Call me biased, but I love RVCF Conferences. I always talk about the fact that no other industry conference provides so many opportunities to achieve progress through collaboration. I usually focus on the presentations, panel discussions and one-on-one meetings – the formal, structured sessions – but I'm excited about the RVCF Spring Conference for reasons that go far beyond the sessions.
I'm excited to visit Clearwater Beach, best beach in the U.S. and the seventh-best beach in the world, according to the TripAdvisor 2018 Travelers' Choice Awards. I'm excited to hold the RVCF Spring Conference in a brand-new venue – the Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key. I'm excited for a sunset dinner cruise along Florida's west coast. After getting blasted with a Nor'easter on the first day of spring here in New York, I'm excited to head south and enjoy temperatures in the mid-80s during the day and mid-60s at night.
I'm excited to get out of the office. Truth be told, the RVCF team runs around nonstop during the conference from the time we get up in the morning until the time we go to bed. But it still gets me out of the office. It's exhausting and energizing at the same time. As an attendee, you're there to get things done, but what you accomplish is up to you.
You can focus on solving specific problems or tackling big picture issues. You can learn about recent trends and research. You can meet with as many peers, trading partners and service providers as possible. We set the conference agenda, but you choose how to extract the most value from the event – and have the most fun.
We work hard to bring together the most knowledgeable folks in the industry to lead presentations and participate in discussions. We work hard to schedule and manage hundreds of one-on-one meetings between trading partners. Even so, we understand that you find just as much value outside the structured sessions.
We know it's hard to have a full conversation with someone during a session. We include plenty of structured networking, but we realize every minute spent outside a session is an opportunity to start a new relationship or strengthen an existing one.
That's why we're very conscious of the time before, between and after sessions. We make sure every environment, whether in hallways, in the lobby or at the bar, is set up and available for casual conversations and even impromptu meetings. We want you to have a comfortable setting to strike up a conversation with that person who said something that got your attention during a session.
The face-to-face interaction and collaboration just can't be replicated when you're sitting in the office. E-mailing, texting and instant messaging are great for convenience, but they're not designed for relationship building. That's what RVCF conferences are for.
When you have that face time with peers, trading partners and service providers, the benefits last far beyond the conference. You feel comfortable picking up the phone instead of e-mailing. You've proven you're willing to invest in your performance and your company's performance. Collaboration and compromise are more likely when built upon the foundation of a live, face-to-face conversation.
Of course, it doesn't hurt to have that conversation while enjoying a view of one of the best beaches in the world. Now do you see why I'm so excited?
It's fun. It's productive. It's a break from your normal routine. Whether you're in a session, waiting for coffee, or sipping a cocktail, it's designed to help you make progress through collaboration. And did I mention it's in Clearwater Beach?
Please join us for the RVCF Spring Conference, May 6-9, 2018 at Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key in beautiful Clearwater Beach, FL. Contact Susan Haupt for more information, or register for the Spring Conference on the RVCF website. We'll see you in Clearwater Beach!
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