Rescheduled 2018 Hampton Roads Regional Conference

As many of you may or may not be aware, the Regional Conference that was supposed to occur the 13th-15th of this month was forced to be rescheduled due to Hurricane Florence.

As of Friday, the Society of Allied Weight Engineer’s Regional Conference in Norfolk, Virginia has officially been rescheduled to November 29, 30, and December 1st.  With the assistance of D. Jay Feldman, we have established an addendum to our original contract that will result in no financial penalties to  the SAWE, honor all existing agreements with the hotel, and provide all the same outstanding rooms and support that were planned for the September timeframe that was interrupted by Hurricane Florence.  The other alternative date we were originally hoping for was not possible due to  the hotel not being able to provide some critical meeting spaces.  As you might expect there were several other groups competing for their spaces, not to mention the other groups that had already booked conference spaces.   Our host chapter will now be busy confirming speaker availability,  vendor participation, and determining details of how to handle hotel room reservations, etc.  They will be informing everyone of those details in the near future.

Our Co-Chairwomen and all involved in the preparation for this conference hope that the new dates are acceptable to all.  While the weather may be a bit cooler, there is very little chance of another hurricane affecting our plans.  Special thanks to D.Jay Feldman for his valuable assistance in negotiating with the hotel to get favorable terms and availabilities.  For those who don’t know, D. Jay has been involved in setting up our meeting contracts for every Regional and International conference as far back as I can remember.  His support is critical to our holding successful SAWE conferences.

To be kept up to date on information regarding the rescheduled Regional Conference, please check the blog as updates will be posted to here.  You can find up to date information also on the Regional Conference website  https://www.sawe.org/hamptonroads/2018regional/

You might be asking yourself, if I couldn’t go to the original Regional Conference, can I go to this one, and the answer is yes.  Check out the website for information and contact the Co-Chairwomen with any questions!

Those that were previously registered will need to re-register their hotel room.  Please check the website and email for the new code that will allow for you to re-register at the hotel.  This will be coming in the following days.  All previous hotel bookings were cancelled without penalty.

Thank you, and we in the Hampton Roads Chapter look forward to seeing you in Norfolk November 29, 30 and December 1st,

2018 Regional and 2019 International Conference Location – Norfolk, VA – Hilton Norfolk The Main

SAWE,

I am please to announce that the Hampton Roads chapter has secured the location for both the 2018 Regional Conference (September 2018) and 2019 International Conference (May 2019) at the Hilton Norfolk, a.k.a “The Main”.  The Main is Norfolk’s newest and most modern hotel and is situated right in the heart of downtown Norfolk.  The Hampton Roads chapter encourages all of you to take a moment to check out their website by using the following link: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/virginia/hilton-norfolk-the-main-ORFWAHH/index.html

We’re very excited about our venue and look forward to hosting all of you there.  If you are like me, you’ll want to check out the venue online now that we have made the announcement for the hotel.  There will be no shortage of restaurants, shops, and activities for you to fill up your spare time with this location in downtown Norfolk.  The Main itself has an impressive selection for dining in and plenty of modern and flexible meeting and conference rooms for us to enjoy!

We’d like to thank D. Jay Feldman for helping us to secure great room rates and amenities for both conferences as well as our Conference Co-Chairs Melissa Cooley and Amanda Cutright and our Facility Co-Chairs A. J. Bierbauer and Alan Titcomb.

David Cash (President – Hampton Roads Chapter)