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Annual Meeting (June 2012)

Academy of Electrical Contracting Annual Meeting

The Broadmoor
Colorado Springs, CO
June 7 – 9, 2012

As his first official action as Chairman of the Academy of Electrical Contracting, Rex Ferry would like to welcome you to the Broadmoor section of the Academy website with information about the meeting on June 7 to 9 at the historic resort in Colorado Springs, CO.

If you are planning to attend the meeting, there are several things you need to do to register for the meeting, select some optional activities and procure your hotel room.

The following is some information you’ll want to consider:

What about the Broadmoor?

Did you know that the Academy is holding its annual meeting at the Broadmoor for the 5th time? The second annual meeting (in 1970) included Barry Goldwater as our speaker. We returned to the Broadmoor in 1972 and 1974; and then again in 1991.

The Broadmoor's trademarked slogan is: If you've been here, you know. Having been there several times, we think that says a lot. If you haven't been to the Broadmoor, you'll "get it" after your visit! {That's not trademarked ~ but that doesn't make it wrong!)

It's located on 3,000 lush acres at the gateway to the Colorado Rocky Mountains and is nestled in the shadow of America's mountain (Pike's Peak). It's also close to the Garden of the Gods. In addition to providing opportunities for you to see these natural wonders, we are planning tours to the nearby Air Force Academy and the US Olympic Training Center.

The Broadmoor has received numerous prestigious awards. They are the longest-running consecutive winner of both the Triple-A Five-Diamond award (36 years) and the Forbes (formerly Mobil) Travel Guide Five-Star rating award (52 years).

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Schedule of Events

See the tentative schedule for the meeting.

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Speaker: Eric Greitens

Eric Greitens is a Navy SEAL, award-winning author, Rhodes Scholar, and CEO of The Mission Continues. He speaks on leading with strength and compassion through adverse circumstances. His work as a social entrepreneur is transforming how this country views our veterans.

His second book is a bestseller: The Heart and The Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the making of a Navy Seal.

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To learn more about our speaker, here are links to some video clips:

  • Feature by Tom Brokaw ~ Click Here
    "If you're in despair about America's future, meet my hero - Eric Greitens. His life and this book reminds us that America remains the land of the brave and generous. The heart and fist are just the combination we need." Tom Brokaw
  • Interviewed by Stephen Colbert ~ Click Here

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Opening Reception

The Opening Reception will be on Thursday, June 7 at the Cheyenne Lodge at the Broadmoor. A short bus trip up the mountain will provide a beautiful view of Colorado Springs. We'll be looking east and you can almost see to Kansas. NECA has had several functions at this venue over the years and the reviews have always been excellent. Besides good food and drink, you'll have an opportunity to catch up with friends. We'll also have a band and we’ll be taking photos of couples this evening to update the Academy directory.

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Optional Activities

The Academy is pleased to offer exclusive activities for Fellows of the Academy and their guests. Please note that all of the tours have a 20-person minimum. If we don't have at least 20 people for a tour by May 25, we'll have to cancel the tour. Also please note the final date for refunds is May 25. At the time of registration, we'll charge your credit card for any tour(s) you sign up for.

If we have to cancel a tour by May 25 or if you decide you are unable to participate in a tour, we'll issue a credit to your credit card. We cannot make refunds for tours after May 25, however, because we are obligated to pay the tour company. An alternative is to find someone willing to take your place.

Also, please note the timings of the tours and golf and high cost of box lunches, we will not offer box lunches. We will have some suggestions for a quick lunch, however. Be sure to ask about this at registration.

Tours on Friday, June 8

  • Pike's Peak Cog Railway: 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm 
    One of the most popular tours guests can take is an unforgettable trip to the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak! They can sit back, relax and take in the splendors of Colorado as the highest cog railway in the world takes them through hidden valleys, past groves of quaking aspens and over the tundra at timberline. Colorado wildlife and panoramic fields of wildflowers are all around as the modern Swiss train heads for the summit. Once on the summit, guests will see the same unparalleled vistas which inspired Katherine Lee Bates to write America the Beautiful!

