APCA 2022 Mid-Year Meeting

Preliminary Schedule Wednesday, October 5 12:30 - 5 pm Board of Directors Meeting Includes lunch. Open to APCA Board of Directors only. 6:30 - 7:30 pm APCA Welcome Reception Come enjoy a beverage with fellow APCA members. 7:30 - 9:30 pm Welcome Dinner APCA President Taylor Dacus welcomes fellow APCA members to the NOLA and the 2022 APCA Mid-Year Meeting at this casual dinner. Catch up with friends and colleagues, old and new, while enjoying delicious food and cool beverages. Thursday, October 6 8 - 9 am Member & Spouse Breakfast Everyone is invited to this tasty breakfast. 9 - 10 am Opening General Session Detour with Steve Gilliland Whether you’re experiencing mild transitions now or will undergo massive reorganizations in the future, change is inevitable within every successful organization. DETOUR provides solutions to reduce stress, eliminate fear, and increase performance during such times. Steve Gilliland reveals how to navigate life’s turns when you’re suddenly headed on a course you never planned and into a future you never imagined. A member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, Gilliland is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the world. Recognized as a master storyteller and brilliant comedian, he can be heard daily on SiriusXM Radio’s Laugh USA and Jeff & Larry’s Comedy Roundup. With an appeal that transcends barriers of age, culture, and occupation—plus an interactive and entertaining style—Steve shows audiences how to open doors to success in their careers, their relationships, and their lives. Presenting to over 250,000 people a year, more than two million have now heard him speak, with audiences encompassing 51 industries. Steve has the distinction of speaking in all 50 states and in 15 countries. As one newspaper stated, “Steve is what happens when the humor of a stand-up comic collides with the inspiration of a motivational speaker.” In addition to his brilliant speaking career, Steve is a prolific, accomplished author, evidenced by six of his books—Detour, Enjoy The Ride, Hide Your Goat, Making a Difference, The Cherry on Top, and Turn the Page—perennially making the publisher’s bestseller list and his being named Author of the Year. His thought-provoking writing style makes his articles a favorite with prominent national magazines. He influences the lives of millions through his presentations, books, audio products and videos. An extensive array of these products has been utilized by small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, U.S. and Canadian government agencies, churches, school districts and nonprofit organizations. Speaking the language of active business leaders, his books and other resources identify practical lessons that grow people and their businesses. 10:15 am - Noon Government & Industry Relations Panel Led by the new APCA Government and Industry Affairs team Jaime Steve and Zack Perconti and the APCA Government & Industry Affairs Committee, this session details the committee’s recent initiatives, maps out its upcoming activities, and asks members about the issues that are affecting their businesses. Representatives from government and industry will provide brief reports on issues relevant to the pipeline construction industry. All APCA members are encouraged to attend and to participate in the discussion. We want to hear from you! 12:30 - 3:30 pm French Quarter Walking Tour & Lunch Stroll through some of the oldest streets in the United States and glimpse life like it was a century ago through the lingering charm of the Old World in Vieux Carré, the French Quarter. You will see noted landmarks such as the Historic French Market, the country’s oldest open-air market; St. Louis Cathedral, the country’s oldest basilica; Pontalba Apartments, the oldest apartment buildings in the United States; the historic French Quarter Cemetery; and many other historic sites. We might even stop at a praline confectionary or beignet shop for a delectable New Orleans treat. The entire French Quarter has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. $110 includes escorted stroll with tour guide, Jazz Brunch at Court of Two Sisters, and taxes & gratuities 12:30 - 4 pm Swamp Tour & Lunch Not far from the bright lights and excitement of New Orleans, there lies a silent world of mystery and unmatched primitive beauty. You are about to enter the unique world of Louisiana’s scenic bayous and swamps. Experience this beauty and serenity as you voyage into the interior of one of the most natural areas in America. Flourishing with bald cypress trees draped in Spanish moss, wildflowers, and multitudes of indigenous aquatic plants, the swamp opens the path to the heart of Louisiana. A sanctuary for all forms of