Conference Countdown

Posted By: Andy_Z

Conference Countdown - 04/23/04 11:18 AM

The ABA Conference Schedule is posted. BOL'ers will be there and ready to network, without a keyboard.

The conference starts Sunday June, 6 and we'd like to start thinking of a night when we might all be able to meet up and possibly enjoy one anothers company. It looks like Sunday ends at 6:30, Monday at 7:30 or 8 PM after a CRCM reception, Tuesday has a yet unpublished networking event and Wednesday afternoon the conference ends.
Posted By: William J. Ludwig

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/23/04 05:12 PM

Here's a list of those attending the conference so far. Anyone else?

Magic Banker (Jim Bedsole, Speaker)
pbrinker (Paul Brinker)
David Dickinson (Speaker)
Lestie G
Lucy Griffin (Speaker)
Mary Beth Guard (Speaker)
Bartman (Bart Jonker)
William J. Ludwig
Miss Mordac
New Banker
Soccer Mom
NCAA Nut (Kara Scott)
cwilliams
Andy Zavoina (Speaker)
Posted By: Andy_Z

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/23/04 05:18 PM

I believe the CRCM Reception is off-site this year at the Chicago FED. Kewl. But that will make Monday tough. And Tuesday night they'll have a dine around, a Chinatown bus tour and the White Sox vs. Philadelphia ball game.

This may influence your decision to vote on Sunday night.
Posted By: waldensouth

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/23/04 06:06 PM

Okay, add me to the list - waldensouth (louvera)
Posted By: Andy_Z

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/23/04 06:28 PM

Magic Banker (Jim Bedsole, Speaker)
pbrinker (Paul Brinker)
David Dickinson (Speaker)
Lestie G
Lucy Griffin (Speaker)
Mary Beth Guard (Speaker)
Bartman (Bart Jonker)
William J. Ludwig
Miss Mordac
New Banker
Soccer Mom
NCAA Nut (Kara Scott)
cwilliams
Andy Zavoina (Speaker)
Mary Beth Guard (Speaker)
waldensouth
Posted By: EllenA

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/23/04 06:29 PM

I'll be there with KatL
Posted By: Suzie

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/23/04 06:32 PM

Put me down as attending too.
Posted By: Patsy Cline

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/23/04 06:45 PM

I got an OK to attend!! So... I will be there. I look forward to meeting everyone!

AKA - Michelle Graber
Posted By: PatrickG

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/23/04 06:52 PM

I will be attending also.
Posted By: Ski

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/23/04 07:40 PM

I'll be going back to my hometown also. Look forward to seeing you all there.

In fact I just recently bought a BOL shirt so that I could show off.

Ski (aka Dave Majkowski)
Posted By: Kathleen O. Blanchard

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/23/04 11:18 PM

I plan to attend
Posted By: CSpellman

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/24/04 01:59 PM

I'll be there too (moderating Jim's session) I bet Andy has the most ribbons....
Posted By: A D Virr

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/26/04 12:52 PM

Count me in. I look forward to seeing you all.
Posted By: Terry

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/26/04 01:53 PM

I'll be there! I'm really looking forward to meeting my BOL colleagues.
Posted By: William J. Ludwig

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/26/04 02:54 PM

OK - Here's another recap of those attending the conference so far. (This post will be edited/updated as new attendees are added.) Anyone else?

Ellen A (Ellen Alderice)
BJ Ballard
Magic Banker (Jim Bedsole, Speaker)
BooBoo
pbrinker (Paul Brinker)
J. Bruce (James W. Bruce III)
John Burnett
PatriciaC (Patricia Cashman
Dawnie (in some form or another)
David Dickinson (Speaker)
Lestie G
Joey's Mom (Michelle Graber)
Patrick G (Pat Gleason)
Lucy Griffin (Speaker)
Mary Beth Guard (Speaker)
Harvey
Jay-Risk
Bartman (Bart Jonker)
Kaybee (Kathleen) - (6/3 - can't attend)
Ken/Pegasus
KatL (Kathy Lores)
William J. Ludwig
Jacob's Dad (Dave M.)
Ski (Dave L. Majkowski)
Miss Mordac
New Banker
OnTheEdge
Cheryl Ryman
samsara
Soccer Mom
NCAA Nut (Kara Scott)
Chris Spellman
Suzie
Tena
Terry
A D Virr (Allan D. Virr)
Peggy Voorheis
Tony Wade
waldensouth (Louvera)
DWall
William (wftay) - (6/4 - can't attend)
cwilliams
Andy Z (Andy Zavoina, Speaker)
Posted By: Don_Narup

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/26/04 03:52 PM

Rats - I'm going to be in Hawaii that week.
Posted By: RVFlyboy

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/26/04 04:11 PM

Quote:

Rats - I'm going to be in Hawaii that week.



