NAEO 2014 Annual Conference

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 Cheryl, Taryn, Gloria and I attended the 2014 NAEO (National Amtelco Equipment Owners) 30th Annual Conference earlier this month. Yet another great event! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: “It never ceases to amaze me how helpful and willing to share knowledge the people in this industry are!” So to keep in the spirit of the organization, here’s a summary of our experiences this trip! 

An overview of this year’s conference highlights and take-aways:

  • This years’ conference was held in Dallas, TX at the Omni Hotel. It is a beautiful new hotel close to shopping, restaurants and historical landmarks like the JFK Memorial. Luckily we were able to see a little bit of the area while we were there!
  • Reconnecting with friends and industry colleagues, making new ones, and serving as conference ‘buddies’ for first timers.
  • Keynote speaker Cy Wakeman is a national keynote speaker, business consultant, New York Times bestselling author, and trainer.  Her message showed people how to turn excuses into results and transform unhappy employees into accountable ones.
  • We got some face time with Amtelco and TAS Innovations. Once again our amazing vendors are working to implement changes we have requested!
  • There were great Operations, Sales/Marketing and Technical breakout sessions as well as the wonderful Round Tables discussions! The four of us split up so we could attend as many sessions as possible. Still wish I could be in two places at once sometimes!

An overview of the technical and software information we learned:

  • Very excited about our journey into SQL! The possibilities seem to be endless!
  • I attended the Amtelco Infinity maintenance session again this year and still took over a page of notes!
  • New ideas to ‘up our game’ for in-house call rating
  • Cheryl and Taryn both attended the IS course and have some great ideas to move forward with!
  • Think like a franchise and replicate ALL processes
  • Don’t Turn Ropes into snakes!

Other memories and things we learned on our adventure:

  • Texas is the land of contrast from the vibrant colors in their landscape to their forms of energy production.
  • Cheryl and Taryn love free stuff!
  • Towels are multi – purpose. They can be towels, shawls, bonnets, and so much more!
  • Bill can form any cowboy hat using the condensation from his glass.
  • Texas loves their food – felt like we were on a ‘foodie’ holiday!
  • As good as it sounds, we don’t want an office filled with BMW’s!
  • Playing the church game in Texas is a bit overkill.
  • Abilene is like a mini vortex – hard to leave!
  • HWY 90 is elusive.

 All in all it was a fantastic trip! Thank you to everyone at the conference and of course everyone at the office who covered for us while we were gone!