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2009 Creative Conference – January Kick-off Planning Meeting

On Friday, January 23, the planning group met to  begin the process of producing the next Portland Creative Conference, set for September 12, 2009.  It was nice to see the familiar faces of those who’ve been involved in producing our past conferences, along with some new folks who came to lend their support.

Attending in person were conference chairman Steve Gehlen, Susan De Merit,  Will Vinton, Johnny Hartman, Kohl Haver, Dick Saunders, Julie Williamson, Larry and Sharon Hitchcock, and  Tim Oakley and his intern, Ruth. Joining in via telephone conferencing were  Nick Rothenberg, Melody Saunders, Elaine Spooner, Carri Bugbee, and  David McGinnis, president of Keeping the Beat, the nonprofit fiscal sponsor of the conference.

As in the earlier years, the planners will work primarily in committees. Johnny Hartman agreed to chair the Speaker Committee and Mike Janes will direct Facilities/Logistics.  Susan De Merit  will once again head up the Wrap Party with Dick Saunders providing the musical entertainment and Melody will be our official conference photographer. Sharon Rockey will handle online communications and the conference blog and recaps.  Many others rounded out the various committees.

Lots of ideas and names were floated about potential presenters for this year’s event, but we expect the final speaker line-up  to gel as we strategize and firm up our conference theme.  We have lots of time for final decisions.

If you are interested in helping out in some way, please send an Email message to info at cre8con.com.


About Sharon Rockey

Freelance writer, Ghostwriter. Formerly from the San Francisco Bay Area, I first came to Portland in 1998 to cover the Portland Creative Conference for a Bay Area new media publication. I became such an enthusiastic fan of the event, I came back every year and finally moved up permanently in 2001.


2 thoughts on “2009 Creative Conference – January Kick-off Planning Meeting

  1. First blog I read after wakeup from sleep today!

    Mind Blowing!

    Posted by Rolin | March 3, 2009, 12:49 AM
  2. Congratulations! Looking forward to coordinating OMPA’s participation and support again this year. The Creative Conference has an enormous impact on Oregon’s growing international reputation as a high value creative center. Our ability to solve business problems and create high value entertainment and new media experiences deserves the celebration that the Creative Conference offers. – Tom

    Posted by Tom McFadden | March 19, 2009, 2:42 PM

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