Posted By: Paragon

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/26/04 08:24 PM

Magic Banker (Jim Bedsole, Speaker)
pbrinker (Paul Brinker)
David Dickinson (Speaker)
Lestie G
Lucy Griffin (Speaker)
Mary Beth Guard (Speaker)
Bartman (Bart Jonker)
William J. Ludwig
Miss Mordac
New Banker
Soccer Mom
NCAA Nut (Kara Scott)
cwilliams
Andy Zavoina (Speaker)
Mary Beth Guard (Speaker)
waldensouth




Just curious, Andy (as you are so specific with detail). You listed Mary Beth Guard twice - does that mean she brings two different personalities to these events? Any insight as to what those personality are?
Posted By: Andy_Z

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/26/04 08:27 PM

I hadn't realized I did that. It must be because she is both so important, and so nice.
Posted By: William

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/26/04 09:18 PM

I'll see y'all there.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/26/04 09:42 PM

Quote:

I hadn't realized I did that. It must be because she is both so important, and so nice.




LOL. Yeah, that's it, that's the ticket (said in the Jon Lovitz Saturday Night Live voice.)

Multiple personalities? Could be.
Posted By: redsfan

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/27/04 01:01 PM

Gee, Don, life is tough. Consider the appropriate level of sympathy extended (that would be none).

I'll tell you what: Don, in selfless act of Christian kindness, I'll let you have my spot in Chicago, and I'll go to Hawaii for you.

Enjoy Hawaii.
Posted By: SMQ, CRCM

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/27/04 01:07 PM

What!! No Maria, c'mon girl, get down on those knees and beg!!!!! What would a BOL gathering be without you??
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/27/04 01:16 PM

Don - I WAS pretty excited about going to Chicago until I ready about your trip. Let's see. . . you're leaving your home in topical paradise to go on a trip to . . . tropical paradise!

Well, at least we get to go to Chinatown.

Terry
Posted By: RVFlyboy

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/27/04 01:54 PM

Quote:

Multiple personalities? Could be.



It's because of all those identities she has stolen over the past year in her ID Theft presentations.
Posted By: OnTheEdge

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/27/04 01:56 PM

"OnTheEdge" (that's me) will also be attending the conference.
Posted By: Don_Narup

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/27/04 03:08 PM

Except for the umbrella drinks on the beach, watching beautiful sunsets, and graceful wahanies in the torch light as they dance to romantic sounds of slack key guitars, and as trade winds gently ruffle my flowing black hair, its all business.
Posted By: William J. Ludwig

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/27/04 03:44 PM

FYI - Rather than re-posting, I will edit/update my 4/26 post as new attendees are added.
Posted By: Justin Case

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/27/04 05:47 PM

Quote:

and as trade winds gently ruffle my flowing black hair, its all business.




When I first read that I thought it said BACK hair and I laughed out loud! I'm really glad I read it wrong and that you don't have flowing BACK hair. What a sight that would be!
Posted By: SanibelGal

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/27/04 06:02 PM

Put me on your list - I plan on attending the conference too!
Posted By: DeeQ

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/27/04 06:09 PM

Quote:

What!! No Maria, c'mon girl, get down on those knees and beg!!!!! What would a BOL gathering be without you??




Thanks Soccermom, I have been avoiding this thread, because it's a real downer for me. Boss thinks State League Compliance University (no offense to them, but it would be so great to meet all of you in person) is sufficient this year (and last...)!
Posted By: DeeQ

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/27/04 06:10 PM

Quote:

Quote:

and as trade winds gently ruffle my flowing black hair, its all business.




When I first read that I thought it said BACK hair and I laughed out loud! I'm really glad I read it wrong and that you don't have flowing BACK hair. What a sight that would be!




