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GBA SPRING CONFERENCE 2018

  Join 150+ geoprofessional executive level industry leaders for GBA’s 2018 Spring Conference – Optimizing Performance by Leading from the Heart convening April 5-7, 2018 at the Westin Chicago River North Hotel in Chicago, IL.  This two and a half day conference will offer exceptional educational programs, networking, and social events allowing you the opportunity to connect, learn, and collaborate with major stakeholders within the industry.  Conference presentations will focus on subjects that will help our members embrace a heart-centered approach to business and recognize true power means listening to and from the heart and having a commitment to humility.  On-line Registration is open.

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Conference-at-a Glance

Thursday, April 5, 2018

For full details see session topics and speakers section below.

  •  8:00AM – 1:00PM – GBA Board of Directors Meeting
  • 1:00PM – 2:00PM – Group Liaison Meetings (Technical, Operations, and External Affairs) –  Committee and Council Chairs and Vice Chairs meet with GBA Board of Directors – Coordinators
  • 2:00PM – 5:00PM – Committee and Council Meetings
  • 4:30PM – 5:30PM – GBA/Terra Insurance Company Joint Board of Directors Meeting
  • 5:15PM – 6:30PM – Wine Tasting (optional activity – subject to additional fee)
  • 7:00PM – 9:00PM – Networking Reception

 Friday, April 6, 2018

  •  7:00AM – 7:45AM – Full Registrant’s Continental Break
  • 7:00AM – 7:45AM – Council of Fellows Meeting
  • 7:45AM – 12:30PM – Conference Programming
  • 8:00AM – 9:00AM – Spouse/Guest Buffet Breakfast
  • 10:00AM – 2:00PM – Spouse Activity (optional activity – subject to additional fee)
  • 12:30PM – 1:45PM – Luncheon (Networking Luncheon and Terra Insurance Company Shareholde  Luncheon)
  • 1:45PM – 5:30PM – Conference Programming
  • 7:00PM – 9:00PM – Networking Reception/Dinner

 Saturday, April 7, 2018

  • 7:00AM – 7:45AM – Full Registrant’s Continental Break
  • 7:45AM – 12:30PM – Conference Programming
  • 8:00AM – 9:00AM – Spouse/Guest Continental Breakfast
  • 12:30PM – 1:15PM – Networking Luncheon
  • 12:30PM – 2:15PM – Board of Directors and Committee/Council Chairs Meeting
  • 2:15PM – 3:45PM – Board of Directors Meeting
  • 4:30PM – 7:00PM – Local Color Night (TBD)  (optional activity – subject to additional fee

THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018

7:30AM – 1:00PM
Board of Directors Meeting

Board of Directors and staff.

2:00PM – 5:00PM
GBA Central
For Spouse/Guest Registrants:  Connect with old friends and make new ones, view the latest schedule of events or pick-up information about unique things to see and do in the Chicago area.  Afternoon beverages will be available from 2:00PM-4:00PM.

1:00PM – 2:00PM
Group Meetings

Technical Group Meeting
Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Constructions Material Engineering and Testing Business Council; Environmental Business Council; and the Geotechnical Business Council will meet with the GBA Board of Director liaison.

Operations Group Meeting
Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Business Practices Committee; Legal Affairs Committee; and Peer Review Committee will meet with the GBA Board of Director liaison.

External Affairs Group Meeting
Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Emerging Issues and Trends Committee; External Relations Committee; and the Council of Fellows will meet with the GBA Board of Director liaison.

2:00PM – 5:00PM
Committee and Council Meetings
We encourage you to attend the meeting of any committee that interests you, except the Legal Affairs Committee which is restricted to attorneys only.

Business Practices Committee Meeting
Chair: Matt Moler, P.E. (S&ME, Inc.)
336/553-1245 / mmoler@smeinc.com

 Construction Materials Engineering and Testing Business Council (CoMET) Meeting
Chair: Daniel K. “Dan” Schaefer, P.E. (Froehling & Robertson, Inc.)
919/828-3441 / DSchaefer@FandR.com

Emerging Issues and Trends Committee Meeting
Chair: Bradley M. “Brad” Melocik, P.E., P.H. (DOWL)
907/562-2000 / bmelocik@dowl.com

Environmental Business Council Meeting
Chair: Michael E. “Mike” Covert, P.G. (Terracon)
913/577-0427 / mecovert@terracon.com

External Relations Committee Meeting
Chair: Travis J. Wambeke P.E., P.G., MBA (GeoProfessional Innovation Corporation)
509/339-2000 / twambeke@geoprocorp.com

Geotechnical Business Council Meeting
Chair: Richard D. “Rick” Heckel, P.E., D.GE (Ardent Geotechnical Consultants)
559/497-2880 / rheckel@ardent-geo.com

Legal Affairs Committee Meeting
Chair: Ji Shi, Esq. (Earth Systems, Inc.)
805/781-0112 / jshin@earthsystems.com

Peer Review Committee Meeting
Chair: Richard E. “Rich” Johnson, P.G., C.E.G., C.H.G. (BSK Associates)
916/853-9293 / rjohnson@bskassociates.com

4:30PM – 5:30PM
GBA/Terra Insurance Company Joint Board of Directors Meeting
Terra and GBA directors and staff.

