Monday, March 21, 2011

We're in the NOLA, Baby!

Well for the next few days, I'll be in New Orleans, LA for the American Marketing Association's 33rd Annual International Collegiate Conference. I attended the conference last year, even though I wasn't an officer for the group, and I had a blast. 

This year I'll be going as the Vice President of Fundraising for ONU's AMA and will have a little more responsibility there. This year's theme for the conference is Marketing to the Wii Generation. One of the biggest event of the conference is the Chapter Exhibit/Trade booth Competition. Our AMA chapter competes in this event every year, and we have to decorate a booth in a 10 x 10 ft. space that is relevant to the theme, has an educational value, and incorporates a game. For our last year's trade booth, our theme was "Tapping into Arrr New Norm" and we all dressed like pirates! This year our booth's theme is "Wii like to Party" and is a play off of the Mario Party video game and it's mini games.

Our ONU chapter also competes in a SABRE Business Simulation and the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Sales Competition. We also attend speakers and luncheons and award ceremonies, which are held at the end of the conference. Last year we were recognized nationally for our fundraising efforts. This year we're hoping to be recognized once again.

Even though we're at a conference for AMA, it doesn't mean it's all work and no play! We get all of Wednesday free to walk around and explore New Orleans. My favorite places from last year would have to be the French Quarter and of course, Bourbon Street! I'm looking forward to being there again and being able to have fun as well as compete and learn about the things we can do for our ONU AMA group.

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