We’ve all attended our share of conferences in our professional lives. That certainly holds true for Charlie Schultz, president of Valley Systems, an Arizona-based communications networking firm. For the past two years, he and Lisa Schwindt, vice president of Valley Systems, have added Sage Summit to their list of conference destinations.
“I’ve been to so many conferences and Sage Summit is by far the most impressive,” Charlie says. “Most conferences I go to cover the same material each year. Sage Summit is built from the ground up with new topics that weren’t covered the previous year. “
Charlie and Lisa like the fact that Sage Summit provides information about upcoming enhancements to their product Sage 100 Contractor. But it’s the fact that the conference goes beyond just product that keeps them coming back each year.
“A lot of effort is put into providing quality presentations,” Charlie explains. In addition to the opportunity to hear celebrated speakers like Colin Powell (their favorite keynote last year), Charlie and Lisa enjoy the numerous breakout sessions that cover a variety of business topics. “One of the best sessions we attended last year was on how to work with others—how to engage good people and get them to work with you, and you with them,” Charlie says.
Charlie and Lisa have taken what they’ve learned at Sage Summit and directly applied it to their business, where they are committed to their clients’ networking success. Charlie advises future attendees to do the same by reviewing the many business and product breakout sessions and finding presentations most relevant to their business.
“It (Sage Summit) is a great value for the price,” he adds. He and Lisa also consider it a nice bonus that Summit is held in a different location each year. It was their first time visiting New Orleans last year and during the conference they found some time to experience a bit of the local flavor.
Will he and Lisa attend Sage Summit again this year? Charlie’s response: “We’re already registered.”
If you’d like to register, visit our 2016 Sage Summit site.
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Deb Carpenter-Beck is a writer and marketer with more than 25 years of experience in the construction and real estate industries. She often writes about technology and best practices and is passionate about helping contractors and real estate professionals achieve their business goals. You can follow her on Twitter @DebCBConstruct.