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A Peach of a Time at NPRRA Atlanta 2018

November 19th, 2018

 

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the annual Atlanta Conference of National Public Records Research Association (NPRRA). Thanks in part to the largest turnout in a decade, the conference was a smashing success! The conference committee went all out this year to offer attending members a wide variety of choices in educational material, social events, and just a plain good time.

To kick off the weekend, we had over 20 people attend our new member/first time attendee meeting that provided an overview of what to expect during the conference and how best to utilize their time to network. Our football tailgate theme party followed that opening night. Everyone had a great time connecting and sharing past tailgate stories.

The educational sessions were diverse this year. We had an awesome keynote speaker, Dr. Lance Secretan, who offered insightful suggestions on how to inspire, not motivate your team. While all the content was relevant, there were two standout sessions. The first touched on how millennials and Generation Z think and communicate. The other session dove into new blockchain technology and how it will affect our data. Other session topics included new changes to notarization and corporate governance. If you are a member, these sessions are available on the NPRRA website

My favorite activity at the conference, outside the sessions, was the speed-networking event. We each discussed our individual company needs in five-minute increments and then rotated. We were matched with companies we hadn’t worked with before, so it was a great way to focus on new opportunities and partnerships without any interruptions.

To help foster deeper industry relationships among attendees, we had numerous social events throughout the weekend. We hosted our annual golfing event for several members; another group went to a wine & cheese tasting party, while other members went on a special shopping trip to Ponce City Market – a food hall and retail space in an old Sears, Roebuck & Co. warehouse – where they took advantage of some fantastic deals.

Our Friday night outing took us to the Georgia Aquarium – the largest aquarium in the US. The semi-private event had delicious food and we were able to view a diverse fish population from around the world.

Saturday afternoon was open so members had the option to attend an Atlanta movie tour around the city (Walking Dead and Hunger Games were a few of the movies featured) or they could trek to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Saturday evening the hosts organized a rooftop carnival party in Ponce City Market. The weather was pleasant, the food was superb, and the games were exciting.

Speaking as a past President of NPRRA, I must admit, this was one of the better attended and most informative conferences I have been to in a while.

I’m already looking forward to next year’s conference in Palm Spring and the 2020 event in San Juan, Porto Rico.