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tclifford
06-19-2008, 07:31 PM
Get ready for the 2009 GUA Conference to be held at the Grande Lakes resort in sunny Orlando, Florida. (www.grandelakes.com (http://www.grandelakes.com))

It begins with two of the most respected names in hospitality on 500 tailored acres in the heart of a pristine nature preserve. Add a world-class spa, a Greg Norman Signature golf course and excellent meeting space just moments from all the excitement of Orlando and you have the Grande Lakes resort and the perfect site for the 2009 GUA Conference. Here the Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott weave their refreshing luxury into one remarkable destination and offer it all to the GUA at the exceptional rate of just $179 per night.

This spectacular site will be our meeting home for the 2009 Graphic Users’ Association Conference from Sunday, May 17 to Wednesday, May 20, 2009.

Additional details to follow with early registration via mygua.org. For now...please mark these dates in your calendar and spread the word....let's reach our goal of 500 attendees next year.

If you have any ideas for content/sessions/presentations you would like to see in 2009, please contact me directly.

mark_jetzer
06-20-2008, 12:20 PM
WooHoo, I plan on it. Time to start badgering the Boss. I got almost a year to wear him down. I'll have to bring my clubs, too.

Eric Biggins
06-20-2008, 02:06 PM
Tom,

Sounds great! Any chance you guys were able to work out a deal on extending the room rates again?

Thanks,
Eric

wendytf
06-20-2008, 02:31 PM
That's a great price for that hotel. Especially when it's our Victoria Day weekend. The time and price will be a good selling point to the Canuck bosses. Hopefully the long weekend flight prices won't kill us.

I'm assuming we're at the Marriott side? The conference facilities are better there.

Looking forward to it!

kcoffman
06-20-2008, 02:31 PM
That is a very nice property, my wife worked there for 2 years when we lived in Orlando a few years ago. For $179 a night, the rooms have to be at the JW Marriott, right? I know the Ritz Carlton there is much more expensive. But that's a great place to have a conference.

I have to ask though, are you guys doing a tour of the places I've lived, this year Las Vegas, next year Orlando. I hope you really don't have a convention in Cincinnati, but Nashville isn't too bad, if you like country music (it's growing on me).

tclifford
06-20-2008, 03:18 PM
I'll ask

thomas

Tom,

Sounds great! Any chance you guys were able to work out a deal on extending the room rates again?

Thanks,
Eric

tclifford
06-20-2008, 04:37 PM
Okay heres the scoop....

The hotel will offer 3 days prior and 3 days after at the $179 rate based on availability. They have more hotel rooms to work with on the front end however.

We are also staying in both the JW and the Ritz. Its too early to be saying I want to stay at one over the other and people will be placed in one over the other based on length of stay, how nice they were at the executive bull pen and kick backs to the GUA president :)~

Thats what I know - tc

wendytf
06-20-2008, 04:48 PM
...how nice they were at the executive bull pen and kick backs to the GUA president :)~


Tom, the cheque is in the mail. :)

Eric Biggins
06-20-2008, 04:51 PM
Okay heres the scoop....

The hotel will offer 3 days prior and 3 days after at the $179 rate based on availability. They have more hotel rooms to work with on the front end however.

We are also staying in both the JW and the Ritz. Its too early to be saying I want to stay at one over the other and people will be placed in one over the other based on length of stay, how nice they were at the executive bull pen and kick backs to the GUA president :)~

Tom,

Thanks for the feedback on the room rate extensions, that's great! You're always so fast to respond, and you're so very helpful, we are so lucky to have you on the forums, the GUA would not be the same with out you, you are the perfect GUA President...now which hotel do I get to stay in again?!!


-Eric

kcoffman
06-20-2008, 05:17 PM
Okay heres the scoop....

The hotel will offer 3 days prior and 3 days after at the $179 rate based on availability. They have more hotel rooms to work with on the front end however.

We are also staying in both the JW and the Ritz. Its too early to be saying I want to stay at one over the other and people will be placed in one over the other based on length of stay, how nice they were at the executive bull pen and kick backs to the GUA president :)~

Thats what I know - tc

That's amazing they'll do that coming up on the Memorial day weekend. I'm glad my wife knows management there, maybe I can get the inside push to get into a Ritz Carlton room or a suite @ the JW (since she's in management with Marriott). But I'm sure they'll put as many people as they can in a room at the JW Marriott. It has 1000 rooms (can't remember how many are suites) versus the 584 at the Ritz Carlton (which 122 are suites & Club Level rooms). But all the rooms are very nice, even just the executive suites at the JW are very nice. I've got to tour all the suites at the JW, and I'd kill to spend a night in the Presidential suite there, (though the President always stays at the Ritz) so why call it the Presidential.

