Tis the season… for conferences and tradeshows!
While it may appear quiet on the sales side of the office, it has been anything but! We’ve been out trekking across the country, local government officials, K-12 business officers and higher education leaders… YOU!
The season began in early February when Brian Hinson made the short drive from his home in Georgia to visit with the state’s local municipal clerks at the Georgia Municipal Clerks and Finance Officers Association (GMC/FOA) conference in Athens.
Not long after, the southeast was hit with its first snow storm of the year. While snow may not be a big deal for many of you, when it hits in the south everything comes to a screeching halt. Luckily, Lew Love and Lana Olmer had safely made it to North Carolina Association of School Business Officials (NCASBO) in Greensboro, N.C. before the storm dumped nine inches of snow causing the conference to cancel early. While not all the attendees made it, Lew and Lana made the most of their trip. Vendors and attendees alike enjoyed gathering together over the next several days waiting for the roads to clear and to head back home.
By the end of February, things were warming up in Austin, Texas for Anna Boomer and Selia Straus to attend the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) conference. It was a much different picture from the last tradeshow Softdocs had attended just a few weeks prior in N.C. The trees were in bloom and Anna and Selia enjoyed a run through the city during some down time.
The following week, Meredith Williams, Andrew Daniel and Melissa Force made their way from Columbia to Myrtle Beach for the South Carolina Association of School Business Officials (SCASBO) conference. Unfortunately, the southern cold re-appeared and folks enjoyed the beach…from the warmth of the session rooms!
While it was just cold in Myrtle Beach, the worst of the storm front had stalled over Arkansas as Brian was making his way to Little Rock for the Arkansas Association of Business Officials (AASBO) conference. Although he had to cancel several site visits he had planned prior to the event, the weather cleared up just in time so he could award Dr. Sterling Ming, Executive Director of Finance at Bentonville Public Schools, an award for being first in the state to go paperless with Softdocs.
Anna and Andrew then headed off to Denver for the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) conference, with Lana flying to California to attend the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) conference in Sacramento.
From CASBO Lana flew down to Los Angeles to meet Andrew, Lew and Lana for Ellucian Live. On their way back from California, the team flew over Brian on his way to Kingsport, T.N. for the Southeastern Association of School Business Officials (SASBO)conference.
And last week, Lew and Dawn spent time catching up with customer at the joint North Carolina Association of Community College Business Officers (NC ACCBO) and Institutional Information Processing System (IIPS) User Group Spring Conference in Greensboro, N.C.
WHEW! We’re tired!
Tradeshows are a great way to put a face and personality to the people we talk to and email every day. We enjoyed getting to meet many of you, and look forward to returning to each of these events next year.
While we have a couple of weeks off, we’ll be back on the road again soon. If you’ll be attending any of our upcoming events and would like to meet us there, let us know. We look forward to seeing you!