They say necessity is the mother of invention. Well, 2020 has certainly kept mother very busy.
I don’t mean to make light of the challenges inflicted upon people worldwide by the COVID-19 pandemic that has now engulfed our lives for eight months. While many of us have been inconvenienced and had our everyday lives altered dramatically, others have experienced far deeper loss — jobs, businesses, loved ones.
I say this because it’s important to maintain proper perspective at times like these. It’s unfortunate that our 91st annual Education and Business Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, had to be postponed and rethought, but we are nonetheless fortunate to have the opportunity at all. So, to me, this announcement is a welcome consolation and something to be celebrated in light of all we are experiencing.
IAPMO will host a conference this year, a little later than usual and virtually, but an IAPMO education and business conference with as many of the necessary features and functions as we can provide remotely. I’m extremely pleased to be able to announce this.
On Nov. 30-Dec. 4, please join us from your home office, living room, back yard, open air public space or anyplace else with an Internet connection for IAPMO’s first Virtual Education and Business Conference. Over five days, we’ll bring you updates on all things IAPMO, an incredible slate of educational webinars, and a business session featuring reports, elections and installation of new directors and officers.
Your $150 registration fee — a bargain compared to other virtual events — gets you access to 13 educational/informational seminars and (for members in good standing for over 180 days) the right to cast a vote in Board of Director elections on the conference’s final day. (A $40 Keynote/Business Session Only registration, including voting privileges, is available in addition to other single- and multi-day options.) And you won’t want to miss Russ Chaney’s final CEO Report, culminating 25 years at The IAPMO Group helm before he begins a very well-deserved retirement at the end of the year.
While the networking and fellowship aspects, a cherished element of any IAPMO conference, will sadly be missing, even a virtual gathering will rekindle friendships and hopefully inspire many of you to reach out individually or set up your own evening events via Zoom or other online meeting platforms.
I hope you’ll join us as we adapt to the moment and meet the needs of membership and our industry in the best manner possible. I’ll see you online!