Welcome to the NCBJ Annual Conference Blog for our 89th Annual Meeting at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach. Contributors to this Blog will write about a wide range of topics that we think you’ll find interesting and informative, all relevant to our meeting that is scheduled to begin on September 28, 2015. When you come back, you’ll soon the reading about–
- Our 2015 Education program;
- How we do it: secrets of putting on an NCBJ annual meeting;
- Some of the many sights and sounds of South Beach; and
- Our Final Night entertainment.
We welcome all bankruptcy professionals to submit posts for this Blog (you can find a link to the guidelines for posting on the Blog home page).
As you know, the NCBJ’s Annual Meeting is the premiere education and networking conference on bankruptcy insolvency. Last year, over 200 present and former bankruptcy judges attended, along with over 1,500 attorneys, accountants, and other insolvency professionals. Miami Beach is a vibrant seaside retreat. We have planned educational activities featuring some of the leading speakers in the country and we’ll host a varied menu of programs sponsored by our colleagues at the ABA, the American College of Bankruptcy, ABI, AIRA, CLLA, IWIRC, and TMA. But—as you’ll be hearing about in other posts—we’ve got some special non-education treats in store.
Speaking of Final Night, I‘m delighted to announce that renowned funk and soul band, Tower of Power, fit us into their 2015 tour to play our final Night Dinner. Purveyors of Urban Soul since 1968, these guys will be all over the country this spring and summer and can really bring it. I just saw them a year ago and I can testify to that.
If you’re tired of chicken and peas sit-down dinners punctuated by speeches, fear not; we’ve revamped all of that, too. This year’s Final Night festivities will include lots of tastes of Miami, several bars, and lots of seating combinations so you can network with new friends and old. And, there’ll be plenty of room to dance, because when Emilio, Doc and Tower of Power’s wind section get going, you’ll want to be up there!
So please check back periodically for new postings to the Blog. Many thanks to the talented judges who moderate. I look forward to seeing you in Miami.
Hon. Bob Nugent, President, NCBJ