Your IPIA Board of Directors has made the difficult decision, after much discussion and reach-out to members, to move the 2020 Annual Convention & Trade Show, scheduled this November at the JW Marriott in Las Vegas, to November of 2022. As excited as everyone was pre-virus to convene in Las Vegas with fellow Industry and Associate colleagues and friends, it was felt the public health and safety of our attendees and staff was paramount.
While parts of the country are in various stages of reopening, more than a dozen states are reporting a spike in new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations as restrictions have been lifted on businesses and large gatherings. Public health officials have also raised the possibility of COVID-19 resurgence this fall. Potentially exposing those in attendance at an IPIA convention is not a risk IPIA would like to take.
The decision also considered the effects of the virus on our industry and associate members’ businesses, the social distancing protocols in place at the JW Marriott and expected reduced attendance with a negative impact on the association’s finances.
We are saddened by this announcement, but it was collectively made with everyone’s best interest at heart.
The 103rd Annual Convention and Trade Show will now be held in November 2021 at the already contracted Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, FL with current Vice-Chairman, Howard Mackie, presiding as Chairman.
At a later date, we will advise of the platform to conduct our annual association business per our by-laws as Chairman, Walter Berry, passes the gavel.
Thank you for understanding and we wish you successful summer months.
IPIA Chairman of the Board