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MikeMoore

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  1. Thanks Dave. We are definitely hoping that the display only concept takes root and grows. To a certain extent it is dependent on having facilities that are big enough to support it without impinging on the contest space, but if enough people demand it, who knows what will happen! Mike
  2. Thanks Andy. As for your plea for us to bid again, all I can say is, I'll entertain that conversation right after you get me in touch with a good divorce attorney who works pro bono! But I'll make sure the rest of the team knows you want us to go again! Mike
  3. Thanks Ian. I'll make sure the whole team see's your kind words. Mike
  4. Thanks for the kind words John! I’m glad you enjoyed the show, as that’s the whole point. I’ll make sure the whole team sees your post. Mike
  5. Thanks so much John. I’ll let the whole team know. Glad to know you enjoyed your trip! Mike
  6. Bob, the Banquet hall is 18,000 sf. Mike
  7. Thank you Bob. The success of the display only area is probably the part I'm personally most proud of. I had high hopes for it, but 1700 models out for display only far, far, far exceeded my wildest expectations! Hell, even if you take The Duke's 750 models out of the picture, we still had 950 models just out for display! Mike
  8. Bob, What you're talking about is essentially what Phoenix did last year. They had a buffet dinner. I thought the food was actually pretty good, but being a hotel/convention facility, you are locked into ONE catering service and the dinner was probably double to triple what you might expect to pay at your typical restaurant, which leaves many out by choice because they decide not to pay that much, and many out by necessity, because they simply can't afford a meal that is that expensive. We looked at several options for Saturday night. A table service sit down dinner, a buffet BBQ dinner, heavy hors derves, you name it, we probably looked at it. No matter what we concocted, we ended up with a dinner ticket that was going to costs us as hosts north of $40 per head. So we tried to encourage folks to go get a meal of their choice and then come back for a $5 dessert. I think the idea was well received, and many thanked us for it. We did not however, execute it well, and that falls completely on my shoulders. Your comment about reserved tables might be worth looking into. I don't know what it might add to costs, but I suspect it would be negligible. But what would you do about reserving less than a full table? Besides, the times I've been to the banquet and had to sit with strangers have been great. It was a great way to "force" me to make new friends. The real problem though is with your idea of over-flow seating. We were blessed in Chattanooga to have a facility that was almost perfectly sized, and that included our banquet hall. We had plenty of space for seating not only those who were willing to pony up the princely sum of $5 for dessert that ran out, we were also able to set up another few hundred seats in a theater format for those who only wanted to see the awards. Trust me, all convention hosts would like to be able to do that. But space is like time...it can't be extended. Mike
  9. Randall, First off, thanks for your kind words. We tried hard and I think it showed. Second, the vendor room was 64,000sf, and the model room was 36,000sf. I believe both are the largest ever. Third, while we did indeed try something new instead of a banquet and despite the trouble we had with it, it did seem well received, I wouldn't put the proverbial fork in the awards banquet yet. We were fortunate in that the Chattanooga Convention Center has a large, reasonably priced banquet hall and that we weren't tied to a food and beverage requirement. Many of the facilities that IPMS National Conventions go to have a food and beverage requirement and the only way to meet that is to hold a banquet. In other words, we had some freedom that others probably don't and won't. I'm glad you enjoyed the convention! Mike Moore 2019 Convention Chairman
  10. Your best bet to get from the Chattanooga Airport to any of the downtown hotels is Lyft or Uber. The ride should be about 20 minutes and cost roughly $25. I have no idea how long the trip would be on a city bus. Mike Moore
  11. Gil, Sorry to take so long here, but yes, we will have Dessert bar tickets for sale at the convention. Mike
  12. I'm sorry to take so long getting back here to answer your question. There are lot's of parking options near the convention center, but it is a downtown venue, so none of them are free. There is a parking garage attached to the convention center that is $8 per day. There is another good sized garage behind the convention center, between it and the Chattanoogan hotel that is $9 per day. There are several open air lots that are $5 per day. There are parking meters on all the streets around the convention center, but they are enforced every day up to 6pm. Mike
  13. Mike, yes, the Huntsville tour is a go. We have a few seats left on the bus. Mike
  14. Hi David, that will work fine. That's one thing that we missed when we set up the shopping cart with Eric. Worst case scenario is that we can print family badges for you when you arrive. Mike Moore Convention Chairman
  15. Mark, the other blocks were open for Tuesday. If you have trouble, let me know and I’ll talk to the Staybridge. They’ve been incredibly easy to work with so far. Mike
