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2019 WMA Convention & Expo
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Reno, NV

When it comes to hotels in Reno, no place offers the degree of accommodation options, amenities, dining, and entertainment that Grand Sierra Resort does. Lying in the heart of Truckee Meadows near Lake Tahoe, Grand Sierra Resort features nearly 2,000 hotel rooms and suites, and 11 different dining venues.

 

The Call for Presentations is now open!

You are invited to propose a presentation for the 2019 WMA Convention & Expo. The Convention will be held October 7-10, 2019 at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Reno, NV.

Download the packet linked to this website on far right hand side.

 

Hotel Scam Alert!

Please remember, if you receive a phone call from someone identifying themselves as a “Convention Housing” organization or an “Expo Representative” offering lower rates for Convention at the the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (GSR), do not give them any credit card information as the GSR does not randomly call guests with offers like this, nor has the resort or WMA contracted with any convention housing organization! Do not provide any information or accept a confirmation number UNLESS you contacted GSR directly.

 

Guestroom Reservations

Please make your hotel reservations directly with the Grand Sierra Resort. Get the nightly rate of $75 for the Summit Room or $95 for the A Rooms Rate (Sunday through Thursday). The cut-off date for reservations is September 1. Reservations received after September 1 will be accepted on a space-and-rate-availability basis.

Dates: October 7-10, 2019

You can make your reservation in one of two ways:

  • An online link will be provided here at a later date with the group code.
  • Call 800.648.5080 and identify yourself as an attendee to the 2019 WMA Convention & Expo.


Please be advised that all rates are per room, per night — single or double occupancy. Triple and quad occupancy will be charged $25 per person per night and will be added to your guest room for each guest aged 18 years or older. No further charges for guests under 18 years of age using existing bedding.

A resort fee of $26.50 per night plus tax will be applied to each guest room. This fee includes basic daily in-room internet, two bottles of water per day in room, self and valet parking, scheduled shuttle to and from Reno Tahoe International Airport, and admission to the fitness center at the resort.

Porterage and housekeeping gratuities will be at the discretion of the individual guest.

 

Convention Registration

Registration Fees

For budgeting purposes, the registration fees are listed below. At a later time, an online registration link will be provided here as well as a downloadable registration form. You will need to send your completed registration form with payment to the WMA office.

                       Before Sept. 13th        On or After Sept. 14th

Member              $425 pp                      $495 pp
Non-Member        $850 pp                      $990 pp

Cancellations

For a full refund, cancellations must be received on or before September 2, 2019; an 85% refund will be given for cancellations received September 3 through September 13, 2019. No refunds for no-shows, cancellations or event tickets on or after September 14, 2019. Contact Regina Sànchez immediately for cancellations.

 

Education, Networking and Entertainment

Owners rely on managers to find opportunities to ensure the successful operation of their communities. Here, you will find everything you will need, on a professional level, we’ll blend educational programs with entertainment and networking forums so that you can succeed in this business. We will feature seminars with industry experts focused on shaping our future and our communities; sessions covering practical business issues; opportunities to network with other industry leaders; and a dynamic Expo to make your attendance worthwhile!

Before we get to business, we are going to start you off with a no-cost, no-host networking event where you can catch up with industry colleagues during a leisure evening.

Would this be your first WMA Convention? Then you must come to this Convention. Introduce yourself and make connections with people who will give you helpful advice for years to come!

 

Expo

The Expo will open right after the Kick Off Lunch on Tuesday. Later on in the day, we will once again have the wine tasting event during the Welcome Reception. A dinner buffet is included. Connect with exhibitors who will feature delicious wines while you network. 

The well-received dessert reception on the Expo floor after Wednesday’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon will take place again! We will offer you a full day of Expo events the second day — a dynamic Expo will make your attendance worthwhile!

 

Exhibitor Forms

A downloadable packet for exhibit registrations will be available here in early 2019.

 

Golf Tournament

Stay tuned! More information here later in 2019.

 

Highlights

Kick Off Lunch — Tuesday, October 8

You are invited to the Kick Off lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m.! We are going to begin the afternoon with a delicious plated lunch while giving you ample opportunity to network with friends. Remember, there’s always a new face in the crowd ― introduce yourself and welcome first time attendees. Make them feel good about joining WMA and being a part of this wonderful, resourceful organization!

President Marilyn Green will welcome you and officially open the 2019 WMA Convention and Expo. After lunch, the scholarship recipients from this year’s Frank J. Evans Charitable Foundation will be announced. Greg Evans will reveal this year’s recipients for deserving youth residing in WMA-member communities. Perhaps one of them is from your community! After that, WMA’s Legislative Advocate, Catherine Borg, will give a brief legislative update and announce the winners of WMA’s hotly contested golf tournament held on Monday, October 7. Closing the luncheon will be Doug Johnson with updates on rent control.

