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Conference & Expo
September 6-8, 2016
Learn what you need to know about these GE Control Systems :
Sharing knowledge to maintain dependable GE Controls :
Sponsors of this Conference :
• Gold Sponsor
                    Wednesday Lunch
    Sponsored by General Electric Corp General Electric Corp.
Gas Turbines
Controls
• Silver Sponsor
                    Wednesday Breakfast
    Sponsored by Turbine Controls + Excitation Group, Inc. Controls & Excitation Field Services
Who should attend :
Mark your calendar :
Conference Dates: Tuesday, September 6-8, 2016
September 6-8, 2016

 

Conference Overview
First Day Sessions: Wednesday, Sep. 7 8am - 5pm Users and RSVP* Vendors
Second Day Sessions: Thursday, Sep. 8 8am - 5pm Users and RSVP* Vendors

The following bulleted items are functions during the conference, but they are not itemized in the overview above:

     •  the Pre-conference Reception Dinner       9/6 4pm-7pm       RSVP* Users and RSVP* Vendors
     •  Breakfast       9/7 7am-8am       Users Only
     •  Lunch       9/7 12pm-1pm       Users Only
     •  Vendor Fair and Dinner       9/7 5pm-9pm       Users and RSVP* Vendors
     •  Breakfast       9/8 7am-8am       Users and RSVP* Vendors
     •  Lunch       9/8 12pm-1pm       Users and RSVP* Vendors
     •  the Grand Finale and Dinner       9/8 5pm-9pm       RSVP* Users and RSVP* Vendors

  RSVP Defined: The on-line conference registration form contains a "Yes/No" question for these functions,
thus enabling you to indicate whether your intend to participate in the functions. There
might be an associated fee for the functions.

As the steering committee coalesces the agenda, it will be published on this web site.

The place to be :
Hershey Lodge Convention Center Picture
Venue

The Hershey Lodge Convention Center will be our hotel and conference center.

Please do not contact the hotels until after registering for the conference as instructions are in the registration process.


Co-located Conferences

The GE Controls conference is co-locating with the GE Frame 5 conference, so you may switch conferences at your leisure.

Sharing everything except the General Sessions


Transportation Options
Nearest Major Terminals
(These are informational only. No recommendations.)
Conference Registration and Fees :
6/8-7/7/16       Early Bird       $250.00
7/8-8/7/16       Regular       $350.00
8/8-9/1/16       Late Bird       $450.00
9/1-...       Extreme Late Bird       $650.00
User Registration

Conference Fee Discount Program (OR HOW CAN I REDUCE MY CONFERENCE COST) :

30% discount on your conference fee

Eligibility and Restrictions (it is easy):
  1. 2% discount earned off of the conference fee whenever you refer another User.
  2. The referred User must attend the conference.
  3. You must inform the Users Groups Hostmaster (Gregory Carvalho <Hostmaster@Users-Groups.Com>) that you are making the referral, and you must include the referred User's email address to the Hostmaster.
  4. Only GEControls Users Groups referrals are eligible.
  5. The maximum discount per User is 30%.
  6. The referred User must be new to the target User Group.

 


 

(All US Dollars)

       
  EXHIBITOR BOOTH PACKAGE BASE
       
  Exhibitor Booth Package includes:
  • Exhibitor Booth at the Vendor Fair:
    • 10' wide x 8' deep exhibit booth (potential 8' wides)
    • 4 booth representatives
    • potentially:
      • table
      • 2 chairs
      • wastebasket
  • a spot for a single booth representative at:
    • Reception Dinner
    • General Session on Thursday
    • Grand Finale
  $2,201
  The following may be deducted off of your registration at the time you complete the online form:    
  Second Representative at the booth   -$125
  Third Representative at the booth   -$125
  Fourth Representative at the booth   -$125
  General Session on Thursday   -$200
  Reception Dinner Attendance   -$120
  Grand Finale Attendance   -$80
  (additional Reception Dinner [$120], General Session [$200], and Grand Finale [$80] tickets are available on the registration form for a maximum of 4 representatives at each function)    
   
