mike’s business is one of Canada’s leading research houses giving talks on how social values are different but the same around the world. He has provided similar talks in 19 different countries. Mike is South African and loves life even if it disagrees with you once in a while. His latest book is “One Life, One Meeting” published in March 2008.
Monday morning and afternoon held more Educational Sessions and Monday evening was “on your own night”
Tuesday morning breakfast and Business Meeting was comprised of reports from key Board Members and a membership vote confirming the transfer of leadership. Polly Pinney, 2009 APPA President, Lander Medlin, APPA Executive VP and Brooks Baker, Past APPA President were in attendance.
Tuesday afternoon a campus tour was held at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach Campus where 8 Simulator Ride door prizes were cashed in. A total of 30+ attendees were bused to the ERAU campus and they enjoyed an hour + campus tour with refreshments before their return trip to the hotel. That evening a reception and banquet was held with the new 2010 slate of officers and representatives sworn in by Polly Pinney, APPA 2009 President. The evening was capped by Mike Harvey, Hypnotist, who demonstrated that you can place 20 + band aids on your face just through the power of suggestion.
We also had a visit from the “Bad Boys” of SRAPPA Brooks “The Breeze” Baker and Dan “Boss Hog” Simpler as they organized a bike run from the Northern parts of the region to arrive in Daytona Beach on the opening day of our Annual Conference. Many thanks to “The Breeze” and “Boss Hog” for their time and effort. The weather was perfect!