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  1. Gil...send me an e-mail at chair.nats2023@gmail.com and I'll see what I can do with our room block manager at the hotel if rooms do open up between now and the kick-off of the convention. To answer your specific question: no, there is no system set up to do this automatically. -Len
  2. Contest entry forms for the 2023 national contest are now posted to the convention website. There are both fillable PDFs as well as Microsoft Word documents. Convention contest staff will have blank hard copies on hand at the contest registration desk for those that do not get a chance to fill out their forms ahead of time. IPMS National Convention | Contest Entry Forms (nats2023.com) -Len
  3. Greetings everyone. As promised, we are opening convention pre-registration tomorrow, the 1st of March at 9AM central time. You can go to this link: https://www.myipmsusa.org and on the menu items on the top you will see a convention registration choice. Clicking on that will bring you to all the choices. We are also selling tour tickets, banquet tickets, T-shirts, hats, extra pins as well as tickets to 3 paid workshop/seminars: Bryant Dunbar and Grex are returning for their airbrush class. New to this year’s convention is Rick Lawler conducting two sessions of his Diorama Basics class. Also new are master figure painters Bob Bethea and Henry Nunez conducting an Andrea Figure painting class. I’m have additional descriptions of these seminars – along with all the free seminars - up on the website soon. I’ve attached to this post pics of the T-shirts and hats. I will be getting these up on the website soon as well. Two tours that we are offering are one on Thursday, August 3rd, to Fredericksburg, Texas with admission to the National Museum of the Pacific War, otherwise known as the Nimitz Museum. Then, on Friday, August 4th, we are sending a coach to San Antonio to visit the private collection of Lewis Air Legends. The hangers where these aircraft are kept are closed to the public but one of our convention team members made special arrangements to get a close-up and personal look at the aircraft in this collection of flying warbirds. Unfortunately, the Lewis Air Legend tour is limited to 40 people only. For the tour to Fredericksburg, if and when it sells out, we will add a second coach and sell more tickets. So, if the Fredericksburg tour sells out, check back to look for more tickets in the near future. Convention pre-sale will continue through June 30th. After that, if you want to attend, you’ll have to register in-person, at the convention, at a price of $65 ($10 more than pre-registration). I'll have more updates and other details in the coming weeks. -Len Pilhofer
  4. Greetings All, I thought I would try something different and produce a video of the latest updates to the 2023 Convention. I have posted it to both YouTube (linked here) and also to the convention's FaceBook page. I'll be producing more of these in the coming months and as we get closer to the convention.
  5. We are shooting for March 1st to have all the registration information, to include proxy entries, up on our website to include prices and the option to purchase them through the IPMS/USA online store. Best Regards, Len
  6. Greetings All, Unfortunately, our space, as similar to Omaha, will be limited and priority will be given to the contest tables. Once we are done finalizing the tables committed to others in the hallways (IPMS/USA, Registration, Door Prizes, Podcasters, etc) we'll make a final decision on how many tables we can dedicate to display only. If we do have display only tables, they are going to be in the hallways of the convention center. All other spaces within convention rooms are full and very tight. We'll make a call by late spring and let everyone know what our decision is. Best Regards, Len
  7. Hi Mike. Yes, we will be posting the attending vendors very soon. In fact, I asked our vendor coordinator a couple of days ago to get me the current list as I hope to have it up on our website by the end of this month (January 2023). We'll have both a list of vendors with links to their respective websites (if they own one) as well as a floorplan of the vendor rooms with who will be at each table. Best Regards, Len
  8. IPMS/USA now accepting contest category sponsorships for the 2023 National Convention. We are currently listing the 2022 categories on our convention website (www.nats2023.com/contest/categories.html) along with the sponsor of each category. There is a link on this page that takes you to the IPMS/USA webstore (a different website) where you can make your purchase. As sponsorships are purchased, our convention team will update the category sponsors on the convention website. When the NCC publishes the updated 2023 category list we will in turn update the categories on our website. When purchasing a category for sponsorship please note your first, second, and third choices in the webstore checkout comments section. This will help our Awards Coordinator, Rob Booth, work out which category you or your club will be sponsoring. In almost all cases, you