Now THAT was funny, Croak! ROFLOL
Posted By: waldensouth

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/27/04 07:08 PM

Well, Maria, you just have to start working on him for next year in Washington! That's always fun and is a little bit closer to home for you isn't it?
Posted By: Jay Bruce

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/27/04 08:07 PM

Got my registration in yesterday. See you there.
Posted By: HRH Dawnie

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/27/04 10:45 PM

Maria come visit me instead. We'll talk about all the folks who are in Chicago and drink some wine

And while ya'll are there...talk to ABA about their half arsed ummm oh dear I got carried away...their very tiny tiny tiny little bit of CRA coverage at national conferences. I miss out on great networking opportunities by not going, but I value my employers budget too much to waste it on training with so very little content on CRA
Posted By: Kathleen O. Blanchard

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/28/04 01:20 AM

Quote:

And while ya'll are there...talk to ABA about their half arsed ummm oh dear I got carried away...their very tiny tiny tiny little bit of CRA coverage at national conferences. I miss out on great networking opportunities by not going, but I value my employers budget too much to waste it on training with so very little content on CRA




Dawn, You could expand your horizons and join in on our jovial BSA conversations!
Posted By: DeeQ

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/28/04 12:13 PM

Quote:

Well, Maria, you just have to start working on him for next year in Washington! That's always fun and is a little bit closer to home for you isn't it?




Heck, I'd even drive there!

And Dawn, if he won't let me go to Chicage, I can't imagine his surprise if I ask him if I can go to Alaska!
Posted By: HRH Dawnie

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/28/04 06:24 PM

LOL Kaybee...I don't want to expand my horizons to the BS...A and other regulations ya'll cover As one of my favorite old clients once said "Your pretty little head is going to get plum filled up with knowledge some day hunny" I'm trying to avoid that!
Posted By: waldensouth

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/29/04 12:48 PM

So, are we definitely getting together Sunday Night? Metavante's Compliance User Group is trying to plan a time to get together and so far, they've also targeted Sunday night.
Posted By: Andy_Z

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/29/04 02:24 PM

Sunday is the winner by popular vote. More details on the planned get together will be coming soon.
Posted By: BooBoo

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/29/04 07:17 PM

I'll be there too!
Posted By: Harvey

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/29/04 11:08 PM

I will be there and it will be my first. Hope I don't get lost in the big city.
Posted By: Elwood P. Dowd

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/30/04 12:15 PM

The conference doesn't push my buttons, but I will see you at the BOL get together. Harvey, if you fly into Midway, I'll meet you there and we can take the train downtown together so you don't get lost!
Posted By: homestar

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/30/04 01:51 PM

I'll be at the conference, but I'll have my family with me so I doubt that I'll make the reception.
Posted By: OnTheEdge

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/30/04 02:05 PM

What day and time will you be arriving? I get there Sunday at 3:55.
Posted By: samsara

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/30/04 02:26 PM

I'll be attending too. Last year the FDIC and New York State compliance examiners were in when I got back from Washington and they were REALLY envious that I got to go and they didn't.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/30/04 04:33 PM

Just so you out-of-towners who are going to either a White Sox game or a Cubs game can be prepared for the difference in the Chicago baseball experience, I put together a little something for you (ok - I didn't create it and it is obviously exaggerated and should not scare anyone from going to the Sox game!) Chicago Baseball - Cubs (Northside) versus Sox (Southside)
Posted By: Kaos

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/30/04 06:03 PM

I wanna see a game! How do we get tickets?????
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/30/04 06:20 PM

I had 4 tickets to Mon & Tues Cubs game which have already been distributed. You could most likely buy tickets outside of Wrigley before the games, but be aware you will pay lots of $$ (assuming good weather) and may not get good seats. As for the White Sox - waltz right up to the box office and I guarantee there will be plenty of seats available.
Posted By: Kaos

Re: Conference Countdown - 04/30/04 11:02 PM

LOL! I guess it doesn't matter since I'm from out of town. Thanks.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Conference Countdown - 05/01/04 03:19 AM

Cub Dave -- that was great!
Posted By: Elwood P. Dowd

Re: Conference Countdown - 05/01/04 11:16 AM

On the Edge,
I arrive in Midway on SWA 1250 at 03:05PM. If you want to take the train downtown, wear walking shoes and bring a bag that is on rollers. Otherwise, we can just share a cab or a limo.

