Event Information
AHRI's 2012 Annual Meeting
Date: November 10 — 13, 2012
Location: Omni La Costa Resort & Spa


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GENERAL INFORMATION

The AHRI Board of Directors and staff look forward to welcoming you to the La Quinta Resort & Club, the legendary desert resort in Palm Springs, California, with its unique architecture, grounds, and breathtaking views of the Santa Rosa Mountains. La Quinta is located in the Coachella Valley, 19 miles southeast of the city of Palm Springs and 120 miles east of Los Angeles. The Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) is less than 30 minutes from the resort. Charter and private planes can also fly into Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal, California, which is approximately 13 miles from the resort. 

La Quinta Resort & Club has 796 charming Spanish-style casitas, suites, and villas with views of gardens, mountains, or pools. The resort features 41 pools; 53 hot spas; 23 tennis courts; five golf courses; seven restaurants, including Morgan's in the Desert, with cuisine created by two-time James Beard Award-winning chef Jimmy Schmidt; a Havana Club Cigar Lounge and Barbershop; the 23,000 square-foot Spa La Quinta; and the Coffee Market and boutique shops. 

The five championship golf courses located at La Quinta and PGA WEST, designed by legendary golfers Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, and Greg Norman, are known as The Western Home of Golf in America. Tom Gorman, America's most successful Davis Cup Captain and coach, and his USPTA certified staff will lead the instructional programming for this year's tennis activities. November temperatures average 79 degrees high and 52 degrees low, with less than one inch of precipitation.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11

ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS AND NEED-TO-KNOW SESSION (6:00 - 7:15 PM)

In this session, you will learn about the benefits of your company’s membership in AHRI; be introduced to AHRI staff so that you can put faces with names; be briefed on the federal, state, and global issues facing our industry and how your association is responding to those issues; and review the 2012 Annual Meeting program of events and activities. “First-time Attendees” will be recognized and welcomed!

WELCOME RECEPTION AND DINNER (7:30 - 9:30 PM)

Spend your evening with friends and colleagues on the resort's Waterfall Patio and Lawn, surrounded by the magnificent Santa Rosa Mountains, palm trees, and softly lit casitas that exemplify the mellow "Palm Springs Lifestyle". In addition to the many buffet stations featuring the finest in California gourmet cuisine, you won't want to miss the Palm Springs Welcomes AHRI Martini Bar or Margarita Bar! Dress is resort casual, and desert evenings can be chilly. Although the Waterfall Patio is paved, the lawn area is not.

 
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12
 
ANNUAL CHAIRMAN’S BREAKFAST, INDUSTRY AWARDS, AND
KEYNOTE ADDRESS (7:00 - 9:00 AM)

Join AHRI Chairman Ajita Rajendra for the Annual Chairman's Business Meeting Breakfast, during which he will report on the state of the association and present the AHRI Industry awards. Following the awards, Ajita will introduce renowned political analyst Charlie Cook, who will provide an insider's look at the national political landscape following the pivotal November elections. Cook is Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report and a political analyst for the NBC News and National Journal, where he writes a twice weekly column. He is considered one of the nation's leading authorities on American politics and U.S. elections.

COMBINED INDUSTRY SESSION (4:00 - 6:00 PM)

This session will include a discussion of issues affecting manufacturers of heating, water heating, air conditioning and commercial refrigeration products, including policies at the federal and state levels that will have an impact on products in 2013 and beyond.

COCKTAIL RECEPTION (6:00-7:00 PM)

 
Join us for a cocktail reception on the Waterfall Patio to catch up with friends, meet new colleagues, and welcome first-time attendees. The reception will be on held on the patio and surrounding lawn, so ladies should plan their footwear accordingly. Dine on your own following the reception at one of the on-property restaurants or in nearby Old Town La Quinta, Palm Springs, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, or Indio. Check with the resort's concierge in the lobby for assistance with making dinner reservations.
 
COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATOR MANUFACTURERS DINNER (7:00 - 9:00 PM)

Join your CRM section colleagues and their guests for dinner during the AHRI Annual Meeting. The dinner will be held Monday evening, Nov. 12, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the resort. The cost is $100.00 per person. Spouses and guests are welcome. Please include payment with your registration fee. Dinner arrangements are subject to a minimum number of 25 guests. If the minimum is not met, the dinner will be cancelled, and you will be notified and receive a full refund.


 
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13

INCOMING CHAIRMAN'S LUNCH AND SPORTS AWARDS (12:30 - 2:00 PM)

Join incoming chairman Harry Holmes for the Incoming Chairman's Luncheon and Sports Awards, during which Harry will outline plans for his tenure as AHRI Chairman. Following his address, Harry will introduce the 2012 Golf and Tennis Chairmen, who will present the entertaining and popular awards.