  PRIME TIME SPONSORSHIPS
   
  The following items are included in the "Exhibitor Booth Package". Contact the Users Groups Hostmaster (Gregory Carvalho <Hostmaster@Users-Groups.Com>) to claim one of the meal sponsorships before registration opens; otherwise, after the registration is open, then you can just grab the sponsorship on the registration form directly. The following sponsorships enable you to
  1. bring up to 4 of your representatives to the sponsorship,
  2. setup your exhibit booth at the meal,
  3. your reps may join in the meal,
  4. network with the Users, and
  5. staff the booth for the duration of the function.
  Premier Sponsorship of the Grand Finale
includes:
  • Exhibitor Booth Package †
  • Grand Finale Booth at the dinner ‡
  • Dinner and drinks included for the 4 booth reps
  • Program Book Advertisement - rear cover EXCLUSIVE! *
  • One Attendee in Seat Award or Speaker Gift
  • Logo placement on Conference Information Page
  • Sponsorship indicated on agenda *
  • Sponsorship indicated in the Program Book *
  • Signage at the Grand Finale **
  • Gift or promo items at each seat **
† includes Exhibitor Booth Package amenities
‡ amenities match Exhibitor Booth
* for sponsorships secured 2 months pre-conference
** supplied by sponsor, at sponsor's discretion
 (4 hours)  $10,000
  Platinum Sponsorship of the Reception Dinner
includes:
  • Exhibitor Booth Package †
  • Reception Dinner Booth at the dinner ‡
  • Dinner and drinks included for the 4 booth reps
  • Program Book Advertisement - inside front cover *
  • One Attendee in Seat Award or Speaker Gift
  • Logo placement on Conference Information Page
  • Sponsorship indicated on agenda *
  • Sponsorship indicated in the Program Book *
  • Signage at the Reception Dinner **
  • Gift or promo items at each seat **
† includes Exhibitor Booth Package amenities
‡ amenities match Exhibitor Booth
* for sponsorships secured 2 months pre-conference
** supplied by sponsor, at sponsor's discretion
 (3 hours)  $9,000
  Gold Sponsorship of the Lunch
includes:
  • Exhibitor Booth Package †
  • Lunch Booth at the lunch ‡
  • Lunch and drinks included for the 4 booth reps
  • Program Book Advertisement - full page *
  • Attendee in Seat Award after Lunch
  • Logo placement on Conference Information Page
  • Sponsorship indicated on agenda *
  • Sponsorship indicated in the Program Book *
  • Signage at the Lunch **
  • Gift or promo items at each seat **
† includes Exhibitor Booth Package amenities
‡ amenities match Exhibitor Booth
* for sponsorships secured 2 months pre-conference
** supplied by sponsor, at sponsor's discretion
 (1 hour)  $5,000
  Silver Sponsorship of the Breakfast
includes:
  • Exhibitor Booth Package †
  • Breakfast Booth at the breakfast ‡
  • Breakfast and drinks included for the 4 booth reps
  • Program Book Advertisement - half page *
  • Attendee in Seat Award after Breakfast
  • Logo placement on Conference Information Page
  • Sponsorship indicated on agenda *
  • Sponsorship indicated in the Program Book *
  • Signage at the Breakfast **
  • Gift or promo items at each seat **
† includes Exhibitor Booth Package amenities
‡ amenities match Exhibitor Booth
* for sponsorships secured 2 months pre-conference
** supplied by sponsor, at sponsor's discretion
 (1 hour)  $4,000
  Bronze Sponsorship of the Coffee Break
includes:
  • Exhibitor Booth Package †
  • Coffee Break Booth at the coffee break ‡
  • Coffee and snack included for the 4 booth reps
  • Program Book Advertisement - quarter page *
  • Attendee in Seat Award after Coffee Break
  • Logo placement on Conference Information Page
  • Sponsorship indicated on agenda *
  • Sponsorship indicated in the Program Book *
  • Signage at the Coffee Break **
  • Gift or promo items at coffee table **
† includes Exhibitor Booth Package amenities
‡ amenities match Exhibitor Booth
* for sponsorships secured 2 months pre-conference
** supplied by sponsor, at sponsor's discretion
 (30 minutes)  $3,200
   
  EXHIBITOR BOOTH PACKAGE OPTIONS
   
  The following items are separate options that can be added to the "Exhibitor Booth Package". Contact the Users Groups Hostmaster (Gregory Carvalho <Hostmaster@Users-Groups.Com>) to claim one of the meal sponsorships before registration opens; otherwise, after the registration is open, then you can just grab the meal sponsorship on the registration form directly.
  THE REMAINING OPTIONS GET SPECIAL RECOGNITION IN FRONT OF THE USERS
  Attendee Gifts   $1,751
  Attendee Grand Prize   $751
  Badges (Lanyards)   $381
  Attendee In Seat Award   $301
  Speaker Gifts   $301
  Program Book Advertisement $200 - $3,200
     

 

Vendor/Exhibitor Registration

Vendors opens on:

Exhibition: Vendor Fair with Dinner
Exhibition: Wednesday, September 7th 5:00 - 9:00
Exhibition: A booth is required for a Vendor to be at the conference.

Invitiation To Register: Vendors with a Vendor Profile will receive an email notification when the conference registration launches! If you received the Monday, March, 28 2016 email directly from Gregory Carvalho, then you are already in the distribution list to receive the invite in June, but if you did NOT then you need to complete the Vendor Profile. Vendors desiring notification of the upcoming conference should complete a new Affiliate (Vendor Profile) application. If you are uncertain whether you previously established an GEControls Vendor Profile, then you may verify such by attempting to log into the Vendor Profile database (If you have a profile, then you will be able to login. If you do not have a profile, then you won't).

Attracting Users to your booth
We devised an intriguing approach to networking Users and Vendors. We provide a stamp to every exhibitor, then, as Users circulate on the exhibit floor, visiting a booth, the User requests that the Vendor impresses their booth number stamp on the User's booth map. At the conclusion of the Vendor Fair, at 8:45pm, we hold a drawing. All Users booth maps are placed in a hat for a drawing. We pull a User's booth map out of the hat for the Grand Prize.