If you want me to meet you, please send me a PM and tell me who you are. (I know a lot of people who are On the Edge in the everyday sense! )
Posted By: SMQ, CRCM

Re: Conference Countdown - 05/03/04 03:16 PM

Dave And has the added benefit of being true!!!!
Posted By: BJ Ballard

Re: Conference Countdown - 05/03/04 06:17 PM

Count me in I'll see you there.
Posted By: SoCalGal

Re: Conference Countdown - 05/05/04 08:04 PM

Thrilled to be visiting the Windy City with such a terrific group! I am really looking forward to the conference!
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/06/04 09:04 PM

We are pleased to extend an invitation for all of you BOLers to join us for authentic Chicago Deep Dish pizza on Sunday night, June 6, after the conference lets out for the evening.

Your "engraved" invitation is here. You're Invited

Please be sure to RSVP carin@bankersonline.com via email so we can reserve room for you!
Posted By: Bartman

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/06/04 09:06 PM

This is a cool idea...!
Posted By: William

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/07/04 08:27 PM

Anyone arriving early (i.e. Saturday)?
Posted By: waldensouth

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/07/04 08:30 PM

Yes, LestieG will be and so will I. I will be arriving a good deal later than LestieG but will be in time for supper(dinner - whatever you call it in your neck of the woods). Since we're doing Pizza Sunday night - anyone up for steak Saturday night?
Posted By: David Dickinson

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/07/04 10:35 PM

I will fly in Saturday. I arriver at O'Hare at 5 pm so I may need a later dinner. I would love to join you for steaks. Can we meet in the lobby at 7?
Posted By: RVFlyboy

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/10/04 12:48 PM

I'm game for meeting in the lobby at 7pm on Saturday night for a steak dinner, too. My flight is due in at O'Hare at 4:18pm.
Posted By: waldensouth

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/10/04 12:59 PM

Meet you guys in the lobby at 7:00. Unlike Nashville, there really is a lobby in this hotel? Several of us were meeting in the "lobby" when conference was in Nashville - as it turns out there was no lobby and we wandered around aimlessly looking for each other. Finally, I just sat down in one spot and waited. They eventually showed up!
Posted By: William

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/10/04 01:09 PM

Well, glad I asked the question. Sounds like a plan!
Posted By: DeeQ

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/10/04 01:13 PM

Well, according to the picture, there is a lobby .
Posted By: John Burnett

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/10/04 01:55 PM

Anyone know how far away from the Hyatt Regency Le Meridien is?
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/10/04 02:07 PM

John - it can't be more than a half mile away
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/10/04 02:07 PM

John - it can't be more than a half mile away
Posted By: 1 Peter 5:7

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/10/04 02:14 PM

David, John, Jim, waldensouth: May I join you on Saturday night?
Posted By: David Dickinson

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/10/04 02:28 PM

Quote:

David, John, Jim, waldensouth: May I join you on Saturday night?



Absolutely fine with me. This isn't a secret meeting. I see this as a "To those BOL'ers at the Hyatt on Saturday evening - let's all get together for dinner."
Posted By: John Burnett

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/10/04 02:51 PM

I won't be arriving until Sunday morning. See you all at the conference.
Posted By: Lestie G

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/10/04 03:09 PM

I am arriving Saturday afternoon, along with another lady. We'd love to join the group! Looking forward to it!

We arrive at 1:50 p.m. at Midway. Anyone know the best way to get to the hotel from Midway? L or taxi?
Posted By: 1 Peter 5:7

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/10/04 03:39 PM


Quote:

Anyone know the best way to get to the hotel from Midway? L or taxi?



Taxi would be easiest - - 20 minute ride on a weekend.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/10/04 03:45 PM

It sounds like you are going to have a large group - may I recommend that since it is a saturday night, that you make a reservation somewhere.
Posted By: waldensouth

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/10/04 04:42 PM

Any Suggestions as to where we should make that reservation?I've never been to Chicago.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/10/04 04:52 PM

If steak is what you want, and the budget is not a concern, I might suggest Gibson's on Rush - Good steak
Posted By: RVFlyboy

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/10/04 06:07 PM

Maybe everyone wants to go out somewhere, but there is a steakhouse in the Hyatt Regency - Stetson's Chop House that might suit everyone.
Posted By: redsfan

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/10/04 06:24 PM

There is also Smith & Wollensky, Morton's , or Mike Ditka's .

