When Inland and the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association gather at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs next September, they will do much more than share a common meeting site.
Instead, organizers say this joint gathering will be a true shared annual meeting with Inland and SNPA members attending the same sessions that will reflect the particular strengths of each association.
A programming committee drawn from members of both associations is at work compiling the agenda for the joint meeting Sunday, Sept. 10 through noon Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.
Inland's business will be accomplished as usual at this joint meeting, with election of officers, the awarding of the Casey Minnesota and Distinguished Service honors as well as announcement of the results of the Newsroom Contests and Print Quality Contest.
The Broadmoor will also host Inland's Family Owners and Next Generation Leadership Conference the day before the joint Annual Meeting is held. While the program is still being drawn up for the conference, it's certain to include the very popular closed-door discussion among the incumbent and successor leadership generations. Watch inlandpress.org for more announcements about the Family Owners conference.
Registration for the joint meeting is expected to open around March 1, but sponsorship and vendor opportunities are already open. Contact Patty Slusher, Inland's director of membership and programming, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847.795.0380 for more information on these opportunities.
Expectations are high for the joint meeting, especially since Inland and SNPA have collaborated successfully on events in the past, most notably for the Key Executive Mega-Conference. The 2017 Mega-Conference is scheduled for Feb. 23-25 in Orlando. Inland and SNPA are also jointly sponsoring the Driving Digital Revenue conference in Atlanta Jan. 25 and 26.
"These collaborations have proved to be programmatic and financial successes and we believe this joint meeting, at the world-famous Broadmoor Hotel, will be just as successful," Inland's association Chairman Mike Gugliotto said at the Annual Meeting in October.