2013 president of MCRA
As the 2013 president of MCRA, I would like to thank my predecessor, Esther Thompson, and all the other members of the board for the hard work and dedication they’ve put into making last year’s convention a success and their continuing dedication towards making this year’s equally successful.
One of the things I noticed when I became a member of the board a few years ago was that the MCRA website was not as up-to-date and was not as user-friendly as it could be. MCRA is taking steps to update our website and will have a new look it’s predicted sometime in July, with an eye towards making it easier for the members to use.
We are also trying a little different type of venue for our next convention. The Board voted, and this year’s convention will be at the Hilton Garden Inn, Baltimore/Arundel Mills. The hotel is close to Maryland Live, the largest gaming casino in Maryland, located next to Arundel Mills Mall. Maryland Live has over 4,000 slot machines, live Vegas-style gaming tables, live entertainment and six restaurants, including the Cheesecake Factory and the Prime Rib.
Arundel Mills Mall has over 200 stores, including outlets for Coach, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Liz Claiborne, 24 movie theaters, and Medieval Times, a dinner theater featuring knights, horses and jousting.
The hotel where the convention is being held offers a 24/7 free shuttle ride to and from the casino, the mall and the Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Each is about a five-minute ride. (The casino is also open 24/7.)
The board has tried to have something for everyone. In keeping with that, the Hilton Hotel we’ve chosen for the convention is actually two separate Hilton hotels, back-to-back, accessible to each other via an elevator. On one side no pets are allowed, while the other has bedroom suites and allows pets. So you can bring the kids and the pets.
The speakers the board is lining up look to be both informative and entertaining. The board is working hard to make the next convention a fun, exciting and unique experience while getting those all-important CEUs to maintain those certificates to show your professionalism to others as well as potential employers.