Whether attending National Convention for the first time, or a loyal member lassoed into the role of becoming a new committee member, this year’s program had activity and entertainment for everyone. Typically, the National Board of Trustees holds one of their 3 annual meetings with sidebars for National Committees as necessary. All Chapter reports are reviewed and updates from the Society Business Office are shared. Breakout groups are held for each region SW, NW, CP, SE,NE, and this year included a workshop for incoming Regional Governors, prepared by Chris Morton.
Governors front of business meeting
Dan Frondorf CPE Ethics Session
The Estimating Academy had speakers covering a range of topics from BIM applications, Advance BIM Modelling, Conceptual Estimating, Consulting, and Developments in Vietnam. While these topics were open to the public and members, the convention workshop series for members included lively discussions on membership recruitment & retention strategy, ethics, future of BIM In design applications ( 5D, Risk Management, Life Cycle analysis, virtual renovation) and how to manage ALL THAT DATA …. these informative sessions also gave attendees an opportunity to obtain CEU ( Continuing Educational Credits).
“Should MAL members have independent voting rights?”, the Bylaws committee walked us through the complexities of the question as applied to current bylaw, potential outcomes, and discussed the best way to craft the language in a forum discussion.
It wasn’t “all work/ no play”, the Welcome Reception and evening Social mixers were great segways to catching up with some of the “lifers” and sharing “tales from the war room”. The lunch buffet didn’t disappoint, and there were many venues to explore in the center of Indy; one could peruse the area from the 21st floor Banquet room.
We continue to have strong sponsor support. As if seeing Walt Lemon blush, and Bob Pratt & Bill Manfredonia with Two Foolish Toms wasn’t enough, Indy was also host to another convention, one that seemed to require SWAT teams on the adjacent rooftops.
Patsy presented with 10 Year Service Plaque
Sam Garrell accepting Outstanding Chapter Award 47
Back to Business… the Business meeting was efficient and always educational when members are well-versed in “Robert’s Rules of Order”. Officer installations commenced during the Award’s Dinner and we welcomed Doyle Phillips as new incoming National President. The outgoing Board of Trustees presented Patsy Smith with a 10-Year plaque in appreciation for her service, Patsy graciously received this to a standing ovation.
Officer Installation 2014_2015 Officers
As a quick summary, this barely covers the highlights…… you should’ve been there !
The 2015 Convention city will be San Diego, CA. Details will be posted on our EVENTS TAB as they become available.