The New York State Parking Association held its first Summer Retreat on June 17. Over 100 people attended the all-day event which was held at the famous Hinderwadel's Grove in Syracuse, NY.
The morning program included a dynamic inter-active presentation by nationally-renowned motivational speaker Mr. Julius Rhodes, President, MPR Group. His presentation, "Establishing the Garden" was a lead-in into the theme for the day, which was Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and sustainability.
David Keefe, one of the founding members of NYSPA, said a few words about the vision the original members had when they established the Association in the early 1990s. Also in attendance were Glen Sicard (University of Rochester Medical Center) and Craig Barber (AllPro Parking) who were there in the beginning formative years.
A roundtable panel discussion was facilitated by NYSPA Executive Committee members Ms. Johnna Frosini (College at Brockport) and Ms. Maria Wallace (Buffalo University). The lively discussion involved "seed" questions posed to the panelists and a back-and-forth dialogue with the attendees covering topics such as the LEED point system, alternative fuels, lighting, energy, Transportation Demand Management, technology and related topics.
In the afternoon Julius took over as Master of Ceremonies for several outdoor activities that focused on team building involving giants, wizards and dwarfs as well as flipping a tarp while 40 people kept their feet on it. Quite an achievement that vividly demonstrated the importance of working as a team! The day wound down with some physically challenging and not-so-physically challenging events to continue the teambuilding theme as well as networking, relaxation and just plain fun. There was something for everyone!
Beginning with a continental breakfast and continuing throughout the afternoon, Hinderwadel's Grove provided an opulent choice of foods, deserts and beverages for which they are famous.
NYSPA heavily subsidized the event as its way of saying "thank you" to its regular members, affiliates and consultants. The event was also used as a kick-off for a renewed membership drive as non-members were invited to attend at the same cost as members.
The event was such a success that already the Board of Directors is looking into scheduling the second Summer retreat in 2009.