5:15PM – 6:30PM
Wine Tasting with David Lourie 
Join GBA’s own sommelier, in a sensory examination and evaluation of a variety of wines.  Participants will have the opportunity to experience both red and white varietals with spectacular food pairings.
Optional Activity – $70.00 additional fee per person

7:00PM – 9:00PM
Welcome Networking Reception
Plan to attend this kick-off opening celebration of GBA’s Spring Conference. We encourage all Full Member Registrants and Spouse/Guest Registrants to attend this ice-breaker reception.  Veteran attendees will enjoy catching up with old friends and first-time attendees will make new ones.

FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018

7:00AM – 7:45AM  
Full Registrants’ Continental Breakfast   

7:45AM – 8:05AM
Opening Remarks and Business Meeting
President Charlie L. Head, P.E., P.G., (Sanborn Head & Associates, Inc.) Program Chair Arthur G. “Art” Hoffmann, P.E., D.GE (Gannett Fleming, Inc.), Treasurer Kimberly F. Morrison P.E., R.G. (Morrison Solutions, Inc.) and Executive Director Joel G. Carson (Geoprofessional Business Association)

9:00AM – 4:00PM
GBA Central
For Spouse/Guest Registrants.  Grab a refreshment and rest your feet after exploring the incredible sites and landmarks of Chicago, Beverages and snacks will be available in the afternoon from 2:00PM to 4:00PM.

8:00AM – 9:00AM
Spouse/Guest Breakfast
For Spouse/Guest Registrants.

8:05AM – 9:35AM
Lead from The Heart
Mark C. Crowley (Mark C. Crowley & Associates)

Global speaker, consultant & best-selling author of Lead from the Heart:  Transformational Leadership for the 21st Century, Mark C. Crowley’s mission is to fundamentally change how you lead and manage people in the workplace – and to intentionally make it far more supportive of human needs.

This may sound like a noble pursuit, but his work proves it’s also the way for companies to drive the innovation, productivity and profit they seek.

It’s undeniable that job satisfaction and employee engagement scores have hit rock bottom, and our common approach to leading and managing people is really to blame for why these metrics aren’t improving.

In Mark’s presentation, he will show you why workers have grown so unhappy (for reasons that go well beyond pay) and how to effective build a workplace culture that not only attracts & retains talented people, but also delivers sustainably great financial results.

Backed by modern scientific and medical discoveries, Mark will show you why leaders can only succeed in the 21st Century by winning employee hearts – not just the minds.  By the end of his presentation, you will be seeing leadership in an entirely new light.

9:30AM – 2:30PM
Spouse / Guest Activity
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Tour and Lunch at Winberie’s in Oak Park, IL
$55.00 per person – tour and transportation (Lunch is Dutch Treat)

Tour the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s first personal home and studio.  These National Historic Landmarks are where Wright experimented with design concepts that contain the seeds of his architectural philosophy and where a new American architecture – The Prairie style was first developed by Wright and his associates. Learn about his life and architectural techniques.  Experience for yourself the place where Wright (with his wife Catherine and six children) first became a household name.

9:40 AM – 10:00 AM


BREAK

10:00AM – 10:10AM
Business Practices Committee Business Snapshot Survey
Steve Noble, P.E. (DOWL)

How’s business?  Come prepared to this session to share your opinion and hear how your peers feel about economic conditions across the US. This annual presentation of the Business Snapshot Survey with an expanded real-time interactive audience survey is always popular for the brief but meaningful feedback that can help you know how your firm and region are performing relative to the rest of the nation.  Steve will present the email survey results combined with live feedback to provide insights that can help guide your business decisions through 2018 and beyond.

10:10AM – 10:25AM
Update Standard of Care for Phase I Environmental Site Assessment 2007-2010
W. Jerrold “Jerry” Samford, P.G.  (Troutman Sanders)
The Geoprofessional Business Association’s Environmental Business Council has completed an assessment of the Standard of Care for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments for the time-period of 2007 through 2010. The assessment is based on the review of over 200 Phase I reports from all geographic area of the United States. This presentation will briefly describe the conclusions drawn by the Council and use of this document by Member Firms in legal procedures and training.

