Upcoming Meetings

SEARS 2017 Spring Meeting
March 28-30, 2017

Hotel Accommodations:
Hotel Information: The Grand Hotel by Marriott
One Grand Boulevard
Point Clear, AL 36564
Reservations: 1-800-455-3834

Book your group rate for Southeastern Association of Rail Shippers

Please contact the hotel directly to book your room at the "Southeast Association of Rail Shippers" conference rate of $179.00/night (Resort View) and $219.00/night (Bayside View) plus taxes plus resort fee. Parking has been negotiated for $18.00/night. This room rate is available while supplies last until Friday, February 28, 2017. Check-in time is 4:00pm, and check-out time is 11:00am. Please reserve your room early as we anticipate selling out of our negotiated rooms quickly!

Conference Refund Policy:
- Refund requests received in writing by 2/28/2017 will be refunded at 100%.
- Refunds requests received in writing between 3/01/17 to 3/25/17 will be refunded minus a $50.00 processing charge.
No refunds will be issued on or after 3/26/17.

Air Travel: Point Clear is between Mobile, Alabama (MOB) and Penscacola, Florida (PNS). Based on traffic patterns and from price comparisons for most people, it will be more affordable to fly into Pensacola, Florida and either rent a car or catch a shuttle bus. The time is approximately 1.5 hours to drive from either airport to Point Clear.

Ride Shares and The Grand Hotel Shuttle Bus: We have made arrangements with the hotel for a discounted rate on the hotel shuttle based on the number of people per trip. If you are making plans to fly in and know the time you will be landing, Mona Moorman has volunteered to help coordinate ride shares for this event. If you are planning to take the shuttle bus or are willing to ride-share with a rental car, please contact Mona at searsrideshare@yahoo.com. In the subject line write "SEARS Shuttle" and in the body indicate from what airport you will need transportation (or whether you can provide transportation), your flight number and the time of your arrival. If you are willing to provide transportation, please indicate the number of passengers you can take.

Corporate sponsorships: You may have already received emails regarding your sponsorship continuation for this year. Thank you for continuing to support us through the years, and we appreciate all that you do. If you want to be included in the program book, the Powerpoint slidedeck and the posters and/or banners at the events, we need your commitment and funds to us by February 28, 2017. Any amount is greatly appreciated, but a sponsorship of $300.00 or more will be recognized at the appropriate tier levels. Please contact Naomi Takeuchi at serailshippers@gmail.com for more details or you can also go online to our Sponsorship Opportunities webpage directly at the following weblink: serailshippers.com/sponsorship.

Meeting Table, Golf sponsorships and Equipment Displays: The Grand Hotel does have the ability for us to offer sponsorships for tables, golf events and equipment displays similar to what we did at the Hilton Head Marriott Island in March 2016. If you are interested in a Meeting Table, Golf and/or Equipment Display, please contact Naomi Takeuchi at serailshippers@gmail.com or at 1-919-522-0909 for more details.