NAPE Icebreaker EventWednesday, February 6 – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The icebreaker is always on Wednesday night before the Exhibitor Hall opens to visitors on Thursday morning. It’s on the 3rd floor of the George R Brown Convention Center, from 5 PM – 7 PM. You do have to pickup your attendee badge at the registration area before they will let you in. The icebreaker event is typically a very crowded affair, so don’t expect to be wandering around and finding friends. If you insist on going, it’s probably best to arrive with friends or meet them beforehand elsewhere.
Decision Maker’s BreakfastThursday, February 7 – 6:30 AM – 8:00 AM
This year is the first year for this event. It was advertised as a way to give attendees a way to gain access to decision makers in the industry. They recently announced that the speaker at the breakfast will be T. Boone Pickens, and I’m sure he will be a great speaker. I am interested to hear about how the attendance is at an event held so early in the morning. T. Boone Pickens is well known for his career in the oil and gas industry in exploration and later, investing. He has most recently been involved in alternative energy, specifically wind energy — and in the last few years he has spent a significant sum of money promoting the Pickens Plan.
I’m not sure if tickets are still available to the breakfast, but they are listed at $40 each.
Exhibitor AreaThursday, February 8 – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday, February 9 – 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
This should be self explanatory, but the exhibitor area is where all the exhibitors will setup their booths — and you can walk around the look, talk, and get toys to take home.
NAPE Charities Industry LuncheonThursday, February 8, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
The charity luncheon is an event at every NAPE where attendees can purchase a ticket to a luncheon with an important speaker. The tickets cost $100 in advance, or $125 on site, and all the proceeds from the tickets and sponsorships go to NAPE Charities. NAPE Charities supports various charities which support American veterans.
This years speaker is Former Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Gordon Brown. I’m not sure what he will be discussing, but I imagine it will touch on the financial crisis of the last few years and his books. He is the author of Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalization and 2025: Shaping a New Future, an upcoming book due to be released in May 2013.