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Annual Meeting and Convention
Saturday, July 19, 2014 - Wednesday, July 23, 2014
NSTA's Annual Meeting & Convention is the association’s premier event of the year as it provides unsurpassed opportunities for members to get the latest information on the state of the school bus industry. NSTA’s quarterly committee meetings are scheduled along with group dinners, a vendor showcase, and keynote speakers. The annual awards banquet showcases leaders in the industry for their dedication and service. The association also hosts the annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition where 100 drivers compete in a written test and road course in one of three categories: conventional; transit; and small bus. The winners of each category are announced the evening of the road course at the awards banquet where the comradery is contagious! For more details on the School Bus Driver International Safety Competition, please visit the Safety Competition page from the tab above.
2:00-5:00 Safety Competition Driver Registration
2:00-5:00 Annual Convention Registration
6:00-8:30 Safety Competition Orientation & Testing
6:00 Shuttles depart for Safety Competition
8:00 Safety Competition Begins
1:00-4:00 Annual Convention Registration
6:30-9:00 Safety Competition Awards Ceremony
7:45-8:45 Delegate & Guest Breakfast
9:00-12:00 General Session Events Include: Keystone Speaker: U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC); NSTA President Update; Legislative Update; Regulatory Update; Industry Update
12:00-1:30 NSTA’s 50th Anniversary Luncheon Celebration
1:30-2:30 Membership Meeting
2:30-3:30 Annual Technology Update
3:45-4:45 Safety & Security Committee Meeting
6:30-9:00 President’s Party at South Carolina Aquarium
8:00-9:00 Delegate & Guest Breakfast
9:00-10:15 General Session Events Include: Mid-Term Election Update; Media Relations
10:15 - 10:45 Networking Session and Sponsor Showcase
10:45 - 11:45 Contractor Conversion Case Studies
11:45 - 1:00 Lunch on Your Own
1:00-2:00 General Session
2:00-3:00 Government Relations Committee Meeting
3:00 - 3:30 Networking Session and Sponsor Showcase
3:30-4:30 AID Committee Meeting
6:00-9:00 NSTA Awards Reception & Dinner
8:00-9:00 Delegate & Guest Breakfast
9:00-10:00 Board Meeting
Francis Marion Hotel
- 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
Discounted room rates at the Francis Marion Hotel are $149 single/double, $169 triple/quad and are available to NSTA attendees and Safety Competition competitors. You can book your room directly with the Francis Marion Hotel by calling (843) 722-0600 or 1-(877) 756-2121 and refer to NSTA. Discounted room rates will be available until Wednesday, June 18th or until the room block is full. All reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.
Delegate registration includes: Admission to all speaker presentations and business meetings; attending the School Bus Driver International Safety Competition; Sunday’s Dinner and Awards Ceremony; Monday’s lunch; breakfasts on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; Monday’s President’s Dinner and Tuesday’s Awards Banquet. Guest registration is also available. With that, guests receive: Admission to all meal functions including attending the School Bus Driver International Safety Competition; Sunday’s Dinner and Awards Ceremony; Monday’s lunch; breakfasts on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; Monday’s President’s Dinner and Tuesday’s Awards Banquet. Access to meetings is not included. Individual tickets are also available.
REGISTRATION FEES: Delegate Guest
Early Bird Registration Fee (on or before June 18th) $584 $484
Standard Registration Fee (after June 18th) $684 $534
Early Bird Registration Fee (on or before June 18th) $684 $584
Standard Registration Fee (after June 18th) $784 $634
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If you have any questions about registration, the convention or the safety competition, please contact our Meeting Planner, Jennifer Hickey Bruce, CMP via email at Jennifer@CCIConsulting.org or by phone at (518) 220-9905.
Charleston International Airport
- 5500 International Blvd, Charleston, SC 29418 (843) 767-7000
The Francis Marion Hotel is an easy 15-minute drive from the Charleston International Airport. Shuttle service can be arranged in advance for $26 per person. Current cab fare is approximately $18.00. For guests driving to the hotel, the City of Charleston parking garage is adjacent to the hotel with 314 parking spaces. Valet service is available at $17.00 per day plus tax, and self-parking is an option at $12.00 per day, cash only.