I'm very excited about next year, there is alot of great places to visit in Orlando. The best part there is a gator in the lake at the Grande Lakes, so don't freak out and call the front desk about it : )

aoswood
06-20-2008, 06:27 PM
So Tom is the GUA planning on renting Disney World for an evening event? That would be sweet!

Andy

tclifford
06-20-2008, 07:13 PM
I'm sorry but under the advisement of my lead counsel I'm not at liberty to talk about any evening. What I can tell without causing too much trouble is the fact we are not looking at any venues with a black eared rodent, but indeed we are looking as a more "Universal" approach.

Can't say more with out getting in trouble, but rest assured the entire board and Kodak team are hard at work...

Question while I have your ear. Would there be any disappointment if the GUA were to be held every year at the same time. not the same place, but same week or dates each year?

Discuss.... - tc

So Tom is the GUA planning on renting Disney World for an evening event? That would be sweet!

Andy

kcoffman
06-20-2008, 07:14 PM
So Tom is the GUA planning on renting Disney World for an evening event? That would be sweet!

Andy

Or Universal Studios? I was almost quick enough.

kcoffman
06-20-2008, 07:20 PM
Question while I have your ear. Would there be any disappointment if the GUA were to be held every year at the same time. not the same place, but same week or dates each year?

Discuss.... - tc
I would like to see it around the same time, but I could see where it could exclude people who's busy time may fall during that.

I would like to say I'm not wild about it being so close to Memorial Day like it will in next year. While I'd like to hang out in Orlando for awhile and go to the beach (Daytona or Cocoa Beach) & see friends, it's hard to do that around a holiday weekend with other employees taking off for the holiday. But it's also hard to leave Florida after living there for a couple years (until you see a hurricane again).

robert.hammen
06-26-2008, 04:01 PM
If you're going to hold the conference in warm-weather venues (Arizona, Nevada, Florida), I'd personally rather see it done when it's cold in a lot of the northern half of the continent.

Florida in May (heat and humidity) is not exactly my idea of fun.
Florida in February (not as hot and humid, much colder at home) sounds better to me.

If you're going to hold it in May I'd sooner it be in Vancouver, or Seattle, or somewhere. You'd probably get more Kodak participation then.

Just my 2 cents.

FWIW I can't get management to approve sending anyone to these anyway... they think they're just paying for a vacation for staff. Holding it at resorts doesn't help. And the way Kodak screws around with the discount (not publishing a list of applicable software to the discount) also doesn't help...

kcoffman
06-27-2008, 02:36 PM
Florida in February (not as hot and humid, much colder at home) sounds better to me.
Nothing sounds more like fun to me than sitting for 2 hours on the tarmac while your plane is being deiced so it can take off. Or spending the night in an airport because you late flight home was canceled due to weather.

I can see why these are not held when it's cold in the north, but then again that is why I don't live in the north. But I do hate traveling anywhere north during the winter season (like the old Creo Training center in Chicago) :)

tclifford
06-27-2008, 03:13 PM
And the way Kodak screws around with the discount (not publishing a list of applicable software to the discount) also doesn't help...
Robert, Kodak does publish a listing. Each and every delegate attending this years conference got a printed listing in their materials with software that was in the offer. And to be fair, almost every software they offer is on the approved listing. It's no secret for sure. I'll email you the listing as its too big to post to the forums.

tclifford
06-27-2008, 03:17 PM
I can post it here. Here's the software listing from the 2008 GUA that is eligible for the $3000 credit. - tc

mark_jetzer
06-27-2008, 03:59 PM
Here's a suggestion for the 2009 Conference. How about some Packaging specific stuff. Sessions would be nice, but even a small roundtable/discussion thing. There aren't many of us, but we're one of the few areas printing that is in a growth mode. (last I checked anyway, I do live in Michigan -- home the nations highest unemployment rate.)

robert.hammen
06-27-2008, 04:11 PM
Robert, Kodak does publish a listing. Each and every delegate attending this years conference got a printed listing in their materials with software that was in the offer. And to be fair, almost every software they offer is on the approved listing. It's no secret for sure. I'll email you the listing as its too big to post to the forums.

