Conference Dates: Tuesday, October 24-26, 2017
2017 7EA Users Groups
Annual Conference

 

Our destination,
St. Augustine, Florida, U.S.A.

Registration

OPEN: User Registration (click here)
OPEN: Affiliate/Exhibitor (click here to obtain a booth)
  
Please Note: The GE7EA Users Group and Conference Staff reserve the right to eject any registrant without any prior notice or refund if while at the conference their behavior or dress is deemed disruptive, offensive, dangerous, illegal or if they are found to be distributing unauthorized material.

Meeting Location

World Golf Village Renaissance Picture

The World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort will be our venue.

Features "Slammer & Squire" and "King & Bear" exceptional championship golf courses and the World Golf Hall of Fame museum.

      Please do not contact the hotel until after registering for the conference as instructions are in the registration process.

Transportation Options

Nearest Major Terminal
Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) (~45 minute drive)
(These are informational only. No recommendations.)

Sharing Knowledge

Discussing and analyzing best practices of combined-cycle, simple-cycle, and cogeneration plants:

Types of topics covered include:

(subjects to change without notice)

Owner and operators can recognize the following assets from User Group involvement:

 Agenda

As the steering committee coalesces the agenda, it will be published on this web site.

Conference Overview
First Day Sessions: Tuesday, Oct. 24 8am - 5pm Users Only
Second Day Sessions: Wednesday, Oct. 25 8am - 5pm Users and RSVP* Vendors
Third Day Sessions: Thursday, Oct. 26 8am - 5pm Users and RSVP* Vendors
 
The following bulleted items are functions during the conference, but they are not itemized in the overview above:
•  Pre-conference Professional Networking Event [Sporting Clay (Skeet)] 10/23 Noon-4pm RSVP* Users and RSVP* Vendors
•  the Pre-conference Reception Dinner 10/23 4pm-7pm RSVP* Users and RSVP* Vendors
•  Breakfast 10/24 7am-8am Users Only
•  Spouse Activity: Historic St. Augustine Trolley Tour with lunch 10/24 10:30am-1:30pm-ish RSVP* Spouses
•  Lunch 10/24 12pm-1pm Users Only
•  Breakfast 10/25 7am-8am Users and RSVP* Vendors
•  Lunch 10/25 12pm-1pm Users and RSVP* Vendors
•  Vendor Fair and Dinner 10/25 5pm-9pm Users and RSVP* Vendors
•  Breakfast on the Third Day 10/26 7am-8am Users and RSVP* Vendors
•  Lunch on the Third Day 10/26 12pm-1pm Users and RSVP* Vendors
•  the Grand Finale and Dinner 10/26 5pm-9pm RSVP* Users and RSVP* Vendors
       
 *
RSVP Defined: The on-line conference registration form contains a "Yes/No" question for these functions, thus enabling you to indicate whether your intend to participate in the functions. There might be an associated fee for the functions.

Sponsors of this Conference

• Tuesday Lunch   Sponsored by Suzler Turbo Services Houston Suzler Turbo Services Houston
Sulzer is a leading independent service provider for the repair and maintenance of all makes and models of industrial gas and steam turbines, compressors, and expanders.
• Wednesday Lunch   Sponsored by Ethos Energy Group Ethos Energy Group
Steam and Gas turbines, compressors, generators
• Tuesday Breakfast   Sponsored by Young and Franklin Young and Franklin
Gas Control Valves and Guide Vane Actuators for 7EA turbines
• Wednesday Breakfast   Sponsored by PW Power Systems PW Power Systems
Industrial Gas Turbine Afermarket Parts, Repairs, and Services
• Thursday Breakfast   Sponsored by Mechanical Dynamics and Analysis Mechanical Dynamics and Analysis
Mechanical Dynamics & Analysis (MD&A) provides power generators around the globe with a full-service, OEM-alternative for services, parts, and repairs for gas turbines and generators.
• Coffee Break   Sponsored by Power Systems Manufacturing (PSM) Power Systems Manufacturing (PSM)
PSM, part of Genoa, Italy-based Ansaldo Energia company, is a global leader of gas turbine power plant services for GE, Siemens and Mitsubishi equipment. PSM develops & manufactures its own high-technology parts and packaged service solutions for B, E & F-Class GTs to significantly reduce maintenance life-cycle costs by making plant owners' gas turbines more reliable, flexible and efficient. From its headquarters in the US, and with regional execution centers based in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, PSM serves customers around the world.

