The 2018 Conference was held on October 25-27, 2018 at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and received good reviews from those who attended.
The conference included a tour of Hoover Dam on Thursday with a trip on Lake Mead on a sternwheeler boat. Conference sessions where held on Friday and Saturday and concluded with a banquet on Saturday night.
he Thursday tour to Hoover Dam was enjoyed by all. Lunch on the sternwheel boat on Lake Mead followed the dam visit. The bus driver took a scenic route where animals were able to be observed and was very personable and narrated the drive
Photos courtesy of Toni Levine
Friday's Tech Sessions and Round Tables received very favorable reviews by those attending. The lunch, as well as the Saturday lunch, was one of the best we have ever had at a conference.
Friday's technical sessions features presentations from:
The afternoon featured round tables, allowing attendees to choose from a variety of different interactive discussions.
The membership meeting closed out the day's activities and then a cash bar reception with light refreshments capped off the day. The membership meeting was led by NRG Chairman Mitch Michelson. Information was provided to members about 2018 activities as well as the upcoming bylaw vote. All members were encouraged to participate in the vote, which was held by email following the conference with voting concluding on December 21, 2018.
Saturday's General Sessions were well received and the speakers got very good reviews. Speakers included:
The banquet dinner was the final event for the conference. The after dinner speaker and his topic were very interesting. Peter Rindlisbacher an artist, modeler and NRG member, showed how he used ship models to aid his painting by helping with perspective and other things an artist does to make their work so interesting.
Photos courtesy of Thomas Ruggiero
The model exhibit contained nearly three dozen models from a range of periods and styles. Attendees had a chance to see finished models and works in progress up-close and discuss the works with the modelers.
Photos courtesy of Thomas Ruggiero and David Eddy