The presentation will also demonstrate an assessment tool that can be used by Member Firms to perform internal review of their Phase I reports to assess their own compliance with the current ASTM E1527-13 standard practice prior to issuing the report.

 10:25 AM – 11:10 AM                                                                       

City of Chicago – Riverwalk Project                 

Carol Ross Barney, FAIA (Ross Barney Architects)  (Invited Speaker)

 Home to buildings by such luminaries as Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Gehry and Jeanne Gang, Chicago is no stranger to cutting-edge construction. With the recent completion of the Chicago Riverwalk, the birthplace of the skyscraper now has its own ground level architectural masterpiece and geoprofessionals were a significant part of the effort.

In keeping with GBA’s tradition on learning about the city’s we visit, architect Carol Ross Barney will share with you highlights on a multi-phase project that began decades ago with a pedestrian and bike path to the recent completion of the final section which extends the Riverwalk to the confluence of the river’s north and south branches.  The uninterrupted path stretches for span of one and a quarter mile. This latest beautification project has become the city’s “next recreational frontier”.

11:10 AM – 11:25 AM

BREAK

 11:25 AM – 12:25 PM

You Are the Message: Speak from the Heart
John Vautier (Vautier Communications)

 YOU ARE THE MESSAGE!  If I ‘buy you, I buy your message’.   Are you uncomfortable when you give a presentation to your employees, clients, or industry peers?  This could be the scariest part of leadership and you are not alone! Most people find themselves well outside their comfort zone when presenting to a group. While it is not uncommon for seasoned business executives to feel confident when speaking technically within their field of expertise, they often struggle when expressing their strategy and vision clearly and effectively to employees and clients.
Author, consultant, and seasoned executive coach, John Vautier who has worked successfully with all levels of corporate, government, and academic institutions from CEOs to new hires will help you identify and build upon your existing strengths so that you can take your presentation skills to the next level and actively engage your audience.

This session will concentrate on four specific areas of communication.

  • Executive Presence… how you look and sound when you present formally or informally.
  • Message Organization… crafting a well-organized message to Inform or Take Action.
  • Delivery… Forms of Influence to make your message memorable, compelling & ‘sticky’.
  • Respond to Q & A with direct answers.

John will navigate you through each of the communication areas and share his experiences of transformation.  This presentation will provide you with the tools to communicate in a clear, crisp, and compelling manner so that you can more effectively speak from the heart.

12:25 PM – 1:35 PM


LUNCH

     1) Networking Luncheon

    2) Terra Insurance Company Shareholder Meeting and Luncheon (Terra Members ONLY)
        David Coduto, CEO of Terra Insurance Company, will update Terra owner/insureds – about Terra’s recent performance and other issues pertaining to the company.

 1:35 PM – 2:35 PM

Leveraging Technology as a Competitive Differentiator
Dr. Roger Chandler (Keynetix)

Investing in new equipment is the lifeblood for many businesses, especially when jumps in technology lead to large improvements in efficiencies and cost-effectiveness.

This presentation will highlight some of the advances in technology using real life case studies from across the world.  Each stage of the geotechnical data journey will be investigated, from onsite logging through reporting, visualization and archive.

The presentation aims to challenge the “This is how we have always done it” attitude and give a high- level overview of simple changes and rules that can be applied to transform the way our industry handles, stores and uses geotechnical data with the added benefit of attracting more young talent into our industry.

2:35 PM – 2:45 PM

Break

 2:45PM – 3:45PM

“Mr. Green’s Fine Tuned, Peer Review Machine”

Richard E. “Rich” Johnson, P.G., C.E.G., C.H.G. (BSK Associates), Gary M. DeJidas, P.E. (GAI Consultants, Inc.), and Kevin B. Hoppe, P.E., F.GBA (NTH Consultants, Ltd.), James L. “Jim” Withiam, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE., F.GBA (D’Appolonia Engineering Division of Ground Technology, Inc.)

 When we last visited with Green Geotechnical five years ago the company was preparing for their first Peer Review.  At that time the CEO was very proud of his “well-oiled” company where their 40-people worked hard and the company was very profitable.  However, Green Geotechnical’s CEO was also frustrated because the company had been stuck at their current size for many years and there were some concerns about company-wide morale.  At the conclusion of the Peer Review, the Peer Review team provided recommendations and ideas to help Green Geotechnical’s CEO take the company to the next level.

