ERA Conference Details and Reminders

Conference Details & Reminders

Don’t forget to download the ERA Conference app at
for full access to the event schedule, speakers and networking with other attendees. Need help? Email Neda Simeonova at

YOUR DESTINATION is the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center and Hotel at the University of Texas, located at 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705. Please visit the hotel’s website at for a preview.

Lyft and Uber both operate in Austin.

Super Shuttle is also available for transportation from and to the airport; you can find more info and make a reservation here:

Taxis are also readily available at the airport, as well as at the AT&T Center. A ride will take approximately 20 minutes and the fare will range from $35 – $45. You can find additional information here:

Want to know who’s coming so you can set up networking time? Use the ERA App or visit the ERA Conference Attendees page.

Be sure to bring plenty of business cards to hand out to all the new contacts you will be making.

The detailed schedule of the conference and room assignments are available on the ERA Conference app.

The Conference Registration and Information Desk will open on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Level 3 of the AT&T Conference Center.

The desk will remain open throughout the conference starting at 7:00 a.m. on Monday.
When you check in, you will receive your badge, your assigned table number in the main ballroom and a list of the breakout seminars for which you’ve pre-registered. You will have the opportunity to register for breakout seminars onsite, as well.

Please note: A security guard will be present and checking for badges. You MUST wear your badge at all times to enter all program sessions and conference functions.

All conference general session programs and luncheons will be held in the Grand Ballroom on Level 3 of the AT&T Center. Breakout seminar rooms will be located on Levels 1, 2 and 3.

The Sunday Welcome Reception will be held in the hotel’s inner courtyard, located on Level 2.

The Monday evening Anniversary Party will be held off-site with transportation provided.

ASSIGNED SEATING will be used for all general sessions scheduled in the Grand Ballroom located on Level 3. Each table will have a designated table leader. Assigned seating is designed to encourage free-flowing conversations because you will be seated with non-competitors.

OPEN SEATING will be used for lunch on Tuesday.

If you are attending your first ERA Conference or have not joined us in many years, please plan to attend the First-Timers Orientation on Monday morning at 7:00 to 7:45 a.m. in Amphitheater 204, located on Level 2. Pick up your breakfast and carry it to the meeting room for a brief orientation that will answer your questions and help you gain the most from your conference experience. The orientation all be hosted by Kathie Cahill, CPMR, President of Net Sales Company and Sr. VP/Membership of ERA’s Executive Committee.

The ERA Conference Anniversary Party is close to being sold out. Sign up online, or check with ERA Staff onsite at the Conference Registration Desk if you would like to sign up.

The venue, Max’s Wine Dive, is located 1.5 miles from the AT&T Center. Bus transportation will be available to/from the venue. Buses will be available across the street from the hotel’s main entrance; the first bus will depart at 6:30 p.m. Badges must be worn to gain admittance.

For all conference programs and functions, business casual attire is recommended. Meeting rooms are kept cool, so it’s wise to bring a sweater or jacket. February temperatures in Austin range from lows in the 40s to highs in the 60s or low 70s.

If you are driving to the AT&T Center, there is a parking garage. Self-parking fees are $15 for four to eight hours and $18 for eight to 24 hours. Overnight guests may obtain a parking card at the front desk for $18 per night. Valet parking is also available at the rate of $15 for the day, or overnight for $25.

The Supplier exhibit tables will be open each day in the ballroom foyer. Don’t miss the chance to visit with the suppliers that know your business best.

Just email the Events Coordinator, Erin Collins, at

Many thanks, and we look forward to seeing you in Austin on Sunday. Travel safely!

ERA 2019 Conference Committee:
John Hutson, CPMR, MacInnis Group, Conference Committee Chair
Mike Swenson, CPMR, Mel Foster Company, Conference Committee Co-Chair
Ken Bellero, Schaffner EMC Inc.
Kingsland Coombs, CPMR, CSP, Control Sales
Paul Dosser, DigiKey Electronics
Brian Flynn, Sager Electronics
Todd McAtee, Mouser Electronics
Holly Myers, CPMR, Genie Group
John O’Brien, CPMR, Coakley, Boyd and Abbett Inc.
Terri Straube, Straube Associates Inc.
Tom Vanderheyden, TTI Inc.
Bryan White, CPMR, Catalyst Sales Inc.

ERA Staff Members:
Walter Tobin, CEO
Erin Collins, Events Coordinator
Karin Derkacz, Administration Assistant and Operations Manager
Kathy Green, Website Manager
Neda Simeonova, Communications Director
Stephanie Tierney, Membership Outreach Coordinator