will get your first choice. Be sure to check out the category list on our website to ensure it is not already sponsored. If, by chance, you make a category purchase and someone else gets theirs in right before you, yours will be moved to your 2nd choice. In addition, when the 2023 list is published and a category you purchased a sponsorship for has been eliminated, we will move your sponsorship to your second choice. Please note that the IPMS/USA webstore is a different website than our National Convention 2023 website and as categories are purchased there is not an automatic update to the category list on the convention website. Rob Booth and I will be making those updates to the category list on the convention website on a regular basis. Most likely every few days. If you have any questions regarding this process, please e-mail me at chair.nats2023@gmail.com. -Len
  9. Gil, I respectfully disagree with your position that more could have been done by me or my staff. We can agree to disagree, but I am not revisiting the room block management by my staff or even Hilton/Embassy Suites. Now on to the bigger issue: If you need to alert me to something or if you have a true complaint, please contact me via my e-mail – chair.nats2023@gmail. This e-mail I have made readily available in the past month or two and have posted it here on the forum. Complaining to me personally via a public forum is not conducive to healthy, constructive and professional communication. I do not know you personally and you do not know me personally. Therefore, all communication that I could potentially have with you will be professional. In past forum posts you have used explicit language in a post(s) directed at me. In light of my desire to use professional language with those I do not know, this crossed a line. I am not in any way offended by harsh language in general, but I do not use it with those I do not know personally. Those who use it with me, or even directed at me, I tend to “zero-out” as toxic persons. I have made a habit in my life to not fight with toxic people, I just walk away. What concerns me the most, however, is the overall health of IPMS/USA. There are many other members who read the posts on this forum, yours included. When you continue to badger the host committee with things outside their control, I believe it makes members think twice about volunteering to lead such a large and complex event as a national convention. After being in a leadership role for this upcoming convention for a few years now, I have much regard and respect for those that came before me, and hopefully many more that will come after me. The kind of language and pointed accusations you make in this forum, in my opinion, do not help in the recruiting of future volunteers to help execute an event that is literally the pinnacle of our society. People are members because of our convention. I ask that if you have opinions or complaints about how a person or team is doing their job, use private communication first. Doing so is in the best interest and health of our fantastic organization, IPMS/USA. Respectfully, Len Pilhofer
  10. BLUF: If you could not get a room for Tuesday, or even Monday night, and you want one at the convention rate (to add to your existing Wed-Sat/Sun reservation), e-mail me and I will work with ES to add those days to your reservation. Details/Background: From where I was sitting last night it seems the Hilton reservation system worked as we were told. I'm glad that part worked out. I know many of you could not get into the block in time before it sold out. Unfortunately, the convention hotel for this upcoming convention is in very high demand. I will not get into it here, but the economics of the convention drive us to find these smaller/affordable convention centers with attached hotels that are not as big as we would like. A larger analysis needs to be done - and it will - by IPMS/USA as a whole regarding demand/location/pricing. However, what I want to address here are additional nights if someone could not get those when they booked last night. The way the convention contract is written, IPMS/USA is required to fill a very high percentage of contracted rooms in order not to be financially penalized by the hotel. The room block primarily focused on the Wed through Sat night dates...with checkout on Sunday (6 Aug). There are a healthy number of nights for Tues (1 Aug) in there as well but not the entire 260. Some of you were able to grab a Tuesday night, and some of you, no. As of right now, with all the reservations we have with the hotel, we are at, or very, very close to, 100%...which is good as it gives us a very strong bargaining position to add more room nights at the front end of the week. Now that we are in this sold-out situation with demand still as high as it is, I will go back to Embassy Suites and ask for additional room nights at the convention rate for Tuesday, 1 Aug. If you hold a reservation for 2-5 Aug and wish to add Tues, or even Monday, send me an email at chair.nats2023@gmail.com. Include the first and last name that the reservation is held under, and I will work with Embassy Suites next week to add those dates to your reservation at the convention rate of $160 per night. As usual, if you have any questions, please reach out to me at the e-mail above. -Len
