President & Executive Director
From the National Office
Attendees gather at the pre-banquet reception for an
evening of great food and the presentation of product
awards. The NMEA staff made pulling off the 2015
Conference & Expo look easy: (l-r) Debbie Compere,
Steve Spitzer, Cindy Love and Mark Reedenauer.
guests asked them. After that, Debbie and I continued to help Cindy set up the NMEA registration desk. We were basically ready for the morning.
On Tuesday, Sept. 29, Cindy, Debbie, and I
tended the very busy registration desk, as attendees began to arrive. All went well with the new
registration system. The conference was almost on
autopilot from here on out. Now it was our job to
make sure all guests were helped in any way possible. The staff began recording classroom attendance numbers, which is critical to tracking
which sessions are working and which are not.
The CEO panel then took place at lunch, and the
exhibits opened at 2: 30 immediately following
the CEO discussion.
The staff’s hard work continued throughout
the next two days of the conference. After the
awards dinner on Thursday evening, Oct. 1, we
went back to work breaking down the temporary
office and getting our vehicles packed to bring all
conference equipment back to the NMEA National
Office, about 20 miles to the south.
It was a long week, but a very successful one.
We thank every individual involved with making
this conference a success. If anyone reading this
has comments or suggestions on how the NMEA
can make the 2016 conference even better, please
reach out to me directly. We are always looking for
NMEA members to get involved, either with the
conference, or on one of our various committees.
Hello NMEA members!
Reporting from the National Office, here is a snapshot and background of how the 2015 Conference & Expo was planned and laid out. I will detail the duties of each of the NMEA staff members throughout the conference. All staff and
NMEA Board and committee members did an
excellent job making the 2015 NMEA Conference
Steve Spitzer, NMEA Director of Standards,
was the first to arrive on Friday evening, Sept. 25.
He and the OneNet® Standard committee began
work on Saturday and continued through
Wednesday. Excellent progress was made on the
latest draft of the OneNet Standard. The current
plan is to release Version 1.00 by Q1 2016, or
sooner. A big thank-you to all committee members in attendance—Dr. Kwangil Lee, Dr. Yu
Yung, Steve Spitzer, Lee Luft, Garth Hitchens,
Dan Schrimpsher, Andrew Bazan and Peter Long.
The rest of the NMEA staff arrived on Sunday,
Sept. 27, with two van loads of equipment and
marketing materials for the conference. Debbie,
Cindy and I set up our office and began to organize sponsorship signs, conference shirts, bags, and
literature. The Sheraton IT manager assisted us
with getting the WiFi set up so that Cindy and
Debbie could begin printing badges with our new
wireless iPad app created by a company called
Boomset. Successful test prints of some badges to
the Brother wireless printers was a good ending to
our first setup day.
On Monday, Sept. 28, the NMEA Board of
Directors meeting took place. Cindy met with the
Sheraton Hotel staff to make sure all of the meeting rooms were set up in the proper fashion.
Cindy also met with the food and beverage manager at the hotel to go over menus and give them
our best estimate of the number of guests we
expected each day. It is always hard to predict
walk-in registrants, so we have to pad our food
and beverage numbers. No one ever wants to run
out of food! Debbie recorded the Board meeting
minutes and after the meeting, I gave the entire
Board a tour of the facility so they would know
where events were taking place in case any of our