7F Annual Conference 2019

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Annual Conference
May 20-24, 2019

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
1551 Thoreau Dr N
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Diamond

GE

Platinum Plus

Platinum

Gold

 

Silver Plus

Silver

Bronze

Golf Tournament

IMPORTANT DATES FOR USERS
1/14/19
User registration opens
4/19/19 User registration – Last day to register for $425 fee
4/20/19 User registration – Conference fee increases to $475
IMPORTANT DATES FOR VENDORS
10/15/2018 Presentation site – opens for vendors to submit abstracts
11/16/2018 Presentation site – last day vendors can submit an abstract
12/5/2018 Sponsorship site – open for vendors to purchase sponsorships
12/14/2018 Sponsor logos due – .jpg format for the website and .eps for printing
12/14/2018 Presenter notifications – Committee decisions will be emailed by end of business day to all vendors who submitted abstracts through the online link
1/26/19 Sponsorship fee must be paid in full
2/04/19 Platinum Sponsors – booth registration link emailed and open 11:30AM – 5:30 PM
2/05/19 Gold Sponsors – booth registration link emailed and open 11:30AM – 5:30 PM
2/06/19
Silver Sponsors – booth registration link emailed and open 11:30AM – 5:30 PM
2/07/19
Bronze Sponsors – booth registration link emailed and open 11:30AM – 5:30 PM
2/11/19
Golf Tournament Sponsors – booth registration link emailed and open 11:30AM – 5:30 PM
2/12/19
Approved Presenters – booth registration link emailed and open 11:30AM – 5:30 PM
2/13/19
Booth registration link opens for all vendors at 12:00PM, Eastern, on this website
3/20/19
Vendor booth must be paid in full; Last day to cancel a vendor booth with a $50 fee
3/20/19
Presentation fee must be paid in full; Last day to cancel with a $50 cancellation fee
3/29/19
Vendor ads due for printed program; Last day to cancel ad space for full refund
4/19/19
All vendor presentations should have been received at Events@powerusers.org for committee review

User Fee
$425.00 (Registrations received by Friday, April 19, 2019)
$475.00 (Registrations received Saturday, April 20, 2019 or later)

User attendee conference registration link will open in January 2019.

Register Now – User Attendee

THIS REGISTRATION LINK IS FOR USERS ONLY. ANY REGISTRATIONS RECEIVED FROM NON-USERS WILL BE CANCELLED IMMEDIATELY AND ASSESSED A $25.00 ADMINISTRATIVE FEE.

Definition of a User A person who is employed by a company that owns and/or operates combustion turbine generators. This person cannot, as part of their normal duties, provide services (parts, repairs, consulting) to any company other than the one he/she is employed.
Example of a User: A person who works in an office providing technical/operational oversight to the facilities his/her company owns and/or operates.
Example of a non-User: A person who works in an office providing technical/operational oversight to facilities that his/her company does not own and/or operate (the exception: if the person’s company has an operation/maintenance agreement in place with a company that owns a combustion turbine generator; then the person is considered a User as long as their department of employment is not involved with the sale of services to the company outside the agreement).

REGISTRATION MODIFICATIONS: If you need to process a name change or modify the RSVP’s within your registration, please return to the Conference Registration link and then click the link to modify a previously entered registration. Type in your email address and password. If you need any assistance regarding the online registration process or cancellation of your conference registration, please contact Cat Casdia at 678-357-9423, ext. 102 or C.Casdia@SV-Events.net.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • Attendee must fit the definition of a User
  • Name changes are allowed if the attendee is from the same company and the initial payment is not modified.
  • Registration to participate in the 7F Users Group 2019 Annual Conference constitutes the participant’s full and unconditional agreement to be registered as a User on the PowerUsers.org website post conference.

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY:

  • Cancellations received by Friday, April 19, 2019 – Full conference fee refund
  • Cancellations received Saturday, April 20, 2019 or later – No refund

Please check back in January for an agenda update. 

