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The following is a joint announcement from the San Marcos 2020 Convention Leadership team and the IPMS USA Executive Board. We jointly appreciate all the feedback we received regarding this year‘s convention. We’ve taken your comments and concerns into careful consideration, while maintaining an ongoing dialogue and negotiation with the Embassy Suites convention center in San Marcos. These negotiations have been proceeding carefully due to the significant financial exposure that IPMS would be subject to if we simply decided to cancel the convention unilaterally. We are now prepared to announce that the 2020 National Convention is officially canceled. While this may disappoint many, including your authors, we believe it is the prudent, safe and sensible thing to do. On a more positive note, we have been successful in negotiating the use of the Embassy Suites San Marcos location for the 2023 convention. Therefore, the rotation for the next three years, circumstances permitting, will be Las Vegas in 2021, Omaha in 2022, and San Marcos in 2023. Tentative dates for the 2023 convention will be August 2nd through the 5th. We are currently finalizing details of the contract with Embassy Suites and expect a finalized version within a week. For those who have registered already for the convention, we will be processing your refunds. For those who have booked hotel reservations at one of the convention center hotels, it will be up to you to cancel those on your own. Vendors will be refunded their money for tables as well through our vendor coordinator, Craig Gregory. Chapters and individuals who have sponsored contest categories may also receive refunds for their sponsorships. Again, we want to thank you all for your patience and support during these trying times, and hope that you recognize we have made the best possible decision for all under the circumstances. For any questions please contact John Noack at: [email protected] Or Len Pilhofer at: [email protected] Respectfully submitted, Len Pilhofer, 2020 Convention Chairman John Noack IPMS USA President
As of today, Monday, May 25th, the IPMS/USA 2020 National Convention is still very much a go. I am in contact with the Embassy Suites and they are gearing up to get their staff back in place not just for our convention but others in June…well over a month before ours. The guidance that we are following is from the state of Texas: https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas. Right now, the state is in the process of slowly “opening up” and we fully expect, while things will not be back to the “old normal”, they will be of a condition that we will be able to hold a convention. Tours: The two tours we were offering: one to San Antonio and The Alamo and the other the Fredericksburg, TX, are now cancelled. There is too much uncertainty with the destinations of the tours and along with poor ticket sales, have forced us to make this decision. While we have a fairly certain control over the convention venue the same cannot be said for the tour destinations…especially The Alamo as it remains closed with no opening date announced. For those that have purchased tickets we have started the refund process with the IPMS/USA Home Office and you will see refunds soon. I have taken the links to purchase tour tickets down from the Nats 2020 website and the same has been done in the IPMS/USA web-store. Vendors: while we have received a few vendor cancellations we still have a healthy vendor attendance with 77 unique vendors and 291 tables paid for or reserved. I fully recognize many of the overseas vendors are in more of a pickle to decide whether to come or not…we will honor refunds for their tables if they decide that the trip is too challenging in the next couple of months. My authority (knowledge-wise) on who is coming and who isn’t is with our team’s vendor coordinator, Craig Gregory. Our website was updated today by me with all the current attending vendors as well as an updated vendor floor-plan. Registration: We are extending pre-registration (a discount of $10) to the right with a new deadline of June 30th. This will give the convention registration team, led by Dick Montgomery, time to sort out all the pre-registrants and ensure their packets are good to go by the start of the convention. Awards: We now have several special awards listed on the Nats 2020 website. These can be viewed here: www.nats2020.com/contest_pages/theme.html. As with past conventions these are judged outside of the normal IPMS NCC judging that occurs Friday night. If you have a special award that you or your chapter would like to present please get with our awards coordinator, Rob Booth: [email protected] We are still seeking award sponsors. Each category is $88 to sponsor and can be purchased via the IPMS web-store: https://www.shopipmsusa.org/product-p/natsreg-2020-award-category.htm. Choose you or your club’s top 3 choices and state this in the comment box in the web-store item. A list of the contest categories with purchased sponsorships (i.e., those already claimed) can be viewed here: http://www.nats2020.com/contest_pages/categories.html. If you see a mistake on this page please reach out to me at [email protected] and I will get with our awards coordinator, Rob Booth, and fix the issue. I urge any of you that have not purchased pre-registrations or banquet tickets (if you intend to attend the banquet) to please do so at your nearest convenience. This will help the convention planning team determine numbers regarding large, important purchases (pins, decals, etc.) that we have to make in June in order to make sure everything is in-place by late July. As I have mentioned in my last update, everything related to the convention is refundable from IPMS/USA in the event we are forced to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances (re-imposed government restrictions, for example) in the next couple of months. As usual, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have: [email protected] Len Pilhofer IPMS# 49932 Director, IPMS/USA National Convention 2020
We are pleased and excited to have won the honor of hosting the 2021 National Convention in the fabulous city of Las Vegas, Nevada. Special thanks to TJ and the IPMS USA National Board for allowing us to make our presentation and all the help they provided in its preparation. We will be posting regular updates and relative news on the forum as we move along. For all those that were unable to attend our presentation on Saturday, you will please find below the details on the 2021 Convention. We hope to have the website up and running in the next few weeks. A PDF of our formal presentation is available upon request. Email Address: [email protected] Website Address: natcon2021lv.com Dates: August 18 – 21, 2021 Location: Rio Hotel Resort & Convention Center - 3700 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103. The Rio is 10 minutes from the McCarren International Airport and walking distance to the Famous Las Vegas Strip. Presentation Video: https://youtu.be/1LTgEeuiP_c Accommodations: 2,200 All-Suite Rooms @ $113.00 per night (including resort tax) for all nights. Free On-site Parking On-site Amenities: 13 restaurants (all budgets) 14 bars & nightclubs 4 Swimming Pools On-site shopping, Spa’s and Salons. Convention Space: 65,000 Square feet, carpeted, well lite. Just an elevator ride away to hotel rooms. First floor, easy load-in and load-out for Vendors No Union or loading fees! We’ll have the room reservation code soon and will post it ASAP. Any questions please let us know. Thanks for everyone’s support and we hope to see you all in Las Vegas in 2021. Bob Lomassaro President & Convention Chairman IPMS Las Vegas
Hope everyone had a great time at the 2019 Nooga Nats. If you missed the 2019 IPMS Nooga Nats Posters, they are still available for $20 (see attached image) FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the Continental US Poster is 18in x 24in - suitable for a standard frame (frame not included) Send Paypal payments along with your address to the artist, Michael Mattheiss - [email protected] Checks are also accepted - email [email protected] for address For addresses outside the Continental US - email [email protected] for shipping costs before ordering. “Mikey” stickers are also Available! (see attached image) Minimum order for stickers only is 3 for $12 - they are $4 each after FREE SHIPPING to anywhere in the Continental US Individual stickers can be purchased at $5 each with purchase of poster. 1941 Mikey Beetle Mikey Towing Mikey D-Day Mikey Time Travel Mikey Apollo Mikey thanks Michael