I have had a good steak at each. For a large group, I have only been to Smith & Wollensky's. They did an excellent job coordinating food for a large group (we had 21 for dinner).

For something completely different, I would suggest Fogo de Chao. It's a South American Steakhouse. At your seat is a chip, one side red, the other, green. Instead of ordering one entree, waiters circulate around the dining room carrying protions of various kinds of meats, including: beef and pork tenderloin, pork and beef ribs, top and bottom beef sirloin, chicken breast, and lamb cops. You can get a small portion of each sliced from the larger protion direct to your plate. The waiters will continue to serve until you turn your chip over to "red." They also have a huge buffet of vegetables and salads.

Not cheap, but great fun, and a great feed.
Posted By: Cowboys Fan

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/10/04 06:53 PM

Quote:

Maybe everyone wants to go out somewhere, but there is a steakhouse in the Hyatt Regency - Stetson's Chop House that might suit everyone.




I ate there when I stayed at the Hyatt last year. The food was very good and I was very happy that I was on an expense account .
Posted By: RVFlyboy

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/10/04 07:11 PM

Another possibility for consideration - Erie Cafe. Richard Insley and I ate there in 2001 and it was very good then. I presume it has not gone downhill.

Another interesting and delicious dining experience is Lawry's The Prime Rib only a few blocks from the hotel.
Posted By: waldensouth

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/10/04 07:19 PM

Okay, guys, y'all gotta stop coming up with ideas! If we're to make reservations BEFORE we get there, we need to decide where we're going. So far we have:

1.Gibson's on Rush
2.Stetson's Chop House
3.Smith and Wolensky
4. Morton's
5. Mike Ditka's
6. Foga de Chao
7. Erie Cafe'
8. Lawry's The Prime Rib

So far, I count 6 dinner companions. How shall we do this?
Posted By: Lestie G

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/10/04 07:26 PM

walden, I count seven (remember Chris who is coming with me). We had planned to go to Fogo do Chao at some point while we're there anyway, but anyplace the group chooses is fine with us. I'm sure it will be a good place, and we're just looking forward to the networking.
Posted By: waldensouth

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/10/04 08:18 PM

Lestie, I trust everyone's math other than my own. I probably forgot to count me!
Posted By: David Dickinson

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/10/04 08:36 PM

I don't care where we go - they all sound good and come with good recommendations. Since I'll be pushing 7 pm, we might want to go someplace close or even stay at the hotel.
Posted By: William

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/10/04 08:57 PM

I like the idea of staying close... if there is a vote I vote Stetson's Chop House. May allow any late arrivals to still join in.
Posted By: BankerMama

Re: Conference Countdown - 05/10/04 09:01 PM

Wish I could join everyone there but it's not possible.

Appreciate if you let the rest of us know, upon your return, what some of the "hot" issues are and anything that is mentioned on the CRA proposal that is pending.

Thanks
Posted By: RVFlyboy

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/11/04 12:50 PM

I, too, think I'll cast my vote for Stetson's in the hotel.
Posted By: waldensouth

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/11/04 12:56 PM

Ditto for Stetson's.
Posted By: PatrickG

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/11/04 01:03 PM

Stetson's sounds good to me also.
Posted By: David Dickinson

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/12/04 03:06 AM

It sounds like Stetson's is the meeting place for Saturday night. It also sounds like we need a reservation. Can anyone take care of this?
Posted By: waldensouth

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/12/04 12:17 PM

If you intend to join us for supper Saturday Night at Stetson's, PM me and let me know so that I will have an accurate head count for the reservation. I'll then make the reservation for 7:00. Thanks!
Posted By: Lestie G

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/12/04 01:56 PM

Anyone know if Stetson's has a dress code?

Just answered my own question - Magic's link says dress is "casual to cocktail".
Posted By: waldensouth

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/12/04 02:02 PM

Click on the link in Jim's earlier thread - it states "Casual to Cocktail" for the dress code. Casual means many things to many different people. Growing up in Fl - casual was throwing a T-shirt over your swimsuit! Probably not the same in Chicago. Khakis should be fine. CubDave should be able to define "Chicago Casual" for us.
Posted By: waldensouth

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/13/04 01:21 PM

I've made a reservation for a party of 8 at Stetson's for Saturday June 5th at 7:00. Reservations are in my name. Those 8 are: William, David Dickinson, LestieG and companion, MagicBanker, PatrickG, KenH, and Me. I went to www.opentable.com to make the reservations and tried to round it up to an even 10, but there were no tables available. It looks like they are booked until after 9:00.

