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S&D Conference Welcomes First-Time Attendees
December 14, 2012
First-time Attendees at NBAA’s 2013 Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference will be warmly welcomed and have access to assistance when they arrive at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, TX, on Jan. 22 thanks to a network of volunteer Ambassadors and a number of events designed specifically for first-time Attendees.
“This educational and informative meeting is one of the best NBAA has to offer,” said Jo Damato, NBAA director of educational development & strategy. “It’s a wonderful immersion in the business aviation industry, and first-timers will quickly feel as comfortable as S&D show veterans because of our Ambassador program and the many opportunities to learn and network.”
Ambassadors – a mix of Attendees and Exhibitors who have attended past S&D Conferences – assist by guiding the more than 2,500 show Attendees as they make their way around the event. Ambassadors help by serving as greeters, room and hall monitors and luncheon assistants. The program is especially helpful to first-time Attendees, who are encouraged to ask questions or seek guidance from any person wearing an Ambassador ribbon.
In addition, first-time Attendees have their own meeting just prior to the start of the show, which gives them a chance to meet other first timers, as well as hear an overview with helpful tips on how to get the most out of the Conference. This year, the first-time Attendee meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. in the convention center’s Upper Level Ballroom. The show runs through Friday, Jan. 25.
Those who register as first-time Attendees will also be invited to a webinar prior to the S&D Conference itself, according to Damato. The webinar will be held in early January and will be a great way to get ready for the event.
The S&D Conference’s Passport program is also a great opportunity for first-time Attendees. When Conference Attendees get their passport “stamped” at five educational seminars, as well as the regional group booth and the booth of the Passport sponsor, Universal Weather & Aviation, they are eligible for the drawing at the Grand Prize Luncheon on Friday, Jan. 25.
“This year’s prize is an Apple iPad mini, but you have to turn in a completed Passport and be present to win, so Attendees should be sure to stay until the end of the Conference,” said Damato.
A number of Conference sessions are geared toward the first-time Attendee or those who might be relatively new to the business aviation industry. These are indicated as such on the Conference program, and include such topics as: Beginning Scheduling 91, Beginning Scheduling 135 and Flight Planning & Aircraft Performance.
“We have a terrific mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced sessions, so first-timers, as well as seasoned Conference veterans, will find plenty of worthwhile seminars to attend,” Damato added.
”The Conference and the first-time Attendee’s specials were fantastic and extremely valuable,” said Stefan Oberender, COO of Flexx and last year’s first-time Attendee winner. “The introductory meeting and the Passport program enabled me to hit the ground running in the world of dispatch. This [the Conference] is an incredible opportunity to not only grow personally, but also to develop new skills and relationships that will deliver value to your company. Take advantage of it.”
Visit the Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference webpage for more information. Questions may also be sent to: [email protected].