MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. - July 1, 2008 - Convention organizers have declared the 57th annual BetterInvesting National Convention-- held June 19-22 at the Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center in Schaumburg, Illinois—an unqualified success.
The upbeat tone was established on Wednesday, June 18, with pre-convention discussion groups and classes for over 225 BetterInvesting Chapter Directors. Thursday and Friday, some 500 registered attendees participated in the educational tracks, which included over 100 classes for investors of all experience levels. Approximately 400 more BI members (as well as over 50 young people participating in the Youth Program) were added to the mix for Saturday’s EXPO Hall program. By wrap-up time on Sunday, participation in convention programs and total event attendance had exceeded all expectations.
Convention highlights included Saturday’s Let’s Talk Stock panel discussion featuring retiring NAIC Board Director Peggy Schmeltz, former NIA President Hugh McManus, former BI magazine contributing Editor Mark Robertson, Southeastern Michigan Chapter Director and recent addition to headquarters education staff Ann Cuneaz and Mid-Michigan Chapter Director and Convention Chair Ken Kavula. An overflow crowd of 378 people heard expert opinions on market direction, sector strength and potential portfolio candidates. Panel members offered ideas for how to study stocks as well as what stocks to study.
During Saturday’s Investors EXPO, convention attendees took advantage of the opportunity to visit exhibits and meet with investor relations professionals representing a range of BetterInvesting corporate sponsors.
BetterInvesting’s interim CEO Roger Ganser and COO Bonnie Reyes met with small groups of convention attendees to answer questions, listen to member concerns and share ideas and plans for future BetterInvesting programs. Other highlights included a one-on-one computer/software lab, a Saturday award's dinner, and “Classes to Go", a series of short classes available on take-home disc for later use by individuals or investment club groups.
“This convention was about community -- volunteers, organization leaders, chapter directors and members coming together to learn, share experiences and reflect on what is clearly an exciting future for BetterInvesting,” said convention Chair Ken Kavula. “This year’s event represents another important step forward in our mission of investor empowerment.”
Officials will seek to better this year’s success at BetterInvesting’s next national convention scheduled for Atlanta, June 25-28, 2009.
BetterInvesting is a non-profit organization providing investment information, education and support that empowers members to become successful, lifetime investors. Founded in 1951, BetterInvesting has provided investment education to more than five million people and is a charter member of the World Federation of Investors, which provides investment education in over 17 countries worldwide.
BetterInvesting currently has 119,000 members. Of these, 92,000 belong to one of 11,600 local BetterInvesting clubs, which provide networking and practical investing experience for members nationwide.