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"Exiting the Comfort Zone"

2013 is the year for CMSA members to consider “Exiting the Comfort Zone,” – which is the theme for our 95th Annual Convention May 14 through 19 at the Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara, Calif.  This year’s theme encourages attendees to think outside of the box and develop new business relations. To help Mover members in this endeavor, the 2013 Convention will provide up-to-date information on issues affecting the moving industry, offer new networking opportunities with suppliers and exploring business diversification strategies for 2013.

The Convention kicks off with the CMSA’s Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday night will be the Movers and Shakers Reception and Dinner – which is an invitation-only event for CMSA Board Members, Chapter Presidents and Committee Members. The Movers and Shakers Reception will be sponsored by Gateways International, Inc., and the dinner will be sponsored by TransGuard General Insurance Co. of America. 

On Wednesday, the CMSA standing committees (Insurance Committee, Government Affairs Committee, Membership Committee and Military Affairs Committee) and the Association’s Board of Directors will convene throughout the day. Attendees are welcome to sit-in and learn about industry news during these meetings. The registration desk will open this day, and attendees can begin picking up their registration packets and event tickets. Convention Exhibitors will also have an opportunity to set up their booths early between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

On Thursday, CMSA members will showcase their golfing talents at the Glen Annie Golf Club for the CMSA Annual Golf Tournament, sponsored by Pioneer. The golf tournament will start with its shotgun at 9:00 a.m. with a $10,000 hole-in-one prize on the ninth hole, sponsored by TransGuard General Insurance Co. of America. For Exhibitors who don’t golf, the ballroom will be open for them to prepare their booths from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. before the Exhibitors Welcome Reception.

Thursday night is the highly anticipated Exhibitors Welcome Reception, sponsored by New Haven Moving Equipment. The Reception is the best place for moving company decisionmakers to mingle with suppliers, and to check out new and returning Exhibitors’ services and products. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be available to attendees throughout the night.

The Santa Barbara Breakfast, sponsored by Trans Advantage, will begin the Friday activities. After breakfast, master of ceremonies Ben Geissel will start the Friday General Business Session by welcoming delegates and performing the annual roll call. Delegates will then hear a motivational presentation about human behavior impact on your business from keynote speaker Colette Carlson, founder of Speak Your Truth, Inc.

Colette Carlson is a human behavior expert who delivers business communication advice to maximize company relationships and revenue. Carlson has been hired by Accenture, Microsoft, New York Life, Cisco and PepsiCo to focus their business strategies. It was after her own personal transformation that enabled her to change her career path from administrative assistant to No. 1 sales producer, and eventually, to becoming the founder of Speak Your Truth, Inc.

CMSA Chairman Rick Hosea of Crown Worldwide Moving & Storage will share his impressions of the past year’s experiences with Steve Weitekamp in industry matters and visiting CMSA Chapters.

Linda Bauer Darr, president and CEO of American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA), will inform attendees of the issues and developments affecting interstate moves.

Sean Edgar of CleanFleets.net will discuss the California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulation updates still impacting moving companies within the state. As an established consulting firm for CARB regulation, CleanFleets.net continues to advise and update moving specialists about upcoming deadlines, reporting requirements and other CARB issues.

Closing the Friday General Business Session, CMSA President Steve Weitekamp will present intrastate moving industry achievements in 2012 and the issues that lie ahead in 2013. Weitekamp will also introduce the new 2013-2014 CMSA Board of Directors and swear them into office.

Next is the Blue Pacific Luncheon, sponsored by Paul Hanson Partners.  Joining attendees at the luncheon, a legislative spokesperson will discuss current events happening in Sacramento affecting the moving industry.

The Military Affairs Breakout Session will follow the luncheon. Delegates will hear from a diverse group of military move experts about upcoming policy changes. At the end of the session, panelists will answer delegates’ questions about the outlook on military moves in 2013.

          In the evening, delegates get a chance to relax and socialize at the Friday night off-site event at the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center. Attendees will enjoy a quick shuttle ride, sponsored by DEWITT Co./Royal Hawaiian Movers, to and from the center.  There will be a catered barbecue dinner for attendees and entertainment by Mark Collier, a well-known strolling magician. This event is sponsored by Kentucky Trailer, Cardinal Van & Storage Co., Arpin Van Lines, Inc., Atlas Van Lines, North American Van Lines, Stevens Worldwide Van Lines, Unigroup, Inc. and Wheaton

The American Riviera Breakfast, sponsored by ECS Refining – ecollective, will begin the Saturday morning. At Saturday’s General Business Session, master of ceremonies and former CMSA Chairman Vince Cardinale will introduce International Association of Mover’s (IAM) President Terry Head, who will present the current state of the international shipping market. The IAM represents more than 2,000 companies operating as movers, forwarders and other service providers in more than 170 countries around the world.

CMSA will also host its Van Line Panel discussion with van line representatives, moderated by former CMSA Chairman Steve DeBolt. Delegates will have an inside look into interstate household goods moving, health of the national account business market and future DP3 changes. At the close of the panel discussion, questions will be taken from the audience.

The Convention continues with the Saturday Paradise Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Champion Risk & Insurance Services, L.P. and Vanliner Insurance Co. During the luncheon, CMSA Chapter Presidents will be recognized for their hard work in leading their chapters and for raising funds for the CMSA Scholarship fund and Special Olympics. Also joining Convention attendees are several 2013 CMSA Scholarship recipients who will receive their certificates and say a few words about how their scholarships will help them accomplish their scholastic goals. In addition to granting more than $51,000 in scholarships this year, one person will be awarded a special $2,000 memorial scholarship, honoring the life of retired CMSA Manager Patricia Andrews. CMSA will also present a $5,000 donation to the Southern California Special Olympics. The finale of the 2013 Convention is the Saturday night Chairman’s Reception and Dinner/Ball, sponsored by CDS Moving Equipment. The night will kick off with the grand prize drawing of the DEWITT Co./Royal Hawaiian Movers-sponsored Maui Trip. Only Mover members that have purchased full Convention registrations and are present during the raffle are eligible to win (Individual tickets don’t count!).

Next, the 2013-2014 CMSA officers will be introduced to the membership, and the attendees will celebrate the installation of Chairman-elect P.J. Welch of Cardinal Van & Storage Co.

Senior Chairman Rick Hosea of Crown Worldwide Moving & Storage will receive the honorary CMSA lifetime membership and pass the gavel to the 2013-2014 Chairman P.J. Welch. In celebration of the newly installed Chairman, delegates will dance to the music by the Area 51 band.

Join us at the 95th Annual CMSA Convention in Santa Barbara! Remember: Full registrations that are paid by March 25 will be entered in a $50 Visa gift card raffle!  To register for the 2013 Convention, please call the CMSA office or visit the convention kiosk on the CMSA website today!

February 2013 - CMSA Communicator

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