Right after lunch, you’ll head into the opening of the Expo.

Expo Opening — Tuesday, October 8

The Expo will once again open right after lunch! You will have over two hours on the Expo floor before returning back to the educational seminars.

Welcome Reception and Wine Tasting — Tuesday, October 8

It’s become a tradition! You will LOVE wine tasting event. This evening also includes a dinner buffet in the Expo. We’ve planned another exciting show for you! Exhibitors have been invited to bring their favorite wines again! This is always a great time to reconnect with other Expo attendees or get to know new people! The Expo continues on Wednesday, stopping only for the Annual Meeting and Luncheon. Stop in between seminars! You’ll experience a dynamic day interacting with outstanding exhibitors who represent cutting edge products and services of the industry. Drawings will be held at the close of Expo on Wednesday. The Expo will close at 3:00 p.m. — don’t miss the drawings!

Annual Meeting and Luncheon — Wednesday, October 9

Take a well-deserved break from the fast paced action of the Expo and educational seminars. Join us for the Annual Meeting and Luncheon. It is a great opportunity to be introduced to new members, as well as continuing members of WMA’s leadership ― all in one place.

A plated lunch is provided ― delicious food and drink to satisfy your hungry appetite. This is followed with our formal program. An award will be presented to a deserving member whose political contributions have stood out above and beyond all those who continuously support WMA. Another award will be presented to a member whose selfless contributions have impacted the industry. During the Annual Meeting, you’ll also learn the state of WMA, and see the new Board of Directors for 2019-2020 elected and sworn in.

Once all the business has been dealt with, we have some entertainment for you! Don’t be in such hurry! We haven’t forgotten dessert! Come follow us into the Expo and enjoy your dessert as you visit our exhibitors one more time!

President’s Dinner Dance — Wednesday, October 9

You are cordially invited to WMA’s signature black tie event. It will be held on Wednesday evening in a beautifully appointed ballroom. Dress to impress! We will be there to warmly welcome you ― our honored guests ― to this annual President’s Dinner Dance. As you walk into the exquisitely decorated ballroom, you know that an captivating evening awaits you. The magic begins the moment you arrive. Join family, friends and colleagues for an elegant meal, then sit back and celebrate as the new President of the WMA Board of Directors, Andy Carey, is sworn into office and delivers his inaugural address. Next, join us in feting the 2019 recipient of WMA’s most recognized and esteemed honor: The Busch, Carr & McAdoo Memorial Award.

Finally, after we have wrapped up the business end of our evening, prepare to dance and party the rest of the night away! We promise this will be an evening you will long remember!

 

Seminars

Once seminars are selected you will find the list here in early Spring. The printed brochure will contain full seminar descriptions and the Schedule at a Glance will contain the days each seminar will be presented. Both will be posted shortly. 

 

Schedule

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2019

Golf Tournament (optional)

Badges/Tickets Pick Up for Pre-registered Convention Attendees
    1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Networking Event Reception
    6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2019

Registration Opens
    8:00 a.m.

Educational Seminars
    9:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Kick Off Lunch
    11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Expo Opens
    12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Educational Seminars
    3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception and Wine Tasting
    4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2019

Registration Opens
    8:00 a.m.

Expo Hours
    7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Continental Breakfast in Expo
    7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

Educational Seminars
    9:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Pre-Lunch Cocktails in Expo
    11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Annual Meeting and Luncheon
    12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Desserts and Drawing in Expo
    1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Expo Closes
    3:00 p.m.

Educational Seminars
    2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

President’s Dinner Dance
    5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.     Pre-Dinner Cocktails
    6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.    Dinner Dance

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019

Final Breakfast
    8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
    9:00 a.m.                     2019 WMA Convention & Expo Closes

 

Hertz Car Rental

WMA has negotiated special meeting rates with Hertz for car rentals during Convention at all California and Nevada locations. For reservations, call Hertz at 800.654.2240 and refer to CV#02RE0033.

 

Sponsors

Download the list of Sponsorship Opportunities in the links provided above the staff photo. Direct any queries to Regina Sánchez at regina@wma.

2018 PLATINUM SPONSORS

*Represented by Alvarado Pacific Insurance Services and California Southwestern Insurance Agency.
 

2018 GOLD SPONSORS

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2018 BRONZE SPONSORS

2020 Convention

M Resort Spa Casino
12300 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Henderson, NV 89044

October 12-15, 2020

Visit us at wma.org/conv2020

 

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
2500 East 2nd Street
Reno, NV 89595
Reservations: 800.648.5080
Group Name: WMA Convention & Expo
Hotel: 775.789.2000

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