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MikeMoore

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  1. Thanks Mike. I don’t know if we’ll ever do it again, but it was an honor and a thrill to do it last year. I’m glad you enjoyed it. mike
  2. Duke, you are too kind. It was fantastic having you make the trip and display your collection. I’m looking forward to seeing you in Vegas! mike
  3. Wow! Thanks for posting all the pictures guys. Every year it never fails that I see pictures of models that I never saw during the show. For some reason, last year's Nats were even worse in that regard. We in Chattanooga were thrilled to host all of you and are glad you all had a good time! Thanks Mike Moore
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Thanks Ian. I'll make sure the whole team see's your kind words. Mike
  7. 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
  8. Thanks so much John. I’ll let the whole team know. Glad to know you enjoyed your trip! Mike
  9. Bob, the Banquet hall is 18,000 sf. Mike
  10. 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
  11. 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 dinn
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Gil, Sorry to take so long here, but yes, we will have Dessert bar tickets for sale at the convention. Mike
  15. 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
  16. Mike, yes, the Huntsville tour is a go. We have a few seats left on the bus. Mike
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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 "doubl
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. Like I said Duke, I really hope you'll be able to make it, so we'll start praying out here! Mike
  23. 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
  24. 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'v
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