Taking the Peer Review team’s recommendations to heart, Green Geotechnical has grown considerably over the past five years.  Through organic growth as well as a couple strategic acquisitions Green Geotechnical has grown to a 150-person organization.  The company remains profitable and has maintained an excellent loss record.

Green Geotechnical’s CEO is ready for another Peer Review and especially anxious to share with the Peer Reviewers the company’s accomplishments over the past five years.  For this Peer Review Green Geotechnical’s CEO wants to focus on Terra’s Critical Success Factors as well as get feedback on the company’s fledgling leadership and ownership transition program.

3:45PM – 4:00PM
Break

4:00PM – 4:40PM
Compassionate Leadership – Leading with the Heart and the Head
Stewart G. Osgood, P.E. (DOWL)

The word culture is used way too much in business jargon, but it is appropriate in the context of defining what it is that we as a company believe, reward, aspire to, and celebrate as a commercial tribe.  We all know that revenue growth, utilization, effective multipliers, accounts receivable, and backlog are important and as engineers and technical people we are typically good at these components of our business.

Despite the metrics, our businesses are built on people and real-life happens to people.  Real life is more complex than numbers and sometimes it is messy.  The solution to life’s real situations and how you choose to respond is not contained in a spreadsheet (at least not yet). Our people and all their delightful complications require leaders, regardless of the size of your firm to lead from the head and from the heart.

Stewart will talk about his 16-year term as President of DOWL, some of the challenges that have faced his company, how his leadership team has chosen to respond, and some successes and failures along the way.  This is not a clean, “we got it all figured out” story.  It is a real-life example of the leadership journey of the DOWL company and how Stewart and his team has attempted to use basic core principles to achieve “heartfelt business leadership”.

4:40 PM – 4:55 PM
Recognition of 2017-2018 Board of Directors, President’s Annual Report, Elections, and Remarks

Charlie L. Head, P.E., P.G. (Sanborn Head & Associates, Inc.) and Woodward L. “Woody” Vogt, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE,

F.ACI,F. ASTM (Paradigm Consultants, Inc.)

4:55 PM – 5:00 PM
Conclude regular session, announcements and drawings
Program Chair Arthur G. “Art” Hoffmann, P.E., D.GE (Gannett Fleming, Inc.)

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Reception (open bar/drink tickets)

After a full day of sessions, relax, unwind, and enjoy cocktails while conversing with friends and colleagues prior to GBA’s Recognition/Awards Dinner.

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Recognition/Awards Dinner
The presentation of the Gavel to the outgoing President, Charlie L. Head, P.E., P.G. as well as Certificates of Appreciate and Peer Review Certificates will be presented.
Joel G. Carson (Geoprofessional Business Association), Charlie L. Head, P.E., P.G. (Sanborn Head & Associates, Inc.), Woodward L. “Woody” Vogt, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, F.ACI, F.ASTM (Paradigm Consultants, Inc.) and Richard E. “Rich” Johnson, P.G., C.E.G., C.H.G. (BSK Associates) Dress: Smart Business Casual

Dinner options:  If you are attending the recognition/awards dinner, ensure you select your dinner entrée preference (seafood, beef, chicken, or vegetarian) when you register.

SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018

7:15AM – 8:00AM
Full Registrants’ Continental Breakfast and “Breakfast Bunch”
Join some of our esteemed presenters and engaging GBA colleagues as they lead tables in a variety of topical discussions during Saturday’s breakfast. It is another opportunity to learn from your peers, share best practices, and network. There will also be tables available for those that prefer just breakfast.

 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
GBA Central

For Spouse/Guest Registrants.  Stop by GBA Central after Yoga with CeCe to grab Continental Breakfast which will be available from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Also join CeCe and Lindy for the book club discussion group taking place in GBA Central as well. Beverages will be available from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Yoga with CeCe
Join your friends as CeCe leads you through a gentle, ALL-Levels yoga practice to start your morning in a peaceful, positive way!  If you have a mat feel free to bring it, otherwise towels and water will be provided.

 8:00 AM – 8:25 AM
Business Meeting
Woodward L. “Woody” Vogt, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, F.ACI, F.ASTM (Paradigm Consultants, Inc.)

8:25 AM – 9:25 AM

Empathy is the NEW Black – A New Way of Looking at Leadership!
Bob Kelleher (The Employee Engagement Group)

Although we all remember the deep recession, it is exciting to see business (and wall street) have boomed to record levels.  However, has your own engagement also soared?  How about the engagement of your employees? Sadly, Gallup’s latest research claims that ONLY 67% of your employees are disengaged or actively disengaged?