CHAIRMAN'S RECEPTION AND DINNER-DANCE (7:00 PM – Midnight)

Join colleagues to relax and dance to the high energy sounds of The Zippers during the closing reception and Dinner-Dance. We will honor outgoing chairman Ajita Rajendra and welcome newly elected chairman Harry Holmes. This black tie-optional affair will celebrate the conclusion of another successful AHRI Annual Meeting. You will not want to miss it!
 

RECOMMENDED ATTIRE

Suggested dress for daytime committee meetings, product section meetings, breakfast, and lunch is resort/country club casual (sport shirt, polo shirt, open collar, sport jacket). A sport jacket should be worn to evening functions, except for the Chairman's Dinner-Dance, which is black tie-optional. Ladies should note that Sunday evening's welcome reception and Monday's cocktail reception will be held on the resort lawn and patio, so footwear should be planned accordingly.

 
 
REGISTRATION

Registration for the AHRI Annual Meeting is open only to employees of member companies, qualified sponsoring company representatives, working press representatives, and invited guests. 

Registration Fees

Early Registration (by September 30):                    $750.00

Regular Registration (Oct. 1-Oct. 31):                     $800.00

Late Registration (After Oct. 31 and on-site):           $850.00

The registration fee covers attendance at all general sessions and product section meetings; the Welcome Reception and Dinner; Annual Chairman’s Breakfast, Industry Awards, and Keynote Address; Incoming Chairman’s Luncheon and Sports Awards; and the Chairman's Dinner-Dance. Sporting events, sightseeing tours, and the spouse event are priced separately and are not included in the registration fee. Please include payment for these activities with your registration fee.

Spouse/Guest Registration

The registration fee for a spouse or guest (not a business colleague) accompanying a member registrant is complimentary and entitles that person to attend the Welcome Reception and Dinner; Annual Chairman’s Breakfast, Industry Awards, and Keynote Address; Incoming Chairman’s Luncheon and Sports Awards; and the Chairman's Dinner-Dance. Spouses and guests are not allowed to attend product section meetings. 

Payment

AHRI accepts Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

Cancellations

Registration cancellations will incur a $100 administrative fee. Refunds will be provided, less the $100 fee, if AHRI receives cancellation notices via email or fax by October 31. After October 31, no refunds will be given. Email cancellation notice to bbuchanan@ahrinet.org or fax to AHRI Meetings and Events at 703-562-1942. Attendee substitutions will be allowed. Contact Brittany Buchanan (bbuchanan@ahrinet.org) to request a substitution. 

 

TO REGISTER

Please check the appropriate areas of the registration form to indicate which product section meetings, general sessions, social functions, sports activities and tours you and your spouse/guest will attend. Your registration confirmation will be emailed to you at the email address you provide. Please list any dietary restrictions or other special needs for participation for both you and your spouse/guest. 

Please complete the emergency contact information, include your golf handicap and foursome request, rental clubs  request, tennis rating, any tour restrictions, or other personal information we may need to make your participation more enjoyable.

On Site

If you preregistered, you may pick up your Annual Meeting packet and name badge at the AHRI Registration Desk in the La Cita Room, just outside the resort lobby, adjacent to the Fiesta Ballroom. If you are unable to register by October 31, you may register on-site at the following times:
 

Saturday, Nov. 10      12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, Nov. 11          7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday, Nov. 12         7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday, Nov. 13         7:00 AM – 2:00 PM 

Press

Registration is complimentary for the first two (2) representatives from a qualified working press organization. After the first two representatives, press from the same company will be charged the full registration fee. 

OPTIONAL SPORTS AND TOURS

Sporting events and tours have been arranged for your enjoyment during the AHRI Annual Meeting. Operation of the individual tours is subject to a minimum number of registrants. If a tour does not meet its minimum, it will be cancelled, and you will be notified and receive a full refund. Include payment for all tours and sporting events with the AHRI registration fee. See the Sports, Tours, and Spouse Event tab of the registration site for further details. 

AHRI POLICY ON PRIVATE SOCIAL FUNCTIONS

The AHRI policy pertaining to private group social functions during the period of the Annual Meeting is as follows:

"Member companies are encouraged to avoid scheduling any private group social functions during the period of the AHRI Annual Meeting. If any such functions are held, they should be scheduled in all cases so as to avoid any conflict with programmed AHRI meetings or social functions."

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