AORE Annual Report 2012 - Page 13

Conference Attendance – 2012 Our conference attendance numbers came to a total of 549 – a record high for the AORE.     480 Paid Conference Attendees 69 Complimentary ticketed attendees included [Summit Speakers, Keynote speaker, NIRSA Roundtable, Conference Host Committee volunteers, Scholarship Winners] 45 Exhibitor booths plus additional representatives. The AORE was able to successfully accommodate 549 paid, complimentary and exhibitor attendees for Snowbird. 2012 Conference Attendance Additional Exhibitor/Pa rtner Booths 8% Reps 4% Comped Attendees 7% In 2012, over 500 outdoor educators and recreation professionals came together in Snowbird, Utah for the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education's 26th Annual Conference. Conference attendees participated in over a dozen pre/post Paid conference workshops, chose from over Conference 120 educational sessions, created or Attendees 81% extended exhibitor relationships, learned from research and publications symposiums, and networked with others in the field. Tucked near the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, the three-day Snowbird conference was filled with socials, numerous networking opportunities, speakers, gear, and career development, all in a gorgeous location. Board of Directors member, Abby Rowe, wrote a piece for the Association News titled “Reflections on a Mountaintop” detailing her own interpretation of the conference, and the meaningful experience she gleaned from it: “For me Snowbird is no longer only a ski resort, it is now also a place of memories of educational sessions, conversations, meals shared and time spent observing the palpable energy in every space. The Ballroom is where I engaged in conversation with Jack from Jack’s Plastic Welding who exuded tremendous passion for his work; the presentation rooms have morphed from sterile meeting rooms to spaces where I was inspired and educated; the Summit room now provides a wonderful view from a space of grounding and inspiration; the boardroom is where I feel I am giving back; the elevators were hubs of conversation; eating venues are now places full of laughter and energetic conversation.” 2012 marked the largest conference attendance in AORE history. The conference would not have been possible without the efforts of the 2012 Conference Host Committee. This team provided unyielding, dedicated support and incredible heart. The theme “Building a Brighter Future” resonated deeply as outdoor students, professionals, associates, vendors and supporters left the conference recommitted to students, who are the future of the organization and the industry. 12