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Lessons learned at the 2020 NCRA Business Summit

Competitors in the Lost Pines Olympics

Participants left the 2020 NCRA Business Summit with useful information about leadership, security, finances, body language, and the state of the court reporting industry. In between those sessions, they also had time to network with colleagues, spend time at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, and meet Yogi, a friendly 9-year-old alpaca. Extra opportunities for participants included the team-building Lost Pines Olympics and opening and closing receptions.

Speaker Chris Moyseos, an Austin-based wealth management specialist with Morgan Stanley, told participants that whether a person is starting a small business or expanding one, following a roadmap is essential. Focus on profit rather than revenue, with a plan to “use the money to put back into the business,” he advised.

To prepare for financial success when operating a small business, “put everything in place before you need it,” he said. “You have to be really smart with the way you use that line of credit. Banks can be very skittish.”

He also said having a financial plan is essential. “Pay yourself first. You must know your budget. Be prepared: Social security statement, income, other income sources (rental properties, brokerage accounts, insurance accounts). Know when you want to retire. Do you want to leave a legacy? Do you have a plan for long-term care?  Half of your medical bills [could be] in the last two to three months of your life,” he said.

 “As a working reporter and firm owner, I found the seminars to be well worth the cost,” said Kathleen M. Soloaga, CSR, a freelancer in Napa, Calif. “The speakers were informative, interesting, and on topics that I found quite helpful. Prior to attending, I honestly didn’t fully understand the value of networking. This was invaluable as a somewhat new firm owner. Having the opportunity to speak with other firm owners with much more experience than myself and pelt them with questions and receive honest input was invaluable. Thank you so much to all of my ‘victims’! I’ve come back home with a load of knowledge and contacts that will be extremely helpful in running my business. Would highly recommend!”

NCRA 2020 Business Summit registration still open

Last-minute registration is still available for the NCRA 2020 Business Summit, taking place Feb. 9-11 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas. Register now to ensure you don’t miss the exclusive firsthand look into the 2019 Firm Owners Economic Trends and Outlook that is only being presented at this event. The findings paint a picture of the state of the profession and offer the latest insights into business trends and what’s expected for the future of court reporting and captioning firms. The findings will be presented in a special session led by NCRA Executive Director Dave Wenhold, CAE, PLE.

Learn more about why the industry is growing, see how trends compare to previous years, and find out why so many of the more than 200 firm owners who participated in the survey are optimistic about continued growth in the future. And remember, the Firm Owners Economic Trends and Outlook will be made available only to attendees of the NCRA 2020 Business Summit.

Key findings of the 2019 outlook include:

• More than half of firms grew their revenue this year, and 60 percent are feeling positive about the economy.

• Even though most firms have few full-time employees, many are working with other professionals to cover jobs and rely on outsourcing administrative and other professional tasks, including videography.

• Firm owners are turning down work when there are more assignments than reporters, but this shortage may be an opportunity to mentor and support aspiring reporters who are writing between 180-200 wpm, especially to help cover personnel shortages.

• The stenographic industry is based on relationships, with work mostly secured by word of mouth or referrals, and the client base is still grounded in the legal industry, although nearly a quarter of firms indicated that nonlegal work is growing.

Be a part of the fun when the event kicks off with a friendly round of Lost Pines Olympics, and take advantage of this and the many other networking opportunities that will be offered.

This year’s lineup of exciting and informative presenters will send attendees home armed with the latest and most innovative strategies for business success in 2020 and beyond, while networking opportunities will help firm owners expand their professional spheres of influence.

Highlights include:

A two-part session that will be presented by Chris Williamsco-founder of Wide Awake Business. Since 2008, nearly 5,000 business owners have relied on her sales and marketing expertise to boost their sales by more than $538 million. Click here to hear from Williams herself about what she has to share.

The keynote speaker is the energetic Karim R. Ellis, founder of Empowered Education, a company devoted to developing both organizations and individuals. Ellis is a dynamic motivational speaker with 10 years of experience in the arena of speaking, training, and coaching. He takes great pride in cultivating leaders and champions, and his sole desire is to unlock an atmosphere of greatness in the lives of the people he connects with on a daily basis. Ellis will share with attendees his insights into successful leadership creation and development.

Cathy O’Neal, communications director for Levitt Pavilion Arlington, an outdoor concert venue that presents more than 50 free concerts a year, has planned a fun and enlightening look at how social media can be changed from chore to tool in a firm’s business plan for success.

Ron Comers, a former FBI agent and current advisor on corporate security risks through Charted Risk, LLC, will present “Protecting Your Firm from Scams & Data Breaches,” and offer tips on how firms can keep their files and other information safe in today’s cyber-savvy world.