Yes I got that, but I had to beg both you and our Kodak rep to get that info BEFORE the conference - when I tried to justify it to my management (unsuccessfully).

Not having this list BEFORE the conference, for that exact reason, is inexcusable. Neither is not having the sessions and times listed well in advance.

Locking everything down (sessions/speakers/schedules/agenda/software applicable to the credit) at least 3 months ahead of time is a requirement if you want people to make the case to come (I think, for many people, business travel next year is going to be even harder to justify to management than it is now)...

Just my 2 cents,

--Robert

tclifford
06-27-2008, 04:16 PM
Good feedback. You have the software credit listing 10 months in advance so that one can be checked off :)~

With regards to schedule, sessions and speakers. We are working on that to have that in place by the 1st of the year.

We are working hard to take away barriers...

tc

glennt
06-30-2008, 08:45 PM
Coming from Canada Orlando in May sound pretty good.
Any work if Kodak will have that 3000$ software incentive again?
Much easier sell to the powers that be.

tclifford
06-30-2008, 08:59 PM
Glenn,

Kodak has no plans on removing the software intensive. See you at the show.... - tc

tclifford
11-03-2008, 10:18 PM
Just returned from the GUA board meeting in Chicago and I'm so excited with whats in store for the 2009 conference. We have more GUA member run sessions then ever before. We have GUA University training classes to be run my members also. I'm pleased with the progress...

More soon

Tc

Keefo
01-14-2009, 06:48 AM
What about more conference credits for overseas delegates?

That would make it easier to convince the boss!

tclifford
01-14-2009, 03:59 PM
Overseas delegates already get more then $3000, I can't tell you how much, I don't remember... $6,000? - tc

stephen.minney
01-15-2009, 09:46 PM
Overseas delegates already get more then $3000, I can't tell you how much, I don't remember... $6,000? - tc


You are correct Tom, it has been $6,000 fow a while now and sure helps us when making a decision whether to travel the distance or not.

roger
01-28-2009, 02:36 PM
'With regards to schedule, sessions and speakers. We are working on that to have that in place by the 1st of the year.'

Tom,

I'm trying to arrange another trip at the time of the conference. Do you have a firmer schedule of what 'times' the conference starts on the 17th and ends on the 20th?

Thanks, Roger

tclifford
01-28-2009, 02:57 PM
Sure,

agenda is almost 100%. The official start to the conference is 6:00 on Sunday the 17th with the First Time Delegates Ice Breaker, with the Welcome Reception for everyone starting at 7:00 pm. There will be GUA-University classes (RBA 1nad RBA 2, Insite and Color classes) running all day on the 17th. The conference finishes up on Wednesday the 20th at 2:30 pm after the Developer bullpen!

I hope this helps and muchmroe info soon.

wendytf
02-02-2009, 04:35 PM
Soon I hope. I just missed out on $99 flights to Orlando.

I can't book anything until I have something official to show my employer.
Hopefully the flight deal will come up again.

sharpy98
02-16-2009, 07:27 PM
Any updates yet? Getting close to try and catch some travel deals and sell the idea to management.

TIA

tclifford
02-16-2009, 10:55 PM
YES...like in 24-36 hours soon. Email me offline for more info quicker... but officially in 36 hours...

tclifford
02-17-2009, 04:11 AM
GUA members near and far..it is the GUA Board of Directors pleasure to announce the new GUA2009.com (http://www.gua2009.com/) website for all your GUA 2009 conference needs. You can see news, conference schedules, classes, registration, the works.

Poke around, get approval from your managers and we will see you in Orlando!

Questionsand comments, I'm all ears...

rock on!

tc

sharpy98
02-17-2009, 02:45 PM
Good stuff, Thank You.

wendytf
02-17-2009, 03:46 PM
After a quick look, I'm happy to see the prices haven't changed. I'm also happy to see that the spouse/companion package pricing is separated into optional evenings, and ALL meals are included again this year.

I hope the "to be announced" Adobe speaker is Dov Isaacs.

I'll wait for the mailed flyer to peruse through all the sessions.

Thanx Tom

thashimoto
02-17-2009, 05:09 PM
Great Job, hope I can attend 09 GUA, haven't been for awhile :D

tclifford
02-17-2009, 05:23 PM
Due to scheduling conflict, Dov will not be there.

I'm bummed too...