Join industry expert and noted author, Bob Kelleher as he shares groundbreaking insights from his latest book, I-Engage, on two key trends leaders must embrace in-order-to recruit, retain, and engage the best:

  • It is time to lead and engage the WHOLE person:
  • What happens AFTER work often impacts one’s engagement as much as what happens during work
  • Technology has broken down the barriers separate Work and Life
  • ‘Above and beyond’ performance occurs when a leader demonstrates they care about their employees as people
  • It is the empathic leader who is most able to capture this above and beyond effort

BUT

 Leaders must understand their OWN engagement before they can engage and effectively lead others:

  • What engages YOU?
  • Why are you engaged or disengaged in your current position?
  • What motivates you?
  • How can you get in “the Zone”?
  • What are your positive emotions? Negative emotions?

Join your industry peers for a captivating and self-reflective three segment session of self-discovery as Bob helps you uncover the secrets to building a more engaged, motivated, and productive business.

 9:25 AM – 9:45 AM

BREAK

 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Empathy is the NEW Black – A New Way of Looking at Leadership!   (Part II)
Bob Kelleher (The Employee Engagement Group)

 11:00 AM – 11:15 AM
BREAK

 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Empathy is the NEW Black – A New Way of Looking at Leadership! (Part III)
Bob Kelleher (The Employee Engagement Group)

12:00 PM – 12:25 PM
2018 Fall Conference Promotion / Drawings/ New Business / Call for Motion to Adjourn

 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM
Group Luncheon

12:45 PM – 2:00 PM
Board of Directors and Committee/Council Chairs Lunch Meeting

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Local Color Night – Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Cost $30.00 per person

GBA will award Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

GBA will award conference attendees 1.0 professional-development hours (PDH) for each 50 minutes of session attendance (up to 11.7 PDHs). Obtain Proof of Attendance on-line.  GBA will tell you how via a post-conference notice. Please note that continuing-education requirements vary from state to state. Each state registration board has the authority to approve courses, credits, professional-development hours for a course, and other variables. You need to be aware of the requirements in each state where you are registered.

Westin Chicago River North Hotel 320 North Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60654 Phone: 312-744-1900 |  Overlooking the scenic Chicago River, The Westin Chicago River North Hotel is nestled in the heart of Chicago’s business and theatre districts.  Located just three blocks west of Michigan Avenue and within walking distance to some of Chicago’s most beloved landmarks including the Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, the Loop Business District, the theatre district and all the best Chicago has to offer.  The Westin Chicago River North Hotel offers stylish guest room accommodations featuring the Westin Heavenly® Bed and Westin Heavenly® Bath.  Additional amenities of the hotel include two on-site restaurants (320 Restaurant and Kamehachi Sushi Bar) and a state-of-the-art fitness center equipped Lifestyle Fitness cardio machines, strength-training equipment, free weights, kettle bells, slam balls, plyometric boxes, rowing machines, locker facilities, a sauna, and a full-time Certified Trainer, all available to individual guests complimentary. Call 888-627-8359 to reserve your guest room at the Westin Chicago River North Hotel.  Mention the Geoprofessional Business Association’s 2018 Spring Conference to receive the group rate of $289 plus 16.4% tax per night.  (Link for online reservation coming soon!)

  • How to Reserve: Call 1-888-627-8359 to secure your guest room reservation. Mention GBA’s 2018 Spring Conference to receive the group rate of $289 plus 17.4% tax per night. On-line hotel reservation
  • Secure room reservation earlyEven though GBA’s cut-off date is Friday, March 2, 2018…. Once GBA’s room block is filled the hotel and GBA cannot guarantee availability of rooms at the GBA group rate or any other room rate.
  •  Pre/Post Room Nights: Limited guest rooms may be available for pre/post extended stays at the hotel BASED ON AVAILABILITY at the time reservations are made at the hotel’s discretion.
  • Hotel Reservation Changes and Cancellations: The Westin Chicago River North Hotel has a 3-day (72- hour prior) room reservation cancellation policy.   Room Reservation cancellations received less than 3 days prior to arrival will be subject to one night’s room/tax cancellation.  Individuals who cancel must receive a cancellation confirmation number from the hotel.
  • Please Note: In order to minimize any charges to you, your firm, or to GBA, if you need to cancel your room reservation, please do so in a timely manner so that the guest room nights can be sold to other GBA guests. Contact Barb (barb@geoprofessional.org) or Sara (sara@geoprofessional.org) even if you have to cancel late so that GBA can try to assign your guest room to someone else.
  • Check-in / Check-out Times: Check-in time is 4:00PM; check-out time is 12:00PM. If you plan to arrive earlier than 4:00PM, call the hotel directly 312-744-1900 on your arrival day and ask the front desk attendant if there are any rooms available allowing you to check-in early. Geoprofessional Business Association and the Westin Chicago River North Hotel cannot guarantee check-in before 4:00PM. Requests for late check-out on your departure day may be limited and is at the discretion of the Hotel.
  • Early Departure Fee/Policy: The Westin Chicago River North Hotel has an Early Departure Fee/Policy; i.e., if you reserve to depart on the 7th, but leave a day early, you will be charged for the night you “missed” at the group room rate plus tax, unless you make arrangements with the hotel’s front desk manager in advance.  Emergency and other special circumstance situations will be reviewed by the hotel on a case by case basis.
  • Beware of unauthorized hotel booking and housing agencies (Poachers) GBA is not affiliated or contracted with any outside hotel contracting company. If someone other than GBA staff or GBA’s chosen hotel (Westin Chicago River North Hotel) contacts you suggesting that they represent any GBA event, they do NOT.   It is GBA’s recommendation that you book your hotel guest room directly with the Westin Chicago River North Hotel.  Don’t be scammed!   Should you have any questions, please contact Barb Nappy at 727-457-2272 (cell) or via e-mail at barb@geoprofessional.org

