The beautiful Hotel Sorella in the heart of Houston’s posh, metropolitan Citycentre section provided a lovely atmosphere for the second annual National Registry Summit in Houston, TX, two days of learning and camaraderie that featured pre-conference workshops and two diverse and interesting keynote presentations.
On Monday afternoon, a strong number of attendees participated in two informative pre-conference workshops – one serving as an introduction to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, while the other focused on the QAS Self Study transition.
With plenty of dining and shopping choices at Citycentre, Summit attendees and members of NASBA’s Registry team took the opportunity to spend their Monday evening networking and getting to know each other while enjoying Houston’s nightlife. Some even capitalized on the chance to step on a replica football field commemorating that weekend’s battle between Alabama and Texas A&M, one of the biggest games on the college football schedule.
NASBA’s Chief Relationship Officer Alfonzo Alexander kicked off Tuesday’s slate with an interactive activity, asking each attendee to work the room in order to find two other attendees that were born in the same state as themselves. It was a great way to start the Summit with a tremendous amount of energy, and it led to the discovery that the Summit is an international event, attracting Sponsors born in Germany, Chile and South Africa!
Following Alexander’s welcome, the day was full of highly educational and interactive keynote addresses from Paul McGinniss and Brian Remer, as well as breakout sessions that covered everything from instructional design to group programs. 2014 will be another big year, as it is time to start the review and evaluation process of the Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (Standards). Along with the Standards, the QAS Self Study designation and transition was also a hot topic at this year’s Summit.
Rita Sehgal, Account Manager for Intellinex LLC, said she found both keynote speakers to be engaging and informative, and benefitted greatly from attending this year’s Summit.
“I was able to network with others in the industry,” said Sehgal. “Additionally, I also gained insight into the process of completing the QAS Self Study transition application.”
Zachary Kolstein, Director of Business Development at Micron Systems, said many of his accounting clients are NASBA-sponsored providers, which makes his company’s relationship with NASBA incredibly important.
“Our team needs to stay informed about the ever-changing rules, and as industry experts, there is no better place to learn than the National Registry Summit,” said Kolstein.
NASBA thanks all of the Registry Sponsors and others who attended this year’s National Registry Summit. It was a remarkable success and we can’t wait to see you next year! Information about the 2014 National Registry Summit will be available in the near future.