:mad:

thomas

After a quick look, I'm happy to see the prices haven't changed. I'm also happy to see that the spouse/companion package pricing is separated into optional evenings, and ALL meals are included again this year.

I hope the "to be announced" Adobe speaker is Dov Isaacs.

I'll wait for the mailed flyer to peruse through all the sessions.

Thanx Tom

wendytf
02-18-2009, 01:04 AM
They should reduce the price then, or change the date.

;)

Due to scheduling conflict, Dov will not be there.

I'm bummed too...

:mad:

thomas

pstuart
02-18-2009, 06:03 PM
So let me get this straight, if I register now, I get last year's pricing. If I wait until after March 15th, I still get a discount. If I wait until the last minute I have to pay full price. But I still get the $3000 credit either way, so it seems like the best thing to do is register before March 15th and save $200.

tclifford
02-19-2009, 06:17 PM
yes..Everyone get the $3000.00 credit same as in years past.

See you in Orlando

So let me get this straight, if I register now, I get last year's pricing. If I wait until after March 15th, I still get a discount. If I wait until the last minute I have to pay full price. But I still get the $3000 credit either way, so it seems like the best thing to do is register before March 15th and save $200.

Eric Biggins
02-19-2009, 06:24 PM
Tom,

When should we expect to see the conference info in the mail? March 15th will be here before we know it. Also, will the list of qualifying software be included in the package along with a deadline for when the credit needs to be used by?

Thanks,
Eric

rugby148
02-19-2009, 06:25 PM
The first postcard is in the mail. Just received one today. You should see them soon and steadily until the conference date.

tclifford
02-19-2009, 07:48 PM
Conference credit info will be posted on the website.

thomas

Tom,

When should we expect to see the conference info in the mail? March 15th will be here before we know it. Also, will the list of qualifying software be included in the package along with a deadline for when the credit needs to be used by?

Thanks,
Eric

Eric Biggins
02-19-2009, 09:27 PM
John/Tom,

Thanks for the info. I'm particularly interested in the list of qualifying software as well as the deadline to use it by. I (as well as others I'm sure) will need that to help justify the trip.

Thanks again,
Eric

tclifford
02-20-2009, 04:14 AM
More 411 to follow shortly. As for 2008, I was able to use my credit up to November 2008...so you will have a good 6 months if not more...

I'm getting full details from Kodak to be posted on the GUA2009.com website.

John/Tom,

Thanks for the info. I'm particularly interested in the list of qualifying software as well as the deadline to use it by. I (as well as others I'm sure) will need that to help justify the trip.

Thanks again,
Eric

tclifford
02-20-2009, 02:49 PM
$3,000USD Conference Credit!

Once again, all delegates, who register for, and attend, the GUA North American Conference 2009, receive $3,000USD towards the purchase of select Kodak products (list of products covered by this offer will be included in coming weeks). This year Kodak is looking to make the credit even valuable by extending it to cover products outside of just the workflow software products. More to follow shortly as the details are ironed out.

Delegates from the same site or from sister sites, may combine their credits, up to $9,000USD per site.

The credit will be valid for a period of six months after the Conference end date, namely November 20, 2009.

Restrictions


Conference credit will be awarded to confirmed Conference delegates only - you must attend the Conference to receive the value.
Conference credits are non-transferable.
All orders must be received by November 20th, 2009 – no exceptions.
Spouses/Companions are not eligible to receive the Conference Credit.
Conference credit may be applied only to purchases of certain qualifying products. A more detailed list will be provided in the near future.
Conference credit has no cash value.
This Conference Credit applies to the pre-tax total listed price of products on the Conference incentive list (will be provided) and does not include additional taxes, duties, shipping costs and customs charges.
No discounts will be applied to any products not on this coming list for this special offer.
Delivery time is not guaranteed.

tclifford
02-20-2009, 02:58 PM
Wendy,

just to be clear...

Signing up for optional evening events gets you that event only. Ala Cart. Only if she registers for the full companion package are ALL meals included. Otherwise the cost covers the individual evening event only.

After a quick look, I'm happy to see the prices haven't changed. I'm also happy to see that the spouse/companion package pricing is separated into optional evenings, and ALL meals are included again this year.

wendytf
02-20-2009, 05:27 PM
Yup, I deciphered that Tom. We're just hashing that around. Thank you.

stephen.minney
02-23-2009, 01:06 AM
Hey Tom, Do the International delegates get the $6,000 credit as in previous years? Also, is there a PDF of the schedule so that we can print it out?

