Attending Conferences is not in my job description now, but when it was, the NARCA Conferences was always one of my favorites. This year’s Spring Conference will be held in Nashville’s newest downtown hotel, the Omni Nashville, May 6 – 9. As is always the case, the 2015 Spring Conference will be filled with networking opportunities! Kacey Rask will be there representing The National List, and her “dance card” is already full!
The Conference hotel and overflow hotel room blocks are full, but it’s not too late to register to be an attendee. In fact, if you register by May 1, members can still save on the cost. The exhibit hall is almost full, so it is sure to be a great place to meet and mingle with people in a relaxed atmosphere, find out about the latest and greatest technology and services in the industry, and even find something good to eat! You can find the full and finalized Conference Agenda here, but a shorter version follows:
Wednesday, May 6, is “Kickoff Day.” If you are a New Member (practicing or a NARCA member for less than 5 years, or under 39 years old), you’ll have an opportunity to share wine, cheese and conversation with others like you. You can also stay for the First Time Attendee Reception that includes “NARCA Speed Networking,” an activity that has been tried successfully at other conferences. PWCI (Professional Women in the Collection Industry) is also holding a Cocktail Social. Kacey has been very active in PWCI for the past 4 years, and last year as a member of the NARCA PWCI Board, she hosted the event. She describes members as “a strong group of women who come together at conferences to network, mentor and support one another.” Kickoff Day ends with a “Country Corral” Reception.
Thursday, May 7, is “Client Day.” Kacey considers Client Meetings to be one of the most valuable components of NARCA. Clients host closed-door/by-invitation-only meetings with their legal networks. Each is approximately 35 minutes long, focuses on their current status and their future, and highlights some of their top performing firms. Two Defense Bar Sessions, the opening of the Exhibit Hall, a Practice Group Networking social fill out the day before the “Howdy Partner Hoedown” with food, drinking and networking in the Exhibit Hall.
Friday, May 8, and Saturday May 9 are Education Days. You’ll want to check the full agenda where you’ll find more than 15 relevant sessions on topics such as 10 Current Litigation Trends, Determining Statute of Limitations, The FDCPA & Bankruptcy, IT Compliance, How to Protect Your Small Firm by Keeping Your Vendors Compliant, and Establishing Debt Ownership. As you might expect, many of the sessions are related to Compliance.
We at The National List support and are active members of NARCA. We encourage you to attend, if not the Spring Conference, then the Fall Conference October 14 – 17 in the Marriott Marquis Hotel, Washington D.C. We hope you will make arrangements to connect with NL staff members at future NARCA and other industry conferences.
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Marti Lythgoe, Editor