Men Crying Among Education Conference Highlights

With less than a month until NAA’s 2013 Education Conference & Exposition in San Diego, there’s one thing on my mind: fish tacos. And amazing education sessions, of course—but mostly fish tacos.

Here are three other reasons I’m excited for June 19-22:

1. Bill Rancic. Yes, Richard Branson is amazing, and a billionaire, and he now has ties to the enviable Kate Winslet, but I’m really looking forward to seeing the session’s moderator, Bill Rancic. Husband of Guiliana, father of Duke, future husband of yours truly, Bill is a former “Apprentice” contestant and entrepreneur who also spends his time volunteering in Haiti. That’s a triple threat, ladies.

2. Fly Girls. Vernice Armour was the United States Marine Corps’ first African American female pilot, and, shortly after, was recognized as America’s first African American female combat pilot by the Department of Defense. She also goes by the nickname “FlyGirl.” 

Now, when I hear “fly girl,” I think of the dance troupe from the 1990s show “In Living Color.” And when I come back from this conference and tell my friends I met one of the Fly Girls and they naturally assume I’m talking about Jennifer Lopez, Rosie Perez or Carrie Ann Inaba, I’m not going to correct them.

3. Men crying. I’ve seen both Erik Wahl and Bert Jacobs speak at other conferences—which means I’ve also seen executives hide behind their lunch napkins, “discretely” wipe their eyes or curse the sudden onset of “allergies.” Just let it out, boys—this is emotional stuff. 

These two Keynote Speakers have incredibly moving and inspirational presentations and I was one of many attendees to tear up. Then again, I cried at the gym after watching a man bowl a 300 on ESPN, so maybe I’m just overly emotional.

And if all that weren’t enough, there’s so much more to be excited about.

The 2013 NAA Education Conference & Exposition breakout sessions will cover everything from marketing, sales, technology and operations to industry trends and executive issues. Attendees will also have two days to explore the exhibit hall and see first-hand what the more than 325 suppliers have to offer multifamily housing industry professionals and their companies in the way of efficient, innovative new products and services.

The fun continues with several networking receptions, as well as the Opening Party on Thursday, June 20, where attendees can stroll into the historic San Diego Gaslamp Quarter and enter into NAA’s very own private block party. Filling with food and beverage, live music, theme lighting, and interactive entertainment, it’s going to be an unforgettable night.

And if that doesn’t appeal to you, you can always scour the convention center for Bill Rancic. When you find him, give him my number.

Register for the conference today!