7F – Printable Agenda

MONDAY, May 20, 2019
8:00 AM
Golf Tournament
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM PSM Session
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM Afternoon Break
4:15 PM – 6:00 PM PSM Session cont’d
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Welcome Dinner/Reception
TUESDAY, May 21, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM General Session
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM General Session
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM Afternoon Break
3:45 PM – 4:30 PM Breakout Sessions # 1
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM Breakout Sessions # 2
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Vendor Fair
WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
General Session
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
General Session
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Afternoon Break
3:45 PM – 4:30 PM
Breakout Sessions #1
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM
Breakout Sessions #2
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Vendor Fair
THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 – GE DAY
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
General Session
10:10 AM – 11:00 AM
Breakout Sessions
11:10 AM – 12:00 PM
Breakout Sessions
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch
1:00 PM – 1:50 PM Breakout Sessions
2:00 PM – 2:50 PM Breakout Sessions
3:00 PM – 3:50 PM Breakout Sessions
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM General Session
 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM GE Event (Off-site. Buses load at 5:45 PM)
FRIDAY, May 24, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Breakout Sessions
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Breakout Sessions
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Morning Break
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Breakout Sessions

 

RENAISSANCE SCHAUMBURG CONVENTION CENTER HOTEEL

1551 Thoreau Dr N
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Hotel Phone: +1 (847) 303-4100

Group Rate: $169.00 + tax (single/double occupancy)

  • Last date to reserve rooms at group rate: 5:00 PM local time, Saturday, April 27, 2019.
  • Hotel will honor rate 3 days prior and 3 days following the conference dates based on hotel availability.

Hotel Reservations

See standard hotel and room amenities by visiting https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/chirs-renaissance-schaumburg-convention-center-hotel/

Internet:

  • Guest rooms: Complimentary Wi-Fi and wired
  • Public areas: Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas (excluding all meeting convention space)

Parking:

  • Self-Parking: Complimentary
  • Valet Parking: $19.00/Day

Please note: If you do not need a rental car during the conference, you may want to consider one of the alternate forms of transportation shown on the Directions/Travel tab.

ATTENTION – HOUSING ALERT SCAM
If you receive a call from anyone stating they are the booking company for the hotel rooms and offer you a discounted room rate, this is a SCAM! They are either asking for payment in full or the first night’s room deposit.
The 7F Users Group has a discounted room rate negotiated directly with the hotel by SV Events. We do not use a rooms housing company, booking company, etc. Reservations can be made by using the online reservation link on this website as well as in your conference confirmation email.
Please contact Cat Casdia at 678-357-9423, ext 102 or C.Casdia@SV-Events.net if you have any questions.

Fox Run Golf Links
333 Plum Grove Rd.
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Phone: (847) 228-3544
4.4 miles from hotel; approx. 9 minutes

Monday, May 20, 2019
8:00 AM Shotgun start
Arrive between 7:30 AM – 7:45 AM to check-in and enjoy a light grab n go breakfast.
Join us for prize announcements and boxed lunches immediately following the tournament.

Cost:
Users: Complimentary – RSVP required within conference registration 
Vendors:
 TBD – RSVP within vendor registration

Transportation is not included.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • Must be registered to attend the conference as a User or Vendor
  • Name changes are allowed if the initial payment is not modified.
  • Players will be placed in foursomes the steering committee

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY:

  • Cancellations received by Friday, April 19, 2019 – Full refund
  • Cancellations received Saturday, April 20, 2019 or later – No refund

Golf Tournament Sponsors

 

TRAVEL

Airport code: ORD – Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Airport Phone: +1 800-832-6352
Hotel direction: 13 miles NW

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Alternate transportation:
American Taxi – call 1-847-255-9614; fee: 32 USD (one way)
Estimated taxi fare when taking a city cab: 65 USD (one way)

Driving directions:
West on Interstate 90, exit Route 53 North. Take Algonquin Road exit. Turn right at Algonquin Road head west. Turn left at Meacham Road, 2 blocks to Thoreau Dr., then left. Turn right into hotel and convention center complex. Visit flychicago.com for airport info. Call American Taxi at 877-755-2227 for lowest taxi fares.

