Dear NAFTZ Members, Supporters, and Friends:
The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt our lives – both at home and work. In this uncertain and turbulent time, NAFTZ’s primary concern remains the protection of the health and safety of our staff, our members, our families, and our communities. These considerations necessitate making difficult decisions in compliance with the guidance and mandates from our national, state, and local governments and health authorities and factoring in the feedback from members and event attendees. At the same time, we remain committed to ensuring that the association can continue as best we can under the circumstances to carry on our mission and function effectively for our members.
When we cancelled the NAFTZ Spring Summit in May and organized a virtual event in its stead, we remained hopeful that we would be able to hold the NAFTZ Annual Conference as scheduled. Closely monitoring the evolving situation, it has now become evident that this will not be possible. Regrettably, we are having to announce the cancellation of the NAFTZ Annual Conference in Denver, CO on October 25-28, 2020. As we did last Spring, staff is working closely with the NAFTZ Executive Committee, Board, COVID-19 Response Team, and Programs Committee, to unwind the in-person conference and prepare for a virtual event, including the annual business meeting of the NAFTZ membership that is held in conjunction with the Annual Conference.
NAFTZ recognizes the unprecedented challenges the current crisis poses to the association, our members, and the entire industry. The NAFTZ continues to work to provide the level of service and value our members have come to expect and to advance our core mission on education and advocacy. At the same time, we will make every effort to accord our members maximum flexibility as we manage our way through this difficult situation. With these considerations in mind, NAFTZ will:
•Work to mitigate the impact of the cancellation of the Annual Conference on attendees and the association by:
•Developing a virtual conference series October 27-29, 2020 and November 4-6, 2020 that includes most of the program content from the Annual Conference (Per the NAFTZ Member/Supporter survey this is the preferred next-best option in featuring event highlights online);
•Offering additional membership-focused perks if you register for the Virtual Annual Conference before October 1, 2020;
•Giving registrants the option of a refund of registration fees (received within 14-business days of requesting with accounting) or a credit to a future NAFTZ event (Note: all registrants must cancel any hotel and flight reservations they may have made); Giving exhibitors/sponsors the option of a refund; applying the funds to a Virtual Conference session sponsorship; or future NAFTZ event; webinar; or future event on first come first served basis.
We will also provide further information as soon as possible on the schedule, virtual roundtable discussions and agenda for a virtual annual business meeting of the NAFTZ membership, which is held every year in conjunction with the Annual Conference.
In closing, we encourage you to share your thoughts and recommendations on how best we can assist you and the rest of the membership.
Wishing you health and peace.