Volume 47, Issue 7 - September 2008

Here Comes the SUN
AMD Convention A Sneak Peek of AMD’s 44th Annual Convention

by Samantha Carpenter,

What better place to spend a few of your October days than in the Sunshine State at the Association of Millwork Distributors’ (AMD) Annual Convention. The theme of this year’s convention is “Knowledge in the Palms,” and it will be held October 11-16, 2008, at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Fla.

It will feature a number of entertainers and guest speakers, including Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and Republican Congressman for the Sixth District of Georgia. During his opening speech “What’s at Stake, Election 2008!” he will discuss current policy decisions, motivations and strategies of each campaign and the solutions offered by each candidate. Gingrich will give his view of the issues at stake in the upcoming presidential election and the future of the country after the votes are cast. The awards breakfast speaker is Ross Shafer, a former pet shop manager turned network TV host. In his motivational speech, Shafer will advocate taking responsibility for what happens in your life and being accountable for the outcome. He will use examples from his career in show business, as a human resources training film producer and as a corporate speaker, to prove how believing in and using unique talents will encourage people to stop making excuses for their failures and start celebrating their successes.

Get Registered
To register for the AMD Convention, go to www.amdweb.com. Early registration ended August 8, but general registration is open until October 15. Beginning October 1, registration will not be processed at AMD headquarters, but rather you can register onsite beginning October 10 at the AMD registration desk located at the Gaylord Palms Resort.

Here’s what a full-badge registration includes:
• Full day of educational sessions and beverage breaks on Sunday, October 12

• IceBreakers Welcome Reception on Sunday, October 12

• Opening General Session on Monday, October 13

• Admission to the Exhibit Hall on Monday-Wednesday, October 13-15

• Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Luncheon on Monday, October 13

• Association Business Meetings on Tuesday, October 14

• Exhibit Hall Breakfast on Tuesday, October 14

• Exhibit Hall Lunches on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 14 and 15

• Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, October 15

• GenerationNext Luncheon on Sunday, October 12

(Please note: GenerationNext is a new registration category offered exclusively to young industry professional AMD members, between the ages of 21 and 35, at no cost. GenerationNext registration entitles young professionals to a full-day of education, access to the exhibit hall and all convention program events which are included with a full registration. GenerationNext attendees
will be required to validate their registration category by providing a valid driver’s license, a printed professional business card and must be a guest at the Gaylord Palms Resort during the AMD Convention. There’s limited seating.)

Hotel Facts
You can make your reservations directly with the Gaylord Palms Resort by calling 407/586-2000, and mention the AMD Annual Convention to receive a group rate. You can also visit www.amdweb.com to secure a guest room reservation online or call AMD’s office at 727/372-3665. Reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card at time of reservation. Reserve your room early to ensure availability and to receive AMD’s group rate. Although the cutoff date is September 12, AMD and the resort cannot guarantee rate or room availability once AMD’s group block is filled. The AMD group room rates are: $222 for a single/double; $232 for a triple; and $242 for a quad. Room rates are subject to applicable state/local taxes (currently 13 percent) per room per night in effect at time of check-in.

Those rates may be extended up to three days prior/post actual convention dates. A resort fee of $15 plus tax will be added to the guest room folio. This fee includes: local, toll-free and credit-card calls (first 20 minutes each), in-room high-speed Internet access, use of the fitness center, daily newspaper, bottled water (in room) and complimentary transportation to Disney Area Attractions.

Transportation Information
The Orlando International Airport is approximately 25 miles from the Gaylord Palms Resort. Mears Transportation offers a shared van shuttle between the airport and the resort. The cost is $19 per person one way or $32 per person roundtrip. Visit www.mearstransportation.com to secure reservations or call 407/423-5536. You can also take a taxi from the airport to the Gaylord. The one-way fare between the Orlando International Airport and the Gaylord Palms Resort is approximately $50.

If you would rather rent a car during the convention, AMD has negotiated special rates with Hertz. Contact Hertz at 800/654-2240 or at www.hertz.com for reservations and reference CV # 02XS0007. As far as parking at the hotel, overnight guests receive in and out privileges with the charges posted to their guest rooms. Day visitors will be charged for valet or self park per visit. (Rates are subject to change and applicable tax will apply.) Valet parking is $20, and self parking is $13.

This convention information was reprinted with the permission of AMD. To view AMD’s full convention brochure, please visit www.amdweb.com. In addition, SHELTER magazine will cover more indepth convention information, like exhibitors’ products, an exhibitor listing, exhibit hall floor plan and more in the October issue—the AMD Convention issue.


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