  16. Folks...We have now sold out THREE hotels near the convention center and just opened a block at a fourth. We have 25 rooms available at the Staybridge Suites, which is directly across the street from the convention center. In fact, other than having to go outside and cross the street, your room will be closer to the convention action than a room at the Marriott. The rates are a little higher than the other hotels, but you can cram more guys into a room there (each one has a queen sized pull out for instance) and breakfast is included. The rates are $154 for a "studio" and $164 for a "double suite", and parking is $9 per day. Check the convention website here: http://ipmsusanationals.com/Chattanooga/Accommodations.aspx Also, if you've already made a reservation at the Staybridge (or know someone who has) PLEASE contact me at mmoore1132@gmail.com. If you contact me before May 1st, I can get your reservation transferred into our block. If your room rate is higher than the convention rates, the hotel will honor the convention rate; and if your current rate is lower, the hotel will honor your current rate. But in either case, if I can get your reservation moved into our block by May 1st, the convention will get credit for the room nights, which is really important. I know many folks have made reservations there already, so please, please, please, let me know if you have so I can confirm it with the hotel! Thanks, and see you in August! Mike
  17. Hi Doug, We can absolutely do that. To be honest the variety of restaurants within 3/4 of a mile of the convention center is so broad that we hadn't even thought of putting up a list, but it's not a bad idea at all. I really think that within a comfortable walk, drive, trip on the free shuttle or Uber/Lyft ride everyone will be able to find a place that fits their taste and budget. We have lots of things to work on in the near term, but look for some restaurant listings on the convention web site at some point. Mike
  18. Not sure what’s wrong there. I’ve got a message in to our web guru to see if we can’t get that sorted out. Thanks for the heads up! Mike
  19. Like I said Duke, I really hope you'll be able to make it, so we'll start praying out here! Mike
  20. Duke, I sure hope you're able to make it. I'll give you room for more display models than you had last year if you do! As for the banquet, while we may be forgoing the dinner, we think the desert reception makes a great opportunity to get together with everyone at the end of the convention, and since it doesn't cost a small fortune, we're hoping EVERYONE makes it and makes it a great party to wrap up on. Mike
  21. All, While we've been quiet on the website front, we have been very busy behind the scenes. Registration is now live. We have a link to the IPMS store shopping cart for on-line registration, and we have a fillable PDF downloadable for those who prefer to register by mail. Model registration will follow later. We've announced two off site events. One is a tour to the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville AL, the other is a BBQ dinner at the Songbirds Guitar Museum in Chattanooga. Both of these will be excellent activities. Check the site for more info on both. We've got a list of vendors who have reserved tables posted. It's a MONSTER list and it's turning into a historic vendor hall. The current record for vendor tables at a Nats is 424 in Atlanta in 2005. We currently have 431 tables reserved. With 5 months to go before the convention, even with some drop outs we really like our chances for setting a record for number of vendor tables. In a huge change from past conventions, we are going without a banquet. See the website for more details, but we're going to have a $5 desert reception to be followed by the awards. We should have seating for over 1000 for the reception and awards, and we're really hoping to have a huge party to wrap up this year's convention. We also have a rather extensive list of seminars that we're working on. Topics and presenters are currently listed on the website, and a schedule will follow soon. Finally, for now, we are really trying to emphasize display only models. We want to see as many as folks are willing to bring. Again, see the website for details. Any questions? Let me know. My email is on the Home page of the Convention Website! Thanks Mike Moore 2019 Convention Chairman
  22. Mike, My apologies for the late response to your message. We spent some time late last year working on our local show held in January. But we are now back to full focus on the Nats! Expect registration to go live in the next week or so. We will also be getting vendor lists and seminar lists up soon. Mike
  23. Mike, there are still plenty of rooms available at the Read House. It's a 1/2 block farther away then the Day's Inn, and $10 a night cheaper than the Marriott. And having just undergone a major renovation (as in they closed and gutted it, not just redid finishes) it will be VERY nice. Mike Moore
  24. Another hotel update. The Marriott is pretty much sold out. There are king rooms available on Wednesday and Saturday nights, but nothing in between. Until and unless there are cancellations, the Marriott is sold out. The Day's Inn still has rooms for the whole convention, but for Friday night, they are down to Kings only, so if you don't want to share a bed, you'll need to bring an air mattress. The Read House still has lots of rooms. Mike
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