On the heels of the NJCUL’s 79th Annual Meeting and Convention, there is no doubt that there are many people who deserve recognition for their efforts. The question is, where to start?
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “it takes a village” used in instances like this. If that’s the case, then the village planner for this event would be none other than Yvette Segarra, Manager of Special Events. She’d probably be the sheriff as well! Events like these are a tremendous undertaking and Yvette takes great pride in putting together a program, from start to finish and exhibit hall to annual meeting that does not disappoint. Based on the comments I heard and have received, it was mission accomplished this year in Atlantic City.
The rest of the village is extensive and diverse. It includes the NJCUL Board of Directors, the full staff, exhibitors, hotel staff, speakers, entertainers and, of course the credit union personnel and volunteers who take the time to attend.
Having attended countless credit union conferences and meetings of all sizes over the years and, as a staff member involved in the management of many such conferences, I know what it takes to execute a successful event. Your NJCUL staff was most certainly up to the task.
From processing your registrations to preparing your registration envelopes pre-conference, to greeting you at the registration desk; From evaluating and signing speakers to assisting them with their on-site set up and making sure the rooms were prepared; Whether arriving a day or two early to be sure the hotel and AV was ready or arriving before you in the mornings to make sure everything was in order for the day… there are many things going on behind the scenes that you have no reason to be aware of… I could go on and on. It was “all-hands-on-deck” and throughout the convention I was continually fielding comments assuring me that all hands were performing to an exemplary level.
To be honest, it didn’t surprise me. This staff is comprised of people who work very hard and have your best interests in mind at every turn. They want you to walk away with exceptional value through content and a smile from the fun you had along the way.
I’m sure it sounds like I’m bragging and, of course I have a biased view. If not for the high praise I heard on-site and through follow-up emails, perhaps my tone would be slightly more muted. Either way, it would not have diminished my view of the mission-centric approach of the team here at the League.
I was also told that the conference attendees were as engaged as ever. The exhibit hall was busy (along with the dance floor). The general session room was packed and the breakout sessions were highly attended. Participation in the New Jersey Credit Union Foundation’s silent auction was up. With the sun shining outside and the slot machines ringing below, these indicators say a lot about the dedication of the attending credit union representatives and their commitment to their members.
Thank you to the board of directors for their ongoing support and participation throughout the Annual Meeting and Convention. And thank you to all attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and partners who helped make the 2013 NJCUL Annual Meeting and Convention a huge success!