Chris Moyseos, a financial advisor and financial planning specialist with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, will lead a session on financial planning and managing personal wealth.

In addition, attendees will enjoy many opportunities throughout the three-day event to expand their networks, engage with old friends, and build relationships with new ones.

Located on more than 400 acres along the banks of the Colorado River, the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa offers a variety of amenities and activities for attendees and their guests to enjoy during their stay. The recreational amenities attendees can enjoy include: A full-service spa, salon, and fitness center; two tennis courts; an 18-hole golf course; hiking, biking, and jogging paths; horseback riding; a video arcade; a water park; a meet-and-greet with the facility’s mascots; and more.

Be a part of the NCRA 2020 Business Summit.

  • Last-Minute Registration: Feb. 1–9, 2020
    Member: $1,125; Nonmember: $1,300; Additional Firm Employee: $1,000; Spouse/Guest: $300

For more information and to register for the 2020 NCRA Business Summit, visit NCRA.org/BusinessSummit.

NCRA 2020 Business Summit regular rates end Jan. 31

If you haven’t registered yet, hurry and do it now! Don’t miss the chance to join other attendees at the NCRA 2020 Business Summit when they kick off the event with a friendly round of Lost Pines Olympics. The 2020 event is taking place Feb. 9-11 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas. Regular registration rates end Jan. 31.

The Lost Pines Olympics is a team-building challenge that pits two teams against one another in a friendly go at a relay-type race that features seven stations with various tasks. Stations include:

  • Dizzy bat
  • Soccer dribble
  • Corn hole toss
  • Archery target
  • Giant cup stacking
  • Inflatable horse relay
  • Teambuilding skits

Be a part of the fun and camaraderie this activity will generate and take advantage of the numerous networking opportunities that the Business Summit will offer. And don’t forget the amazing speakers scheduled this year who will share insights about the latest in using social media to build your business, the best financial planning tips, a firsthand look at the NCRA 2019 Firm Owners Benchmark Survey, and more.

This year’s Business Summit line-up of exciting and informative presenters will send attendees home armed with the latest and most innovative strategies for business success in 2020 and beyond, while networking opportunities will help firm owners expand their professional spheres of influence. Highlights include:

A two-part session that will be presented by Chris Williams, co-founder of Wide Awake Business. Since 2008, nearly 5,000 business owners have relied on her sales and marketing expertise to boost their sales by more than $538 million. Click here to hear from Williams herself about what she has to share.

Keynote speaker is the energetic Karim R. Ellis, founder of Empowered Education, a company devoted to developing both organizations and individuals. Ellis is a dynamic motivational speaker with 10 years of experience in the arena of speaking, training, and coaching, He takes great pride in cultivating leaders and champions, and his sole desire is to unlock an atmosphere of greatness in the lives of the people he connects with on a daily basis. Ellis will share with attendees his insights into successful leadership creation and development.

Cathy O’Neal, communications director for Levitt Pavilion Arlington, an outdoor concert venue that presents more than 50 free concerts a year, has planned a fun and enlightening look at how social media can be changed from chore to tool in a firm’s business plan for success.

Ron Comers, a former FBI agent and current advisor on corporate security risks through Charted Risk, LLC, who will present “Protecting Your Firm from Scams & Data Breaches,” and offer tips on how firms can keep their files and other information safe in today’s cyber-savvy world.

Chris Moyseos, a financial advisor and financial planning specialist with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, who will lead a session on financial planning and managing personal wealth.

In addition, attendees will enjoy many opportunities throughout the three-day event to expand their networks, engage with old friends, and build relationships with new ones.

Located on more than 400 acres along the banks of the Colorado River, the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa offers a variety of amenities and activities for attendees and their guests to enjoy during their stay. The recreational amenities attendees can enjoy include: A full-service spa, salon, and fitness center; two tennis courts; an 18-hole golf course; hiking, biking, and jogging paths; horseback riding; a video arcade; a water park; a meet-and-greet with the facility’s mascots; and more.

Be a part of the NCRA 2020 Business Summit.

  • Regular Registration ends Jan. 31, 2020
    Member: $1,075; Nonmember: $1,250; Additional Firm Employee: $950; Spouse/Guest: $250
  • Last-Minute Registration: Feb. 1–9, 2020
    Member: $1,125; Nonmember: $1,300; Additional Firm Employee: $1,000; Spouse/Guest: $300

For more information and to register for the 2020 NCRA Business Summit, visit NCRA.org/BusinessSummit.

