Bennett/Porter turned 30 years old in February of this year, and I certainly have seen a lot of changes in the last three decades. Our first Customer Conference was in 1996, and its centerpiece was the announcement that State of The Art (the original manufacturer of MAS 90 and now Sage 100) was moving their DOS program to a Windows-based one. It was a half-day conference held at the Lloyd Center Double Tree Inn, and I remember it like it was just yesterday. (Note that I was only 12 years old at the time, which is why I remember it so well.)
Since that year, I’ve lost count of the number of conferences we’ve held because, for several years, we held both a Spring Conference and a Fall Conference – both also half-day sessions – before we started the tradition of having a full-day conference. Last year was the first year since 1996 that we didn’t present a Customer Conference.
The conferences are a huge investment for you as a client, since it means being away from your office for an entire day. But after a year off, we’ve put together a lineup of sessions that I think you’ll find incredibly valuable; sessions not only to do with your accounting software, but also sessions that can add value in other parts of your business life and, in a couple of instances, your personal life! And for the first time in those 30 years, Sage Software will be joining us as a conference sponsor. In fact, Sage’s Johnnie Woodward will be demonstrating the new Outlook 365 integration with Sage 100 Cloud in the Road Ahead Session.
Our Connections 2018 Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Portland Airport Hotel on Wednesday, May 9th, with doors opening at 7:00am and Continental breakfast starting at 7:15. Announcements will start at 7:45 (and I’m doing those, so you don’t want to miss that!), and our keynote presentation begins promptly at 8:00am.
I really hope to see you there!