Feb 19

Belated Welcome and Thank You From SymEast 2010

We wanted to say welcome! and Thank you to all of our vendors and SymEast attendees vendors at the same time. It seemed like this year went by so fast, seemingly faster than last year.

So here are some really awesome things:

1. We had more attendees that in 2009! that is awesome! Without your participation we would not be able to hold these conferences!

2. Our vendor hall was completely sold out! this was excellent! We need our vendors to help support our group as well!

3. The venue! I think everyone loved the Beau Rivage and the facilities we had this year. We’re sorry about the smoke for those non-smokers out there. I know that the volume of smoke was more than we expected and it caused some issues for some folks.

Now we are on to the next conference, this one coming to the Baltimore area! The first one on the true East Coast in the past few years. We are looking to do a few other small things next year that will help some of the new comers to the conference get adjusted to the Symitar and SymEast community. Specifically we want to get the Symitar prospects together at the beginning of the conference and get to know them. We all love Symitar and the flexibility it gives us to do what is needed for our organizations and we want our prospects to understand how we can help them in adopting the system.

At the end of the day, we are all about process improvement and bringing this to you our attendees and vendors! On behalf of the 2010 SymEast committee, thank you for being part of the 2010 conference and we all look forward to seeing you in 2011!

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Jan 27

SymEast 2010 Conference Logistical Update

Hey fellow attendees, just a few conference updates to pass along:

1. We have completely sold out of our group rate room block. Trust me, we have tried to get more but the hotel simply will not give us any more. We’re sorry about that but we do hope that you will still attend! This year is going to be really fun and you’ll get to see all your Symitar pals!

2. We are getting ready to fire up the SymEast twitter account again for the conference  so get ready for some increased activity on that channel. Jonathan will be tweeting throughout the conference on what is happening.

3. We have a Facebook event page! You can visit it by going to: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=275201837388

4. Don’t forget – you have to make reservations for your shuttle trip from Gulfport International Airport! Don’t get stranded there!

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Dec 23

SymEast 2010 – A Banner Year for the Committee

I don’t know how the rest of our SymEast regulars and fellow users are feeling about 2010, but I can tell you the SymEast Committee are all looking forward to the year ahead and showing those around us why credit unions continue to be the consumer’s best choice for servicing their financial needs. Because the SymEast Committee wants to make sure you are all prepared to face the coming year and be ready to take all of the challenges you may face head on, we have an all-star lineup for the key note at the conference.

Kathy Hooker and Ted Bilke will be making the opening remarks for the conference this year and I think we all are looking to forward to hearing from them. There are so many exciting developments from Symitar and other Credit Unions that we honestly have a hard time fitting them all into our short few days in Biloxi. Of course we are always looking for folks to present on what they have done over the past year to our other credit unions so please be sure to contact us if you have an idea.

I know I can’t wait to see all of you there and see what I can bring back to my new credit union home in New York. The committee share the same enthusiasm and we will see you in February!

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Sep 06

Virtual SEC 2009 – Was it all we hoped for?

So everyone now has had the chance to digest the content of the 2009 virtual SEC conference and think about how effective it was in terms of living up to a very accessible form of trade show. I know there were many dissatisfied folks during the conference due to the numerous technical difficulties that we all experienced, but if you put those aside for a second, did the conference live up to its goals? Obviously Symitar’s goals were to keep vendor participation and client attendance up, which it seemed to do since anyone could login and view the sessions if they were part of a Credit Union. How many of those people actually attended I don’t know though and it seemed as though it was the usual crowd of dedicated Symitar clients on the chat boards throughout the conference.

I’m curious to see what other Symitar clients and vendors thought of the conference this year? I think I would still prefer the live event even with the added cost, but it would be great if we could get a discussion going around this topic.

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Sep 06

It’s Almost SymEast Time Again!

Guess what campers! It’s almost SymEast time again! That’s right, SymEast 2010 is right around the corner in February which is not all that far away. This year we are going to be in Biloxi, MS at the Beau Rivage! As an added bonus, there will be a Mardi Gras parade that attendees will be able to attend on the 16th as well! The details are below, mark your calendars now for another fun filled year of SymEast action!

Dates: February 16 – 18, 2010

Hotel: The Beau Rivage

Location: Biloxi, MS

Special Events: Mardi Gras Parade on February 16th! Check out the parade website at http://www.gulfcoastcarnivalassociation.com/parades.html

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Apr 28

Check Out the New Flickr Photos

Check out the new Flickr photos that we have posted form the SymEast 2009 Conference!

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Apr 23

Great Explanation of the Credit Crisis

This is probably one of the bese explanations of the crdit crisis that I have seen. Take a look:

 

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Apr 21

Attendee and Vendor Eval Forms Posted

Hey there all you SymEast 2009 attendees and vendors! This is a notice that the evaluation forms for seminars and vendors have been posted on the main symeast.org website. Please make sure that you fillout our seminar evaluation form for each session you attended and if you are a vendor, be sure to fill out our vendor evaluation form.

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Apr 15

Well, How Did it Go?

So attendees… how did it go today? We know you all went to some great sessions, met some awesome new vendors and learned about some sweet new tools and techniques to help you out at your credit unions. We want to hear what went right or if it didn’t what went not so right. We would love it if you posted your comments under this post, but we also want you to fill out your evaluation forms and drop them off at the registration desk in the Delaware room too.

So leave your comments! We want to know!

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Apr 15

Themed Room Photo Highlights

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The Cave Room

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