This year’s theme was all about getting connected with coworkers and colleagues. By that measure and many more, the conference was a success! Held at the Hyatt Regency Austin Hotel from April 25-27, the conference hosted over 500 people, representing nearly 300 Fund members. For over 10 years, the Fund has offered timely and targeted educational opportunities at the annual Members’ Conference. We understand the financial burden of traveling for conferences and are proud to provide the right solution for your tight budgets.
Sunday evening weather provided the perfect backdrop for a come-and-go Early-Bird dinner at Zax Restaurant within walking distance from the Hyatt. Members mixed and mingled while relaxing outdoors and enjoying spring time in Austin.
Everyone was up bright and early Monday morning to hear the keynote address provided by Jim “The Rookie” Morris. With roots firmly established in Texas as a teacher at Reagan County High School, Jim regaled everyone with family tales about his grandfather and baseball. Jim was a “homerun” with members; his inspiring message taught us that we can do whatever we set our minds to and, more importantly, to never stop reaching for the stars.
There were 24 educational breakout sessions to choose from this year, including several two- hour courses on School Safety and A Day in the Life of Risk Management. Monday at lunch, 10 deserving winners were presented with the 2010 Fund Innovation Award for their ingenuity and successes within their individual risk management efforts. Monday evening, another networking opportunity arose when members met in the Hyatt Marker 10 Bar and Patio area for a two-hour reception.
Tuesday morning, members got an early start on their final rounds of breakout sessions and then participated in the second year of Risk Management Roundtables.
A series of 19 tables served as a forum for discussion on pertinent topics such as Issues Facing Community Colleges, Property Loss Advice, Online WC Claim Reporting, and much more.
To conclude the conference, Fund Chair, Kevin Carbo and Dubravka Romano, Associate Executive Director of TASB Risk Management Services, conducted the Annual Coverage Credit Drawings for $1,000, $3,000 and $5,000. All members who stayed until the end and submitted a conference evaluation form were eligible to win.
We know many Fund members come to conference every year, and we thank you for your continued support.