Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to attend RCMA. What are yours? To hear great speakers and be motivated to pursue your personal and professional dreams? To visit with and learn from colleagues? To visit Florida?

These are all good reasons to attend, and you're not alone: Registration is at a record-setting pace for RCMA's 36th World Conference and Exposition, “Exploring New Horizons,” February 5-8, 2008, in Orlando, Fla.

RCMA is expected to draw nearly 1,400 meeting professionals to this international event. The meeting is constructed to help you increase your knowledge and skills, to develop strategic partnerships with all types of vendors, and to improve your performance through the finest lineup of tutorials that RCMA has offered.

You will be energized by fabulous general session speakers. You will hone your meeting-planning skills at the tutorials, and you will be wowed by top-notch entertainment. But above all, RCMA attendees value the fellowship they share with other members and associate members.

Tuesday Activities

You'll be able to see Orlando for yourself with the early bird sightseeing tours and other activities that RCMA has planned for Tuesday, February 5. (See page 36 for details.)

Also on the early bird lineup is a series of Behind-the-Scenes Experiences, something that only RCMA offers.

As an attendee, you will have the opportunity to explore the inner operations of an advertising agency, public relations firm, television station, hotel, or convention center. Gain hands-on experience as you become involved with key personnel in a range of activities that will enhance your professional knowledge.

On Tuesday night, relax and enjoy yourself at the opening reception. Tropical music and color will transport you to the lands of gentle breezes. Try your hand at delightfully enjoyable games. And, of course, partake of tasty food and great conversation.

A Great Start

Wednesday morning, an energizing opening session will fill you with anticipation for what is to come. Keynote speaker Ken Medema will inspire you with his talk: “Exploring New Horizons … In Personal Achievement.”

Then it's off to the Expo, where the booths will be staffed by knowledgeable suppliers who provide services for religious meetings.

But don't worry about being inundated with a barrage of suppliers, according to RCMA Executive Director DeWayne S. Woodring. RCMA carefully manages the planner-to-supplier ratio so that every attendee will have the one-on-one time that they need in order to meet with hoteliers, CVBs, and other facilities and service providers with whom they are considering doing business.

Educational Opportunities

At the center of RCMA's mission are the educational opportunities offered at its expert-led tutorials. This year's lineup on Wednesday and Thursday continues RCMA's tradition of offering the finest breakout sessions. RCMA's 2008 tutorials ensure that there is something for everyone.

Fun-Filled Evenings

The RCMA experience will be topped off with evenings of fun, excitement, humor, and dining.

On Wednesday, thrill to the most honored dinner show in the world, the Arabian Nights.

Closing the evening will be another special treat; you will journey to Epcot for a dessert reception, where the nighttime sky comes to life in a musical fireworks spectacular created by Disney especially for RCMA.

On Thursday, put on your finest for the 36th Annual Gala. This festive evening is a conference highlight, featuring exquisite cuisine, the President's Award, and superb entertainment from three of the best performers Branson, Mo., has to offer: Tony Orlando, Jim Stafford, and Jim Barber. (See page 28 for details).

Make plans now to be part of this thrilling week of exploration and connection.

36 Years of RCMA
1973 Louisville, Ky.
1974 Philadelphia
1975 Chicago
1976 Kansas City, Mo.
1977 Baltimore
1978 Cincinnati
1979 St. Louis
1980 Anaheim, Calif.
1981 New Orleans
1982 Nashville, Tenn.
1983 Indianapolis
1984 Detroit
1985 Atlanta
1986 Fort Worth, Texas
1987 Long Beach, Calif.
1988 Rochester, N.Y.
1989 Milwaukee
1990 Tampa, Fla.
1991 Corpus Christi, Texas
1992 Phoenix
1993 Chicago
1994 Birmingham, Ala.
1995 San Antonio
1996 Charlotte, N.C.
1997 Tulsa, Okla.
1998 Indianapolis
1999 Columbus, Ohio
2000 Dallas
2001 Milwaukee
2002 Tampa, Fla.
2003 Charlotte, N.C.
2004 Pittsburgh
2005 St. Louis
2006 San Jose
2007 Louisville, Ky.
2008 Orlando, Fla.

Branson in Orlando

Three great entertainers in one night

Thursday night's RCMA entertainment features three Branson, Mo.-based performers whose work has delighted millions of fans: Tony Orlando, Jim Stafford, and Jim Barber. The three are making the trip from Branson just for RCMA.

Tony Orlando's sterling career boasts five No. 1 songs, including one of the most memorable pop songs in American music history: Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak Tree. Orlando, whose TV variety show ran for five years in the 1970s, has received three American Music Awards, one People's Choice Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has been a Branson resident since 1993 and has performed more than 2,000 shows there.

Jim Stafford has enjoyed popular success as a singer, songwriter, playwright, and TV personality. After a string of hit records, Jim launched his TV career with The Jim Stafford Show on ABC. He co-hosted the popular prime-time show Those Amazing Animals with Burgess Meredith and Priscilla Presley and has made 26 appearances on The Tonight Show. The singer is self-taught on guitar, fiddle, piano, banjo, organ, and harmonica — he might bring any of them into play at any moment.

A multitalented entertainer, Jim Barber delights audiences with his incredible skills as a ventriloquist, comedian, singer, and musician. Barber appeared earlier this year in a featured performance on The Late Show With David Letterman and has been named one of the “funniest people in America” by Showtime/The Movie Channel.

The Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB is sponsoring the evening's entertainment.

Thank You RCMA Sponsors

Adam's Mark Hotels

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce/Convention & Visitors Bureau

Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau

Dayton/Montgomery County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Daytona Beach Area CVB

Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort

FedEx Kinkos

Gatorland

Gaylord Hotels

Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau

Greater Toledo Hospitality Partners

Illinois Council of Convention and Visitors Bureaus

Levy Restaurants

Lexington Convention & Visitors Bureau

LMG Inc.

Meet Minneapolis

Ocean Center

Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau

Orange County Convention Center

Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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RegOnline

Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau

Rogers, Arkansas, Convention & Visitors Bureau

Rosen Hotels & Resorts

SeaWorld Orlando

Smart City

Springfield, MO, Convention & Visitors Bureau

Tampa Bay & Company

The Holy Land Experience

Universal Studios Orlando

Valley Forge Convention & Visitors Bureau

Walt Disney World

Willowbank Hotel & Conference Facility

WordSpring Discovery Center

Register Online

  • Take advantage of the ease of online registration and register today for RCMA 2008. Go to www.regonline.com/rcmaorlando. (For meeting-planner members only. Registration for associate members is closed.)