Another Successful High Road to Success
Well – the final reports are in. The evaluations are great. The hub-bub is over. We’ve all settled into the day-to-day outside of the crush of getting ready for the conference. And – the Thanksgiving Holiday is behind us, and we are steeped in plans relative to the location and content for the High Road Conference in September of 2011.
The High Road to Success conference sponsored by Huckstep & Associates and Z-Tech (Austin, TX) is a conference/training event for users of Sage MIP Fund Accounting, as well as the Sage Abra HRMS system. But – more than that, it’s a time to gather information and gain training time from both the sponsors and other users, and to spend time away from the office to gain concentrated knowledge relative to your fund accounting or human resource systems. We offer serious training time with several of the best in the business, as well as time with other users of these software packages. And, we bring in outside speakers who have excellent credentials in their specific areas.
The first High Road to Success conference was in 2007 in Breckenridge, CO. It was a great time in a beautiful location, although several felt the effects of the 9,600 foot elevation, including myself. But, the beauty of the mountains took over, and it was a wonderful time of learning.
In 2008 we were in San Antonio along the Riverwalk. The host hotel was the Sheraton Gunter, and some internet research suggested that the hotel was reputed to be haunted. No one saw a ghost that I know of, but Hurricane Ike threatened that week, and by Friday, folks from the South were bringing their dogs to the hotel to get away from localities where the hurricane threat was more serious. There wasn’t a drop of precipitation in San Antonio that Friday, but the dogs in the hotel provided quite a bit of entertainment.
In 2009, we were in Chicago two blocks off the magnificent mile, and the evenings had all sorts of possibilities for great food and/or entertainment. The training days always provide extensive mental challenge, and so it’s always rewarding to spend an evening with friends you’ve met at the conference for some conversation and camaraderie.
This year, we opted for St Louis, in the downtown area near the Arch and all of the downtown historical sites of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Again, we were in a historic hotel, which had been a bank in a former life, and the gift shop of the hotel was housed in the former bank vault. Nearby is the Old Courthouse, where the first two trials of the pivotal Dred Scott decision were made back in the 1847-50 era.
The bottom line is that by way of locations for the High Road to Success conference, we are committed not just to having an incredible agenda of great training opportunities on MIP and Abra, we are committed to bringing our clients to an area where there are opportunities for learning and fun.
Now we are planning for the location and dates for our 2011 conference. Our conversations with participants in St Louis re-confirmed our previous decision to offer the conference in September in 2011. They also confirmed that we need a location that is easy to get to by way of air travel, and provides opportunities for evening great food and/or entertainment. We are considering Nashville, Fort Worth, Kansas City, or Minneapolis for 2011 – and would love to have your input as we move toward finalizing the dates and locations. Of course, we can’t set the specific date until we know the location availability. So – please do let us know your choice. We’d love to meet you there.
Helping nonprofits, human resources departments with fund accounting and HRMS software, reporting, and accounting services; Huckstep & Associates assists organizations throughout the central United States from Minnesota to Texas and Colorado to Michigan.