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Dear IACCA members and friends, 

I want to invite you to the 2017 IACCA Annual Conference, scheduled for October 23-27, 2017 in Estes Park, Colorado. We just had our Spring Board meeting at the Estes Park YMCA of the Rockies and I can’t wait to share it with our members this fall.  The 2017 Conference will have something for everyone, whether you are a conference center leader, manager or staff. Even life time members and industry friends, will have a wonderful, educational experience. The Conference will assist attendees to more deeply understand their roles in this incredible field

The 2017 IACCA Annual Conference offers many opportunities to receive exceptional information from nationally recognized speakers.   These industry leaders will address relevant areas such as The Power of Fun at Work, Team Development and Employee Engagement, Health and Wellness in the Workplace, Facilities Management, among other interesting topics.  Beyond the significant keynote addresses and industry-specific breakout sessions, we will have fun activities, exhibitors, and of course, the great fellowship that made IACCA so popular.  It’s said you can sometime learn more from a conversation while sharing a meal than anywhere else.

I am proud to serve as IACCA President.  Education, membership, and certification are the reasons I believe IACCA is the premier organization for conference centers.  The Conference is a wonderful opportunity for ongoing education that can rejuvenate and inspire those working in the Conference Center Industry today.  I encourage you to join us at this vital five-day gathering of fellowship and education.

We will continue to strive to serve our members, but we will also seek to serve well those who are not members, primarily through our educational events like this Conference and other resources. Please consider giving IACCA a try.  I think you find it valuable. 

We look forward to seeing you October 23-27 at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park.


Chuck Kraining, IACCA President   

Program includes:

Keynote Address

  • The Power of Fun at Work - Walt Stasinski, MEd, MPH

  Administrative Track

  • Fun with Technology Chuck Lehman  
  • Grant Writing - Jennifer Morrison, M.Ed
  • Disaster Planning, Step by Step - Michael A. Bamberger
  • G Suites and Google Cloud -Nicole Todd

Staff Development Track  

  • Building Stronger Teams with StrengthsFinder Chuck Lehman
  • Serving Transgender Campers, Guests, and Staff - Carla Odell
  • A Mindful Approach to Leadership: It is all about relationships, but I should get to know “ME” first! - Fred C. Wasiak, M.S
  • The words “work” and “fun” shouldn’t be antonymousBut for so many centers they can be - Norman Ross
  • Enhancing the guest experience and improving competitive advantage with outdoor adventures - Steve Doniger
  • Employee Engagement - Lori Sylvia

Wellness Offerings

  • Establish a Health & Wellness Program for Employees at your Center - Carla Odell
  • How to Form a Healthy Habit - Jack Shitama

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