Year after year, SNA’s annual conferences provide attendees with valuable learning and networking opportunities, so it’s no surprise that ANC draws a large number of repeat attendees eager to take home the best thinking in school nutrition.
In their own words, two frequent ANC attendees share what keeps them coming back to SNA’s biggest conference of the year. “I have learned many things from the [educational] programs, but the networking is phenomenal,” says Teal Carpenter, director of food services for Gloversville City (N.Y.) School District.
Julie Tuttle, SNS, school nutrition director for Montgomery County (Ky.) School District, agrees. “I have met so many people across the United States that I look forward to seeing each year,” she says of the networking. Also, she notes, “Seeing the new ideas and food products in the Exhibit Hall allows us to be proactive, so we know what’s out there.”
Both of these repeat attendees also cite the importance of attending ANC to stay on top of your game. “I feel good when, three months down the road, I hear about something that was discussed in a session,” Tuttle explains. “I like having that communication and feeling like I’m on top of things.”
On top of that, Carpenter points out another vital reason to attend ANC. “Going to ANC is like recharging your battery,” she summarizes. “It’s fun, but you still learn, you meet great people and then you’re glad to be back in your own corner of the world.”
To experience firsthand the essential education, networking and innovative ideas and products to be found at ANC Las Vegas, be sure to register at http://docs.schoolnutrition.org/meetingsandevents/anc2009/registration.asp.
If you’re a repeat attendee, what excites you about ANC Las Vegas? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Never been to ANC and considering whether to make this year your first? ANC Las Vegas promises to offer educational value and opportunities of all kinds to all attendees, but those attending for the first time are sure to be especially pleased with their conference experience.
From informative sessions in tracks such as financial management/operations, professional skill building and USDA/commodities, to networking with contacts new and old, to checking out the latest new products and ideas in the Exhibit Hall, ANC Las Vegas will have something for everyone.
One first-time attendee, Margaret Burrell, school nutrition director for Anderson County (Tenn). School District, is most looking forward to this year’s education sessions and the valuable networking opportunities that await her. Further, she can vouch for Las Vegas as a great conference location. “I really like Las Vegas….I have been several times,” Burrell says. “Mandalay Bay [the site of ANC Las Vegas] is nice also.”
Join Burrell and more than 500 other first-time attendees at this year’s ANC for four learning-packed and networking-filled days. At the end of your experience, you can be assured you’ll be taking home the best thinking in school nutrition! Visit http://docs.schoolnutrition.org/meetingsandevents/anc2009/registration.asp to learn how to register.
If you’re a first-time attendee, what are you looking forward to about ANC Las Vegas?
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