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2019 Annual Conference Speakers

 

Keynote

Jack Shitama 

Jack Shitama is the Executive Director of Pecometh Camp & Retreat Ministries where he has served since 2000. He is an ordained minister in The United Methodist Church and has served as pastor of churches in Port Deposit, MD and Chesapeake City, MD. He served as President of the International Association of Conference Center Administrators from 2003-2007. He served on the United Methodist Camp & Retreat Ministries Association Board from 2007-2015, including Vice-Chair from 2011-2013 and Chair from 2013-2015.

Jack is the founding Minister-in-Residence for the Pecometh Center for Clergy Excellence. He is the author of two books: Anxious Church, Anxious People: How to Lead Change in an Age of Anxiety and One New Habit, One Big Goal: Change Your Life in 10 Weeks. He regularly writes leadership development articles on his blog at www.thenonanxiousleader.com. His podcast, The Non-Anxious Leader podcast is available on all platforms.

Beyond The Box

The BOX no longer exists. The boundaries that hold you back are in your head. Our rapidly changing world demands that we change how we do things if nonprofit conference centers are to survive, let alone thrive. Learn how to muster the courage to create, communicate and collaborate differently to discover a future Beyond the Box.

 

Ashley Graham-Wilcox

Ashley is the Director of Communications & Events for Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers, the nationwide network of 100+ retreat and camping ministries of the Episcopal Church, and IACCA’s Education Committee Administrator. Previously, she served as Marketing Manager for Camp Stevens, a retreat center and summer camp in the mountains of San Diego, California. Ashley graduated from Boston University with a degree in Advertising, and came to non-profit conference center administration via a crooked path through legal, tech, and medical manufacturing communications. Ashley is a current Episcopal Church Foundation fellow, working to increase diverse and representative leadership in camping and retreat center ministries.

Evaluations That Work

This workshop will dig into how to create evaluations that do more than just gather the same old info, and truly work for you, offering best practices and examples of guest/user and staff evaluations that can empower your organization with mission-relevant, concrete, and usable data and stories.

 

Charles (Chuck) Lehman

A graduate of Purdue University, Chuck formed his landscape architecture and placemaking firm, Lehman & Lehman, Inc., in 1988 and has since established himself as a leader in master planning and strategic planning and is recognized for his vision in urban design and placemaking.

Lehman & Lehman is committed to practicing with an emphasis on social, economic and purposeful design strategies. The company is dedicated to crafting sustainable landscapes, sites, and places that create positive change through cross-disciplinary collaborations and embrace the process of landscape architecture as the synthesis of art, technology and social sciences to create community-centered solutions.

IACCA StrengthsFinder Assessment

This session will explore the uniqueness of our individual gifts and talents and what that means in working with teams. Gallup’s Clifton Strengthsfinder Assessment provides individuals with their top five (5) strength themes [out of a list of 34]. These strength themes are divided upon four domains: Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building, and Strategic Thinking. Gallup’s studies indicate that individuals only apply their strengths 17% of the time. That leaves 83% of untapped talent and gifts resources!

For this year’s IACCA Conference each attendee will receive a book, Strengthsfinder 2.0, prior to the conference, which is part of your registration. We are asking each individual to complete the 20-minute assessment online (unique web code found within the book) and to send Chuck Lehman your top five strengths. The IACCA StrengthsFinder Assessment session will disclose the unique gifts and talents of our IACCA group.

Take-Aways from this session:

    • a.     Learn of your Unique Strengths Profile.
    • b.     Understand how your strengths will complement and be compatible with others in your team.

Explore opportunities to be more effective with less effort with Strengthsfinder assessment and teams.

 

 

Joel Willis 

President/CEO Epworth By The Sea since 2015. Forty years service with Epworth in all areas of operations. Served on various Glynn County board of commissioners appointed committees. Long time member of Brunswick/Golden Isles Chamber or Commerce. Served as Chairman 2001-2001; Brunswick/Glynn County Development Authority, Chair 2010-2011. Married, 2 children and 5 grandchildren. Graduate of Georgia Tech.

 Community Involvement (co-presenting with Michael B. Johnson)

  • Get involved with Chamber of Commerce
  • Get involved with Economic Development
  • Know your local and state elected officials and try to have a positive relationship with them
The importance of actively getting involved with your local business organizations and local, state, and national governments by serving on citizen boards, as well as local educational committees s necessary to establish personal connections and networks that will be invaluable in operating whatever business you are responsible for.



Michael B. Johnson

Michael B Johnson, I retired March 28th of this year after 40 years in the resort hospitality industry the last 24 in Glynn County. I was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and moved with my family to Jacksonville Beach FL when I was five years old and became a naturalized US Citizen in 1967 at the age of 16. I attended the University of Florida but graduated from the University of Maine with a BA in Criminal Justice. However I found myself taking what I thought was going to be a temporary job at the Sawgrass Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach FL in 1978, but soon found that Hospitality was my true calling. worked in many areas of the resort early on but ended up working in Conference Services leading to Sales and Marketing until I began working at The Cloister on Sea Island in 1995 as Director of Conference Services ending March of 2001 as Director of Hotel Operations. accepted the position of General Manager at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort beginning March 2001 retiring as General Manager/Director March 2019. have been married to my wife Julie for 34 years and have two married daughters and a brand new Grandson. Both daughters and one son-in-law are Elementary School teachers and the other son-in-law is a

youth pastor. 