A couple of you expressed interest in the thread but didn't pm me, if you're still interested, I'll see what I can do to get the reservation # increased.
Posted By: RVFlyboy

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/13/04 01:53 PM

If the reservation cannot be increased, maybe a separate reservation and split into two smaller tables could be an option.
Posted By: HRH Dawnie

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/13/04 05:11 PM

Call the restaurant directly. They offer limited options to open table but are often able to stretch them. (I've learned from experience!) And someone drink a glass of good wine for me.
Posted By: Bartman

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/14/04 05:06 PM

FYI: I've been corresponding with Alison at ABA - she was able to add Harry Caray's restaurant as one of the alternatives for the Tuesday evening dine-around event. The ABA website should be updated by Monday.
Posted By: HRH Dawnie

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/25/04 01:14 AM

HEY!!! I didn't get an invite to the pizza party!!! Suzie showed me hers and now I'm just jealous as all get out.

I'll be there (in some form or another) Suzie will bring me You'll know me as soon as you see me!



::Now where's that duct tape and my little Dawnie doll::...mumble mumble mumble
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/25/04 02:45 PM

I don't think my city is ready for Duct-Tape Dawnie!
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/25/04 02:45 PM

I don't think my city is ready for Duct-Tape Dawnie!
Posted By: William J. Ludwig

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/25/04 02:50 PM

Just a follow up. If you plan on attending the conference, and your name is not listed (see my 4/26 post in this thread), please post an "I'm attending" or "I'll be there" message.

So far, 38 BOL'ers are attending.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/25/04 02:55 PM

I am not attending the conference, but I am trying to clear my schedule to possibly come down during the day on Monday -are there any BOL lunch plans happening on the 7th anywhere?
Posted By: William J. Ludwig

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/25/04 03:28 PM

Dave, On Monday we have a conference seated luncheon and session from 12:15 - 1:45 p.m.

Guess what the session is!

Compliance & Marketing or Marketing & Compliance: Why Can't We All Get Along?

"In this humorous and spirited session you will hear both sides of the complex issues facing marketing & compliance professionals. See how and why both Marketing & Compliance need to understand each other's challenges in order to improve organizational efficiency and performance."
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/25/04 04:13 PM

Oh my - you may just find me standing outside that room with my ear against the wall - snickering!
Posted By: Dave M_TCA

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/25/04 05:57 PM

Sorry this is late, but I'll be at the conference!
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/25/04 06:40 PM

Jacob's Dad (Dave M.) - You're not late. Glad you can make it.
Posted By: HRH Dawnie

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/25/04 08:52 PM

You can always crash those things Dave. (Why I'm helping I don't know considering you worry overmuch about Dawine invading Chicago) Anyhoo, there are ALWAYS people who skip the lunch and go elsewhere (for that subject I would heh heh).
Posted By: PatriciaC

Re: Conference Countdown - 05/26/04 12:10 AM

Please add me to the list of attendees. Chicago baseball (I am going to a Cubs game on Saturday in addition to the Sox game on Tuesday - thinking about wearing my Rangers gear), pizza and BOLers - who could resist?
Posted By: William J. Ludwig

Re: Conference Countdown - 05/27/04 08:50 PM

A bunch of BOL'ers will be going to Giordano's for pizza on Sunday evening, June 6th.
http://www.bankersonline.com/chicago_pizzainvite.html

Shall we see if Giordano's complies with: http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/europe/05/27/italy.pizza.ap/index.html
Posted By: Kaos

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/28/04 01:57 PM

So Dave, what should the dinner entertainment be... cork tricks, sensual desserts, or bad jokes?
Posted By: RVFlyboy

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/28/04 02:56 PM

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So Dave, what should the dinner entertainment be... cork tricks, sensual desserts, or bad jokes?




