2019 Straight Talk with the Directors Council
September 2 – 4, 2019 | Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk
Kemi Chavez | Marketing Team Manager/Event Coordinator
Thank you all for the opportunity our team has to produce our annual conference – Straight Talk with the Directors Council. This is my third year of participation and must say this was the best year, in my experience. For me, I was able to connect more fully with our advisors and their guests, which is always useful in making good on the duty we at The Leaders Group hold to our reps.
The following is my review of the event, with hopes that if you didn’t attend, you’ll be enticed to join us in 2020, and if you did attend, that I’m providing nice reminders of our time together.
For those that attended, please feel free to access our event photo gallery located at: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmHBhWa5
Attendee photos can be accessed here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmHAWNPh
and be sure to take part in the 2019 Straight Talk Attendee Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DJK8XW3
2019 marks our first year of holding the conference outside of Colorado. Though a welcomed departure from our usual events, the change of venue location posed a number of challenges for our team which we gladly accepted – from identification of special events to guest entertainment, we found many options to create a program to meet expectations set in prior years.
Immediately following our 2018 conference, we began the process of identifying a location and then an event site once San Antonio, Texas, was selected as our conference host city. We were able to contract with Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk to produce a conference for our advisor traveling from around the world.
Our event location was perfect, as the Riverwalk offered a scenery that provided many options for night life activities within a short distance. I’d mention the humidity, but I’m sure it’s still lingering for those of you traveling from more arid climates.
Because the driving force of the conference is the Directors Council and our large population of reps, it was important that the conference was packed with news, training, and opportunities that met a variety of rep interest and professional levels. Taking direction from the Council, I believed we produced an event that took in account the need for practice management tips that are tried and true.
On Tuesday, October 1st, we held the Directors Council pre-conference meeting to review the event, assign responsibilities and discuss what we want to achieve with the conference. The event was followed by the Directors Council Dinner which was held on a river barge hosted by Paesano’s Riverwalk restaurant.
The 2019 Directors Council members are: Tim Gelinas (Marietta, GA), Dennis Hill (The Woodlands, TX), Sonny Horn (The Woodlands, TX), Scott Marshall (Jackson, MS), Sal Palazzolo (Arlington Heights, IL) and Robin Robertson (Irvine, CA and Hailey, ID).
Guest Group Outing
Hosted by Dave and Berny Wickersham, all guests were invited to participate in a group outing, The Real San Antonio Tour, a two-hour bus tour that concluded with lunch at The Fruteria.
President’s Club Dinner
In recognition of our top 10% of advisors, we hosted a President’s Club Dinner on Wednesday, October 2nd with special guest Charles Payne, our keynote speaker. The event was held onsite at La Vista Terrace overlooking The Alamo.
Awards Banquet Dinner
The highlight of conference is our awards banquet, as it’s a sign of the approaching close of conference, a chance for entertainment and relaxation, as well as presentation of awards for our Directors Council, President’s Club, and top advisors by production area. In keeping with the western theme of our conference, we provided all attendees with a custom-fitted souvenir cowboy hat. Our keynote speaker and special guest, Charles Payne was in attendance.
Keynote Speaker – Charles Payne
Charles V. Payne is the Founder & CEO of Wall Street Strategies. His stock selections reap sizable profits for his subscribers and viewers. Charles is featured on the Fox Business Network Monday-Friday at 2PM EST on “Making Money with Charles Payne”. He is a member and occasional host of “Varney & Co”. In addition, he guest-hosts several shows including “Cavuto on Business” and “Your World”. Charles is not only widely recognized in the media sphere as a thought leader on stock markets and politics, but is also the best-selling author of “Be Smart, Act Fast, Get Rich”. In his book, he helps the average investor demystify the stock market and profit from it, explained in a manner that only he could deliver. Charles’ presentation was well-received as well as his attendance at the conference.
Purpose Meets Planning | Myles Womack
Annual Compliance Meeting
The mandatory nature of our conference involves advisor attendance to our firm’s Annual Compliance Meeting featuring our Chief Compliance Officer, Jane Riley. Jane has a special talent for entertaining, and most definitely provided the most engaging Compliance meeting you could ever attend.
We cannot thank our wonderful sponsors enough. Without their support and participation, this year’s conference would have been lacking in many areas. The continued support of our sponsors allows us to continue to grow and improve this special event.
The American College
The Leaders Group Team
Again, from my view, this is by far our most successful annual conference, which is in no small way due to the efforts of The Leaders Group team.
I am extremely grateful to our team for their commitment, support, and dedication to making this year’s conference one to remember in years to come.
Up Next: 2020 Straight Talk with the Directors Council | Clarity & Vision
Next year’s conference will be held September 30 – October 2nd at the Gaylord of the Rockies Hotel and Resort in Denver, Colorado. Planning is well underway, and please stay up to date with event developments via our conference site: www.straighttalkconference.com
Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center is conveniently located only sixteen minutes away from Denver International Airport.
Marketing Team Manager/Event Coordinator