Attendee Gifts Attendee Grand Prize Badges (Lanyards) Attendee in Seat Award Speaker Gifts

Sponsored by Trinity Turbine Technology Sponsored by Advanced Turbine Support Sponsored by National Electric Coil

Attendee Gifts Attendee Grand Prize Sponsored by JASC Sponsored by Tops Sponsored by Powerphase

Attendee Gifts Attendee Grand Prize Sponsored by Allied Power Group Attendee in Seat Award Sponsored by NRG Energy Services

Attendee Gifts Attendee Grand Prize Sponsored by Turbine Technology Services Corp Attendee in Seat Award Speaker Gifts

Attendee Gifts Attendee Grand Prize Badges (Lanyards) Attendee in Seat Award Speaker Gifts

Price and Deadline

Major User Fee Reduction
AGAIN This Year
$50 for The Whole Package

$50    7/13/17 - 8/17/17   
$150    8/18/17 - 9/21/17   
$250    9/22/17 - ...   

Sixth year in a row of this group using it's reserve funds for the Users benefit!

All fees are enumerated on the registration forms, and the announcement emails also contains the list of charges. The announcement emails will be sent out in July.

You will find hotel reservation deadline, refund cut-off, and other deadlines on the registration forms as well as inside the announcement emails.

You will find links to the registration form on this conference information page by clicking here (Registration).

Spouse Excursion

Function Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Historic St. Augustine Trolley Tour with Narrative followed by lunch

Conference Fee Discount Program (OR HOW CAN I REDUCE MY CONFERENCE COST)

30% discount on your conference fee

Eligibility and Restrictions (it is easy):
  1. 2% discount earned off of the conference fee whenever you refer another User.
  2. The referred User must attend the conference.
  3. You must inform the Users Groups Hostmaster (Gregory Carvalho <Hostmaster@Users-Groups.Com>) that you are making the referral, and you must include the referred User's email address to the Hostmaster.
  4. Only GE7EA Users Groups referrals are eligible.
  5. The maximum discount per User is 30%.
  6. The referred User must be new to the target User Group.

Fabulous Awards, Gifts, and Prizes

 Attendee In Seat Award
Attendee In Seat Awards presented to a User by a "pull the name out of the hat drawing" after breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks. The User must not only be present to win, but must also be in the conference seat when the session starts!

     •  Visa Gift Card

 $1,500.00USD Grand Prize Package
  • The first Grand Prize Package will be presented by a "pull the name out of the hat drawing" during the Vendor Fair (based on map game).
  • The second Grand Prize Package will be presented by a "pull the name out of the hat drawing" immediately prior to adjournment of the meeting on Thursday afternoon.
  • The third Grand Prize Package will be split among the triumphant "7EA Turbine Feud Game" team members, (see the Grand Finale below).
 Vendor Fair/Exhibition Prize Availability Matrix
These prizes are handed out during the Vendor Fair at the time specified in the table below.

Users Vendors
9:00pm $1,500 Grand Prize Package 9:00pm Free Booth Next Year
7:30pm Visa Gift Card  
6:00pm Visa Gift Card  

(awards, gifts and/or prizes may change without notice)

The Grand Finale

Three strikes at the 7EA Turbine Feud Game 7EA Turbine Feud Game
READY FOR ACTION
Pro-Am
or
Caddy
A hole-in-one dinner!
7EA Turbine Feud Game Description:    
  1. Two teams of five contestants compete
  2. A single contestant from each team goes to the podium to race to "buzz" in to answer the question posed by the M.C.
  3. the contestant that buzzes in first gets to try to answer
    • if correct, then that team can play or pass
    • if wrong, then the other contestant get to try to answer
  4. First team to answer all the panel questions correctly wins the round then advances to compete with next team
    • each wrong answer is a strike
    • three strikes consistutes a turnover for the other team to continue the panel
      • when a turnover occurs, that team has a single strike available for the remainder of the panel
        • If the turnover team answers all the remaining panel questions, then the turnover team wins the round.
        • If the turnover team gets a strike, then the first team wins the round.
    • 60 second time limit for contestants to answer, otherwise automatic strike
  5. Final round
    • Best two of three round wins will constitute Final Winning Team
      Winners of $2,500 Grand Prize Package - for $500.00 per contestant

