The 2013 Annual Michigan Charter Boat Association Business Conference will be held over the weekend of October 25, 26 and 27, 2013 at The Crowne Plaza Hotel.
The Association has made arrangements with the hotel for a special room rate for those who wish to stay overnight for one or two nights. Call them at (616) 957-1770, and ask for the MCBA rate ($89 per night) the address is 5700 28th Street SE – Grand Rapids, MI 49546
The fall conference is a great way to catch up on what’s going on and to enjoy a day or two away from the regular home routine. Bring your spouse or significant other, too. There are lots of things (shopping for the upcoming holidays) to do in the area.
The Annual Conference will begin on Friday evening with a social gathering in the hospitality room (6: PM – till?). This informal gathering will provide an evening long opportunity to mix with MCBA officers and board members; maybe some DNR personnel or Sea Grant staff, and of course, other captains from all over the state. There will be FREE snacks, pizza, pop and adult drinks.
Of course, attendance at this event is strictly optional, but it is a great way to start your weekend at the MCBA conference. And you might get a chance to talk to someone in the DNR who needs to hear your issue. However, you don’t need to attend the Friday evening session to enjoy the conference main event.
The main event will begin early Saturday morning, with coffee and Complete Deluxe Buffet Breakfast during registration. The program begins at 9:00 AM. Various Speakers and panels will present information about issues of interest to our captains. There are question and answer sessions at the end of each presentation. The program for this fall’s conference is set with topics such as how to grow your business by smart use of Social Media, DNR Fisheries Update, Michigan Catch and Cook, Charter Customer Issues and more.
On Saturday evening we will have a dinner at the hotel, followed by a short program including the Annual MCBA Awards and our honored dinner speaker Chuck Pistis , Michigan Sea Grant. After the short program, there is a spirited tackle raffle, usually raffling off some of the best current tackle from the best companies.
For those who stay over and we encourage you to do so, Sunday morning brings the official annual business meeting after coffee, juice, and BREAKFAST BUFFET (Free to all members & spouse). The meeting will cover all the current business of the Association and will end following the election of officers. Normally, the meeting is over by 10:30 AM or so, and folks begin to check out to travel home or take in local events.
Why not take a little time off from your normal schedule and take in an interesting, informative and relaxing weekend.