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HOUSTON FALL CONFERENCE

 

October 18 @ 8:00 am - October 20 @ 5:00 pm

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.  

On-line Registration will open in early 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 Director 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 Break
  • 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
  • 7:45 AM – 12:30 PM – Conference Programming
  • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Spouse/Guest Continental Breakfast
  • 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM – Networking Luncheon
  • 12:30 PM – 2:15 PM – Board of Directors and Committee/Council Chairs Meeting
  • 2:15 PM – 3:45 PM – Board of Directors Meeting

Details Coming – July 2018!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

  • 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM – GBA Board of Directors Meeting
  • 1:0 0 PM – 2:00 PM – Group Liaison Meetings (Technical, Operations, and External Affairs) –Committee and Council Chairs and Vice Chairs meet with GBA Board of Director 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 Break
  • 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
  • 7:45 AM – 12:30 PM – Conference Programming
  • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Spouse/Guest Continental Breakfast
  • 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM – Networking Luncheon 
  • 12:30 PM – 2:15 PM – 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.

Getting There:

Information – Houston Airports

William P. Hobby Airport Information – 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 – 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.

Details

Start:
October 18 @ 8:00 am
End:
October 20 @ 5:00 pm