Summer Conference 2018...! July 25-26th!
Our Summer Conference 2017 was for two days in June at South Padre Island! We felt it was a great success!... It provided all of the districts represented and the over 25 vendors present a great opportunity to learn new things, meet other school officials and vendors, share information, and relax a bit...Here is the conference agenda to get a feel for the conference! The trade show vendors with links to their websites will be posted on the Summer Conference page again this year!
-Trade Show SETUP. Thursday, Convention Center- Below is the layout of the rooms we'll be using for the Trade Show component- 25 display tables! ...And due to previous demand there are five positions located in the hallway. Vendors will be given access to the Trade show room starting at 10:30 am...Loading in and out will be from the back of the building (loading dock). Wednesday access may not possible because there may be another event that is using the venue. The intent of the timing is to schedule the setup period to minimize competing with the presentations...Tables will be assigned. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Dan Cantu asap. His cell is 956.832.2412. XXX Update- Layouts will be finalized 7/16 to reflect actual position assignments. Any agreement for changes must take place between vendors.
-District participants. Before starting to make the rounds of the Trade Show tables school district participants will be given a card to take with them as they make the rounds. Vendors will "stamp" or initial the card to ensure that everyone has visited with each of our vendors. These cards will then be collected and then used to award the door prizes at the end...
~ This is the link to the pictures taken by Mario Garcia & his wife during our 2016 Conference, Thanks Mario!! Picasa website album. Feel free to share the link with anyone else in your office that may have gone.
~ Save the date!- July 25-26th; two full days! We'll have 8 presentations and they will be 45-60 minutes each. The Trade show will include 25 select partners (vendors). If you can't join us both days you will still get a lot out of joining us on Thursday...more presentations, keynote speaker, trade show & networking!! When you sign in on Wednesday at the Convention Center we'll have coffee and refreshments available. This year we are considering having a boat cruise for our mixer! You and your spouse are invited to join us. Vendors- more information regarding the Trade show can be found at the end of this page. Click here for the agenda or registration form... Here is last year's agenda to give you a feel for the conference.
~ Hotel, Host hotel is Holiday Inn Express, on 6502 Padre Blvd, (beach side) South Padre Island. Call today to make your reservation, 956.761.8844, group code is STA. To hold our discounted rate of $110 reserve by Jun 25th. Check in is at 3:00 pm and check out is at 11:00 am. Rooms are double queen rooms with 4 guest occupancy...8 minute walk to the Convention Center and Birding & Wildlife Center as well as Sea Turtle Rescue center are within 2-4 minutes walking distance.
~ Conference Agenda- We've got some great presentations lined up and a mixer that promises to be lots of fun!!
~ Registration, click here for the registration form and here for the agenda. All school district folks that register by Jun 25th will be eligible for our drawing for a 32" Flat screen TV!
Vendors exhibiting, tables are $499 each, This includes meals, etc. for two employees. Addtl guests at $100 each.
All school district folks that register by Jun 25th will be eligible for drawing for a 32" Flat screen TV!
~ Presenters include,...Line up is being completed at this time. Agenda is being worked out.
~ Vendor Supporters, thank you SO much for your past support and we look forward to your participation again. It is your support that makes it possible for us to put these conferences together and have an amazing Scholarship Program!
-Participation in the Trade Show is $499 per table (8' skirted table), w/ access to electricity. But there are only 25 slots available. There are also three levels of sponsorship that you can help us with in order for us to continue to offer scholarships ($1,000) to deserving students. And just to clarify- Sponsorships are separate and apart from exhibiting. For those of you that can help at the Platinum level and plan to exhibit don't forget to let us know what table location you'd like- first come first granted. At the bottom of the page is a list of vendors who have registered for a table.
-Vendors are encouraged to join us for the presentations. After every presentation there is a 15 minute break scheduled that
will give you the opportunity to network get to know the district folks present.
-to pay the registration and other conference related fee's or sponsorships via credit card (via PayPal) send in your registration and you will be invoiced separately. The email address is, firstname.lastname@example.org or fax # 866-295-5082. Your faxes will go to an online service and redirected to my email (so your faxes come directly to me...). There are only 25 booth slots available so reserve yours soon!