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Walt Disney said, "If you can dream it, you can do it." And do it they did – 600-plus participants of the 2013 FICPA Mega CPE Conference moved into Disney’s Contemporary Resort and surrounding luxury hotels June 11-15. One participant commented that a giraffe welcomed her outside her hotel room window at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Lodge.
Some came for Mega hours of CPE and found it for as low as $11.25 per credit hour. No one left without their fill of up to 30 hours of CPE and an additional 12 hours of bonus, on-demand credits – an amazing 10,175 credit hours in all. A major feature of Mega was the "conference-within-a-conference" format. Three previously stand-alone events joining the CPE line-up were the State Tax Conference; the Employee Benefits Conference and the Women’s Leadership Summit.
"I was very impressed with the Mega Conference this year," said attendee Lisa Seiffer of Signature Brands, LLC in Ocala. "I went to last year’s conference, and everything seemed to be bigger and better than the prior year, truly ‘mega’ in all respects. I love that it was at Disney, I’m a HUGE Disney fan."
More than 60 attendees traveled from as far away as Guam, Puerto Rico, Michigan and Colorado to partake in all that the Mega CPE Conference offered. From the Richard Petty Driving Experience® to the Women’s Leadership Summit Fashion Show or the Meet Your Mentoring Match event, attendees and their guests were treated to abundant choices of how to spend their time. CPAs and their families downloaded the free Mega CPE app., using it to plan their learning and leisure. FICPA member Martha Ford tweeted, "Disney Magnolia Golf Course was beautiful…great excursion at the @FICPA Mega Conference."
Epcot® was the site of the FICPA Magical Evening! – an elegant dinner and fireworks display underwritten by platinum sponsors AON Insurance Service and CNA Insurance. Marking closing night of Mega Conference 2013, more than 130 gathered to celebrate Chair Scott Price’s leadership during the past year and welcome Ken Strauss as 2013-14 Chair during the traditional passing of the gavel ceremony. After dinner, participants enjoyed the huge and colorful pageantry of the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks, laser and water show at Epcot® from an exclusive and private viewing area.
"Engaging and distinguished speakers discussed global, technological and specialized topics that benefit CPAs in their mission to add value and create innovative solutions," said Hutcheson. "A world-class educational experience at a world-class location!"The Mega CPE Conference will return to Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World® Resort in June 2014. More information is coming soon to www.ficpa.org/CPE.
For the planning and financial support from the following:
MEGA Planning Committee
Employee Benefits Committee
State Tax Committee