Hello again. Well, I have survived almost 3 months in my new role as President of insideARM. I must say it is has been everything I thought and more. I joined a terrific group of talented people.
I had an interesting phone call this week from a long-time friend in the industry. It really validated my belief about the company. We were talking about all of the current events/news in the industry. He said: “I do two things EVERY DAY. I read the Wall Street Journal and I read the daily insideARM newsletter.” It took a second for the power of that statement to register. But the more I thought about it, the more proud I became to be a part of the ARM industry’s leading source of news, information, education, and conferences.
Speaking of conferences….in the words of the late Joan Rivers: “Can we talk?” My hair is getting thinner and whiter by the minute. I have been going to the various industry events for over 25 years. I used to get excited about going to conferences. I have a different perspective these days.
I am so “over” Las Vegas. I am not a gambler. Plus, since I have the well-earned title of being THE DULLEST PERSON IN THE ARM INDUSTRY, all of the glitter and glamour of Las Vegas is lost on me. Lastly, time away from home has become less attractive. I like being at home. Shorter trips are better for me, and I hear the same from many of my colleagues.
insideARM has created a different conference model for our industry. The 3rd Annual Larger Market Participant Summit (April 23, 2015) is shaping up quite nicely. First of all. This conference is designed entirely for the LMPs. It’s in Washington, D.C., not in Las Vegas. The conference is not at a beautiful resort surrounded by a fabulous golf course. There are no distractions. There is also no exhibit hall. Best of all, the event is not spread out over multiple days. It is a single working day. For many people it can be a day trip to D.C.
I urge you to take a look at the Agenda. I think you will find it very compelling. You will not hear the same speakers and speeches you have heard at prior events. The program is designed to stimulate discussion and collaborative thinking. There will only be a single general session panel (with a terrific group of experts on one of the hottest industry issues right now: Credit Bureau Reporting). The rest of the day is built around small group sessions discussing the most important issues affecting our industry.
YOU are an important part of the conference. We don’t just want people to attend the conference, we want people to participate in the conference. Your participation in discussions is what make the Summit important.
We have had a tremendous response to the event so far. If you are interested in participating I suggest you act quickly. Our hotel room block expires on March 31st (that’s this coming Tuesday). There are still some rooms available. There is another city-wide convention at the same time (neurology, in case you are interested). We are being told that rooms will be scarce and pricey if you wait too long.
I look forward to seeing you in D.C.