I'm not sure I understand this post. Perhaps this was intended to be a PM rather than a general posting.
Posted By: Andy_Z

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/28/04 03:04 PM

Jim, I'm not sure either. But I want to be there!
Posted By: OnTheEdge

Re: Conference Countdown - 05/28/04 07:13 PM

Ken, We had talked about meeting at airport and riding to hotel together. Better make plans without me. Just found out my Mom has stage 3 colon cancer and it is likely that I will not be attending. Thanks!
Posted By: Skittles

Re: Conference Countdown - 05/28/04 07:15 PM

OnTheEdge - I'm so sorry you're facing this. I'll keep you in my prayers.
Posted By: OnTheEdge

Re: Conference Countdown - 05/28/04 07:18 PM

Skittles - Thank-you
Posted By: Kaos

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 05/28/04 08:31 PM

Quote:

I'm not sure I understand this post. Perhaps this was intended to be a PM rather than a general posting.




Sorry, didn't realize how far down the post this was. Dave was here and did a compliance seminar for us. The dinner we all went to afterwards got a little nuts. He started it with those "trunk monkey" commercials.
Posted By: Kaos

Re: Conference Countdown - 05/28/04 08:41 PM

On the Edge - Make that a set of prayers. Medical advancements have been phenom in catching and treating colon cancer. God go with you.
Posted By: Tena

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 06/01/04 08:14 PM

I'm attending the conference and looking forward to meeting all BOL'ers.
Posted By: Andy_Z

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 06/01/04 09:35 PM

Just a statement of hope here. Last year there was a comment from someone who thought the established BOL'ers were cliquish and not accepting of a "newbie". This year we are having a big pizza party get-together so we can network. But please, if you just see some BOL'ers gathered at the conference and want to say "hi", just do it! I don't believe any of us want to give the wrong impression and that is what happened last year.

Feel free to introduce yourself to us at the BOL booth too! We are there for you. And your fellow BOL'ers also see the benefits of networking. So I don't think anyone will mind. On the contrary, I'd hate to hear that someone didn't say hi when we could have met. Making new friends is one purpose for attending.
Posted By: David Dickinson

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 06/01/04 10:26 PM

I second Andy's comments. I love to meet new people so come up and say "HI".
Posted By: SMQ, CRCM

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 06/03/04 01:02 AM

Just curious, do we have very many husbands tagging along that might be looking for something to do while the wives are in meetings?
Posted By: Andy_Z

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 06/03/04 03:37 PM

This husband will be in the meetings.

But it is nice of you to ask. I went on a similar trip with my wife where she was the participant. I wasn't interested in the shopping trips they'd planned for "spouses" as they were not targeting gadgets or tools, and who wants to look for clothes all day?
Posted By: SMQ, CRCM

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 06/03/04 04:25 PM

Just checking, hubby says there are only so many newspapers and magazines he can read in 3 days!!!! Guess he's not too thrilled to venture out on the highways by himself. Definitely not going to be shopping for clothes either.

There is supposed to be a nice boat tour that goes down the river and out onto the lake. Maybe a group of hubbies might like to get together. The Museum of Science & Industry is AWESOME!!!!! I've been about 6 times and I have never seen all of it. Both of these are more fun in a group though.
Posted By: Kaos

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 06/03/04 06:38 PM

Soccer Mom: My husband and daughter will by coming with me. They plan to go the the aquarium and museum - Monday and Tuesday I think. The Navy pier we were going to do together. Is your husband a sports fanatic. (goes into convulsions if ESPN is down?)
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 06/03/04 06:45 PM

Hope all of you enjoy the city (and the conference) - the weather should be pretty good. And for those of you sitting in my Wrigley seats - can ya do me a favor and bring on some better days at Wrigley for goodness sakes!
Posted By: SMQ, CRCM

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 06/03/04 07:22 PM

Dave, I hear the temps have been 70s during the day and 60s at night. Not bad, might need a jacket for a windy night in Wrigley Field. Goooooo Cubies!!!!!!
Posted By: Lestie G

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 06/03/04 09:48 PM

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And for those of you sitting in my Wrigley seats - can ya do me a favor and bring on some better days at Wrigley for goodness sakes!




I'll do my best!! I'm under strict orders from my baseball-crazy nephew to bring back prime souvenirs, so I'll have to wander around behind the stands at some point.
Posted By: SMQ, CRCM

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 06/03/04 11:25 PM

OK, I am outta here. Finish packing tonight and start making my way north. We are driving and making a mini-vacation out of this too; I have a stop in St. Louis and one in New Lenox on the way up. Probably stop in Lockport as well, anyone ever heard of it?

