Registration for the 2010 International Auctioneers Conference and Show in Greensboro, N.C., begins March 1. Information on how to register, as well as hotel information, can be found in the conference brochure and forms booklet scheduled to arrive with your March issue of Auctioneer. Or, you may access the information beginning March 1 online at www.auctioneers.org.
For this year’s Conference and Show, there are an array of changes of which you need to be aware. Please take a moment to read the following:
- The President’s Gala, typically held Saturday evening, has moved to Thursday evening. So what’s there to do on Saturday? We continue to offer educational seminars on Saturday morning as well as the Children’s Auction. We officially close the conference on Saturday afternoon with the new Recognition Ceremony luncheon, during which we recognize our NAA leadership and committees for their outstanding service to the association and the auction industry.
- The IAC Lunch of Champions is now a breakfast taking place Saturday morning.
- The Women Auctioneers Dinner has also moved to Saturday morning as a breakfast.
- The NAA Auxiliary Hall of Fame and Past President’s Luncheon has moved to Friday as well as the Auxiliary Hall of Fame committee meeting.
- The Trade Show closes at 5 p.m. Friday (instead of 1 p.m. Saturday).
- The recognition of NAA leadership, typically awarded during the President’s Gala, has moved to Saturday afternoon’s Recognition Ceremony luncheon.
- The NAA has developed a new hotel deposit policy. A $150 deposit is due for each room reservation at the time of booking reservations through NAA Travel, and the deposit will be applied toward your total hotel bill. If a room reservation is canceled after May 27, for any reason other than illness or death, there will be no refund. This new policy was developed because NAA is charged hotel attrition fees for unused rooms, and the deposit will help defray those costs.
What’s new for 2010
Here are the conference’s new networking opportunities:
Coffee and Conversation
Wednesday, July 14 at 7:45 a.m. before the Opening Session
Enjoy a morning beverage while interacting with fellow Auctioneers, whether it’s a first-time encounter or a long-awaited reunion.
Networking Lunches at the Trade Show
Wednesday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Connect with experienced auction professionals like Steve Proffitt, Jane Campbell-Chambliss, Manson Slik, Rob Doyle, Stephen Karbelk and Darron Meares. These pros will be available in a casual environment where you can visit, ask questions and share experiences.
There will be 10-to-15 minutes at the end of each conference educational seminar to visit one on one with the instructor or with classmates.
Affordable Payment Plan
NAA is offering a payment plan option for your registration fees for those who register before May 25. This offer is available for credit-card payments only (credit cards must be valid through June 30).
The IAC cash prize awarded to the champion of both the male and female divisions has changed to $5,000.
Two new field trips
Explore Replacements, Ltd.
Wednesday, July 14, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Explore 300,000 square feet of old and new china, crystal, silver and collectibles. This enormous warehouse is home to more than 10 million pieces of china, silver, crystal and collectibles and their huge inventory of many discontinued items that are hard to find. This field trip qualifies for CE credits. Preregistration and additional fees are required.
Greensboro Auto Auction Experience
Thursday, July 15, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Tour the South’s leading independent dealer, exclusive auto auction. GAA’s new state-of-the-art, 16-lane facility has room for thousands of dealers and can support a sale running more than 5,000 vehicles on any given Wednesday. This field trip qualifies for CE credits. Preregistration and additional fees are required.
New Young Professionals and Children conference registration packages
NAA is offering two new conference registration package options for Young Professionals ages 16-25 and children ages 3-15.