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NADR Conference Networking Options!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018  
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Are you planning on making the trip to St. Louis to attend our 2018 Conference "Grand Slam"? If so, we want you to be aware of all of the opportunities we have built into the agenda that will allow you to take full advantage of being surrounded by other representatives from all over the nation. We understand that sometimes a conversation in the hall can be just as much as a game changer as something that was presented in a session. We hear stories every year about how an attendee used just one small idea they learned from a fellow member at the conference to win a case that would have been denied otherwise, essentially paying the cost of their conference attendance and travel. It is this reason, that we not only work to bring knockout sessions that that give you tools to put into practice, but we also offer ample time to get to know and share ideas with other attendees!

There is no reason to be intimidated at NADR! You are stepping into a community of professionals who support and build each other up. If you are attending for the first time, let our staff know and they will make sure that you are introduced to several other attendees the first evening of the conference! With the fun activities we have planned, it's impossible not to feel welcome!

Sunday 3/11 kicks off the whole conference and is known as "Networking Day". We have planned two different group tours that you can go on to learn more about our beautiful host city, and connect with other NADRites. One of the options is a walking tour that includes a stop at the Old Courthouse, location of the Dred Scott trial, a trip to the Gateway Arch, and a one hour riverboat cruise.  This tour will be guided by NADR member and St. Louis local, Mary Dale Walters. The other tour option is the Cardinal's Nation tour which includes a private tour of Busch Stadium with peeks inside the radio booth, premiere clubs and a walk onto the track around the field. After the tour visit the Cardinal's Hall of Fame and enjoy a Budweiser at Ballpark Village where fans gather for pregame parties before every home game. This tour will be led by NADR member and St. Louis local, Melissa Smith. Both of these tours will begin around Noon and the cost is $30.  Click HERE to learn more about the tour options and buy tickets!

Also Sunday, we are hosting a service project  at the hotel. Thanks to the NADR teamwork, members have raised funds and purchased enough products to build over 400 hygiene kits to benefit St. Louis charitable organizations including the St. Patrick Center, Covenant House, The Eagle‚Äôs Nest and Gateway 180. Representatives from these organizations will be on hand to speak to us and then you will have the opportunity to go through the assembly line as many times as you wish, personally creating kits for these needy individuals. There will be plenty of tables and seating as well, so networking with other attendees will occur naturally. The service project begins at 5:00pm and will end at 6:30pm. Thank you to all of our members who have contributed to this project!

After the service project, we are hosting a special happy hour event at Start Bar, designed for "emerging professionals" who are new to our profession. This is a great chance for new representatives to develop a support group among other reps who may be going through the same challenges  or have already gone through them and can offer advice. The NADR Board of Directors will be present to meet you and answer any questions you may have about NADR or representation. This happy hour will be a cash bar and will run from 6:30-8:00. We will meet in the lobby at 6:15 and walk over together. 

Last but not least, on "Networking Day" we will hold our annual NADR Meet & Greet at 8:00 in the hotel. This year's theme is "Home Team Mixer" and we ask that attendees where their favorite team jersey or other fan gear to get the conversation started! This event will also include a cash bar and lots of mingling! 

After all of those chances to get to know others on Sunday, you will feel right at home by the time the academic portion of the  conference kicks off Monday morning! But we don't stop there! Not only do we allow several networking breaks during the sessions, but we will also hold our annual President's Reception on Monday evening beginning at 7:00pm. This event is included in your registration and you do not want to miss it! This year, it will be held at our hotel's rooftop restaurant, Three-Sixty! We will dance the night away while overlooking Busch Stadium and the Arch! Heavy hors oeuvres will be served and we will have an open bar until 9:30pm. NADR night owls will stick around after 9:30 for our "after party" which always provides for entertaining stories the following day! 

On Tuesday at 4:00pm, we offer a session that is focused on meeting with and talking to others from your region while also visiting with our exhibitors. All of our sponsors will have raffle tickets to give you if you visit their table. You decide which exhibitors you want to visit and which ones you don't. If you visit all tables, your raffle chances are better. The beautiful thing about this event is that it provides a non-intimidating way for you to learn more about the goods and services our exhibitors can provide you and it also spurs conversation with other attendees from your region on products that they have found useful. There will be a cash bar available and the raffle will begin at 5:20pm.  

Tuesday night, a large group of us will go to Start Bar (same location as the emerging professionals happy hour) where we will have the Mezzanine level all to ourselves which includes couches, old school gaming consoles, buckets of beer and stocked minibars. Also included in the cost of the ticket is pizza, appetizers, one drink ticket from the bar, unlimited games and a koozie! The ticket for this group event is $50 and must be purchased before 3/1. Click HERE (scroll to page 3) to learn more about this optional event and to buy your ticket. Act soon, we are limited to 60 people! 

This doesn't even mention the group breakfasts on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday that are also included in your registration! NADR is known for making the most of your time away from your office. We want you to truly feel like you are on Team NADR! See you in St. Louis!


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