Firm Owners Economic Outlook findings showcased at Business Summit

Attendees at NCRA’s 2020 Business Summit being held Feb. 9-11 at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, will hear firsthand the findings of the 2019 Firm Owners Economic Trends and Outlook as presented by NCRA Executive Director Dave Wenhold, CAE, PLE, in a special session. NCRA’s ninth annual Firm Owners Economic Outlook paints a picture of the stenographic industry, as well as provides some comparisons to previous years.

Although space is filling up, it’s not too late to register for the event and take advantage of the special hotel room rate for single/double occupancy of $209 per night for attendees plus tax ($237.73), which ends Jan. 24. Book now and you can also enjoy additional savings when the resort fee of $35 is reimbursed by the hotel upon check-in.

Attendees of the 2020 NCRA Business Summit will not only receive a copy of the report but will also get an inside look into the insights shared by more than 200 firm owners from across the nation. The findings include the state of the industry in terms of growth in business, revenue, staffing, and more. In addition, the findings shed light on what today’s firm owners expect the future of the industry to hold, new business opportunities being sought, and thoughts on the pros and cons of outsourcing.

Also on this year’s schedule is an array of topic savvy experts who will address the latest in business trends proven to help increase business for firms of all sizes. Learn more about the exciting and informative line-up of  presenters who include:

  • Chris Williams,co-founder of Wide Awake Business;
  • Karim R. Ellis, founder of Empowered Education, a company devoted to developing both organizations and individuals
  • Cathy O’Neal, communications director for Levitt Pavilion Arlington, an outdoor concert venue that presents more than 50 free concerts a year

Also on the schedule is Ron Comers, a former FBI agent and current advisor on corporate security risks through Charted Risk, LLC, who will present “Protecting Your Firm from Scams & Data Breaches,” and offer tips on how firms can keep their files and other information safe in today’s cyber-savvy world, and Chris Moyseos, a financial advisor and financial planning specialist with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, who will lead a session on financial planning and managing personal wealth.

Opportunities throughout the three-day event provide attendees with the chance to expand their networks, engage with old friends, and build relationships with new ones.

Located on more than 400 acres along the banks of the Colorado River, the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa offers a variety of amenities and activities for attendees and their guests to enjoy during their stay. The recreational amenities attendees can enjoy include: A full-service spa, salon, and fitness center; two tennis courts; an 18-hole golf course; hiking, biking. and jogging paths; horseback riding; a video arcade; a water park; a meet-and-greet with the facility’s mascots; and more.

Be a part of the NCRA 2020 Business Summit when it kicks off with a fun and exciting team-building activity followed by an opening reception.

  • Regular Registration ends Jan. 31, 2020
    Member: $1,075; Nonmember: $1,250; Additional Firm Employee: $950; Spouse/Guest: $250
  • Last-Minute Registration: Feb. 1–9, 2020
    Member: $1,125; Nonmember: $1,300; Additional Firm Employee: $1,000; Spouse/Guest: $300

For more information and to register for the 2020 NCRA Business Summit, visit NCRA.org/BusinessSummit.

Deadline Jan. 17 for special room rate for the 2020 NCRA Business Summit

Space is filling up and the special room block rate deadline is looming for accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, site of the NCRA 2020 Business Summit. The deadline to take advantage of the special hotel room rate for single/double occupancy of $209 per night for attendees plus tax ($237.73) ends Jan. 17, and rooms are filling fast. There will be no extensions to hold these special prices; so don’t delay. Book now and you can also enjoy additional savings when the resort fee of $35 is reimbursed by the hotel upon check-in.

In addition to hearing from topic savvy experts on the latest in business trends proven to help increase business for firms of all sizes, attendees at the 2020 NCRA Business Summit will also receive a copy of the coveted 2019 Firm Owners Benchmark Survey. On hand to discuss the findings of this latest survey, supported by some 250 respondents, will be NCRA Executive Director Dave Wenhold, CAE, PLE.

Wenhold will share his insights into what the 2019 survey says about the business of court reporting and captioning, where markets are expected to go, and how they are changing to fit the times. The session is sure to spark insightful discussion about the trends firm owners can anticipate for the future.

This year’s Business Summit lineup of exciting and informative presenters will send attendees home armed with the latest and most innovative strategies for business success in 2020 and beyond, while networking opportunities will help firm owners expand their professional spheres of influence. Highlights include:

A two-part session that will be presented by Chris Williams, co-founder of Wide Awake Business. Since 2008, nearly 5,000 business owners have relied on her sales and marketing expertise to boost their sales by more than $538 million. Below is a description of what her presentations will cover.

