It’s time again to plan for ACPA’s Annual Meeting, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Florida from December 1st through 4th. The upcoming meetings feature some great refinements and some new surprises that remind us of just how cool it is to be in the concrete pavement industry.
In the articles below, I’ll share with you some of my favorite highlights of the 52nd annual meeting. I also encourage you to take a close look at the annual meeting program, as well as the spouse/guest program. I encourage you to print and take both these items home, and in particular, share the spouse/guest program with your spouse and other guests you will bring with you.
Before I mention the features of this program, I want to mention something that has been constant since the very first annual meeting, held in Chicago in December 1964. From the very beginning, ACPA’s annual meetings have included forums for tech transfer, the exchange of ideas, and the opportunity for peer-to-peer discussions.
These forums are truly a hallmark of the ACPA annual meeting. Over the years, the discussions at times have been consistently candid (even high-spirited!), often eye-opening, and sometimes a little entertaining. No matter the topics of the day, they have always been centered squarely on the best interests of the members of the association and our customers.
It’s easy to take this for granted, but for anyone who has not been to an ACPA annual meeting before, they have missed one of the best forums for exchanging ideas, transferring technology and knowledge, and addressing real issues with like-minded people who have the same goal.
Although we’re keeping traditions alive, we’re also continually refining and improving our annual meeting program, and this year is no exception. Earlier in the year, we surveyed annual meeting participants and asked them their opinions about the 2014 annual meeting, as well as for their ideas for meetings going forward. I’m pleased to tell you that we’ve made many enhancements to the 2015 program, some of which I will mention in this newsletter.
It’s for those reasons that I urge you to bring to this year’s meeting others from your company, not just the current decision makers, but also the rising stars in your company. I encourage you also to invite your subcontractors, suppliers, owners, allies, and others in the concrete paving community who can benefit from the information-packed ACPA annual meeting … and all it has to offer.