    Price: $98.00 per person
    Includes: Cog admission, on-board narrative, cog ride, stop at summit, roundtrip transportation, applicable taxes and gratuities

  • Air Force Academy and Garden of the Gods: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
    The USAFA is set against the Rampart Range of the Rocky Mountains, providing a beautiful setting for this 18,000-acre property that houses over 4,000 cadets. During the Academy tour, guests see the Visitor’s Center and an authentic B-52 that served a tour in Vietnam, along with the world-famous Academy Chapel. Touring the USAFA shows guests a glimpse of a cadet’s life, their education and military responsibilities as well as the intensity of their training. The Academy is the most visited of all man-made attractions in the state of Colorado and shouldn't be missed by any visitor to the Pikes Peak Region. Leaving the Academy, guests will head southwest to the Garden of the Gods, one of the most breathtakingly scenic spots in the entire state of Colorado. Once prime hunting grounds for the Ute Indians, this park offers a taste of Colorado’s colorful history combined with stunningly beautiful scenery.

    Price: $113.00 per person
    Includes: 18-minute video at USAFA Gift Shop and Visitor’s Center, USAFA Chapel, driving tour of Garden of the Gods, roundtrip transportation, tour guide, applicable taxes and gratuities.

Tours on Saturday, June 9

  • Pike's Peak Cog Railway: 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    One of the most popular tours guests can take is an unforgettable trip to the 14,115-foot summit of Pike's Peak! They can sit back, relax and take in the splendors of Colorado as the highest cog railway in the world takes them through hidden valleys, past groves of quaking aspens and over the tundra at timberline. Colorado wildlife and panoramic fields of wildflowers are all around as the modern Swiss train heads for the summit. Once on the summit, guests will see the same unparalleled vistas which inspired Katherine Lee Bates to write America the Beautiful!

    Price: $98.00 per person
    Includes: Cog admission, on-board narrative, cog ride, stop at summit, roundtrip transportation, applicable taxes and gratuities.

  • US Olympic Training Center and Garden of the Gods: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 
    Colorado Springs is home to the U.S. Olympic Committee and one of three Olympic Training Centers in the country. Upon arrival at the Visitor Center, guests will watch a brief inspirational film that highlights some of the greatest moments in Olympic history. Guests will then take a guided tour of the complex with an Olympic athlete who will provide the group with insights into the Olympic movement and their own personal Olympic experience. Guests won't want to leave before exploring the Visitor Center and visiting the U.S. Olympic Spirit Store for one-of-a-kind Olympic-themed merchandise and apparel. Departing from the OTC, guests will drive through the breathtaking scenery of Garden of the Gods.

    Price: $121.00 per person
    Includes: Roundtrip transportation, escort staff, Olympic guide and gratuities. Note: there is a maximum of 50 guests for this tour!

Golf

  • Friday, June 8 on the West Course Tee Times: 12:00 pm to 12:40 pm
    Pricing: $210 greens fees and cart
    Club Rentals: $60 for 2012 model Titleist rental clubs for men or women

    West Course Description
    At 6,800 feet, this 18-hole course has more doglegs and steeply-angled greens, and is higher in elevation than the East Course. The rolling fairways and multilevel greens overlook both the city and the mountains. The West Course plays tighter off the tee, with more heavily tree-lined holes than the East Course, and also gives the player many spectacular approach shots. Huge, formidable sand bunkers seem to be everywhere, and water hazards enhance three of the par threes. Don't let the stunning mountain views distract you while on this course. The doglegs and steeply-angled greens make for a very challenging round of golf.

  • Saturday, June 9 on the East Course Tee Times: 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm
    Pricing: $250 greens fees and cart
    Club Rentals: $60 for 2012 model Titleist rental clubs for men or women

    East Course Description
    The East Course is known for its wide fairways and large greens. With tree-lined fairways and amazing mountain views, the Broadmoor East Course is ranked among the best in the country. With large trees that can alter your shots, and putting greens that can be difficult to read, the best tip we can offer for this open course is to remember that putts break away from the mountains. This course has hosted two recent USGA championship tournaments: the 2008 US Senior Open won by Eduardo Romero; and the 2011 US Women's Open Championship won by So Yeon Ryu.