Five steps to an easier, simpler, more profitable business – Part 1

Imagine this. Your business bursts with all the customers you want. They come more easily than in the past. You love working with them, and they love working with you. They pay … and on time! Your business isn’t overwhelming you or stressing you out. At least not most of the time. If this sounds too good to be true – it isn’t. In this workshop, Chris Williams will share the specific steps that have led more than 5,000 of her clients to generate more than $628 million in new revenue. Your business can be easier, simpler, and more profitable with the strategies you can start implementing before you leave the Business Summit.

Five steps to an easier, simpler, more profitable business – Part 2

In this session, Chris will provide templates and tools that you can use to set yourself apart from the competition so that you’re the first call people make when they’re looking for reporting services. You’ll also walk away with a simple, low-cost system for generating a steady stream of referrals for your business so the pipeline is never empty. Learn five ways to “overcome the overwhelm” and make your business easier, simpler, and more profitable. Williams will provide the roadmap to make sure that 2020 is your most successful year ever.

Click here to hear from Williams herself about what she has to share.

Other speakers include:

Keynote speaker, the energetic Karim R. Ellis, founder of Empowered Education, a company devoted to developing both organizations and individuals. Ellis is a dynamic motivational speaker with 10 years of experience in the arena of speaking, training, and coaching, He takes great pride in cultivating leaders and champions, and his sole desire is to unlock an atmosphere of greatness in the lives of the people he connects with on a daily basis. Ellis will share with attendees his insights into successful leadership creation and development.

Cathy O’Neal, communications director for Levitt Pavilion Arlington, an outdoor concert venue that presents more than 50 free concerts a year, has planned a fun and enlightening look at how social media can be changed from chore to tool in a firm’s business plan for success. O’Neal holds a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she also serves as an adjunct professor in the Communications Department teaching media writing, public relations management, and public relations case studies. She will share with attendees successful social media strategies to help build business.

According to O’Neal, social media can help you gain visibility, reputation, and clients. She will cover the who, what, when, where, and why of social media from the vantage point of a seasoned communications pro who just finished her year with a 3.2 million Facebook reach! O’Neal will help attendees learn how to weed out the stuff they don’t need, focus on the stuff they do need, analyze real-world examples, and help them walk away from the session with action items they can put in practice immediately to start building the social media presence they want. To learn more about what O’Neal has to share, watch her video here.

Ron Comers, a former FBI agent and current advisor on corporate security risks through Charted Risk, LLC, will present “Protecting Your Firm from Scams & Data Breaches,” and offer tips on how firms can keep their files and other information safe in today’s cyber-savvy world;

Chris Moyseos, a financial advisor and financial planning specialist with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, will lead a session on financial planning and managing personal wealth.

Opportunities throughout the three-day event to provide attendees with the chance to expand their networks, engage with old friends, and build relationships with new ones.

Located on more than 400 acres along the banks of the Colorado River, the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa offers a variety of amenities and activities for attendees and their guests to enjoy during their stay. The recreational amenities attendees can enjoy include: A full-service spa, salon, and fitness center; two tennis courts; an 18-hole golf course; hiking, biking and jogging paths; horseback riding; a video arcade; a water park; a meet-and-greet with the facility’s mascots; and more.

Be a part of the NCRA 2020 Business Summit when it kicks off with a fun and exciting team-building activity followed by an opening reception.

  • Regular Registration ends Jan. 31, 2020
    Member: $1,075; Nonmember: $1,250; Additional Firm Employee: $950; Spouse/Guest: $250
  • Last-Minute Registration: Feb. 1–9, 2020
    Member: $1,125; Nonmember: $1,300; Additional Firm Employee: $1,000; Spouse/Guest: $300

For more information and to register for the 2020 NCRA Business Summit, visit NCRA.org/BusinessSummit.

Breaking news! Room block pricing for 2020 NCRA Business Summit extended

The special hotel room rate for NCRA’s 2020 Business Summit has been extended until Jan. 17. The single/double occupancy rate is $209 per night for attendees plus tax ($237.73).  There is no better rate for a stay at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, host site of the 2020 Business Summit, Feb. 9-11. Plus, attendees who book now will also enjoy additional savings when the resort fee of $35 is reimbursed by the hotel upon check-in. This special room rate will not be extended again, so if you haven’t booked your stay yet, do it now.

Located on more than 400 acres along the banks of the Colorado River, the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, offers a variety of amenities and activities for attendees and their guests to enjoy during their stay. The recreational amenities attendees can enjoy include: A full-service spa, salon, and fitness center; two tennis courts; an 18-hole golf course; hiking, biking and jogging paths; horseback riding; a video arcade; a water park; a meet-and-greet with the facility’s mascots; and more.