Getting Involved

 Users
Invitiation To Register: Users currently on the forums will receive an email via the GE7EA Announce Forum. For new Users with a desire to join in on the benefits of the group including the conference and electronic forums, please apply at the User (Member Profile) application.
 Affiliates (Vendors) Section
  Invitiation To Register: Vendors desiring notification of the upcoming conference should complete a new Affiliate (Vendor Profile) application. If you are uncertain whether you previously established an GE7EA Vendor Profile, then you may verify such by attempting to log into the Vendor Profile database (If you have a profile, then you will be able to login. If you do not have a profile, then you won't); moreover, if you received the Thursday, January, 12 2017 email directly from Gregory Carvalho, then you are already in the distribution list to receive the invite in July, but if you did NOT then you need to complete the Vendor Profile.

Vendors with a Vendor Profile will receive an email notification when the conference registration launches!

Exhibition: Vendor Fair with Dinner
Exhibition: Wednesday, October 25th 5:00 - 9:00
Exhibition: A booth is required for a Vendor to be at the conference.

See the booth map being impressed.   Attracting Users to your booth:
we devised an intriguing approach to networking Users and Vendors. We provide a stamp to every exhibitor, then, as Users circulate on the exhibit floor, the Users visit a booth and request that the Vendor impresses their booth number stamp on the User's booth map. At the conclusion of the Vendor Fair, at 8:45pm, we hold a drawing. All Users booth maps are placed in a hat for a drawing. We pull a User's booth map out of the hat.
Fifty percent of all booths on the Users map must be stamped to be eligible for the drawing. One half of those booths to be stamped are mandatory; meanwhile, the remaining booths to be stamped are discretionary for the User.
 Sponsorship Opportunities
  1. Put your exhibit booth in the breakfast hall or the lunch hall or the Reception Dinner with up to 4 booth staff. Your staff may eat at the meal, too! This is exclusive; in other words, only one booth will be allowed into a single meal. Unless you wish to partner with another exhibitor, but there may be space limitations, so contact the conference planner if you wish to share the expense/investment.
  2. Present the Attendee In Seat Award inside the meeting room! At the beginning of every session, after every break, a fine gift is given to a User in the meeting room. These Attendee In Seat (A.I.S.) Awards are specified on this page here. You get to step behind the podium, identify yourself, identify your company as the sponsor of the gift, identify your product and service in a sentence, then draw a User's name out of the hat. You then hand the A.I.S. Award to the User.
  3. Imprint your website address and corporate motto on one of the following:
    • Attendee Gift: Every User receives one of these at the time of check-in for the conference, examples are 8 LED flashlight with red beam pointer, pen/USB memory stick, paperwork/laptop briefcase.
    • Attendee In Seat Award (this will be your business card, not an imprint)
    • Speaker Gift: Any User speaker receives one of these gifts. These are the same as the Attendee In Seat Award items.
  4. Present a Grand Prize to a User in front of all the Users! These are $1,500 Grand Prize Packages. You can see when and where the Grand Prizes will be presented by clicking here.
  5. Win big points with the Users by sponsoring the Grand Finale! You get the exclusive booth, or share with another Vendor (let the conference planner know your intent, if you will be sharing). This is a four hour event with your booth.
  6. Host the Reception Dinner. You get the exclusive booth. This is a three hour event with your booth.

 Booth Fee Discount Program

(OR HOW CAN I REDUCE MY EXHIBIT COST)

   30% discount on your booth fee

Eligibility and Restrictions (it is easy):
  1. 2% discount earned off of the booth fee whenever you refer User.
  2. The referred User must attend the conference.
  3. You must inform the Users Groups Hostmaster (Gregory Carvalho <Hostmaster@Users-Groups.Com>) that you are making the referral, and you must include the referred User's email address to the Hostmaster.
  4. Only GE7EA Users Groups referrals are eligible.
  5. The maximum discount per Vendor is 30%.
  6. The referred User must be new to the target User Group.