We are still deciding on the return trip stops. Got invited to tour the Old Charter distillery, might have to take them up on that!! It's not too far out of the way-----if we get enough samples!
Posted By: Kathleen O. Blanchard

Re: Conference Countdown - Join Us for Pizza - 06/03/04 11:44 PM

I have had a change in plans and will not be attending due to my father having open heart surgery in the past 3 weeks. He is finally on the mend after some very trying days but I don't want to travel that far so soon considering how shaky things were. He just got out of intensive care. A member of my staff is going in my place. I am recommending she look up the BOL group.
Posted By: Jay-Risk

Re: Conference Countdown - 06/04/04 02:31 AM

I am flying from Logan in Boston to Chicago, arriving Sunday morning and am looking forward to the conference. A long-time IT audit, security background -- but I'm looking forward to the "big picture" overall compliance focus, since I've taken on new role and OFAC/BSA is very hot with our institution. I received my e-mail after registering, and I'm looking forward to the conference.

I hope this isn't a stupid question, but does anyone know the approximate number of attendees? I had two weird conference experiences over the past year: I attended one conference run by the Informations Systems Audit & Control Association (ISACA), and there were 1,800 attendees. Though well-run, it was almost unwieldy with that many attendees. The second workshop was an information security/privacy conference with 86 attendees (much fewer than they thought would attend) and it ended up feeling like it was too small.

I need this break, so a few days in Chicago will be nice.
Posted By: Andy_Z

Re: Conference Countdown - 06/04/04 01:06 PM

In all expect about 1,100 folks there to learn, to teach and to sell.
Posted By: David Dickinson

Re: Conference Countdown - 06/04/04 02:15 PM

Please read my post here so I don't have to type it twice.
Posted By: Andy_Z

Re: Conference Countdown - 06/04/04 02:42 PM

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you David, and in my prayers when they are not.

I hope this isn't because you don't want to answer the questions about "joint intent".

Get well!
Posted By: Kaos

Re: Conference Countdown - 06/04/04 02:50 PM

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In all expect about 1,100 folks there to learn, to teach and to sell.




OK, so now I'm overwhelmed. That's more people than the town I live in!
Posted By: Lestie G

Re: Conference Countdown - 06/04/04 03:20 PM

I've only been to one other of these conferences, but it was well run, and the number of people wasn't an issue in my opinion. ABA has it well organized.
Posted By: Jay-Risk

Re: Conference Countdown - 06/04/04 04:06 PM

Thank you for the information, Andy. I will be there to learn, listen, browse and network.
Posted By: Andy_Z

Re: Conference Countdown - 06/04/04 04:43 PM

Just be sure to browse and network some by the BOL booth. We look forward to seeing all y'all. (For those not from the south, that is the plurality of "y'all")
Posted By: William

Re: Conference Countdown - 06/04/04 05:01 PM

I have had a family emergency; therefore I will not be able to attend. So, WJ, please take me off the list. I am very sorry that I will not get to meet many of you.
Posted By: David Dickinson

Re: Conference Countdown - 06/04/04 06:09 PM

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I'll keep my fingers crossed for you David, and in my prayers when they are not.

I hope this isn't because you don't want to answer the questions about "joint intent".

Get well!



Thanks Andy. Actually, I was looking forward to the "intent" discussion.

Here's an update: I went to the doctor this morning. He gave me a shot and a new antibiotic. He thought this would run its course in 5 days. I moved my flight to Monday. I'll be arriving around 4 pm on Monday. I'm going to miss the Pizza Party and Saturday night dinner. This way I can still present (hopefully) on Tuesday afternoon.

Ken/Pegasus: Thank you for your kind words in the PM you sent me. I was unable to reply by PM for some odd reason.
Posted By: David Dickinson

Re: Conference Countdown - 06/07/04 03:16 PM

Well . . . I'm back, kind of. I'm much better, but not full of energy. I lost 14 pounds (I only started at 160) but I haven't been running a fever since Saturday noon. I'm low on energy, but coming back.

I'm flying to Chicago this afternoon, so I hope to see all of you soon.