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Welcome to the International Association of 

Conference Center Administrators

WHAT IS IACCA

IACCA offers the very best education and specialized support for all levels of nonprofit conference and retreat center professionals, IACCA has been the home of top performers in the field for over forty years. While many other groups focus on camping, hotels and resorts, IACCA is dedicated to the unique practices and challenges that non-profit institutions face. Our world class faculty is eager to share their knowledge and experience with others, as are our members. Membership and participation in IACCA gives you access to a network of other professionals that understand your work, have worked on the same issues, and have often found solutions. From Thursday coffee breaks, to both online and in-person classes, all the way to our annual conference, IACCA is about helping you provide your guests the best experience possible.

Whether you are new to the industry, or have decades of experience, IACCA has something to offer you, and something to be gained by your involvement. I hope you join today!

Sincerely,

Reuben Todd, IACCA President  

WHAT MAKES IACCA DIFFERENT

  • IACCA IS the ONLY organization for the retreat and conference centers
  • IACCA understands that well-managed retreat and conference centers run differently than camps
  • IACCA helps you to be the best in the field with optional certification
  • The strength of IACCA is education and networking

IACCA IS RIGHT FOR YOU

  • If you have a desire to fill in the gaps of your professional body of knowledge
  • If you value relevant, timely data that is beneficial in administrate decision-making
  • If you desire to develop your own professional voice and leadership abilities
  • If you are searching for support from a community of professionals using a common language
  • If you want to know if you are running your center well/effectively? 

"Being introduced to IACCA by a neighboring conference center director changed my life. I was no longer working in a vacuum confronting new problems without guidance or direction. Now there were colleagues from throughout the country who were willing to share their insights, experience, and knowledge." 
- Richard Goldman, Retired General Manager - Pearlstone Conference Center.

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"The professional certification training program for Executive Directors and Administrators led by IACCA certified and seasoned professionals is an amazing journey and provides critical industry tools, tips, and techniques. The experiences in classroom lead foundation courses, conference workshops, seminar working sessions, and the more advanced Capstone training sessions having been engaging and inspire real time ideas to improve personally and professionally. Every session has provided actionable policies and procedures to improve our organization and create efficiencies that allow more time to focus on our mission and values.  Training from these professionals equals a lifetime of lessons learned (the hard way) in a very challenging industry.

After each individual training session I am equipped to teach, coach and mentor staff, volunteers, and our Board of Directors on industry standards and the best ways to be successful. Most recently I was able to use tools provided from the finance portion of our Capstone course to the Finance Committee that immediately provided a clearer picture of the future and easy way to communicate our needs. I am looking forward to additional continuing education opportunities and hope to send more of our staff to learn, grow and apply their knowledge  back to this place!"

-Tom Powell, Executive Director - Caroline Furnace

Job Opportunities Within Our Industry

  1. Conference Center Director, Hamner Conference Center (Part of North Carolina Bio campus)
  2. Camp & Retreat Site Director at Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center
  3. Executive Director, Shepherd's Canyon Retreat, Wickenburg, AZ
  4. Executive Director, Spirit In the Desert, Carefree AZ  
  5. Resident Director, Wildacres, Little Switzerland, NC 
  6. Camp Director, Episcopal Diocese of West Texas

  7. Business Manager, Camp Stevens, Julian CA

  8. Executive Director, Calvin Center, Hampton GA

  9. Outdoor Ministries Director, Maine Conference UCC, West Gardiner, ME 

To learn about these job opportunities, please visit our website under Open Positions in the Welcome to IACCA section.    

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

What is Next for IACCA?

As a follow up to our discussions at this year’s IACCA Conference in GA, here is the link to the Conference Center Administrator Group in the Non-Anxious Leader Network:

https://network.thenonanxiousleader.com/share/u0gnvs0r2K-0DMv0?utm_source=manual

Below is Jack’s explanation on the purpose of this web site.

The Non-Anxious Leader Network is a free online community for ministry leaders who seek to lead as a non-anxious presence. It is a place for camp and conference professionals, clergy, church leaders, and nonprofit leaders to share best practices, resources and productivity tips to maximize leadership effectiveness. It’s ideal for asking questions, sharing what’s working (and what’s not), and testing and developing ideas.

The network was developed by Jack Shitama as a resource for those who subscribe to his blog (www.thenonanxiousleader.com) and his podcast, The Non-Anxious Leader Podcast. He has created a private group within the network specifically for conference center administrators. It is our hope that you can participate fully in this group to help us discern and develop what happens next for those of us in the IACCA family. Thanks in advance for your part in this important work.

Finally, please note that when you sign up for the network, you’ll automatically be subscribed to Jack’s email list. The emails come from jack@christian-leaders.com. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Leadership articles written by Jack that come twice a month.
  • A weekly "Two for Tuesday" email that shares two recommended resources to help you grow as a leader. These can be articles, books, podcasts, apps, software, productivity and health recommendations that have helpful to Jack. He doesn't make money on these recommendations, but shares them in case they can be helpful to you.
  • An occasional email to announce a new book or course, but he won't bug you about it.

Jack won't share your information or bombard you with sales emails. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Peace, Jack

Rev. Jack Shitama
Executive Director -- Pecometh Camp & Retreat Ministries

(410) 556-6900 x 101 

2020 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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October 26-29, 2020

Seabeck Conference Center

Seabeck, Washington 

 

 

 

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