You Can Only Get THIS at the ABI Conference

April 4, 2019 | Mike Ralston

Mike Ralston, President, ABI

About 60 days from now, ABI will host its 116th annual convention. Some years ago, to better reflect the changes and the growth that have taken place regarding this important event, the name of the annual convention was changed to the Taking Care of Business Conference.

Iowa's Taking Care of Business Conference gets bigger and better each year. If you want to add value to your business, there is simply no better place for you to be than at this meeting. The 2019 edition will be the best ever, with hundreds of people converging on Ames on June 4-6.

You can look forward to THREE excellent speakers. Internationally known best-selling author, Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal columnist and television commentator Peggy Noonan will share perspectives on politics, government and our nation. Author and former NBA and Iowa State University basketball player Paul Shirley will share insights from his life and career. Finally, well-known Iowa business leader, author and speaker Rowena Crosbie will share her message of growth and excellence. I guarantee you'll hear inspiring remarks, learn about ways to improve your business and even be entertained. Read more about these speakers

As for other conference highlights, one is the region itself. Ames is vastly different from ABI’s last visit almost 10 years ago. Vibrant shops, restaurants, bars, and attractions abound. Fantastic conference facilities, conference hotels and gorgeous venues dot the area. There will be events at the iconic Hilton Coliseum and Jack Trice Stadium, the home of the Iowa State Cyclones. 

Some of you come for golf. Well, conference attendees will enjoy golf at one of our state's great private courses, the Ames Golf and Country Club. The club has been host to many state tournaments and private championships, and you will have the opportunity to play it by attending the conference.

As always, fantastic food, informative breakouts and association programs will highlight the conference as well. But far and away the reason most folks attend, as you so often tell us, is for the very best business networking in Iowa. You can only get that at THIS conference. You can visit with other business women and men about issues you share. You can make new sales and generate new business. And you can simply enjoy meeting our state's very best business people. All of this is found at the ABI Taking Care of Business Conference and no place else.

If you haven't yet done so, go NOW to the conference website and finalize your plans to attend. At the site, you can register for the conference, find out about terrific hotels and link to them to make your lodging arrangements, and find out everything there is to know about the conference and about Ames. Make plans to bring your leadership team with you. On behalf of our ABI officers and conference committee members, I look forward to seeing you in Ames on June 4-6!