The International Practice Management Association (IPMA) and over 200 of its members, business partners, and supporters took over the Big Easy to participate in the 33rd Annual Conference & Expo held October 11-13, 2017, at the JW Marriott New Orleans. With increased member attendance, unparalleled networking, and exceptional educational programming, this IPMA Conference & Expo is one for the books.
Surrounded by the New Orleans culture, this year’s three-day program featured the latest trends, current issues, and distinct challenges that face practice managers and the support professionals they supervise. Educational sessions presented by 27 distinguished speakers focused on human resources, technology and innovation, communications, organizational management, career development, and leadership. The IPMA hosted four inspiring and engaging keynote speakers this year including Caroline Ceniza-Levine, Eric Seeger, Terrie Campbell, and Tracie Crook. Raving reviews from 2017 attendees make it clear, you need to be at the next IPMA Conference & Expo.
The IPMA welcomed business partners, exhibitors, and sponsors from across the United States and Canada to its sold-out expo, and with their enduring support, delivered on its pledge to provide the most efficient means for practice managers to evaluate the newest products and services available from legal industry service providers. Between the in-depth, one-on-one conversations and the entertaining social festivities, attendees and exhibitors alike applauded the unique relationship-building opportunities offered through IPMA engagement. Ask everyone, and we did “Networking is the most valuable thing about the IPMA conference.”.
During the IPMA’s Annual Business Meeting, members recognized the many accomplishments made within the association over the past 12 months. Outgoing President, Deborah Clarke, honored Brian Bernhard with the IPMA President’s Award for his outstanding support, loyalty, hard work, and commitment to the IPMA over his 20 years of membership. Two up and comers within the association were awarded the Rising Star Award this year, Jane Anne Gross and Emily Visone. Jane Anne Gross has taken on many new roles within the association over the past few years, and has helped lead the membership committee to one of the highest retention rates we have ever seen, and increased new membership. Emily Visone is always willing to help out wherever she can, and has not backed down from any of the challenges or positions thrown her way. Both Jane Anne and Emily have accepted positions on the 2017-2018 Board of Directors, and will continue to lead the IPMA.
The New York Chapter was awarded with the Strength of Many Award this year for their commitment in working together to bring the New York Chapter back to life. The Philadelphia Chapter was honored with the Pro Bono/Community Spirit Award this year. The members of this chapter take time every year to give back to their community and volunteer their time at the Ronald McDonald House. The association awarded four On the Spot Awards, and the recipients were; Tara Eberhardt, Julie Meckstroth, Michelle Hess, and Shae Korres. CT Corporation was recognized during the Awards presentations, and specifically Victor Bjorge. CT Corporation was awarded for being the Platinum Sponsor at this year’s conference and for their unwavering support of the IPMA over the years.
Clarke announced the 2017-2018 Board of Directors, and passed the gavel to incoming president, Gary Melhuish. Melhuish spoke about what the next year holds for the IPMA, and all that he plans to accomplish alongside the oncoming Board of Directors. During his speech, Melhuish challenged each of the association’s members to do just one thing for the association this year. To volunteer for a committee, revise a resource, write an article, or run for office. Our members are our greatest asset, and Melhuish is working to make the association even better with the help of our members. Through thunderous applause, and a standing ovation, Melhuish thrilled conference participants with a glimpse of everything 2018 has in store including our planned trip to Orlando for next year’s conference.
Save the date for the 34th Annual IPMA Conference & Expo scheduled for October 17-18, 2018, in Orlando, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. Join the IPMA with one of our NEW membership plus conference packages and get a discount on membership when you join. For details, please visit www.theipma.org.