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Working Group

Several topics for the Working Group are under consideration at this time. This website will be updated when a final decision is made.

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Formal Dinner

At the Greenbrier we tried something different ~ if you were there you'll recall that we replaced the traditional dance band and instead engaged a group of four lads singing and dancing to the music of The Four Seasons. It sure felt a lot like "Jersey Boys". The reviews were excellent and everyone suggested that we try something similar again next year.

Towards the end of dinner we'll be treated to a Remember John Denvermusic event by Jim Salestrom and Friends. Of course, John Denver is linked to the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Consider the autobiographical first verse of his hit Rocky Mountain High:

He was born in the summer of his 27th year;
Comin' home to a place he'd never been before.

On March 13th, 2007, Rocky Mountain High was made an official Colorado state song and Jim Salestrom was honored to sing the song that day when the honor was bestowed at the Colorado House of Representatives.

Salestrom is an Emmy Award winning songwriter who toured with Dolly Parton for 11 years (through 1991). He recorded with John Denver over the course of a 25-year friendship. He also has performed on-stage, "sat in" or recorded with such diverse performers as Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Kenny Rogers, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Pure Prairie League, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Amazing Rhythm Aces, and Tom Rush.

In recent years, Jim has brought musicians and friends together to remember and celebrate the music of John Denver in benefit concertsin Colorado and California. He also performs at the annual tribute concerts in Aspen, Colorado, held on the anniversary of John's death.

One of Jim's "friends" is Jim Horn who performed with John Denver for many years. It is believed that he is the only musician who can claim to have played with all four Beatles individually.

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Getting to Colorado Springs

The Colorado Springs Airport (COS) is about 15 minutes from the Broadmoor and has many direct flights from cities around the country. Shuttle service to and from Colorado Springs Airport is available through Grayline. Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling 1-719-633-1181.

The Denver International Airport (DEN) is about 90 minutes from the Broadmoor and is another option if you are planning to rent a car.

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Hotel Information

The resort now surrounds Cheyenne Lake and includes sleeping rooms located around the lake including: Broadmoor Main, Broadmoor South, Broadmoor West and the Lakeside Suites. The Academy room block includes three price levels: Superior = $375 (South Tower and Main Tower); Intermediate = $345 (Main Wing and West Wing); Standard = $320 (West Wing).

There is also a "Resort Fee" of $16 per day per room that includes admittance to the fitness center, toll-free telephone calls (up to 1 hour), in-room coffee, newspaper, wireless and hard-lined internet service. There is an additional $2.50 for each additional person in the room.

You can book your hotel room online as part of the Academy's block by clicking here. The password for website is NECA. Of course, you may also make your reservation by phone. You should call the Broadmoor directly at 1-800-634-7711. Be sure to mention the Academy of Electrical Contracting or NECA to receive our preferred room rate.

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Meeting Registration Fees

Early Registration Fees (through May 7) = $550 per person
Registration Fees after May 8 = $600 per person
Cancellation Fee after May 23 = $100 per person will be deducted from your refund

When you’re ready to register for the meeting, Click Here. If you're having any issues with this online registration process, please don't hesitate to call Diane Jacobson at 301-215-4555. She can help you over the phone ~ you'll need your credit card to complete the deal.

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Checklist for Registering

  • Determine your travel arrangements so you know what nights you need to book at the Broadmoor.
  • Determine what optional events (golf and tours) you and your guest want to do.
  • Register for the meeting and pay online with your credit card for the meeting and optional activities.
  • At the end of the online meeting registration process, you’ll find a direct link to the Academy room block at the Broadmoor. You can use it to make your hotel room reservations.
  • Of course, you may also make your hotel reservation by phone by calling 1-800-634-7711 and mentioning the Academy of Electrical Contracting or NECA.
  • Diane Jacobson, can help you with any questions you may have. If you have a few minutes, Diane can handle the meeting and hotel reservations for you (using your credit card, of course). You may contact her at 301-215-4555 or dsj@necanet.org.

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