Cheers

Steve

aanheier
02-24-2009, 05:12 PM
My boss wants to know whether there is a cancellation fee in case we sign up and by the time the conference comes around the business is slowing down even more than it is right now.

Trying to watch expenditures in a very scary business climate, I guess.

tclifford
02-24-2009, 05:42 PM
Staring with the 2008 conference, only the Australian delegates get the $6000.00 credit.

thomas

Hey Tom, Do the International delegates get the $6,000 credit as in previous years? Also, is there a PDF of the schedule so that we can print it out?

Cheers

Steve

wendytf
03-04-2009, 06:52 PM
Could we have included on the website, a downloadable PDF for credit card authorization.

thanx

I guess I should ask if there are separate authorization forms for the 2 hotels. Some hotels require the forms 2 weeks in advance. If we don't get hotel confirmations until the first week of May, there won't be time to send the forms in (if the 2 hotels don't share the same form).

lsynadinos
03-04-2009, 07:49 PM
Wendy,

What exactly is your requirement? Do you mean a downloadable Registration Form?

wendytf
03-04-2009, 07:55 PM
Wendy,

What exactly is your requirement? Do you mean a downloadable Registration Form?

If we are using our employer's credit card, we have to fill out and have them sign a form authorizing us to use their credit card. Last year the Wynn wanted the form 2 weeks in advance.

If the Ritz and Marriott each have their own forms, confirmations for which hotel we are at coming the 1st week of May doesn't give us much time to get the forms filled out.

Having the forms online would just save a lot of people calling the hotels to get them faxed.

lsynadinos
03-05-2009, 04:01 PM
Wendy,

The folk at Kodak are working on obtaining the form(s) you require. Sit tight!

stephen.minney
04-02-2009, 01:10 AM
Is there a PDF with the schedule on it available to download? We want to hard copy so we can take to our Managing Director for approval.

Thanks

Steve

rugby148
04-02-2009, 02:11 PM
There is one in the works, it should be available any day.

wendytf
04-21-2009, 08:08 PM
I was able to download a PDF that has an overview of the sessions, but no schedule.

I have also not received or heard anything about the credit card authorization forms.

sharpy98
04-23-2009, 07:11 PM
Any idea when, what or how we will need to submit a rule for advanced RBA class? I am going to be out of the office for a week here and would like make sure I have something applicable to send. Would rather avoid returning and need to scramble to assemble something to submit as well as play catch up on other projects. TIA

thashimoto
04-23-2009, 09:52 PM
Is there any info for GUA-U class availability for Sunday 17th InSite Advanced?
I am thinking to take InSite Advanced class if I can get approved. :cool:

tclifford
04-23-2009, 10:19 PM
I'm working on this answer with Kodak right now... hold tight.

Any idea when, what or how we will need to submit a rule for advanced RBA class? I am going to be out of the office for a week here and would like make sure I have something applicable to send. Would rather avoid returning and need to scramble to assemble something to submit as well as play catch up on other projects. TIA

rugby148
04-24-2009, 01:16 AM
Is there any info for GUA-U class availability for Sunday 17th InSite Advanced?
I am thinking to take InSite Advanced class if I can get approved. :cool:

There are a couple slots left for that session...they do seem to be going quickly!

tclifford
04-24-2009, 02:56 PM
At last look, there are 3 open slots for that class...

thomas


Is there any info for GUA-U class availability for Sunday 17th InSite Advanced?
I am thinking to take InSite Advanced class if I can get approved. :cool:

sharpy98
04-28-2009, 05:03 PM
I'm working on this answer with Kodak right now... hold tight.

Tomorrow last day in office for a week any update?

tclifford
04-28-2009, 10:15 PM
No RBA rule will be needed from what I'm told they are working on another way of determining level of knowledge. No idea how this will happen, but Xara told me they are working on something diferent...

tc


Any idea when, what or how we will need to submit a rule for advanced RBA class? I am going to be out of the office for a week here and would like make sure I have something applicable to send. Would rather avoid returning and need to scramble to assemble something to submit as well as play catch up on other projects. TIA

sharpy98
04-29-2009, 12:14 PM
Good deal, one less thing to worry about. Thanks for the info :D

wendytf
05-05-2009, 03:48 PM
Hotel confirmations started rolling in yesterday. Thanx!