A Warm Miami Welcome!

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As you probably know, I live in Miami, but as I spend more than 250 nights in hotels around the world I love it when I can stay at home. This year, I am happy that the Questionmark Users Conference is in Miami March 14 – 17! So much so that I’ve posted some pictures and videos to my blog that I feel capture the spirit of Miami, South Beach and what you can expect when you attend the conference.

This year’s conference will have a strong focus on Questionmark Perception version 5 and new trends in assessment delivery.  In addition to tech training, case studies, best practice sessions and peer discussions, you’ll be able to meet one-on-one with our technicians and product managers and network with other Perception users who share your interests. Miami Green and Blue

We are proud to be making this conference greener than ever. The Hilton Miami Downtown participates enthusiastically in the Florida Green Lodging Program, and we at Questionmark are doing our part for the environment by reducing the amount of paper we use, decreasing the size of our conference notebooks and making handouts available online.

I love living in Miami and think it’s a vibrant, colorful and friendly backdrop for the conference. I hope you will take the opportunity to stroll down Lincoln Road in South Beach during our Monday evening dine-around and that you’ll join us on Tuesday evening for a dinner cruise around the harbor. These events are a lot of fun, but they also have a serious purpose: helping you get to know colleagues who share your interest in assessment and create connections that will help you succeed in your work.

I can’t wait to welcome you to the conference—and I am looking forward to learning together with you. So come on down to Miami and warm up!

Early-bird registration for the conference ends today, so I hope you can sign up soon.

Going Green at the Questionmark Users Conference

Joan Phaup

Posted by Joan Phaup

As part of our efforts to make the Questionmark  Users  Conference agreener event than ever, we’re pleased to have selected a hotel that has been widely recognized for its green initiatives.

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The Hilton Miami Downtown has demonstrated its commitment to preserving resources through its participation in the Florida Green Lodging Program. The program, established in 2004 by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with the intent of recognizing and rewarding environmentally conscientious lodging facilities in the state, is helping Florida’s lodging industry conserve and protect the state’s natural resources.

As a Florida Green Lodging Program designated facility, the hotel has formed a “Green Team” that focuses on ways to reduce impact on  natural resources. The Green Team’s efforts so far have focused on water conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction and clean air practices. The hotel has now uses low-flow shower heads and toilets, digital programmable thermostats, energy-efficient lighting and recycled paper products. It also utilizes  bulk purchasing and has in-room and vending area recyling bins.  There’s a comprehensive recycling program for bulbs, cardboard, paper, plastic and toner cartridges. Clean air measures include the use of high efficiency air filters and the use of environmentally sound cleaning products.

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We’re also “greening” the conference by reducing the amount of paper we use, decreasing the size of our conference notebooks and  making handouts available online.  In addition, we’ll reduce our use of bottled water, create re-usable signage and provide recycling bins for badge holders, lanyards and, of course, paper!

With the excellent program we have planned for Questionmark users, we expect the conference to inspire participants with new, spring-green shoots for their assessment programs. See you at the conference March 14 – 17! Our $100 earlybird registration ends January 22nd, so register soon!