2020 Annual Conference Cancelled

Update: March 18, 2020

To those who had registered for our conference next month in Daytona Beach, Florida, I thank you for your support and apologize again for the inconvenience that the necessity of having to cancel that meeting has caused you.

Credit Card Payments
All credit card payments have now been refunded. You should have received a notice from PayPal and your credit should show up on your account within 24-48 hours, depending on your issuer. If you do not see your credit within 3-4 business days, please contact me.

Refund Checks
Checks will go out within the next two days, and will be mailed to the address on your registration form. If you didn’t use a valid mailing address on your registration form, the check may not get there. If you haven’t received your refund check within 7-10 business days, please contact me.

Room Reservations
I had hoped to be able to cancel all our the room reservations in our hotel block at once, but because they are made through Hilton’s Central Reservations system instead of on-site at the hotel, I’m afraid that they must be cancelled individually the same way. Please call Hilton Central Reservations at 1-800-774-1500 as soon as possible to cancel your reservations. Alternatively, if you are a Hilton HHonors member you may login and cancel your rooms online.

Please start planning now to join us in April of 2021 when we try to do this again!

Ray Paden


March 16, 2020

Dear Friends and Members of the Southeastern Chapter:

In 2018 I was forced to cancel our Fall Conference due to Hurricane Florence. Now, with careful consideration for the safety and wellbeing of our members and attendees, and after a consultation with the entire Southeastern Chapter Board of Directors, I must take the same action today. Based on recommendations from the CDC, medical and other authorities regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, we are cancelling our Annual Southeastern Chapter Conference scheduled for April in Daytona Beach, Florida. It’s nice to have a place in history, but I now must be recorded as the only chapter president to have to cancel two conferences due to Acts of God!

We have received many inquiries from members and have already heard from several of our exhibitors who would not be able to attend due to recently enacted corporate policies, so most likely this decision would have eventually been taken out of our hands anyway. Of course, all fees for registrations, exhibits, golf and any other events will be refunded to you in full, using the same manner in which the original payments were made. (Payments by credit card will be refunded to the original card. Payments by check will be refunded with a check by mail.) It will take a few days to get this done, but you should receive your refund by the end of March. If you have not, please contact the chapter office.

Our new chapter president, Billy Johns, intends to “reconstruct” the 80th Annual Chapter Conference just as it was planned, hopefully for April of 2021, but we will have to await developing events to make that decision final. This was actually shaping up to be a great conference, and it is so disappointing to have to cancel, but we hope that you will all start planning now to join us next year in Daytona. In the meantime, please know that we deeply regret the necessity of this action and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused you.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Ray Paden, our Executive Secretary-Treasurer, President Billy Johns or myself.

Best regards,
Bobby Powell
80th Annual Southeastern Chapter
Conference Chairman
bobbypowell@hollandindustrial.com

Ray Paden
Executive Sec-Treasurer
(678) 782-5961
rkpaden@easasoutheast.org

Billy Johns
Chapter President
(407) 859-1837
billy@semw.net