MDNA’s 78th Convention & Annual Business Meetings to be held on May 2 – 5, 2019 in Palm Springs at the Waldorf Astoria – La Quinta Resort & Club. BOARD Meetings: May 2nd & May 4th, 2019
Step 1. Book Your Hotel Room:
Attendees may call Waldorf Astoria – La Quinta Resort & Club reservations department at 1-800-598-3828 and any agent will be happy to assist. Request the group rate by asking for MDNA 2019 Annual Conference and/or by giving the SRP code MDNA. Or book online here
*The deadline for the room group rate discount is April 9th.
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Members of the Machinery Dealers National Association, the largest organization of its kind, dedicated to BRINGING OPPORTUNITY, EDUCATION, AND INTEGRITY TO BUYERS AND SELLERS OF USED MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, will be attending the MDNA Annual Convention and Business Meeting May 2 to May 5, 2019, in Sunny Palm Springs. The MDNA and its members gather annually to network, forge business relationships and attend continuing educational seminars on the latest trends in the used machinery market as well as on best small business practices.
This annual used machinery industry event has been held every year since the organization was founded in 1941. This year’s educational seminar lineup includes presentations on Cyber Security, 3D Printing and the History of MDNA:
Seminars are scheduled for Friday, May 3rd 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Keynote Presentation: Cyber Security
You asked for it and we are delivering. Many of you have requested that MDNA have an educational seminar on the topic of Cyber Security. Cybercrime is at an all-time high and every month its breaking new records. Our keynote speaker is two-time Best-Selling Author, Award Winning Speaker and Cyber Security Advisor, Scott Beck.
Cybercrime is now more profitable to organized crime than drug trafficking and with fewer risks to them. Scott founded BeckTek in 2004 to uncomplicate technology for the many executives that find IT frustrating, confusing and one of their least favorite aspects of running a business. Yet value the necessity of technology to drive their success and profitability. Scott is actively working on creating, implementing and delivering cyber security services and solutions for his active business clientele, which ranges from small solo entrepreneurs and start-ups to companies with 200+ employees.
Topics will include:
- Latest cyber threat trends
- The #1 security threat to your business that anti-virus, firewalls and other security protocols are defenseless to
- Why firewalls and anti-virus software give you a false sense of security – and what it REALLY takes to protect your organization against new threats and today’s sophisticated cybercrime rings.
- Critical policies, procedures and protections EVERY business must have in place NOW to protect themselves; overlook even one and you’re exposing yourself to security breaches, damaging and expensive litigation, employment lawsuits and having confidential company information exposed to competitors, hackers and cyber criminals.
3-D Printing | General Session
Attendees will learn about the history of 3-D Printing, origins and how these first machined were used. Even more important to attendees, they will learn about current types of machinery, what machines are selling now and why
We will also have a functioning 3-D Printer on hand for demonstration purposes.
MDNA Then and Now | General Session
Today MDNA’s mission statement is: “Bringing Opportunity Education and Integrity to Buyers and Sellers of Used Machinery & Equipment Throughout the World”; However, do you know how MDNA came to exist? What was MDNA’s initial mandate? Where did the association start? Which chapters existed first and why? All of these questions and more will be answered. This session is designed both for the newer attendees and those more seasoned attendees that can contribute to this history lesson and all members can play an active role in directing the future of the MDNA better if you know our past.
Schedule of Events
Welcome Lunch- Sponsored by CIT – Formally Direct Capital
Kick Off Event
Spring into the spirit of Palm Springs! Join us for our annual Kick Off Party. You won’t want to miss the fun!
Attire: Casual, sneakers recommended
Starry Night Welcome Party
La Quinta Resort has a rich history of many Hollywood stars being guests at the resort. It’s your time to spend the evening with your fellow MDNA celebrities under the stars of Palm Springs. A poolside welcome party is the perfect venue to reacquaint and network.
Spouse Event (Pre-Registration Required)
MDNA Spouses the spotlight is on you! Hollywood history and MDNA friends are the perfect mix! Legendary star Greta Garbo chose La Quinta Resort as her luxury retreat. We will experience the magic of Hollywood past with brunch at Garbo’s Casita at La Quinta. As guests we will have the unique opportunity to visit her private residence. A special brunch is your time to relax, indulge and to be with old and new friends.
Golf Outing (Pre-Registration Required)
A Pete Dye design, the Mountain Course – at the PGA WEST and La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, California, in the Palm Springs area – opened in 1980. It’s a target golf course that offers spectacular views. Recognized as a top-100 golf course, the Mountain plays into the Santa Rosa Mountains. Special features include pot bunkers, elevated tees, and greens, four sets of tees to accommodate all calibers of play · Shotgun start at 12:30 pm · $99 Per Person. Spouses and golfers of all skill levels are welcome to play in this outing. You must sign up for this separately when you register for Convention.
Rat Pack Party – Sponsored by Liquidity Services
Party with the legendary Rat Pack! Direct from Las Vegas the Rat Pack Summit will giveyou a “Once In A Lifetime” experience when they are “Back in Town”! Frank, Dean and Sammy will “Do It Their Way” and have you singing and swigging to their songs and jokes.
So put on your Rat Pack Attire or just come casual but be prepared to have fun, food and be entertained.
“How Lucky Can We Get!”
Attire: Rat Pack Themed or casual
President’s Reception & Banquet
The President’s Gala is a special evening celebrating the new MDNA President and recognizing all the members that give so much to this association. This is an opportunity to savour a plated dinner prepared by the award-winning chefs at La Quinta followed by an evening of music and dancing.
Attire: Black Tie Optional
Thank You Sponsors
MDNA West Coast Chapter