Mission Bay San Diego – February 2017
Great food, wonderful presentations among a backdrop of cool breezes, sparkling oceans, and waving palms, the 6th Annual Meeting of The Minds once again was an outstanding success at Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa.
The conference kicked off with a special 1/2 day pre-conference presented by Acumatica and it was standing room only. A show of hands found a mix of new and seasoned Acumatica partners made up the group.
The Meet & Greet took place under starlit skies by the bay with an array of hot and cold appetizers and open bar. Humming with conversation and laughter, members old and new embraced the evening. Our sponsors held the spotlight introducing themselves to a packed house.
Fridays’ full day of sessions included presentations from ERP publishers Sage and Acumatica, sponsorships presentations from ScanForce, AvidXchange, APS, with additional presentations on Legal Advice, Automation, and a deep-dive into the future Sage Payroll 2.0. The big news of the days was the Multi-Bin announcement from ScanForce and DSD.
Friday night’s Luau featured a lavish buffet with many island favorites, a generous bar, and authentic island dancers and musicians from Makani Kai Hula a local San Diego dance troop. Our very own members got into the act and provided lots of entertainment. The night wasn’t over! Karaoke in the Olive Lounge topped off the evening and many discovered the musical and non-musical talents of the membership.
Saturday dawned with another full-day of sessions. The State of The Minds was presented by the new administration team, (Jim Woodhead – President, Jerry Norman – Vice-President, Jeff Schwenk – Treasurer, Therese Logeais – Secretary, Robert Wood – Board Member At Large, John Hoyt – Board Member at Large and Moira Goggin – Executive Director). The day continued with sponsor presentations from xkzero, Acumatica, Website Pipeline, xTuple, Sage, DataSelf, Scanco, and Vault. Our members provided excellent presentations on SQL Server Management Studio, Sage as s manufacturing solution, Dynamics 365 CRM/ERP, SalesForce and new this year a live podcast was recorded by SMB Jumpstreet.
Saturdays’ dinner at the historical Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant featured a Mexican themed buffet with members enjoying the atmosphere on the patio. The laughter and stories brought to mind that we have so much to share with each other.