From the President's Cockpit
Maintaining Full Throttle
Fall is upon us but our pace at AAAA National has shown no indication of slowing down. We have been traveling to AAAA events around the country and have already begun our planning for the 2015 Annual Summit in order to build upon the successes of this past May in Nashville.
First, I would like to share some highlights received from the recent surveys sent out to attendees and industry exhibitors following our 2014 AAAA Annual Summit in Nashville. Your responses tracked very closely with feedback from 2013 and validated the changes we made to the event. 85% responded that reducing the Summit to 2.5 days was the ideal duration. Creating the Hall of Fame Induction as a black tie “Oscar Night” event, and converting the dinner concert at the conclusion of the Summit to an informal event were overwhelmingly popular changes. Professional Networking was again the #1 reason for attendance. 47% stated this was their primary reason to attend; the next closest was 23% to view technologies and capabilities on the exhibit floor. The center of the exhibit hall briefing area used by Army Aviation senior leaders for Q&A proved to be a significant draw and will be expanded in 2015 to accommodate the exceptionally large turnout we had in 2014. Finally, the Soldier Café was a big hit for uniformed members and their families looking for an affordable place to hang out and get some lunch. In 2015 we will expand its offerings to include breakfast when the buses arrive and will ensure drinks and snacks are available continuously during the time the Soldier Café is open.