Community Involvement (co-presenting with Joel Willis)

    • Get involved with Chamber of Commerce
    • Get involved with Economic Development
    • Know your local and state elected officials and try to have a positive relationship with them
The importance of actively getting involved with your local business organizations and local, state, and national governments by serving on citizen boards, as well as local educational committees s necessary to establish personal connections and networks that will be invaluable in operating whatever business you are responsible for.


Carla Odell

Carla Odell, CCCP Certified 2013 Carla has held the Executive Director position at DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center for 9 years. Yet, her 16 year tenure at DaySpring includes her work as a bookkeeper and as administrator. She is also a member of the ECCC (Episcopal Camps and Conference Center Association). Carla's previous work experience includes teaching elementary grade levels and owning a software company for educational software for schools for Hewlett Packard where she installed software and trained School District Employees.  Carla has previously taught several IACCA and ECCC classes and workshops.

Human Resources If You Don't have a HR Person

Many conference centers aren’t large enough to have a Human Resources Department or even a person qualified in this area.  This doesn’t excuse the center from knowing the multitude of employment laws, labor issues, and tax laws.  Come away from this workshop knowing what are the newest rules and changes in the labor world, what are the trends in the employment scene, and best practices for maintaining excellent and thorough records as your center.

Creative Aspects of Day Groups (Co-Presenting with Jackie Simmons)

Overnight night groups are a necessity of conference centers, but day groups can provide that badly needed income during times of slow bookings.  In this workshop you will learn how to attract day groups, relish in what they can do for your center and also learn about the differences in dealing with day groups as opposed to overnight groups.

Jackie Simmons

Jackie Simmons, CCCP Certified 2017.  Jackie has been the Director of Reservations at DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center for nine years.  Jackie handles all the contact with a group from booking to setting up their event on logistics such as room setting, campfires, etc.  Jackie previously worked for the School District of Manatee County.

Creative Aspects of Day Groups (Co-Presenting with Carla Odell)

Overnight night groups are a necessity of conference centers, but day groups can provide that badly needed income during times of slow bookings.  In this workshop you will learn how to attract day groups, relish in what they can do for your center and also learn about the differences in dealing with day groups as opposed to overnight groups. 

Rt. Rev. Dabney Tyler Smith 

The Rt. Rev. Dabney Tyler Smith was seated as the fifth bishop of the diocese of Southwest Florida in 2007 at St. Peter's Cathedral in St. Petersburg. Prior to his election, he served parishes including Trinity Church, New Orleans, La.; Holy Trinity in Melbourne, Fla; St. Michael and All Angels in South Bend, Ind.; and Grace Church in Port Orange, Fla. He is president of the Bishop Gray Retirement Foundation serves as a member of the board of directors of the Dominican Development Group, the Board of Regents of University of the South and Board of Trustees of Nashotah House. He serves on the Standing Committee on Mission and Evangelism.

Making Your Center the Heart of Your Local Conference
In 2009, I first announced my intention to move the Bishop’s office to DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center in Manatee County, Florida. I believed that DaySpring was important in the life of the Diocese as a gathering space that was beautiful and central. At the 2010 Diocesan Convention, I shared conceptual drawings for the new Diocesan House and highlighted the updated decisions and plans for action by Diocesan Council regarding construction. The office opened in 2012; later improvements included a $5 million Program Center education building and pool complex opening in 2017, and renovations to existing buildings.

 

 

 

Julie Kroll 

Julie Kroll is the Director of Sales, Marketing & Communications at Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp & Retreat Center in Fort Valley, Virginia. Julie has five years of experience in the conference center industry and a background in outdoor education. She began her IACCA certification earlier this year. She applies knowledge from her adventure-based background to her approach in hospitality - the importance of anticipating needs, building community, and paying attention to detail. When Julie isn't working with groups, you'll most likely find her hiking, mountain biking, reading in her hammock, or playing with camp dog, Pico, by the lake.

 

Shelly Steinhoff

 

 

 Rev. Wayne Racz

Rev. Wayne Racz serves as Executive Vice President and Director of Spiritual Formation, Church Relations and Development for Epworth, and has been a full-time minister for over 24 years. He is also a former attorney and certified public accountant.  Wayne lives on St. Simons Island with his wife, Ginny, and has three adult children, Katherine, Ben, and Sam. 

The Investment in Fund Raising

We will look at current giving trends, especially as they relate to religious organizations.  We will discuss various means of fundraising, including annual giving, capital fundraising and endowment gifts.  We will also talk about how to establish personal connections with donors and new donor cultivation.  Inspiring passion in your donors about your ministry is the key to greater engagement and successful fundraising.


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