 Sponsorship Cost Reduction Program

Shaking hands over a sponsor partnership. This is an independent sponsorship partnership between Vendors, and the partnership is setup by the partnering Vendors. The cost of the sponsorship is divided among the Vendors involved in the sponsorship partnership. This applies to meal sponsorships only, such as breakfast, lunch, Reception Dinner, and The Grand Finale. You contact the Users Groups Hostmaster (Gregory Carvalho <Hostmaster@Users-Groups.Com>) identifying the Vendors who will be partnering on the sponsorship.

For example, you can share a Lunch Meal Sponsorship with 3 other Vendors. The cost applied to each Vendor is $1,250.00, or whatever proportions you wish to distribute the cost of the Lunch Meal Sponsorship. The Vendors share the space of one exhibit booth in the dining hall. One exhibitor representative of each sponsorship partners staff may enter the dining hall as well as eat at the meal.

 Sponsorship and Conference Fee Schedule

We are continuing with the fee schedule based on the desires expressed by the Vendor Advisory Committee (VAC). This is the "Exhibitor Booth Package". We start off with an all inclusive fee then allow the exhibitor to add or remove options to fit the needs of the exhibitor!

      (All US Dollars)
  Exhibitor Booth Package Defined:    
 
Vendor Fair
  • includes the map stamping game with Users.
  • includes dinner and drinks at the "Vendor Fair".
  • schedule operates like this:
    • Vendor Fair Day: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    • Vendor Fair Booths: #1, 2, 3,.. 120
    • Vendor Fair Hours: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Vendor Fair Setup: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Vendor Fair Dismantle: 9:00 PM - 11:59 PM
  • a booth space with dimensions of:
    • 10' wide
    • 8' deep
    • 6' depth from the back of the booth usable for furniture
    • 8' maximum height
  • 4 booth representatives
  • potentially (these are options already included in fee):
    • table
    • 2 chairs
  • wastebasket
  • one electrical outlet
  • a spot for a single booth representative at:
    • Reception Dinner
    • General Session on Wednesday
    • General Session on Thursday
    • Grand Finale
  • a variety of options can be added or deducted
  •   $2,580
      These are included in the Exhibitor Booth Package, so their removal results in:
           Second Representative at the booth   -$125
           Third Representative at the booth   -$125
           Fourth Representative at the booth   -$125
           Pre-conference Networking Event [Sporting Clay (Skeet)]   -$180
           Reception Dinner Attendance   -$120
           General Session on Wednesday   -$200
           General Session on Thursday   -$200
           Grand Finale Attendance   -$80
      (additional Pre-conference Sporting Clay (Skeet) [$180], Reception Dinner [$120], General Session [$200], and Grand Finale [$80] tickets are available on the registration form for a maximum of 4 representatives at each function)    
      FOLLOWING ARE SEPARATE OPTIONS THAT CAN BE ADDED TO THE "EXHIBITOR BOOTH PACKAGE". Contact the Users Groups Hostmaster (Gregory Carvalho <Hostmaster@Users-Groups.Com>) to claim one of the meal sponsorships before registration opens; otherwise, if registration is open then you can just grab it on the form. The following meal sponsorships enable you to
    1. bring up to 4 of your representatives to the meal,
    2. setup your exhibit booth at the meal,
    3. your reps may join in the meal,
    4. network with the Users, and
    5. staff the booth for the duration of the function.
      COMBO Pre-conference
       Sporting Clay (Skeet) and Reception Dinner Sponsorship
     (~7 hours)  $9,990
      Grand Finale Sponsorship  (4 hours)  $7,990
      Lunch Sponsorship  (1 hour)  $5,000
      Breakfast Sponsorship  (1 hour)  $3,000
      Coffee Break Sponsor  (30 minutes)  $1,250
      THE REMAINING OPTIONS GET SPECIAL RECOGNITION IN FRONT OF THE USERS
      Attendee Gifts (links to picture of potential gift)   $3,500
      Attendee Grand Prize   $1,500
      Badges (Lanyards)   $750
      Attendee In Seat Award   $700
      Speaker Gifts   $550
      Program Book Advertisement   $200 - $3,200

     

    Registration

    OPEN: User Registration (click here)
    OPEN: Affiliate/Exhibitor (click here to obtain a booth)
      
    Please Note: The GE7EA Users Group and Conference Staff reserve the right to eject any registrant without any prior notice or refund if while at the conference their behavior or dress is deemed disruptive, offensive, dangerous, illegal or if they are found to be distributing unauthorized material.

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