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  1. MASA Admin

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    This year’s MACNA will WOW and excite many with it’s location.* By far this will be the most expensive event in the history of Marine Aquarium conferences held in North America. *The Florida Marine Aquarium Society (FMAS) host of the event made a decision early on that they wanted to put on an event that would stay in the memories of all attendees for years to come.* How would they accomplish such memory staying power?* Eddie Soler the events Chair and Julio Perez the Co-chair said early on that they wanted to put on a Kick Ass Show!


    One great way to start a Kick Ass Show is by choosing the right venue.* And that they did!* The Westin Diplomat sits right at the beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean when facing eastward and when looking toward the west the beautiful city lights of Ft. Lauderdale are evident at night.* Not far from the Keys or South Beach this site has much to offer. *Another plus with regards to the venue; having the conference center adjoined to the hotel, makes it easy to get to. ***


    From the start there were a few challenges – such as – making sure that the allocated Room Nights at the hotel would be filled.* The commitment made by MACNA 2013 to the hotel was 1600 room night and after several modifications the hotel was fully booked at 2400 a month ago.* This resulted in making arrangements with the Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach to accommodate the spillover from the Westin.* The Westin ran out of affordable rooms and many attendees have been forced to make accommodations at the Crowne Plaza.*

    Another challenge for MACNA 2013 was Full Access Passes, they started the event with 1250 and thought that they would have some to sell opening day.* That proved incorrect and the committee had to sit with the hotel to reevaluate the sitting arrangements for the banquet.* This meeting proved to be a wise decision that led to the addition of space and gave MACNA 2013 the opportunity to bring the total count at the banquet to 1400. *Needless to say all Full Access Passes have been sold out for two months. *One of the Hottest passes in America right now!* What are available are single day and three day passes.

    One complain by attendees from some of the previous MACNAs was the speaker schedule.* This was a challenge MACNA 2013 took on and corrected.** There will be Twenty three speakers in total.* On Friday and Saturday the attendees will not have to pick one speaker over another.* Every hour on the hour a new speaker will start their presentation.* But, come Sunday there will be two speakers on every hour on the hour from 9am to 12pm.*

    With over 240 booths and over 160 vendors, this year’s attendees will have a lot to look forward to.* All the major manufactures of our hobby will be there and most of our national live stock vendors will also be there with all the best and most colorful stock.* One national coral vendor Frag Junky sellers of exotic colorful corals invited me for a sneak preview of one incredible coral that they are holding for MACNA.* Sneak Peek for only Reef Builders readers.



    And as for raffle prizes, you will not be disappointed!* All the high end equipment and a few complete system set-ups will be up for grabs.* *

    See you all at MACNA 2013.*

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  3. Nemos Janitor

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    Wish the support from brands and reefers in SA could do similar.
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