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.