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December 10, 2015     

NASMM 2016 La Cantera Update: Understanding Room Blocks
NASMM has added a few more rooms to our contracted room block to accommodate additional attendees.

We're often asked – "Why can't you just add more rooms?"

  • NASMM blocks hotel rooms based on our historical pickup — for NASMM 2016, we booked our block based on the total number of rooms we used in 2015.
  • NASMM is financially responsible for 80% of the total room nights that are blocked by conference attendees. That is, if the number of rooms reserved and paid for by attendees falls below 80% of our contracted block, NASMM must pay for these rooms.

IMPORTANT! If you are currently holding rooms you are not going to actually use, please IMMEDIATELY release them.

We will not add additional rooms when these newly added rooms are gone. We will, however, offer options for other hotels in the area.

We are waiting for your great idea!
Consider being part of an innovative and exciting learning format — NASMM 2016 Ignite — a showcase of five-minute talks that might be bold, possibly brash, maybe even brilliant — but never boring! It's the learning format that's fast, fun, and focused where each speaker gets 20 slides, auto-advancing every 15 seconds, for 5 minutes total.

The international Ignite motto is "enlighten us, but make it quick!" Thus, Ignite is storytelling more than presenting. Given five minutes to speak with brief visual aides, what would you share with other SMMs? What would you most like to learn from your colleagues? Would you tell a humorous story? Teach a hack? Explain your passion for an unusual hobby? Click here to read more.

NASMM A+ Accreditation — What are you waiting for?
25 NASMM members have achieved the highest level of recognition a Senior Move Management company can earn — NASMM A+ Accreditation, and another dozen have applications in process! If you are planning on pursuing NASMM A+ Accreditation, consider the following:

  • All NASMM A+ Accredited companies are featured first on the Find A Senior Move Manager search on the NASMM website.
  • NASMM A+ Accreditation requirements are increasing for 2016.
  • Companies who purchase the NASMM A+ Accreditation Application in 2015 will follow 2015 accreditation guidelines — so purchase it now!
  • You can purchase the NASMM A+ Accreditation application at any time, however, there are only four (4) submission windows each year — January, April, July & October.
  • The next submission window opens in January!

Click here to read more.

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The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) is the leading membership organization for Senior Move Managers in the United States, Canada and abroad. NASMM is recognized for its innovative programs and expertise related to Senior Move Management, transition and relocation issues affecting older adults.

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