 

Airport code: MDW – Chicago Midway International Airport
Airport Phone: +1 800-832-6352
Hotel direction: 37.5 miles NW

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Alternate transportation: American Taxi – call 1-847-255-9614; fee: 61 USD (one way) ;on request
Estimated taxi fare when taking a city cab: 75 USD (one way)

Driving directions:
Take 290 West, it merges with 53 north. Take Algonquin Road exit. Turn right at Algonquin Road head west. Turn left at Meacham Road, 2 blocks to Thoreau Dr., then left. Turn right into hotel and convention center complex. Visit flychicago.com for airport info. Call American Taxi at 877-755-2227 for lowest taxi fares.




VENDOR PRESENTATION FEE: $400.00

Fee includes: 45-minute breakout session, LCD projector package (speaker must provide own laptop), one 6′ X 30″ table at the head of the room for materials, podium and wireless lavaliere microphone

The deadline to submit an abstract for consideration to present at the 2019 7F Users Group annual conference is 5:00pm, Eastern on Friday, November 16, 2018.
All decisions regarding abstracts will be communicated by email on Friday, December 14, 2018.
Note: If you are selected to present, your abstract will be printed in the Users’ Conference Program. The abstract will serve as an introduction to the presentation topic. Vendors should use this opportunity to attract Users to their discussion.

SUBMIT ABSTRACT

The 7F steering committee has provided some topics of interest. Please note that presentations chosen will not be limited to the topics listed below. This is simply a list of ideas for those who want to know what the Users are interested in hearing this year.

• Rotor End of life/Life time extensions (3rd party)
• 7F.04/AGP 3rd party repair options
• Combustion tuning options/training for personnel
• Purge credit/NFPA 85/Options/Actual Retrofits
• Exhaust Issues/Best practices/Repairs and Retrofits
• Generator/LCI/Exciter – Issues and repairs
• Non OEM gas turbine performance modifications/Peak Fire/Quick start-up
• Liquid fuel reliability/Best practices
• NG fuel supply issues(Shale Gas, sulfur, ethane, hydrocarbons)
• 3rd party solutions which address critical instrumentation and valves (exhaust pressure, flame detectors, ignitors, gas control and compressor bleed valves)
• Compressor issues and 3rd party solutions
• 3rd party gas turbine controls
• Cyber security

PRESENTATION SCHEDULE:
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Session 1 – 3:45pm – 4:30pm (3 spaces)
Session 2 – 4:45pm – 5:30pm (3 spaces)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Session 3 – 3:45pm – 4:30pm (3 spaces)
Session 4 – 4:45pm – 5:30pm (3 spaces)

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

      1. Presentations must be technical in nature – addressing design issues, improving performances, troubleshooting, results from RCA studies, etc. Selling and other related activities are limited to the vendor fair only.
      2. Presentations must focus on currently available technology/processes/systems/components. Presentation attendees shall not be utilized as a makeshift focus group for future product development…that’s for the vendor fair if you choose.
      3. Abstracts will only be accepted through the attached link on this page. The 7F Steering Committee reserves the right to approve or deny any abstract.
      4. Multiple abstracts may be submitted. Please focus on quality vs. quantity. Submitting multiple abstracts does not guarantee your company will be chosen to present.
      5. Presentation topics may not be changed once chosen by the 7F Steering Committee. If a topic change is absolutely necessary, the 7F Steering Committee reserves the right to cancel your topic and fill the space with another Vendor’s topic. Cancellation policy will apply.
      6. The 7F Steering Committee will assign presentation dates, times, and meeting rooms.
      7. While the 7F Steering Committee has created an agenda to give the Presenters the undivided attention of the Users, we cannot control or guarantee attendance at your presentation. Presentation fees will not be refunded based on lack of attendance.
      8. Presentations are limited to 45 minutes. The 15-minute buffer between presentations is for set-up and tear down…not overtime.
      9. The $400.00 presentation fee is separate from the exhibit booth fee and covers the additional audio/visual costs for the two days of presentations. Presentation fees will be charged upon confirmation as a Presenter. Booth fees will be charged when booth registration opens. See “Vendor Fair Exhibitors” tab on the Annual Conference page of the 7F Users Group website for all booth details.
      10. The 7F Steering Committee reserves the right to cancel the presentation space for vendors whose presentation fees are not paid in full by Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
      11. All Presenters must be registered and paid exhibitors at the 7F Users Group vendor fair on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 or Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Please keep your assigned date and time in mind when you register for your booth.
      12. Presenters who are not sponsors will have booth registration priority after sponsor booth registration and prior to open booth registration for all vendors. See “Vendor Fair Exhibitors” tab on the Annual Conference page of the 7F Users Group website for booth registration schedule.
      13. All chosen presenters must submit the final presentation in .pdf format, max size of 2MB, to Events@PowerUsers.org no later than Friday, April 19, 2019. Please indicate if this document may be added to the 7F Users Group website. If presenter needs to submit a modified version for the website, the second file name should include the word “website” to avoid confusion.
      14. Only employees of the presenting company will be allowed to attend the presentation unless authorization is expressed to the 7F Steering Committee.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