Booth Fee Discount Program
Up to 30% discount on your booth fee. Eligibility and Restrictions (it is easy):

  1. 2% discount earned off of the booth fee whenever you refer a User.
  2. The referred User must attend the conference.
  3. You must inform the Users Groups Hostmaster (Gregory Carvalho <Hostmaster@Users-Groups.Com>) that you are making the referral, and you must include the referred User's email address to the Hostmaster.
  4. Only GEControls Users Groups referrals are eligible.
  5. The maximum discount per Vendor is 30%.
  6. The referred User must be new to the target User Group.
Sponsorship Opportunities
  1. Put your exhibit booth in the breakfast hall or the lunch hall or the Reception Dinner with up to 4 booth staff. Your staff may eat at the meal, too! This is exclusive; in other words, only one booth will be allowed into a single meal. Unless you wish to partner with another exhibitor, but there may be space limitations, so contact the conference planner if you wish to share the expense/investment.
  2. Present the Attendee In Seat Award inside the meeting room! At the beginning of every session, after every break, a fine gift is given to a User in the meeting room. These Attendee In Seat (A.I.S.) Awards are specified on this page here. You get to step behind the podium, identify yourself, identify your company as the sponsor of the gift, identify your product and service in a sentence, then draw a User's name out of the hat. You then hand the A.I.S. Award to the User.
  3. Imprint your website address and corporate motto on one of the following:
    • Attendee Gift: Every User receives one of these at the time of check-in for the conference, examples are 8 LED flashlight with red beam pointer, pen/USB memory stick, paperwork/laptop briefcase.
    • Attendee In Seat Award (this will be your business card, not an imprint)
    • Speaker Gift: Any User speaker receives one of these gifts. These are the same as the Attendee In Seat Award items.
  4. Present a Grand Prize to a User in front of all the Users! These are $1,500 Travel Certificates. You can see when and where the Grand Prizes will be presented by clicking here.
  5. Win big points with the Users by sponsoring the Grand Finale! You get the exclusive booth, or share with another Vendor (let the conference planner know your intent, if you will be sharing). This is a four hour event with your booth.
  6. Host the Reception Dinner. You get the exclusive booth. This is a three hour event with your booth.
Sponsorship Cost Reduction Program
This is an independent sponsorship partnership between Vendors, and the partnership is setup by the partnering Vendors. The cost of the sponsorship is divided among the Vendors involved in the sponsorship partnership. This applies to meal sponsorships only, such as breakfast, lunch, Reception Dinner, and The Grand Finale. You contact the Users Groups Hostmaster (Gregory Carvalho <Hostmaster@Users-Groups.Com>) identifying the Vendors who will be partnering on the sponsorship.

For example, you can share a Lunch Meal Sponsorship with 3 other Vendors. The cost applied to each Vendor is $1,250.00, or whatever proportions you wish to distribute the cost of the Lunch Meal Sponsorship. The Vendors share the space of one exhibit booth in the dining hall. One exhibitor representative of each sponsorship partners staff may enter the dining hall as well as eat at the meal.

Fabulous Awards, Gifts, and Prizes :
Attendee In Seat Award
Attendee In Seat Awards presented to a User by a "pull the name out of the hat drawing" after breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks. The User must not only be present to win, but must also be in the conference seat when the session starts!
     •  Visa Gift Card
$500.00USD Travel Certificate
A $500.00USD Travel Certificate is the Grand Prize.
  • The first certificate will be presented by a "pull the name out of the hat drawing" during the Vendor Fair (based on map game).
  • The second certificate will be presented by a "pull the name out of the hat drawing" immediately prior to adjournment of the meeting on Thursday afternoon.
Vendor Fair/Exhibition Prize Availability Matrix
These prizes are handed out during the Vendor Fair at the time specified in the table below.

Users Vendors
9:00pm $500 Travel Certificate 9:00pm Free Booth Next Year
7:15pm Visa Gift Card  
(awards, gifts and/or prizes may change without notice)
The Grand Finale :
Unwind after the conference adjourns
with a
Drive-In Delight Dinner
at the
Antique Automobile Club of America Museum
Pictures of cars at AACA    
  • Many car exhibits
  • Cross section of moving engine simulating operation
  • Walk-in replica of '40s diner
  • Replica of drive-in theater
  • Toy displays
  • A couple of model railroads
Hershey, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Area Attractions :
Please return to this page to check status if you do not possess a Member Profile (for Users) nor a Vendor Profile (for Affiliates). Items listed are subject to change without notice.
Please Note: The GEControls Users Group and Conference Staff reserve the right to eject any registrant without any prior notice or refund if while at the conference their behavior or dress is deemed disruptive, offensive, dangerous, illegal or if they are found to be distributing unauthorized material.
This conference is not affiliated with GE, except that GE has consented to participate in the presentations on Wednesday afternoon.
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