Fall Meeting 2012: A Charming Visit in Québec
"The hotel was wonderful, the food superb and the spouse tour was incredible. Both my husband, Charlie, and I give this event a giant two thumbs up! We are still talking about Patrice and the show on Friday night! Wow!” Beth White, Precise Motion & Control.
We’ve received many calls and emails that mirror Beth White’s reaction to the Fall Meeting at the Château Frontenac in the heart of Québec on October 17-20. There was a bit of magic that was sprinkled over the hotel during our stay. Even the rain that fell during the walking and biking tours couldn’t dampen the energy of the record number 240 attendees and 74 spouses.
Many of our members and first time attendees opted to build a vacation around our annual meeting by arriving a few days earlier or extend a few days later. AHTD picked up several hundred additional sleeping nights than what was contracted. And to think, we were a bit skittish wondering if attendees would cross the border for a meeting!
The meeting started off with the Welcome Reception in the Frontenac Ballroom, sponsored by Owner Resource Group. Attendees were greeted by the uniformed Château staff with trays of beer and wine. The hum of conversation was palpable as everyone greeted old friends and welcomed new ones during this bustling networking event. The energy poured over into the next day when General Rick Hillier, (Ret’d.) commanded our attention during his general session Thursday morning. Attendees were treated to the general’s captivating stories of personal and professional remembrances during his distinguished career.
The remaining sessions for Thursday provided the Association members and guests further education when Todd Youngblood, Phil Allen and Frank Hurtte took to the podium for an afternoon filled with timely information. Click here to download PowerPoint presentations.
During this same time, the Spouse Group boarded two motor coaches and explored the culture and the history (and flavors!) of Île-d'Orléans. Stops at LeDomaine Steinbach,Monna & Filles and Montmorency Falls made for a full day for our record number of 74 participants!
AHTD’s Thursday night Product Showcase was sponsored by Delta Products Corporation, Enerdoor, Haewa Corporation, Jacob GmbH and Mitsubishi Electric Automation. 33 exhibitors were on hand to present their companies’ products and services to the membership. The event was the perfect networking extension of the Welcome Reception as attendees lingered even after the showcase started to tear down.
Friday’s itinerary had the ideal mix of work and play. Tom Koulopoulos captured our attention for the morning’s general session with his take on how to re-innovate for amazing success drawing from his reputation as one of the industry’s most prolific thought leaders. The afternoon found our attendees out and about on land, sea and wheels exploring Québec. Everyone was back inside the magnificent Sal de Balle Ballroom and those amazing glittering chandeliers for a dinner and evening event that won’t soon be forgotten. If you’re like us, we’ve been trying to tell our colleagues about the Painchaud Family performance, and somewhere between describing how the bow of the fiddle was actually on fire and how the lead brother was able to hold himself parallel to the ground with only one arm, while playing the theme to Top Gun, without shaking, we find it impossible to truly sum up the magic of the evening. How do you explain that Stairway to Heaven on cello and harp can be so moving? Who knew that American Woman could sound so killer with a stringed quartet? Is it too late to send one’s children to music conservatory to do what that family has done?
For those attendees who stayed for the Saturday morning speaker, they sat in on an entertaining story-hour about the history of Québec. Barry Lane provided a perfect concluding session for AHTD’s meeting in the charming city.
AHTD’s Fall Meeting 2012 was further sponsored by the generous support of the following companies including lunch and break sponsor packages: eWON, Murrplastik Systems, Inc., Schneider Electric, Vacon, andSICK.
We are so pleased with the turnout of Fall Meeting. Kevin McNicholas from Nook Industries, Inc. shared, "Last week’s meeting exceeded my expectations. It truly felt like old times (early nineties) and I was pleased with the networking and wished I had planned to exhibit (again) at the Product Showcase. My only regret was that my wife did not attend this Fall Meeting…”
Let’s carry the fun over to Spring Meeting 2013. We’ve already begun planning for another amazing get-together. If you enjoyed your time with us in Québec or wish you had been able to join us, mark your calendars for April 24-27, 2013.