Agenda and Events

Sunday, March 31

Golf Tournament at Grande Dunes Resort Club

Its list of prestigious accolades has grown steadily in the past decade. Grande Dunes Resort Club is an 18-hole golf course which in 2009 was named the “National Golf Course of the Year” by the National Golf Course Owners Association of America. Come experience what makes Grande Dunes Golf Club an unforgettable golf paradise in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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Welcome Reception

A welcome reception will be hosted in the Embassy Suites Private Vista Rooms.

Monday/Tuesday, April 1 & 2

Featured speaker sessions

The speaker sessions bring together some of the biggest and brightest names of our time for mind-expanding presentations.

James “Jim” D. Cantore  is an American meteorologist. He is best known as an on-air personality for The Weather Channel.

Frank Abagnale is one of the most famous impostors ever, claiming to have assumed no fewer than eight identities. He escaped from police custody twice (once from a taxiing airliner and once from a U.S. federal penitentiary), before he was 21 years old.  Abagnale’s life story inspired the Academy Award-nominated feature film Catch Me If You Can (2002).  He will be available for a book signing following his presentation.

Jeff Price is a Professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science, and the owner of Leading Edge Strategies, an airport management training company.

Coach Gene Keady became the Purdue Boilermakers men’s basketball head coach on April 11, 1980. Keady became the winningest coach in school history and second winningest coach in Big Ten Conference history.

George Patton Waters is the grandson of General George Patton. He served in the United States Navy from 1965-1970 and was a CIC Officer aboard the USS BRAINE, DD 630. Pat established Waters Investments, LLC in 1971, which is still currently owned by he and his family.

Jude Bricker has been CEO and President at MN Airlines, LLC since July 10, 2017. He previously served as the COO and EVP of Allegiant Airlines. He was with Allegiant Airlines from May 2006 to May 2017.

Mike Veeck is a successful baseball team owner and author. Mike is known as a minor league promotions guru, building a profitable empire of minor league baseball teams, including the St. Paul Saints and Charleston Riverdogs.

Monday, April 1

Spouse Event

Two options:

  1. Tanger Outlets / Duplin Winery
  2. Alligator Adventure / Oceanfront Helicopter Tour

President’s Reception & Dinner

The President’s Reception will be held poolside with dinner following in the Palmetto Pavilion.

Tuesday, April 2

Lunch and Awards Presentation

Host Event at House of Blues with America

America is an English-American rock band formed in England in 1970 by Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley. Their debut 1971 album, America, included the transatlantic hits “A Horse with No Name” and “I Need You”; Homecoming (1972) included the single “Ventura Highway”; and Hat Trick (1973), a modest success on the charts which fared poorly in sales, included one minor hit song “Muskrat Love”. 1974’s Holiday  featured the hits “Tin Man” and “Lonely People”; and 1975’s Hearts generated the number one single “Sister Golden Hair” alongside “Daisy Jane.” History: America’s Greatest Hits, a compilation of hit singles, was released the same year and was certified multi-platinum in the United States and Australia. Peek left the group in 1977, and their commercial fortunes declined, despite a brief return to the top in 1982 with the single “You Can Do Magic”.

The group continues to record material and tour with regularity. Their 2007 album Here & Now was a collaboration with a new generation of musicians who credited the band as an influence. America won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist and were nominated for Best Pop Vocal Group at the 15th Annual Grammy Awards in 1973. The group has been inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.