CGA hosts Conference Preview online
Author: Sarah Magruder Lyle, CGA President and CEO
Last month, CGA hosted nearly 350 members and potential new members during the virtual Conference Preview of the 2021 CGA Conference & Expo, which will be taking place in-person on Oct. 12-15 in Orlando, Florida. The free, two-day event featured highlights from the more than 50 educational sessions planned for the conference this fall, including session previews for each of the five educational tracks: Innovation; Stakeholder Engagement & Communication; Damage Prevention Process; Workplace Performance & Culture; and Legislative & Regulatory Outlook – Industry Impacts.
Keynote speaker Elaine B. Bittner opened the event with a presentation about leading employee engagement in a post-COVID environment. Day one included presentations from Louis Panzer, Executive Director of North Carolina 811, and Sandra Holmes, Executive Director of Arizona 811, who previewed their damage prevention case study and Roger Sampson, Executive Director of New York 811, gave a sneak peek of the VR-X-SIM Mobile, a state-of-the-art training simulator for excavators. To close out the day, attendees enjoyed an exciting and competitive virtual trivia game hosted by Ryan Budds, President of Trivia with Budds. Thanks to CGA Corporate Member and networking hour sponsor Urbint, participants had the chance to win some great prize giveaways, including UBER Eats® and Amazon® digital gift cards!
During the second and final day, the Next Practices Advisory Committee provided insights into the progress they have made, followed by a focus on the important role data will make in the future of damage prevention featuring an updates from Darby Miller, Program Manager at IURC, and Deanna Centurion, Principal at Cyera Strategies. Jason Kohll, CEO of Professional Sports Partnerships, discussed the return to sports and the impacts on event sponsorships, and attendees also heard a brief legislative update pertaining to the damage prevention industry from Alan Mayberry, Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety at PHMSA, and Eben Wyman Principal at Wyman Associates.
I would like personally thank all of our presenters and attendees for participating in such a lively and engaging event. We look forward to seeing everyone in-person for the 2021 CGA Conference & Expo this October! Registration is open, so make sure to book now at cgaconference.com.