Just a quick note to officially confirm that the 2011 Spoke Fund® Conference will be held on Monday and Tuesday, September 12th and 13th, at the Marco Island Marriott near Naples, Florida.
So, it is on.
1 – To reserve a room, call (800) 438-4373. For reasons that I’ll get into later, to make room reservations, you’ll need to do two things: (1) tell the reservations people you’re coming in for “The Hardware Conference,” and then (2) let me know you’ve done that (via email or call). I know, it’s odd, but that way room rates should be about $157 a night for ya – which is terrific for this place. There is a little more background on that Hardware Conference reference here, but for now I’d say trust me, and I’ll connect the dots later on for you.
2 – The nearest airport is Fort Myers Southwest Florida International Airport, and I believe the code is still “RSW.” Got a handful of options for carriers, including Southwest, American, United and JetBlue.
3 – You’ll have those favorable room rates available from September 7th to the 15th…so if you want to fly in earlier and/or stay later with the spouse and family, please do. The hotel is very nice and you could certainly make a mini-vacation out of the trip if it’s in the cards. That hotel site again is www.marcoislandmarriott.com.
4 – The conference will start the morning of Monday, Sept 12th, and we’ll have a full day of presentations there – plus cocktails that evening up in the penthouse suite (bar and apps). The full agenda will be formalized soon. We’ll also have a half-day on Tuesday, Sept 13th, and at this point, I’m thinking we can make that the “Highest Conviction Idea” day, instead of focusing on spokes. And by that I mean everyone who wants to have the floor can get up and walk us through the highest conviction holding you have in your portfolio. So if nothing else you’ll walk away from the conference with some solid investing ideas. All of that is the good news. The bad news is…
5 – There will be a to-be-determined registration cost for attendees. (Consider this the cost of a ticket to get in). I gotta offset my costs, and I have some feelers out for sponsorships, which is how I’d prefer to finance this thing. But whatever gap there is between that and breakeven will be made up by registration from attendees – to a degree. I’m aware you’re all cheapskates, too, so while I don’t know the exact registration costs yet, I will cap it at $200.
In any case, more on all of this soon. Just wanted to emerge from the cave and tell everyone that the conference is officially on, and that it should be a great time.
Also – I am on vacation currently, at least in theory…typing from high in the Rocky mountains. My plan is to formalize all the above more next week when back in the office. That will include online registration, a more formal agenda, etc. But pls fire away with comments and/or questions in the board in the meantime. Appreciate the patience as usual.
And regardless of my own schedule here, I am obviously feeling the urgency to get this all nailed down given the timeline – and I am pumped about the conference. Marco Island will be a helluva leap from the old dynamite warehouse last year…
Hope to see you there. And don’t forget – it’s all tax-deductible, hoss!
Any big picture things that I missed in the above?