      • Confirmation – March 20, 2019: $350.00 refundable with a $50.00 cancellation fee
      • March 21, 2019 or later: Non-refundable

ALL SPONSORSHIP SPACES ARE FILLED FOR THE 2019 CONFERENCE.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

      • Sponsorship payments must be paid in full by Friday, January 26, 2019.
      • Sponsors must be registered and paid exhibitors at the 7F Annual Conference vendor fair on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, or Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
      • Sponsors will have booth registration priority. See “Vendor Fair Exhibitors” tab on the Annual Conference page of the website for booth registration schedule.
      • Send logos in .jpg and .eps formats to events@powerusers.org by Friday, December 14, 2018. Reference “7F 2019 – Sponsor logo” in the subject line.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

      • Sponsorships are non-refundable

VENDOR FAIR DATES:
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 (78 booths – different vendors each evening)
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 (78 booths – different vendors each evening)

Vendor Fair Booth Pre-Registration Dates:
Important Note: Registration link will be emailed to sponsors and presenters based on schedule below and will be open 11:30 AM – 5:30 PM, Eastern. If the booth registration is not complete within the allotted time frame, we will pick a booth for you. We need to have time to open and close items benefits based on sponsorship levels before going live with the next level.

Monday, February 4, 2019 – Platinum Sponsors
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 – Gold Sponsors
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 – Silver Sponsors
Thursday, February 7, 2019 – Bronze Sponsors
Monday, February 11, 2019 – Golf Sponsors
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 – Presenters who are not sponsors

IMPORTANT: Platinum and Gold sponsors will have the double booths and will exhibit both evenings. Everyone else will be in single booths as outlined below for one night only…either Tuesday or Wednesday. Cancellations for double booking booths will be charged a $75.00 administrative fee.

Vendor booth registration link below will open at 12:00 PM, Eastern, on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

PURCHASE BOOTH

Helpful Hints:

  • If you hit the button at 11:59am, it will not go anywhere. It is set to open at 12:00pm Eastern.
  • You may choose only one booth on one day only.
  • The vendor fair booths are usually sold out within 24 hours…The Tuesday booths within minutes and the Wednesday booths within hours.
  • Print a copy of floor plan ahead of time so you can reference the location when seeing what is available during the registration process.
  • Review floor plan, pricing, inclusions, terms and conditions, etc. and get your questions answered and any approvals needed from your company prior to date the link opens. I would hate to see you miss the opportunity to secure a booth because you are waiting for answers and/or approvals.
  • If the registration system does not accept your credit card, change the form of payment to “check” and finish your registration. You can call us later to change the form of payment and we can figure out why the credit card wasn’t accepted. Many times it is a case of an incorrect billing address or card number entered incorrectly.
  • If all booths are filled, I would highly recommend that you add your company to the booth waitlist. In the past couple of years, we have been able to get a few Vendors a booth prior to the conference and we go in order from the time waitlist registrations are received.
  • Please do not call or send an email on 2/13/19 and expect an immediate response. All booths may be gone by the time we can get back to you. Reading all details on the Vendor Fair Exhibitors tab usually answers 95% of the questions we receive the day the link goes live.

Check back in early January 2019 for Vendor Fair floor plan.
2019 VENDOR FAIR FLOOR PLAN

BOOTH PRICES:

10′ x 8′ = $1,700 Booth fees were increased for 2019 to offset the estimated higher facility costs.
Booth fee includes two booth representatives; Additional booth representatives @ $200.00 each…maximum of six representatives allowed in booth.

