Virginia Recreation & Park Society 's Annual Conference provides access to a field of leaders and financial decision makers throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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Hampton Roads Convention Center
Saturday, October 21 - Tuesday, October 24, 2017
The AFO certification course is a training program specifically designed to meet the needs of those working in public, semi-public and municipal pool or waterpark facilities.

Upon successful completion of the AFO course and exam, participants will be certified by the National Recreation and Park Association.
  • Attendance on both days earns 1.5 CEUs.
  • Certification is valid for 5 years and is renewable.
  • Course dates:  Wednesday 10/25 - Thursday 10/26/2017
  • Hotel block deadline is 10/3/2017.
  • Registration deadline is 10/15/2017.
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  • Education sessions by day, complete with speaker information and handouts provided!  Create your own custom schedule by added sessions to your calendar.
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  • Exhibit Hall Treasure Hunt - try to win a fabulous prize!
  • Socials & Food - from Glow Bowling to the Exhibit Hall to the Awards Banquet, we have all the info
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  • NEW - individual session evaluations are right in the app! 
Hotel block deadline is Wednesday, October 4.

Hotel registration link is provided in conference registration confirmation.
Barbara Heller is President of Heller and Heller Consulting, LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in state and local government, primarily in the parks and recreation industry.  Her areas of specialty include: strategic planning, master planning, service quality assessments, operational/organizational reviews, leadership development, facilitation of public input processes, and staff training with clients all over the United States. 

  • Monday, 3:30pm:   The Innovation Imperative
  • Tuesday, 9:30am (with Ed Krafcik):  How to Make Smart Parks - New Technology and Risk
Chris Nunes, CPRE, is the Director of Parks and Recreation for The Woodlands Township, in The Woodlands, Texas. In that position, a $19.5 million operational budget. In 2015 he received the National Distinguished Professional Award from NRPA and in 2016-1017 he is the President of the American Academy of Parks and Recreation Administrators.  Chris holds a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation Management and a Master's Degree in Sports Management from Springfield College in massachusetts and a Doctorate in Parks and Recreation Administration from the University of New Mexico.  

  • Sunday, 10am:   Using Economic Impact Data to Demonstrate an Agency's Relevance
  • Monday, 8am:  Special Events:  the Do's, the Dont's, the Maybe's
Mike Shelah is the founder of Mike Shelah Consulting. Mike uses his experience to evangelize the value of LinkedIn and assist college students and those in the job market wanting to find their dream job. Mike is also a regular guest on Fox45 Baltimore's weekend morning news, where he answers questions and shares advice on business. 

  • Sunday, 8:30am:   Sales, Even if you Don't Sell (And Everybody Sells)
  • Sunday, 1:30pm:   Emotional Intelligence
  • Monday, 3:30pm:   The ABC's of LinkedIn

There are multiple campaigns taking place at the Annual Conference:
Hampton Roads Convention Center

Sunday, October 22, 2017:  4:30-6:30pm
Monday, October 23, 2017:  11-11:30am (Directors)
Monday, October 23, 2017:  11:30am-3:30pm (Delegates)

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