This year’s Business Summit lineup of exciting and informative presenters will send attendees home armed with the latest and most innovative strategies for business success in 2020 and beyond, while networking opportunities will help firm owners expand their professional spheres of influence. Highlights include:

A two-part session that will be presented by Chris Williams, co-founder of Wide Awake Business. Since 2008, nearly 5,000 business owners have relied on her sales and marketing expertise to boost their sales by more than $538 million. Below is a description of what her presentations will cover.

Five steps to an easier, simpler, more profitable business – Part 1

Imagine this. Your business bursts with all the customers you want. They come more easily than in the past. You love working with them, and they love working with you. They pay … and on time! Your business isn’t overwhelming you or stressing you out. At least not most of the time. If this sounds too good to be true –it isn’t. In this workshop, Chris Williams will share the specific steps that have led more than 5,000 of her clients to generate more than $628 million in new revenue. Your business can be easier, simpler, and more profitable with the strategies you can start implementing before you leave the Business Summit.

Five steps to an easier, simpler, more profitable business – Part 2

In this session, Williams will provide templates and tools that you can use to set yourself apart from the competition so that you’re the first call people make when they’re looking for reporting services. You’ll also walk away with a simple, low-cost system for generating a steady stream of referrals for your business, so the pipeline is never empty. Learn five ways to “overcome the overwhelm” and make your business easier, simpler, and more profitable. Williams will provide the roadmap to make sure that 2020 is your most successful year ever.

Click here to hear from Williams herself about what she has to share.

Other speakers include:

Keynote speaker, the energetic Karim R. Ellis, founder of Empowered Education, a company devoted to developing both organizations and individuals. Ellis is a dynamic motivational speaker with 10 years of experience in the arena of speaking, training, and coaching, He takes great pride in cultivating leaders and champions, and his sole desire is to unlock an atmosphere of greatness in the lives of the people he connects with on a daily basis. Ellis will share with attendees his insights into successful leadership creation and development.

Cathy O’Neal, communications director for Levitt Pavilion Arlington, an outdoor concert venue that presents more than 50 free concerts a year, has planned a fun and enlightening look at how social media can be changed from chore to tool in a firm’s business plan for success. O’Neal holds a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she also serves as an adjunct professor in the Communications Department teaching media writing, public relations management, and public relations case studies. She will share with attendees successful social media strategies to help build business.

According to O’Neal, social media can help you gain visibility, reputation, and clients. She will cover the who, what, when, where, and why of social media from the vantage point of a seasoned communications pro who just finished her year with a 3.2 million Facebook reach! O’Neal will help attendees learn how to weed out the stuff they don’t need, focus on the stuff they do need, analyze real-world examples, and help them walk away from the session with action items they can put in practice immediately to start building the social media presence they want. To learn more about what O’Neal has to share, watch her video here.

Ron Comers, a former FBI agent and current advisor on corporate security risks through Charted Risk, LLC, will present “Protecting Your Firm from Scams & Data Breaches,” and offer tips on how firms can keep their files and other information safe in today’s cyber-savvy world;

Chris Moyseos, a financial advisor and financial planning specialist with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, will lead a session on financial planning and managing personal wealth.

Attendees of the 2020 NCRA Business Summit will also receive a copy of the 2019 Firm Owners Survey Report. More than 200 firm owners responded to this survey, sharing insights about their firms, including how the latest trends are impacting court reporting, captioning, and legal videography firms, and what the outlook for the future holds. NCRA Executive Director Dave Wenhold, CAE, will present the findings.

Be a part of the NCRA 2020 Business Summit when it kicks off with a fun and exciting team-building activity followed by an opening reception.

  • Regular Registration ends Jan. 31, 2020
    Member: $1,075; Nonmember: $1,250; Additional Firm Employee: $950; Spouse/Guest: $250
  • Last-Minute Registration: Feb. 1–9, 2020
    Member: $1,125; Nonmember: $1,300; Additional Firm Employee: $1,000; Spouse/Guest: $300

For more information and to register for the 2020 NCRA Business Summit, visit NCRA.org/BusinessSummit.

Attend the 2020 NCRA Business Summit, take away social media strategies to boost business

Cathy O’Neal, communications director for Levitt Pavilion Arlington, an outdoor concert venue that presents more than 50 free concerts a year, has planned a fun and enlightening look at how social media can be changed from chore to tool in a firm’s business plan for success. Her session is happening at the 2020 NCRA Business Summit taking place Feb. 9-11 at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas.

Need another reason to register now? Early access rates have been extended until Tuesday, Dec. 10 at midnight ET. Act now to get the best price.

O’Neal holds a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she also serves as an adjunct professor in the Communications Department teaching media writing, public relations management, and public relations case studies. She will share with attendees successful social media strategies to help build business.