  11. Greetings all, A quick reminder that the Embassy Suites room block for the 2023 convention will go live tonight at midnight (central time). I have activated the links on the www.nats2023.com webpage that will take you directly to the Hilton reservations webpage for our room block. The group code is "IPM" if for some reason the link does not work for you, and you have to navigate to the Hilton system via a different path. This group code unlocks the rate of $160 per night for the duration of the convention. Also linked on our convention website (on the "hotels" page) are links to the additional 3 overflow hotels. Group code for these hotels is also "IPM". The rate per night for these hotels is $152 per night. Local/sales tax are not included in any of these rates. -Len
  12. To answer several of your questions above: The room block for our convention - 260 rooms - will not be visible or available to book by anyone until the block opens up at midnight, 3 September (Friday night, early Saturday morning). I have looked myself via the link given to me by our room block coordinator and indeed it shows "sold out". This will change on the 3rd. For the rooms above and beyond the 260 (20 or so) I do not have insight as to why they are showing sold out for the same time frame. I am only focused on the IPMS block and my requests/questions to the hotel in San Marcos are again, only focused on those. On a day or two before the 3rd, I will be creating a link on the convention website - www.nats2023.com - that takes one to the Embassy Suites booking site dedicated to our convention. This link/site also has the code needed to get our special rate - $160/night. I am not posting that code or the link any earlier due to the fact that some will take that code and attempt work the reservation system to their advantage. I am under no obligation to release that code early and I am working to make the very-high-in-demand reservation process as fair and transparent for all members regardless of status within the society. Yes, there are 3 overflow hotels: Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Candlewood Suites. We have signed contracts with these hotels and the rates will be $152-$154, depending on which hotel you choose. Like the Embassy Suites, I will be linking their dedicated reservation websites (with the IPMS code already programmed in) to our website - www.nats2023.com at the same time as the Embassy Suites link. All four will be on the main page of our site as well as under the "Hotels" link/page. And finally, the reason the block is going live at midnight (central time) on the 3rd of September is that I had a choice of either letting the Hilton reservation system and our room block open up automatically on a predetermined date or request a hotel staff member to log into their system and open it up at a day/time I had requested. After chewing on this for a few days I thought that leaving it in automatic mode would be less problematic. If we are going to rely on a person to go in and manually open it up, I thought that anything could happen that day - the employee calls in sick (I hate to say it, but COVID is still swirling around out there), or the employee gets pulled away to address other issues before the time we asked him/her to open up the block, or, they just plain forget. Then, everyone is getting super frustrated when the block does not open when I told them it would. Since it is being left in automatic mode, the time is set for the beginning of the day - which is midnight - and I was told that time of day cannot be changed. Yes, there will be a "stampede", but the stampede will happen regardless of when we set the block to open up. This is just a facet of our conventions, unfortunately. Trust me when I tell you that the hotel reservation process is the most stressful part of the convention for the chairman (well, for this chairman, anyway) ...and it has been the primary focus of my daily life since Omaha concluded. It will continue to be a main focus in my life in the coming weeks and months. I take this very seriously and am putting much effort to make it go as smooth as possible. I stand by to continue to answer questions that are within my knowledge base and reach. -Len
  13. James...one award for each flag. Six theme awards will be given. -Len
  14. Hello Pete. There is an annual award for the best use of convention decals. This is judged by past IPMS/USA presidents. One can enter a model with the 2020 decals to be eligible. In fact, I'm hoping to knock out my Kinetic 1/48 T-45 Goshawk by next summer to compete for this special award. Also, we are developing new decals for 2023...discussions and ideas are flowing back and forth within our team. -Len
  15. The 2023 Theme Award details and eligibility instructions are now posted to our website. IPMS National Convention | Theme Awards (nats2023.com) -Len Pilhofer
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