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First-timers boost TCATA attendance
A surge of first-time attendees boosted attendance at this year’s Textile Care Allied Trades Association’s (TCATA) 2013 annual management and educational conference.
More than 20 percent of the attendees were making their first trip to the association’s annual event, which was held July 31 to August 3 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, CA. As a result, overall attendance was up 18 percent this year.
“I was very pleased to see such a strong attendance of ‘first timers’ at the conference — the involvement of so many new people in our industry is a good sign for the future of TCATA,” said Bryant Dunivan, TCATA president.
The business program covered a wide range of topics and received high ratings from attendees. Speakers featured in the program were Beth Ziesenis, who addressed low-cost or free technology tools for busy executives; Barry Maher on improving communication skills; and Mike Marks on how to survive in the “new normal.” Several attendees commented that they plan to immediately implement several ideas they picked up from the speakers.
A highlight of the conference was a dinner held at nearby Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, where attendees saw jet fighter planes and got to mix with active duty personnel. A portion of the fees paid to the event management team, as well as sales of t-shirts, caps and military memorabilia, goes to a charity fund for the Marines.
The meeting ended with a closing dinner where president Bryant Dunivan presented awards to two companies that marked anniversaries of their TCATA membership. Those included American Trade Magazines of Chicago and R.W. Martin & Sons of Kent, OH.
The 2014 Conference will be April 30 through May 3 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, FL.