@laurastack’s 2012 NSA Winter Conference Re-Cap

By Laura Stack, CSP, MBA, 2011-12 NSA President

The Winter Conference in Dallas, Texas was a smashing success! A huge THANK YOU to co-chairs Ruby Newell-Legner and Bill Stainton for all their hard work pulling this incredible event together! We had nearly 400 attendees–our highest in four years–and nearly 100 First Time Attendees! We attribute this to the fabulous content and presenters Ruby and Bill assembled with their “Monetize Your Message” theme. Our gratitude goes to our presenters, who donated their time to provide the education for our members, and our volunteer team and staff, without whom it wouldn’t come together. Our appreciation also goes to our sponsors Infusionsoft and High Point University as well as all our awesome exhibitors, who educated our members on the products and services available to support our speaking businesses. Your NSA board also flew in a couple of days early to strategize the future of our association and hold its board meeting, so I’m always grateful for their donated time and extra expense for hotel nights. My thanks also goes to NSA/North Texas (coordinated by Linda Swindling), who provided a Texas welcome (everything is big in Texas!) to our board members by picking them up from the airport and driving them to the hotel; they also hosted a welcome reception and sponsored a relaxation station! And Randy Gage not only presented a 3-hour mega session on keynoting but ALSO presented a breakfast session and ALSO presented a social media session to benefit the Foundation. He purchased 200+ boxed lunches for attendees, and attendees donated $$ to the Foundation in appreciation of Randy’s teaching. As you can see, “it takes a village” to pull together an incredible learning event like this one. Here are some memories to enjoy from photos posted to the NSA FB page.

Winter Conference Co-Chairs, Bill Stainton and Ruby Newell-Legner, CSP

Vinny Verelli & Bill Stainton

Randy Gage Keynote

Jolene Jang, Patrick Donadio, Bill Stainton and Vinny Verelli, Bill Stainton & Ruby Newell-Legner, Winter Conference Co-Chairs

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