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Taking Care of Business: Exotic Places For an HVAC Meeting

February 25, 2008
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As I pass my 10th anniversary with The NEWS, I think back on the various locales I have visited and meetings I have attended. I also think about the possible settings for future meetings and trade shows. Maybe you can help me with some suggestions.

I think the location of a meeting impacts how much work is actually done. I recall several Las Vegas and Orlando gatherings where the distractions had a lot to do with half-empty seminars and sparsely attended exhibit halls. Face it, the lure of the locale has a lot to do with how many people attend a meeting and how many people attend a meeting, if you know what I mean.

Sometimes the weather plays havoc with meeting plans, too. One year an ACCA meeting was planned for Albuquerque, in part to take advantage of the great skiing venues I would assume. But the weather was mild and good skiing conditions were sparse. In another year an AHR Expo was scheduled for Atlantic City in late January, surely an unusual idea. But the weather was mild and the turnout was good.

I couldn’t help but think of last winter’s big storms in the Denver area when ACCA set their stakes down in Colorado last week. But the weather cooperated and there were no stories of people sleeping in the airport because of cancelled flights. And this past January’s AHR Expo in New York City? Stupendous and fairly mild weather by winter standards.

I’ve been in great places by my standards, such as Grand Forks, S.D. in February and Austin, Texas in July - places where the weather could have played havoc on my comfort but only made the trips more enjoyable.

So where should the next big meeting be held? I vote for a cruise, preferably where stops include Cancun and other Mexican locales. I know that very little work would get done but oh the fun we would have.
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Dale R. Gibson
March 3, 2008
John, I vote for my home "town" of Jamaica, VA. (Not really a town, or 'burg or nothin. More like there is a sign out on the St. Route that says we're here.) Anyhow, we have the VA motor speedway dirt track just down the aforementioned St. Route...what a great way to spend a Sat. nite in the summer, a bunch of HVAC guys sluggin' down beers, eatin' chicken wings and duckin' mud flying up in the stands? (The High-falutin' types can go up in the A/C conditioned box area if need be. Chumps.) There are hotels located oh, 20-30 miles up 'n down the road for us HVAC types. (Here again, the HF types can get a room a little closer for $300 a pop. We are located right by the Chesapeake bay w/ fishing (cool) and boating (say-charter fishin') and every other water related stuff you can think of. You can even rent those d**n jet skis. The local airport can handle your Piper of Cessna, or if you must, RIC or Newport News Int. is close by. Motorists will experience terrible traffic jams...heheh, we have 3 traffic lights here in the county. I hope you find this prime choice of locations of valued interest. Dale Gibson (The local convienience store has a special on Muscrat meat right now...only $5 each!!!)



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