According to O’Neal, social media can help you gain visibility, reputation, and clients. She will cover the who, what, when, where, and why of social media from the vantage point of a seasoned communications pro who just finished her year with a 3.2 million Facebook reach! O’Neal will help attendees learn how to weed out the stuff they don’t need, focus on the stuff they do need, analyze real-world examples, and help them walk away from the session with action items they can put in practice immediately to start building the social media presence they want. To learn more about what O’Neal has to share, watch her video here.

Attendees of the 2020 NCRA Business Summit will also receive a copy of the 2019 Firm Owners Survey Report. More than 200 firm owners responded to this survey, sharing insights about their firms, including how the latest trends are impacting court reporting, captioning, and legal videography firms, and what the outlook for the future holds. NCRA Executive Director Dave Wenhold, CAE, will present the findings.

This year’s keynote speaker is the energetic Karim R. Ellis, founder of Empowered Education, a company devoted to developing both organizations and individuals. Ellis is a dynamic motivational speaker with 10 years of experience in the arena of speaking, training, and coaching, He takes great pride in cultivating leaders and champions, and his sole desire is to unlock an atmosphere of greatness in the lives of the people he connects with on a daily basis. Ellis will share with attendees his insights into successful leadership creation and development.

Also on the program is Chris Williams, co-founder of Wide Awake Business, established in 2004 to help companies grow. Williams will provide a two-part presentation, which will focus on how to create an easier, simpler, more profitable business. The sessions will cover how to:

  • Spend less time second-guessing yourself and seize the right opportunities
  • Ooze authority and confidence when you speak with prospects
  • Feel fulfilled because your “Big Why” engages more people
  • Enjoy your bank account statements
  • Lead more, build team, and personally do less of the “do”
  • Head out on your vacation without taking calls and putting out fires every day

Other highlights include:

Ron Comers, a former FBI agent and current advisor on corporate security risks through Charted Risk, LLC, who will present “Protecting Your Firm from Scams & Data Breaches,” and offer tips on how firms can keep their files and other information safe in today’s cyber-savvy world;

Chris Moyseos, a financial advisor and financial planning specialist with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, who will lead a session on financial planning and managing personal wealth; and

Opportunities throughout the three-day event to provide attendees with the chance to expand their networks, engage with old friends, and build relationships with new ones. The event kicks off with a fun and exciting team-building activity followed by an opening reception.

Lora Appino Barnett, RMR, a freelance court reporter and owner of Appino & Briggs Reporting Service in Overland, Kan., attended her first Business Summit in 2007, then called the Firm Owners Executive Conference. She hasn’t missed one since.

“With all the recent happenings in the industry, as a firm owner, I am hopeful as an organization we can find ways to combat the so-called digital ‘reporters’ trying to get a foothold in our profession and finding ways to recruit more students into the reporting field. I also look forward to the educational seminars,” she said.

“The networking and friendships that I have made with other firm owners are invaluable; I look forward to seeing them every year,” Barnett said, as she encourages others to register. “I say do it! You will not regret it. We have increased our business with the networking relationships we have made over the years. I very much enjoy the locations that NCRA has chosen to have the conferences; I think you will, too. And I truly value the friendships I have made over the years.”

A special hotel room rate for single/double occupancy for attendees is $209 per night plus tax ($237.73) and the resort fee will be reimbursed by the hotel upon check-in. Hurry! These special hotel rates end on Jan. 8, 2020.

Located on more than 400 acres along the banks of the Colorado River, the beautiful Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, offers a variety of amenities and activities for attendees and their guests to enjoy during their stay. The recreational amenities attendees can enjoy include: A full-service spa, salon, and fitness center; two tennis courts; an 18-hole golf course; hiking, biking and jogging paths; horseback riding; a video arcade; a water park; a meet-and-greet with the facility’s mascots; and more. Plus, if attendees book at the special NCRA room rate before Jan. 8, the resort fee of $35 will be reimbursed by the hotel upon check-in.

  • Early Access: Oct. 15–Dec. 10
    Member: $975; Nonmember: $1,150; Additional Firm Employee: $850; Spouse/Guest: $200
  • Regular Registration: Dec. 11, 2019–Jan. 31, 2020
    Member: $1,075; Nonmember: $1,250; Additional Firm Employee: $950; Spouse/Guest: $250
  • Last-Minute Registration: Feb. 1–9, 2020
    Member: $1,125; Nonmember: $1,300; Additional Firm Employee: $1,000; Spouse/Guest: $300

For more information and to register for the 2020 NCRA Business Summit, visit NCRA.org/BusinessSummit.

