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Nashville Fall Conference November 2018


Join 150+ geoprofessional executive level industry leaders for GBA’s 2018 Fall Conference convening November 1-3,  2018 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Nashville, TN.  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, November 1, 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 Director Coordinators
  • 2:00PM – 5:00PM – Committee and Council Meetings
  • 4:30PM – 5:30PM – GBA/Terra Insurance Company Joint Board of Directors Meeting (tentative)
  • 7:00PM – 9:00PM – Networking Reception

 Friday, November 2, 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)
  • 12:30PM – 1:45PM – Luncheon (Terra Insurance Company Shareholder Meeting – tentative)
  • 1:45PM – 5:30PM – Conference Programming and Round Table Discussion Sessions
  • 7:00PM – 9:00PM – Networking Reception

 Saturday, November 3, 2018

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

Details Coming – July 2018!


GBA will award Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

Details Coming – July 2018!

JW Marriott Nashville Hotel

 201 8th Avenue South

Nashville, TN 37203

Reservations Phone Line: Coming Soon!

On-line Reservation Link:  Book_JW_Marriott_Nashville_Hotel

Music City’s newest luxury hotel, the sparkling JW Marriott Nashville, embodies the vibrant soul of the city with over 530 perfectly appointed guest rooms and suites, a trio of stylish new restaurants, including award-winning Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina, 50,000 square feet of high-tech event space, a world-class Spa by JW including a sleek fitness center that echoes the hotel’s modern style, with top-of-the-line cardio and weight training equipment, and a collection of contemporary art that pays homage to the city’s musical history.  The JW Marriott Nashville Hotel offers a stylish array of amenities and services catering to visitors and locals.  Located at one of the city’s highest elevation points, the modern, 33-story glass tower offers stunning views from every vantage point and truly makes its mark in the Nashville skyline.

Room Rates: $289 Single/Double Occupancy plus 15.25% tax per night PLUS a $2.50 per room, per night city tax.

All reservations must be guaranteed by a deposit equal to one-night room and tax with a major credit card that will be secured/processed one week prior to arrival.

A call-in reservation phone number will be provided by late July 2018.

  • How to Secure a Room Reservation? Click on the reservation link Book_JW_Marriott_Nashville_Hotel to secure your  room  reservation.
  • A call-in reservation phone number will be provided by late June 2018.
  • Secure room reservation early: Even though GBA’s cut-off date is Friday, October 5, 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 up to 2 days pre/post the official conference dates of November 1-3, 2018 at the hotel BASED ON AVAILABILITY at the time reservations are made at the hotel’s discretion.
  •  Hotel Reservation Changes and Cancellations: The JW Marriott Nashville Downtown Hotel has a Three (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 ( or Sara ( 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 4:00 PM; check-out time is 11:00 AM. If you plan to arrive earlier than 4:00PM, call the hotel directly on your arrival day and ask the front desk attendant if there are any rooms available allowing you to check-in early. The Geoprofessional Business Association and the JW Marriott Nashville Hotel cannot guarantee check-in before 4:00 PM. Requests for late check-out on yourdeparture day may be limited and is at the discretion of the Hotel.
  • Early Departure Fee/Policy:   The JW Marriott Nashville Hotel has an Early Departure Fee/Policy; i.e., if you reserve to depart on the 3rd, 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 (JW Marriott Nashville Hotel) contacts you and suggests that they represent any GBA event, they do NOT.   It is GBA’s recommendation that you book your hotel guest room directly with the JW Marriott Nashville Hotel. Don’t be scammed!   Should you have any questions, please contact Barb Nappy at 727-457-2272 (cell) or via e-mail at

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

More information coming soon!


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

More information coming soon!

Nashville Airport Information Center: 615-275-1675 or visit

Airport Customer Service: The airport has a customer service attendant stationed curbside on the ground level from 6:30AM to 11:30PM daily to provide assistance with transportation needs.

Nashville’s airport is designed to keep you moving, with an easy flow to and from the terminal’s 45 gates.

The airport code is BNA which stands for Berry Field Nashville

The 820,000-square-foot terminal is home to eight airlines including: Air Canada, American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Sunwing, and United.

Flights are available to more than 70 markets, 50 are nonstop, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Toronto, and Washington, DC.

Hotel Parking – JW Marriott Nashville Hotel
Valet Parking:  Fees will be posted by July 1st for overnight parking.

There is no Self-Parking at the JW Marriott Nashville Hotel

Individuals wanting to self-park their vehicle may do so at the Music City Center located at 201 5th Avenue South across the street from the hotel.   Visit the Music City Center Parking website for parking fees and other information:

Getting to JW Marriott Nashville Hotel from Nashville’s Airport:

The distance is 9 miles/20 minutes between the airport and the hotel via Uber, Lyft or a taxi depending on traffic and time if day.

Click the link for estimated taxi-fare between Nashville International Airport and the JW Marriott Nashville Hotel.

Ride Share: Lyft and Uber are both active in Nashville. Download the app and request a ride. A nearby driver will be dispatched to your location within minutes. The Nashville International Airport was the first airport in the country to allow ride-sharing services to operate on the property.

 Getting Around Nashville


A refund (less $125/per person administrative fee) will be given to individuals whose cancellations are received by 5:00PM Eastern Time, Friday, October 5, 2018.   For cancellations received after that date, but not later than 5:00PM Eastern Time, Friday, October 19, 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 19, 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 ( or Sara ( even if you have to cancel late so that GBA can at least try to mitigate any additional charges.