ALL BOOTH SPACES WILL INCLUDE:

  • Carpeted booth space *
  • Pipe and drape booth space – black drape, 6′ high in back and 3′ high on sides
  • One 6′ x 30″ table **, white drape and black skirt
  • Two chairs
  • One waste basket
  • One sign

* The 2019 vendor fair is in an exhibit hall. The booth prices include carpet. If you want padding and additional carpet, you can order through the exhibitor kit.
** If you require a different size table please see the exhibitor kit. You will need to order your preferred table a la carte at an additional cost.

Exhibitor kits and AV/Power order forms will be available below by February 1, 2019.

TUESDAY EXHIBITOR KIT

WEDNESDAY EXHIBITOR KIT

AV/POWER ORDER FORM

Set-up/Tear-down Schedule:
8:00am – 2:00pm     Malone Convention Decorating, LLC will move in – All materials shipped to their warehouse and paid in full will be placed in applicable booths
2:00pm – 5:00pm     Vendors set-up exhibit materials
5:30pm – 8:30pm     Vendor fair
8:30pm – 11:30pm   Vendor tear-down and ship out exhibit materials; All exhibit materials must be removed from the ballroom by 11:30pm.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • Exhibiting Companies may not share a booth with another company or invite a representative from another company without written approval from the Steering Committee. Booth sharing may be allowed if and only if:
    • Exhibiting Companies are owned by the same parent company, or
    • One of the companies in the booth space sells directly to the other company in lieu of sales to a User, such as a Distributor or Representative.
  • Booth assignments are provided on a first-come first-serve basis upon registration. Higher tier sponsorships receive higher priority.
  • If all booth space is sold out, the Steering Committee will maintain a waitlist for those companies that could not be initially accommodated in the order that booth requests have been received. Companies will be offered booth space in the event of any cancellations from this waitlist.  Companies that are offered exhibition booths off of the waitlist must submit payment no later than 2 business days after notification of booth availability.
  • Each 10’W x 8’D booth space is allowed a maximum of (6) six exhibiting company representatives.
  • Each 20’W x 8’D booth is allowed a maximum of (8) eight exhibiting company representatives.
  • Breakout session presenter(s) from an exhibiting company will be counted as an exhibiting company representative(s) if in the booth during the vendor fair.
  • Each exhibiting representative is expected to wear his/her own badge.
  • Exhibiting Companies are not allowed to schedule meetings or invite Users to functions during conference scheduled events.
  • The 7F Steering Committee reserves the right to make changes to booth assignments when required in its best judgment.
  • Exhibiting Companies who do not follow these Terms and Conditions will not be invited to attend any portion of the following year’s annual conference.
  • Payment for booth space must be received no later than 5:00pm Eastern on March 30, 2019.
  • Booth spaces in which full payment has not been received by 5:00pm Eastern on March 30, 2019 will be cancelled and offered to the next company on the waitlist.

 CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY:
Booth Cancellations:

  • Confirmation – March 30, 2019: Refundable with a $50.00 cancellation fee
  • March 30, 2019 or later: Non-refundable

Additional Booth Representative Cancellations:

  • Confirmation – May 14, 2019: Refundable
  • May 15, 2019 or later: Non-refundable (Name changes are allowed if the attendee is from the same company and the initial payment is not modified.)

ADVERTISING IN USERS’ PRINTED CONFERENCE PROGRAM:

Vendors will have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the Users’ conference program at the time of purchasing a booth space. Sponsors will have an opportunity to upgrade ad space included in sponsorships.

Complimentary ads included in sponsorships:

  • Platinum Plus and Platinum Sponsors – 2-page spread
  • Gold Sponsors– full page
  • Silver Plus and Silver Sponsors – half page
  • Bronze Sponsors – quarter page

2019 AD SPECIFICATIONS

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • Ads containing inappropriate language and/or images will be removed from the program. No refund will be issued.
  • The 7F Steering Committee reserves the right to refuse any ad they deem inappropriate.
  • Ads due March 29, 2019. Send to Events@PowerUsers.org
  • Failure to submit ads by the deadline could result in your ad not being included in the program. Refunds will not be issued.

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY:

  • Confirmation – March 29, 2019: Refundable
  • March 30, 2019 or later: Non-refundable

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