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2012 Conference

2012 Conference
Hosted by: Washington & Lee University and Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA

Over 300 participants, from 50 colleges, universities, and K-12 institutions; 36 exhibitors; 39 educational session presenters, and perspective business partners came to the historic town of Lexington, Virginia on October 13-16, 2012 for the SRAPPA ’12 Conference co-hosted by the Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University.

APPA attendance included Lander Medlin, APPA Executive Vice President; John Bernards, APPA Associate Vice President; Steve Glazner, APPA Staff Liaison; and Glenn Smith, APPA President-Elect.

Twenty-four educational sessions, from Grounds Maintenance to Green Preservation to 7 Years After Katrina—How Ready are We?, provided a comprehensive program for attendees.  Glenn Smith taught us how to smile in his talk on “Pursuit of Happiness”, Lander Medlin spoke on “Balancing Your Choices, Balancing Yourself” at the Plenary Session, and Michael Abrashoff, Keynote Speaker, delivered a thought provoking presentation entitled, “The Innovation Roadmap: Transforming Your Organization and Achieving Sustainable Growth” followed by a book signing.

James Whitakker, President, Facility Engineering Associates, P.C., Fairfax, Virginia led the EFP preparatory course for 10 attendees representing 7 colleges, universities, and public schools and 1 business partner.

Social Events included Golf Outing, Lexington Golf and Country Club; Sporting Clays, The Homestead Resort; Welcome Reception, George C. Marshall Museum, VMI; Social on Lawn, Canan Green, W&L; and the President’s Banquet and Dance, Evans Hall, W&L.  Spouse and guests were treated to a Natural Bridge tour and lunch at the VMI Museum; local historical tours with Lexington carriage rides; and lunch at Wade’s Mill followed by a trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The President’s Banquet and Dance was the culminating event of the conference.  Paul Wuebold, Outgoing President recognized John Malmrose, Medical University of South Carolina for his dedicated service.  Friends and colleagues enjoyed a fun-filled evening socializing and dancing to sounds of TRADEMARK.