Taking Care of Business Conference Gets Bigger and Better Each Year

April 5, 2018 | Mike Ralston

Mike Ralston, President, ABI

About 60 days from now, ABI will host its 115th annual convention. Some years ago, to better reflect the changes and the growth that have taken place regarding this important event, the name of the annual convention was changed to the Taking Care of Business Conference.

Iowa's Taking Care of Business Conference gets bigger and better each year. If you want to add value for your business, there is simply no better place for you to be than at this meeting. The 2018 edition will be the best ever, with hundreds of people converging on Coralville-Iowa City on June 5-7.

You can look forward to THREE excellent keynote speakers. Internationally known best-selling authors Marc Goodman and Peter Zeihan will share information about what the future holds for your business – and about how you and your employees can succeed and profit from it. Dr. John Anderson will share information about successfully managing an ever more challenging logistics pipeline. I guarantee you will hear inspiring remarks, learn about ways to improve your business and even be entertained. In the meantime, find out more about these speakers here.

As for other conference highlights, one is the region itself. The Iowa River Landing area is vastly different from ABI’s last visit 10 years ago. Vibrant shops, restaurants, bars and attractions abound. A fantastic conference center, conference hotel and gorgeous venues dot the area. There will even be an event at historic Kinnick Stadium, the home of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Some of you come for golf. Well, conference attendees will enjoy golf at one of our state's great courses, the Brown Deer Golf Club. The club has been called the finest public course in Iowa, and you will have the opportunity to play it by attending the conference.

As always, fantastic food, informative breakouts and association programs will highlight the conference as well. But far and away the reason most folks attend, as you so often tell us, is for the very best business networking in Iowa. You can only get that at THIS conference. You can visit with other businesswomen and men about issues you share. You can make new sales and generate new business. And you can simply enjoy meeting our state's very best business people. All of this is found at the ABI Taking Care of Business Conference and no place else.

If you haven't yet done so, go NOW to the conference website and finalize your plans to attend. At the site, you can register for the conference, learn about terrific hotels and link to them to make your lodging arrangements, and find out everything there is to know about the conference and about Coralville-Iowa City. Make plans to bring your leadership team with you. On behalf of our ABI officers and conference committee members, I look forward to seeing you in Coralville-Iowa City on June 5-7!