Click any of the links below for information about the many things to see and do while in the Chicago area.

Click on any of the links below to view various maps of Downtown Chicago, local attractions, neighborhoods, interactive and transit maps.

Getting there: Chicago Airport Information – https://www.flychicago.com

O’Hare International Airport

  • Distance 18 miles / 35 minutes between airport and Westin Chicago River North Hotel via car, Uber, Lyft or a taxi depending on traffic and time of day.
  • Estimated taxi fare is $58 (each way) not including tip.
  • Westin Chicago River North Hotel does not provide any shuttle service.
  • For more information about “L” Train Service click on: Transit Blue Line – O’Hare Airport  

Midway International Airport

  • Distance 14 miles / 35 minutes between airport and Westin Chicago River North Hotel via car, Uber, Lyft or a taxi depending on traffic and time of day.
  • Estimated taxi fare is $ 46 (each way) not including tip.
  • Westin Chicago River North Hotel does not provide any shuttle service.
  • For more information about “L” Train Service click: Transit Orange Line – Midway Airport

Click the link https://www.taxifarefinder.com/main.php?city=Chicago for estimated taxi-fare between Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport or Midway International Airport and the Westin Chicago River North Hotel.

Hotel Parking – Westin Chicago River North Hotel Valet parking charges are:  $69.00 for overnight with in and out privileges. There is no self-parking at the hotel. Ground Transportation Easiest way into and around Chicago is via the “L” train.  There is no need to pay for parking, taxis, or Uber when you ride with CTA (Chicago Transit Authority). “L” train service is available from both O’Hare (Blue Line) and Midway (Orange Line) Airports to downtown Chicago.  Vending machines at the station issue new Ventra Cards or you can load fare or passes onto an existing card (if you already have one). Visitors Information and How to Ride the “L” Train Guide

A refund (less $125/per person administrative fee) will be given to individuals whose cancellations are received by 5:00PM Eastern Time, Friday, March 9, 2018.   For cancellations received after that date, but not later than 5:00PM Eastern Time, Friday, March 23, 2018, the cancellation fee will be $250/per person, for administration, food service and related guarantee charges that GBA will have to absorb.  No refund or credit may be given after 5:00PM on Friday, March 23, 2018.   Please note:  GBA may charge an individual whatever GBA has to pay the hotel (in attrition fees) if you fail to cancel a room reservation in a timely manner and GBA is unable to assign the room to someone else.  Be sure to notify Barb (barb@geoprofessional.org) or Sara (sara@geoprofessional.org) even if you have to cancel late so that GBA can at least try to mitigate any additional charges.

Houston Fall Conference October 2018

GBA FALL CONFERENCE 2018

Join 150+ geoprofessional executive level industry leaders for GBA’s 2018 Fall Conference convening October 18-20, 2018 at the Omni Houston Hotel in Houston, Texas.  This two and a half day conference will offer exceptional education programs, networking, and social events allowing you the opportunity to connect, learn, and collaborate with major stakeholders within the industry.  