Let the warmth and beauty of 2020 NCRA Business Summit venue inspire you

The NCRA 2020 Business Summit offers more than just networking and learning. Located on more than 400 acres along the banks of the Colorado River, the beautiful Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, offers a variety of amenities and activities for attendees and their guests to enjoy during their stay.

Among the recreation amenities attendees can enjoy include: A full-service spa, salon, and fitness center, two tennis courts, an 18-hole golf course, hiking, biking and jogging paths, horseback riding, a video arcade, a water park, a meet-and-greet with the facility’s mascots, and more. Plus, if attendees book at the special NCRA room rate before Jan. 8, the activity fee of $35 is waived. And don’t forget, register for the event by Nov. 30 and save an additional $100.

Besides the beauty of the Austin countryside and warm temperatures typical of Texas, attendees at the 2020 NCRA Business Summit can also expect to enjoy a schedule that offers informative, inspiring, and insightful sessions led by leaders in the business industry.

Ron Comers, a former FBI agent and currently an advisor on corporate security risks through Charted Risk, LLC., will present “Protecting Your Firm from Scams & Data Breaches,” and offer tips on how firms can keep their files and other information safe in today’s cyber-savvy world.

Comers earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree in business continuity, security, and risk management from Boston University. Prior to working for the FBI, Comers was a police officer with the Stratford Police Department in Connecticut. He entered duty as a special agent of the FBI in 1995 and was assigned to the Boston, Mass., division, where he worked bank fraud and drug investigations and also served as a member of the division’s SWAT team.

Over the course of his career, Comers has served in a variety of divisions as an FBI agent, overseeing a number of stateside and international investigations.

In 2010, he served as an acting ALAT in Afghanistan in 2010 and as a member of the Major Crimes Task Force charged with developing the investigative capabilities of Afghan law enforcement. For his service, he received the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Furthering the Interests of U.S. National Security.

Other speakers include Cathy O’Neal, communications director for Levitt Pavilion Arlington, who will lead a session about successful social media strategies to help build business; a financial planning session led by Chris Moyseos, a financial planner who will discuss succession and financial planning; and NCRA Interim Executive Director Dave Wenhold, CPE, who will present the findings of NCRA’s 2020 Firm Owners Economic Outlook Survey.

Take advantage of early access discounts for the 2020 NCRA Business Summit

The 2020 NCRA Business Summit offers the perfect opportunity to help you grow your business, and early access pricing offers you the perfect opportunity to save money. Register now through Nov. 30, and save $100 for members, nonmembers, and additional firm employees, and save $50 on spouse registration. The event is Feb. 9-11, 2020, at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas

Compare registration rates and book your spot now!

  • Early Access Registration: Oct. 15 – Nov. 30, 2019
    Member: $975; Nonmember: $1,150; Additional Firm Employee: $850; Spouse/Guest: $200
  • Regular Registration: Dec. 1, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020
    Member: $1,075; Nonmember: $1,250; Additional Firm Employee: $950; Spouse/Guest: $250
  • Last Minute Registration: Feb. 1 – 9, 2020
    Member: $1,125; Nonmember: $1,300; Additional Firm Employee: $1,000; Spouse/Guest: $300

Owners and leaders of firms of all sizes are sure to enjoy the lineup of speakers and experts on the 2020 program, including the latest addition, Cathy O’Neal, communications director for Levitt Pavilion Arlington, an outdoor concert venue in Arlington, Texas, that presents more than 50 free concerts a year.

O’Neal holds a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she also serves as an adjunct professor in the Communications Department teaching media writing, public relations management, and public relations case studies. She will lead a session about successful social media strategies to help build business.

According to O’Neal, social media can be just one more chore, or it can help you gain visibility, reputation, and clients. She will cover the who, what, when, where, and why of social media from the vantage point of a seasoned communications pro who just finished her year with a 3.2 million Facebook reach! O’Neal will help attendees learn how to weed out the stuff they don’t need, focus on the stuff they do need, analyze real-world examples, and help them walk away from the session with action items they can put in practice immediately to start building the social media presence they want. 

Other highlights include keynote speaker Karim R. Ellis, founder of Empowered Education, a company devoted to developing both organizations and individuals. Ellis is a dynamic motivational speaker with 10 years of experience in the arena of speaking, training, and coaching. He will share with attendees his insights into successful leadership creation and development.

Also on the program is Chris Williams, co-founder of Wide Awake Business, established in 2004 to help companies grow. She is also the co-author, along with co-founder of Wide Awake Business, Martha Hanlon, of Customers Are the Answer to Everything and most recently of Customertopia. Williams and Hanlon have been called one of the foremost authorities on in how to get and keep customers. Williams will provide a two-part presentation, which will focus on how to create an easier, simpler, more profitable business.

