From the Editor
It’s sort of like the holidays… as the stores
begin to deck out with decorations and
houses in lights, and special music plays
constantly on the radio, I find I can’t help
but be in the holiday-spirit this time of year.
And so the same is true after putting
together this issue of the NAIDnews with
so many conference-related pieces. How
could I not be in the conference-spirit by
now?! It’s December and I’m full of cheer,
because the $200 Early Bird Discount is
valid through the end of the month (and is
already applied at the time of check-out).
I love saving money, and this issue also
includes discounts available while staying
in Nashville. There is even a NAID-exclusive
offer valid in select stores in Downtown
Nashville on attire.
Steve Richards, CSDS, whom everyone
adores, greets us with a warm and
hospitable welcome to his hometown,
offering recommendations on what we
can enjoy while we’re in Nashville for the
conference. I got to sit and chat with Jamie
Hughes, NAID’s very own Director of Events
and Programs, who works magic to put on
this glorious event, to find out more about
it (and why she spends all year preparing –
just like Santa!).
If you’ve ever watched “Bar Rescue”, you
already LOVE Jon Taffer and are eager to
hear him share his wisdom with us during
NAID 2018. However, reading his full bio on
page 24, made me even more ecstatic (dare
I say, like a kid at Christmas? Too much?).
He really has his finger on the pulse of how
to make businesses work. That’s the sort of
present I want any day of the year.
The rest of the issue is filled with rich and
interesting content too, from a captivating
look into where we’ve been and are going
as an association, to my interview with
Brock Miller to learn more about the CSDS
program. So pour a mug of hot cocoa, get
ready to be informed, and let the spirit of
the season fill you too.
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