Are you a dynamic, engaging speaker with something valuable to teach industry leaders involved in the Geoprofessional Business Association? Click here for Call for Abstracts

On-line Registration will open in early July 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018  

  • 8:00AM – 1:00PM – GBA Board of Directors Meeting
  • 1:00PM – 2:00PM – Group Liaison Meetings (Technical, Operations, and External Affairs) – Committee and Council Chairs and Vice Chairs meet with GBA Board of Directors
  • 2:00PM – 5:00PM – Committee and Council Meetings
  • 4:30PM – 5:30PM – GBA/Terra Insurance Company Joint Board of Directors Meeting
  • 7:00PM – 9:00PM – Networking Reception

  Friday, October 19, 2018  

  • 7:00AM – 7:45AM – Full Registrant’s Continental Break
  • 7:00AM – 7:45AM – Council of Fellows Meeting
  • 7:45AM – 12:30PM – Conference Programming
  • 8:00AM – 9:00AM – Spouse/Guest Buffet Breakfast
  • 10:00AM – 2:00PM – Spouse Activity (optional activity – subject to additional fee)
  • 12:30PM – 1:45PM – Luncheon (Networking Luncheon and Terra Insurance Company Shareholder Luncheon
  • 1:45PM – 5:30PM – Conference Programming and Round Table Discussion Sessions
  • 7:00PM – 9:00PM – Networking Reception

  Saturday, October 20, 2018  

  • 7:00AM – 7:45AM – Full Registrant’s Continental Break
  • 7:45AM – 12:30PM – Conference Programming
  • 8:00AM – 9:00AM – Spouse/Guest Continental Breakfast
  • 12:30PM – 1:15PM – Networking Luncheon
  • 12:30PM – 2:15PM – Board of Directors and Committee/Council Chairs Meeting
  • 2:15PM – 3:45PM – Board of Directors Meeting

Details Coming – July 2018!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

  •  8:00 AM – 1:00 PM – GBA Board of Directors Meeting
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Group Liaison Meetings (Technical, Operations, and External Affairs) – Committee and Council Chairs and Vice Chairs meet with GBA Board of Directors/Coordinators
  • 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Committee and Council Meetings
  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM – GBA/Terra Insurance Company Joint Board of Directors Meeting
  • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Networking Reception

 Friday, October 19, 2018

  •  7:00 AM – 7:45 AM – Full Registrant’s Continental Breakfast
  • 7:00 AM – 7:45 AM – Council of Fellows Meeting
  • 7:45 AM – 12:30 PM – Conference Programming
  • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Spouse/Guest Buffet Breakfast
  • 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Spouse Activity (optional activity – subject to additional fee)
  • 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM – Luncheon (Networking Luncheon and Terra Insurance Company Shareholder  Luncheon)
  • 1:45 PM – 5:30 PM – Conference Programming and Round Table Discussion Sessions
  • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Networking Reception

 Saturday, October 20, 2018

  •  7:00 AM – 7:45 AM – Full Registrant’s Continental Break
  • 7:45AM – 12:30PM – Conference Programming
  • 8:00AM – 9:00AM – Spouse/Guest Continental Breakfast
  • 12:30PM – 1:15PM – Networking Luncheon
  • 12:30PM – 2:15PM – Board of Directors and Committee/Council Chairs Meeting
  • 2:15 PM – 3:45 PM – Board of Directors Meeting

GBA will award Professional Development Hours (PDHs).
Details Coming – July 2018!

Omni Houston Hotel

4 Riverway

Houston, Texas 77056

Phone: 713-871-8181 | Website: http://www.omnihotels.com/houston

 

Overlooking Houston’s prestigious Uptown Post Oak and Galleria area, the AAA four-diamond Omni Houston Hotel offers a full range of luxurious amenities uniquely its own. Located just moments from exciting specialty shops and various dining options.  The hotel features 378 spacious guest rooms and deluxe suites all with sensational views of the pool area or city skyline.  Additional hotel amenities include two on-site restaurants (Noe Grill and Café on the Green), the Pool Bar and Grill (seasonal), and Mokara Spa and Salon (Omni’s award- winning signature spa) which offers seven treatment rooms, full-service salon, sauna, steam room, whirlpools and an extensive fitness center.

Call 800-843-6664 to reserve your guest room at the Omni Houston Hotel.  Mention the Geoprofessional Business Association’s 2018 Fall Conference to receive the group rate of $189 plus 17% tax per night.  (Link for online reservation available in May 2018!)