Other sessions include “Protecting Your Firm from Scams & Data Breaches,” which will be led by former FBI agent Ron Comers, a financial planning session led by financial advisor Chris Moyseos, and the presentation of the findings of NCRA’s 2020 Firm Owners Economic Outlook survey led by NCRA Interim Executive Director Dave Wenhold, CPE.

The 2020 NCRA Business Summit program also offers a number of networking opportunities throughout the three-day event to provide attendees with the chance to expand their networks, engage with old friends, and build relationships with new ones. And attendees are encouraged to check out all of the activities the venue offers to take advantage of the waived resort fee. The event kicks off with a fun and exciting team-building activity followed by an opening reception and dinner.

Save even more money and support NCRA’s efforts to keep event costs down for attendees by taking advantage of the special hotel room rate for single/double occupancy for attendees of $209 per night plus tax ($237.73), that also includes the $35 resort fee waived. Hurry, these special hotel rates end on Jan. 8, 2020. Deadline to register to attend is Jan. 31, 2020.

For more information and to register for the 2020 NCRA Business Summit, visit NCRA.org/BusinessSummit.

Make plans to mosey on over to the 2020 NCRA Business Summit

The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, is the setting for the 2020 NCRA Business Summit taking place Feb. 9-11. No matter what size firm you own, operate, or manage, this event is NCRA’s premier gathering for anyone looking to grow their business, expand their markets, and boost their overall success. Register by Nov. 30, 2019 to take advantage of discounted pricing.

“Intense, energizing, inspiring, educational, and fun, that’s what the 2020 NCRA Business Summit promises attendees no matter what size their firm is. Plan to expand your sphere of colleagues while networking in beautiful Austin, as well as hear from a variety of experts in the areas of successful customer base building, honing effective leadership skills, and more,” said NCRA President Max Curry, RPR, CRI, a freelance court reporter and firm owner from Franklin, Tenn. “If building your business in 2020 and beyond is important to you, then attending the 2020 should be a priority.”

Karim R. Ellis, Keynote Speaker

In the lineup this year is keynote speaker Karim R. Ellis, founder of Empowered Education, a company devoted to developing both organizations and individuals. Ellis is a dynamic motivational speaker with 10 years of experience in the arena of speaking, training, and coaching, He takes great pride in cultivating leaders and champions, and his sole desire is to unlock an atmosphere of greatness in the lives of the people he connects with on a daily basis. Ellis will share with attendees his insights into successful leadership creation and development.

Also on the program is Chris Williams, co-founder of Wide Awake Business, established in 2004 to help companies grow. She is also the co-author, along with Martha Hanlon, also co-founder of Wide Awake Business, Customers Are the Answer to Everything, and most recently of Customertopia. Williams and Hanlon have been called one of the foremost authorities on in how to get and keep customers.

Chris Williams, Speaker

Williams will provide a two-part presentation, which will focus on how to create an easier, simpler, more profitable business. The sessions will cover how to:

  • Spend less time second-guessing yourself and seize the right opportunities
  • Ooze authority and confidence when you speak with prospects
  • Feel fulfilled because your “Big Why” engages more people
  • Enjoy your bank account statements
  • Lead more, build team, and personally do less of the “do”
  • Head out on your vacation without taking calls and putting out fires every day

The 2020 NCRA Business Summit program also offers a number of networking opportunities throughout the three-day event to provide attendees with the chance to expand their networks, engage with old friends, and build relationships with new ones. The event kicks off with a fun and exciting team-building activity followed by an opening reception and dinner.

Registration is now open and those who register by Nov. 30, 2019, can take advantage of discounted pricing:

  • Early Access Registration: Oct. 15 – Nov. 30, 2019
    Member: $975; Nonmember: $1,150; Additional Firm Employee: $850; Spouse/Guest: $200
  • Regular Registration: Dec. 1, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020
    Member: $1,075; Nonmember: $1,250; Additional Firm Employee: $950; Spouse/Guest: $250
  • Last Minute Registration: Feb. 1 – 9, 2020
    Member: $1,125; Nonmember: $1,300; Additional Firm Employee: $1,000; Spouse/Guest: $300

A special hotel room rate for single/double occupancy for attendees is $209 per night plus tax ($237.73) and the resort fee is waived. Hurry, these special hotel rates end on Jan. 8, 2020. Deadline to register to attend is Jan. 31, 2020.

For more information and to register for the 2020 NCRA Business Summit, visit NCRA.org/BusinessSummit.