Missed the extended deadline? Don’t miss the keynote speaker

tucsonThere’s still time to register for the 2017 NCRA Firm Owners Executive Conference and hear how keynote speaker Susan Solovic, an Internet pioneer, cofounded and grew one of the first video-based Internet sites to a million-dollar-plus entity. Registration closes Feb. 3.

Keynote speaker Solovic, an award-winning serial entrepreneur and best-selling author, will take center stage and share with attendees her insights and secrets to becoming a successful entrepreneur. Her experience also includes being a former small business contributor for ABC News and hosting the syndicated radio program It’s Your Biz. She appears regularly as a small business expert on Fox Business, Fox News, the Wall Street Journal’s “Lunch Break,” MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, and other stations across the country. She has also hosted her own PBS special called Reinvent Yourself Now: Become Self-Reliant in an Unpredictable World. Solovic is also a featured blogger on numerous sites, including Constant Contact, Entrepreneur, AT&T Business Circle, FoxBusiness.com, MasterCard, Intuit, The Pulse of IT (HP), and Samsung.

This year’s conference venue, the gorgeous Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz., provides the perfect backdrop for an exciting networking and getaway experience accented with an additional group of dynamic speakers and chances to interact with peers. Other event highlights include:

  • Laurie Forster, one of America’s leading wine experts and author of the award-winning book The Sipping Point: A Crash Course in Wine,will host a special fun-filled networking sessionForster has been featured in dozens of publications and has appeared on  Oz., Fox Business, ABC News, and other outlets. She also hosts her own show called The Sipping Point, where she explores recipes, wines, food, travel, and more. Attendees at this session will enjoy teaming up to identify wine selections and then battle to see who can really Name that Wine.
  • Mike Nelson, NCRA CEO and Executive Director, will present the findings from NCRA’s 2016 Firm Owners Economic Benchmarking Survey.
  • “Mobilizing Your Dreams: A 21st Century Strategic Plan,” an interactive session that The Varallo Group will present, is designed to teach attendees how to establish a long-term vision for their firm and more. The Varallo Group will also present “Journey to the Center of a Client Decision” exploring the court reporter–hiring decision process.
  • Strategic Business Direct will lead attendees in two sessions entitled “Understanding and Using Financial Statements as a Management Tool” and “How to Compete.”
  • NCRA President Tiva Wood, RDR, CMRS; President-Elect Chris Willette, RDR, CRR, CRC; and fellow firm owners will also lead teams on a poker-run nature-hike networking event.
  • Attendees will enjoy a special Valentine’s Day comedy night and closing reception.

Only attendees of the Firm Owners Executive Conference can take advantage of the special resort room rates. Multiple registration discounts are also available as long as they are accompanied by one full-priced registration. These discounts include all education sessions, networking events, and access to the exhibit area.

Make this event even better when you arrive early or extend your stay, and take advantage of special room rates that apply three days prior to and three days after the conference, negotiated for attendees by NCRA.

Attendees can also take advantage of an array of amenities, including waived resort fees on self and valet parking, fitness center access, yoga classes, and tennis court rentals. Other amenities include a free shuttle service to beautiful Sabino Canyon, discounts on golfing, spa facilities, and more.

In addition to being packed with networking opportunities, award-winning speakers and authors, cutting-edge educational content, and vendor speed dating, there is also more free time scheduled in the afternoons for attendees to network with each other on their own.

For more information or to register for NCRA’s most elite event of the year, visit NCRA.org/FirmOwners.

Large turnout expected for NCRA’s 2015 Firm Owners Executive Conference

Beat the cold and join hundreds of the profession’s top firm owners and managers in beautiful Palm Desert, Calif., for NCRA’s Firm Owners Executive Conference, Feb. 8-10 at the J.W. Marriot Desert Springs Resort & Spa. The only NCRA event designed exclusively for owners and managers of court reporting and CART captioning firms, the Firm Owners Executive Conference is the Association’s most prestigious event.

Among the program highlights is the ever-popular Vendor Speed Dating event that allows attendees the opportunity to learn about a wide range of new technologies and business tools via a one-minute presentation by vendor representatives.

Sponsors and vendors that will be represented at this year’s event include: The Varallo Group, Precision Videoconferencing Solutions, Visionary Legal Technologies, Allen Maxwell & Silver, Pengad, eDepoze, eTERA Consulting, YesLaw, Remote Counsel, Stenograph, Thomson Reuters, MeetingRooms.com, and Realtime Coach.

Other conference highlights include keynote speaker Sarah Michel, a networking expert who will deliver an address about the powerful benefits of networking and how networking can increase your net worth, and the release of the findings of the sixth annual Firm Owners Economic Benchmark Survey.

Another feature session, “Getting Video Down to Art,” will cover how some firms can increase profits through offering video service, provide an overview of the many potential opportunities that exist both in and out of the traditional legal arenas, and offer an outline of the relevant technologies being used in the video field.

“The recent Industry Outlook Report conducted by Ducker Worldwide indicates that the court reporting and CART captioning profession is well positioned to emerge as a career option for many,” said Sarah Nageotte, RDR, CRR, CBC, an official court reporter from Jefferson, Ohio, and 2014-2015 NCRA President.

“Make sure your firm is prepared to assist in molding the future of our profession and has the resources available at the ready to meet the demand for services in the coming years. Make the investment and attend the 2015 NCRA Firm Owners Executive Conference,” she added.

For more information or to register, visit NCRA.org.

E-seminar review: Recipes for success for court reporting firms: Lessons from NCRA’s 2013 Firm Owners’ Economic Benchmark Survey

In a recent e-seminar, Jim Cudahy, CAE, NCRA Executive Director & CEO, discusses the results from the 2013 Firm Owners Economic Benchmark Survey. Many valuable types of information can be gleaned by the 2013 numbers, as well as lessons learned from comparing the results. Cudahy adds, “It’s helpful to take a benchmark of the industry periodically, to illuminate some of the best practices going on with court reporting firms.”

Cudahy also talks about the priorities of the National Court Reporters Association and what’s important to membership. He reviews the NCRA strategic plan, survey methodology, gross revenues, and size of firms, as well as trends and best practices such as market intelligence and marketing tactics used to acquire new business.

Court reporters who’d like to learn what’s new in the 2013 survey and find out the type of firms, based on geographic location and revenue, that participated should not miss the presentation. Cudahy breaks down all of the categories by size and percentile and shares what firm owners believe were the increased-demand projects. Cudahy also shares insightful information as to whether there’s a sweet spot when it comes to revenue increase and a point of diminishing return.

Throughout the presentation, Cudahy weaves in recipes for success and how important it is to cultivate business relations. And, he leaves with a final thought on how to increase your impact when it comes to building business.

This e-seminar is now available in NCRA’S online collection.

Lessons from NCRA’s 2013 Firm Owners Economic Benchmark Survey

NCRA’s 2013 Firm Owners Economic Benchmark Survey released in February as part of its Firm Owners Executive Conference, paints an overall picture that court reporting firms are continuing to grow. According to the survey, about 46 percent of firms responding reported growth, while 23 percent said their financial picture remained about the same. Only 16 percent reported a decline in revenue, and only 5 percent of those reported a substantial decline of more than 20 percent.

Learn more about the survey findings in an e-seminar hosted by NCRA CEO Jim Cudahy where he discusses the trends in today’s marketplace that can help members be better placed for the challenges and opportunities that present themselves in the future.  For more information about the e-seminar, visit NCRA’s catalog of online continuing education resources.

The complete survey will also available for purchase at the NCRA store (under the “Promoting Court Reporting” category) beginning Fri., April 25. The cost is $295.00.