  • How to Reserve: Call 1-800-843-6664 to secure your guest room reservation. Mention GBA’s 2018 Fall Conference to receive the group rate of $189 plus 17% tax per night.  All reservations must be guaranteed by a valid major credit card at the time the reservation is made.(Link for online reservation available in May 2018!)
  • Secure room reservation early:  Even though GBA’s cut-off date is Friday, September 21, 2018…. Once GBA’s room block is filled the hotel and GBA cannot guarantee availability of rooms at the GBA group rate or any other room rate.
  •  Pre/Post Room Nights: Limited guest rooms may be available for pre/post extended stays at the hotel BASED ON AVAILABILITY at the time reservations are made at the hotel’s discretion.
  •  Hotel Reservation Changes and Cancellations: The Omni Houston Hotel has a 3-day (72- hour prior) room reservation cancellation policy.   Room Reservation cancellations received less than 3 days prior to arrival will be subject to one night’s room/tax cancellation.  Individuals who cancel must receive a cancellation confirmation number from the hotel.
  • Please Note: In order to minimize any charges to you, your firm, or to GBA, if you need to cancel your room reservation, please do so in a timely manner so that the guest room nights can be sold to other GBA guests. Contact Barb (barb@geoprofessional.org) or Sara (sara@geoprofessional.org) even if you have to cancel late so that GBA can try to assign your guest room to someone else.
  •  Check-in / Check-out Times: Check-in time is 3:00PM; check-out time is 12:00PM. If you plan to arrive earlier than 4:00PM, call the hotel directly 713-871-8181 on your arrival day and ask the front desk attendant if there are any rooms available allowing you to check-in early. Geoprofessional Business Association and the Omni Houston Hotel cannot guarantee check-in before 3:00PM. Requests for late check-out on your departure day may be limited and is at the discretion of the Hotel.
  • Early Departure Fee/Policy: The Omni Houston Hotel has an Early Departure Fee/Policy; i.e., if you reserve to depart on the 20th, but leave a day early, you will be charged for the night you “missed” at the group room rate plus tax, unless you make arrangements with the hotel’s front desk manager in advance.  Emergency and other special circumstance situations will be reviewed by the hotel on a case by case basis.
  • Beware of unauthorized hotel booking and housing agencies (Poachers):  GBA is not affiliated or contracted with any outside hotel contracting company. If someone other than GBA staff or GBA’s chosen hotel (Omni Houston Hotel) contacts you suggesting that they represent any GBA event, they do NOT.   It is GBA’s recommendation that you book your hotel guest room directly with the Omni Houston Hotel.  Don’t be scammed!   Should you have any questions, please contact Barb Nappy at 727-457-2272 (cell) or via e-mail at barb@geoprofessional.org

Click any of the links below for information about the many things to see and do while in the Houston area.

Click on any of the links below to view various maps of Downtown Houston, local attractions, neighborhoods, interactive and transit maps. Houston Downtown Map Houston – Galleria/Uptown Area Map Houston Downtown Map – Points of Interest

Getting There: Information – Houston Airports  

 Houston – William P. Hobby Airport Information

  • Distance 17 miles / 25 minutes between airport and Omni Houston Hotel via car, Uber, Lyft or a taxi depending on traffic and time of day.
  • Estimate taxi fare is $ 50 (each way) not including tip.
  • Omni Houston Hotel does not provide any shuttle service.

   George Bush Intercontinental Airport Information

  • Distance 25 miles / 35 minutes between airport and Omni Houston Hotel via car, Uber, Lyft or a taxi depending on traffic and time of day.
  • Estimate taxi fare is $65 (each way) not including tip.
  • Omni Houston Hotel does not provide any shuttle service.

Click the link https://www.taxifarefinder.com/main.php?city=Houston for estimated taxi-fare between William P. Hobby Airport or George Bush Intercontinental Airport and the Omni Houston Hotel. Transportation – Getting Around Houston   Houston – Metro Rail System   Hotel Parking – Omni Houston Hotel Valet Parking:  $32.00 for overnight with in/out privileges. Self-Parking: $22.00 for overnight Self-Parking Daily: 0-4 Hours – $10.00 4-8 Hours – $14.00 8-24 Hours – $22.00  

A refund (less $125/per person administrative fee) will be given to individuals whose cancellations are received by 5:00PM Eastern Time, Friday, September 21, 2018.   For cancellations received after that date, but not later than 5:00PM Eastern Time, Friday, October 5, 2018, the cancellation fee will be $250/per person, for administration, food service and related guarantee charges that GBA will have to absorb.  No refund or credit may be given after 5:00PM on Friday, October 5, 2018. Please note:  GBA may charge an individual whatever GBA has to pay the hotel (in attrition fees) if you fail to cancel a room reservation in a timely manner and GBA is unable to assign the room to someone else.  Be sure to notify Barb (barb@geoprofessional.org) or Sara (sara@geoprofessional.org) even if you have to cancel late so that GBA can at least try to mitigate any additional charges.