Mark your calendars! 2017 Fall Convention to be held November 7-10, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Houston hotel in Houston, Texas
2017 Program Schedule and Registration material will be available in mid-July
Beginning with the Joint Opening Session on Tuesday morning and ending with the Joint Industry Reception on Thursday morning, EMDA Business Program registrants will fill their convention times with member-to-member contact; manufacturer and supplier interviews and informative and entertaining convention programs. The EMDA Social Program is geared toward attendees that accompany the Business Program registrants. The program includes all the social events that are part of the Business Program, plus offers optional touring events.
Download 2016 Social_Program_Highlights (PDF)
Attendee List: EMDA Convention Attendees-SocialProgram/Spouses
Spouse Program . . . Ladies Program . . . still trying to come up with an appropriate name! So, for now – EMDA Social Program it is!
2016 Convention schedule (2017 information will be available in July)
Monday, October 31, 2016 – Arrival day for most attendees. For members making early appointments with their suppliers.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 – The EMDA and FEMA Joint Opening Session is designed to bring the members together to “kick-off” their conventions with a dynamic presentation that will set the tone for a intensive week of appointments and meetings. The Joint Opening Session, beginning at 8:00a with a breakfast, features Orion Samuelson presenting “You Can’t Dream Big Enough.” For 60 years, after leaving the Wisconsin dairy farm, Orion has traveled to every state and 44 countries to cover the story of agriculture and share it with his audience on radio & TV, 52 of those years at WGN Radio in Chicago where he still reports business and agribusiness news 16 times a day. Orion will share the lessons learned, as well as some lessons forgotten, about his career, our growing industry, the great opportunities ahead; and shows that as citizens, neighbors, farmers, and an industry, we really can’t dream big enough.
Join your FEMA and EMDA friends for a San Diego Bay Cruise & Luncheon. A private yacht will depart from the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina at 10:30a for a tour of the San Diego Bay. Then enjoy the sights while lunching on the yacht. Finish the afternoon with shopping at Seaport Village. The yacht will stop at hotel to drop off anyone not interested in shopping.
Seaport Village is a 14-acre waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment complex recreating a harbor side setting of a century ago. Includes 54 one of a kind shops, 13 casual dining eateries, 4 fine dining waterfront restaurants, and located in close proximity to downtown, and the Little Italy District. A shuttle will return to the Sheraton at 3:30p.
Tuesday concludes with a fun tradition, the EMDA Partners Party bringing reps and distributors together with the manufacturers that they do business with. The party is a “Thank You” to the manufacturers who understand the value that the EMDA network of distributors and reps provides in bringing their products to the marketplace. The reception begins at 6:00p and ends at 7:00p.
Wednesday November 2, 2016 – You’re invited to enjoy a leisurely morning at the Joint Breakfast Buffet, available from 7:00a to 9:00a.
Wednesday is free to explore San Diego on your own, or sign up for a special VIP Experience at the San Diego Zoo. The San Diego Zoo, voted #1 Zoo in the World by Trip Advisor, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. We have created a unique VIP Experience specifically for guests of the EMDA and FEMA conventions. This VIP experience is a great deal as it includes Zoo admission ($50 value), a VIP behind the scenes tour, plated lunch in a private room, and an up close and personal presentation of animals to our group. This is guaranteed to be a memorable experience from your time in San Diego. A private shuttle to Zoo leaves from hotel at 9:30a and returns to the Sheraton at 2:00p.
Wednesday concludes with the Joint Industry Reception. Meet your friends for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at this party sponsored by the two associations party – a celebration of great meeting completed.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 – Thursday afternoon, join your fellow members for a unique experience with a special, docent-led private tour of the U.S.S. Midway.
Imagine experiencing life at sea aboard one of America’s longest-serving aircraft carriers. Visitors to the U.S.S. Midway Museum enter a floating city at sea and walk in the footsteps of 225,000 Midway sailors who served our country and upheld the American ideals of strength, freedom and peace. Guests are free to tour the remainder of the Midway once done with the docent-led tour. Additionally, you can take advantage of the self-guided audio tour narrated by Midway sailors. Shuttle will leave from the Sheraton at 1:30p.
Friday, November 4 – Main departure day to head home from San Diego. Or take advantage of group rate at hotel and extend your stay for the weekend. Explore San Diego, California’s second largest city, where blue skies keep watch over 70 miles of majestic coastline and a gentle Mediterranean climate and friendly locals create a welcoming vibe all its own.