ISA is headed to Nashville this week! Be sure to check your inbox for a “what to know before you go” last minute tips and important information email, hitting your inbox today. We look forward to seeing you there.
This week ISA is distributing a new membership survey, via email. You may be curious about the goal of this survey and what we hope to accomplish. First we want to hear from you our member on matters that the Society provides such as: conference, educational offerings, other professional organization involvement; methods you prefer ISA to contact you, etc. Our goal is to gain feedback on how to improve the services provided by the Society and how to better meet the needs of our members; this short 10 minute survey will provide ISA headquarters with valuable insight. Your responses are anonymous and information collected with be kept confidential. Please contact Sara Porter at: firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have trouble accessing the link provided in the email or if you have questions.
ISA has officially opened registration for its 2011 educational course offerings. Please visit the ISA Store (http://www.isa-appraisers.org/classstore.html) to register for any of the upcoming courses being held in Naperville, IL, courses begin in May. Distance education course registration is available at anytime. Course descriptions may be viewed at: http://www.isa-appraisers.org/course_offerings.html.
Courses will be held at the Northern Illinois University, Naperville Campus in Naperville, IL, click here (http://www.niunaperville.niu.edu/) to view the facility, also the Country Inn & Suites, Naperville will be the host hotel for 2011course offerings.
February 18-21, ISA will be in Nashville, TN for Assets 2011- Appraising America, this year’s annual conference. There are so many reasons you should join us! Here are some of the top ones…
10. Great speakers. Joseph Bothwell , from the IRS Art advisory panel, will open the conference on Saturday morning. Leigh Keno, of Keno Auctions will speak on due diligence in one of the closing sessions on Monday.
9. The price. Conference registration prices have been lowered from 2010 pricing, flights to Nashville are inexpensive, and we have a great hotel rate of $169 a night single/double. Attending conference is an investment in your education and it’s one you won’t regret!
8. Nashville is a fantastic destination to visit even if ISA weren’t having Assets 2011 there! The Gaylord Opryland, our conference hotel, is a wonderful place to explore as well, with beautiful waterfalls and gardens everywhere you turn. Plus, Nashville is an easily accessible city with an international airport just 10 minutes from the Gaylord. For more information about Nashville, click over to http://www.visitmusiccity.com/
7. A great selection of vendors have made the commitment to support ISA and join us in Nashville. Their sponsor tables will be conveniently set up by the main lecture hall, allowing you to visit with them during the morning and afternoon coffee networking breaks.
6. Support the Foundation for Appraisal Education and their mission to promote the advancement of education related to personal property appraising, through their silent and live auctions. The Foundation will have a multitude of interesting items available to bid on, from books to trips!
5. The meeting committee has done a wonderful job of selecting speakers that appeal to a wide array of specialties. Sunday will be a day of breakouts, but never more than two at once, hopefully making your choices a little easier! Topics include sessions on Southern pottery, silversmithing, furniture, black and white photographs, frames, and more! Visit http://www.assets2011.org/ for detailed session descriptions.
4. The food will be fantastic – a true Southern treat. A hot breakfast buffet starts things off on Saturday morning with a scrambled egg bar, and at Sunday night’s dinner there will even be S’mores!
3. Don’t miss out on your chance to take home this year’s conference tote bag, provided by member Matt McNeil, ISA CAPP. (Thanks Matt!)
2. New programming will be offered to make the most out of your time at conference. From special attention to first time attendees (there are over 30 registered!) to a Meet the Speakers Reception to extend your time with the speakers, you don’t want to miss out on the exciting things happening.
1. And the number one reason to attend Assets 2011 is the people and networking, of course! The connections made at conference are the type that can last a lifetime.