by Janet Dickelman
The ACB national convention committee held its fall meeting in Columbus, Ohio, and we are more excited than ever about the 2013 conference and convention.
The Hyatt Regency Hotel is a great venue for anyone operating on a budget. Each room is equipped with a refrigerator, so everyone will have a place to store medications, leftovers or snacks! Hotel rooms are good-sized and comfortable, featuring either two queens or one king bed. Room rates are $89 per night plus tax for up to four people.
Meeting rooms are located on the first and second floors of the hotel. The Regency Ballroom (where general sessions will be held) and exhibits (in Batelle South Ballroom in the adjoining convention center) are on the third floor.
Restaurants are located on the second floor. Market Stand Café has a breakfast buffet as well as a full-service breakfast. Market Stand also serves lunch and dinner. Prices are similar to Café Magnolia at the Galt House. Perks Coffee and More is open for breakfast and lunch, serving coffees, teas, juices, pastries, sandwiches and salads. They are reasonably priced and the service is prompt.
Big Bar on Two is the hotel's cocktail lounge. Enjoy a beverage along with an appetizer or sandwich; prices range from $8 to $15. And Einstein Bagels is another great option for breakfast and lunch.
And there's more! There's a food court on the first floor of the hotel containing 11 restaurants. You can feast on ethnic food (Mexican, Greek, Asian) as well as burgers, pizza, fried chicken and Subway. There's even an ice cream shop and a spot that serves a variety of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made with their homemade jams and nut butters. And within walking distance of the Hyatt are many restaurants, so nobody will go hungry!
Our theme for the 2013 conference and convention is "ACB - Discovering New Worlds." We will discover air, space, ancient times, and Christopher Columbus' voyages during convention week. Remember that our first tour will be on Thursday, July 4, and our final tour on Friday the 12th.
Room rates are $89 plus tax per night (single, double, triple, quad). Make telephone reservations by calling 1-888-421-1442, or online by visiting the ACB web site at www.acb.org and following the 2013 conference and convention link
Exhibits: Michael Smitherman, (601) 331-7740; [email protected]
Advertising and Sponsorships: Margarine Beaman, (512) 921-1625; [email protected]
Convention Coordinator: Janet Dickelman, (651) 428-5059; [email protected]
The convention committee wishes you a very happy holiday season!