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2014 Conference


The 63rd Annual SRAPPA Conference was hosted by Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, October 4-7, 2014.  Mark Cutlip, SRAPPA First Vice President, put together an extremely hard working host committee who worked diligently to provide great educational programs, exhibit hall networking opportunities with all of our business partners as well as keynote and plenary speaker sessions and fun social events.

The conference started off on a high note with Glenn Smith, APPA Immediate Past President and John Bernhards APPA Associate Vice President, recapping some of the videos seen at APPA’s 100th Anniversary Conference held in July, 2014 in San Diego. Glenn also shared some very interesting facts about the history of the all-women’s college where he works, Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.  That evening we all enjoyed a wonderful dinner and then took a stroll down memory lane as we ‘rocked out’ to music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s from Phil Dirt  & the Dozers.

Everyone enjoyed listening to Bruce Wilkinson, our keynote speaker, as he shared stories about motivating people and inspiring excellence, service and accountability in the workplace.  He had a great message and his first hand experiences helped inspire everyone.  The Monday Night Football Dinner was a buzz of excitement as everyone ate dinner, danced to the DJ’s music and played in the corn hole tournament in hopes of winning one of four beautiful custom made, military inspired themed corn hole boards.  The Grande Theatre was transformed into an arena with everyone watching to see who would be the lucky winners.  We might just have to have a corn hole tournament at every SRAPPA Conference now!  It was a hit!

Our Plenary Speaker, Abby Rike spoke about her journey through an unbelievable tragedy and how she was able to forge ahead and find joy again in her life.  She taught us that in order to get the most out of life, you have to challenge and push yourself every day.  That is what living is all about. SRAPPA was honored to have Glenn Smith, APPA Immediate Past President installed the new slate of SRAPPA officers for 2014-2015. The conference concluded with a phenomenal ‘live art’ presentation by Joe Castillo, one of the top finalists on the hit summer show “America’s Got Talent”.  Joe mesmerized us all as he created powerful, fluid illustrations in sand on a light table with an overhead video camera projected on a large screen.