7F Annual Conference 2021

30th Anniversary Annual Conference

May 24-28, 2021

Marriott St. Louis Grand
800 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63101

Diamond

GE

Platinum Plus

Platinum

Gold

Silver Plus

Silver

Bronze

IMPORTANT DATES FOR USERS
1/12/2021
User registration opens
4/23/2021 User registration – Last day to register for $425 fee
4/23/2021 User registration – Last day to cancel registration and receive a full refund
4/24/2021 User registration – Conference fee increases to $475
5/19/2021 User registration – Deadline for check payments
IMPORTANT DATES FOR VENDORS
10/01/2020 Presentation site – opens for vendors to submit abstracts
11/04/2020 Presentation site – last day vendors can submit an abstract
12/02/2020 Sponsorship site – open for vendors to purchase sponsorships
12/11/2020 Sponsor logos due – .jpg format for the website and .eps for printing
12/11/2020 Presenter notifications – Committee decisions will be emailed by end of business day to all vendors who submitted abstracts through the online link
1/29/2021 Sponsorship fee must be paid in full
2/02/2021 Platinum Sponsors – SV Events will communicate directly with sponsors for manual booth assignments
2/03/2021 Gold Sponsors – SV Events will communicate directly with sponsors for manual booth assignments
2/04/2021
Silver Sponsors – SV Events will communicate directly with sponsors for manual booth assignments
2/09/2021
Bronze Sponsors – SV Events will communicate directly with sponsors for manual booth assignments
2/10/2021
Topgolf Sponsors – SV Events will communicate directly with sponsors for manual booth assignments
2/11/2021
Approved Presenters – SV Events will communicate directly with sponsors for manual booth assignments
2/17/2021
Booth registration link opens for all vendors at 12:00PM, Eastern, on this website
4/02/2021
Vendor booth must be paid in full; Last day to cancel a vendor booth with a $50 fee
4/02/2021
Presentation fee must be paid in full; Last day to cancel with a $50 cancellation fee
4/02/2021
Vendor ads due for printed program; Last day to cancel ad space for full refund
4/21/2021
All vendor presentations should have been received at Events@powerusers.org for committee review

User Fee
$425.00 (Registrations received by Friday, April 23, 2021)
$475.00 (Registrations received Saturday, April 24, 2021 or later)

Link will open on January 12, 2021
User Attendee Registration

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.

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 2021 Annual Conference constitutes the participant’s full and unconditional agreement to be registered as a User on the PowerUsers.org website forum post conference.

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY:

  • Cancellations received by Friday, April 23, 2021 – Full conference fee refund
  • Cancellations received Saturday, April 24, 2021 or later – No refund

If you need any assistance regarding the online registration process or cancellation of your conference registration, please contact support@sv-events.net.

A detailed agenda will be added in late January and will continue to be updated regularly as presenters/topics are confirmed.

2021 Agenda Summary

MONDAY, May 24, 2021
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Golf Tournament – optional; rsvp required; additional cost for Vendors (Users and Vendors)
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Tours – MD&A Turbine-Generator Repair Facility (Users only)
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM MD&A Session (Users and MD&A only)
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Welcome Dinner/Reception (Users and MD&A only)
TUESDAY, May 25, 2021
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast (Users and designated Gold Sponsors only)
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM User Sessions (Users only)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch (Users and Platinum Sponsors only)
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM User Sessions (Users only)
3:45 PM – 4:30 PM Vendor Breakout – Session #1 – 3 rooms (Users and presenting vendors only)

  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM Vendor Breakout – Session #2 – 3 rooms (Users and presenting vendors only)

  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM Vendor Fair (Users and exhibiting vendors only)
WEDNESDAY, May 26, 2021
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast (Users and designated Gold Sponsors only)
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM User Sessions (Users only)
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Lunch/Vendor Fair (Users and exhibiting vendors only)
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM User Sessions (Users only)
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM Vendor Breakout – Session #3 – 3 rooms (Users and presenting vendors only)

  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Off-Site Event
(Users, Spouse/Guest with rsvp, and designated sponsors – Platinum Plus, Platinum and Gold)
RSVP required; Transportation provided by 7F Users Group
Location: TBD
THURSDAY, May 27, 2021 – GE DAY (Users and GE only)
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 28, 2021 – (Users and GE only)
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

Information coming soon…

Information coming soon…

Information coming soon…

Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel

800 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO 63101
Hotel Phone: +1 (314) 621-9600

Group rate: $179.00/nt. USD + tax

Last day to reserve accommodations at the group rate: Monday, April 30, 2021

Reservation Process: Online link below or call hotel direct

Reservation link will open on January 12, 2021
Reserve Hotel Accommodations

Special negotiated concessions for rooms confirmed in the 7F group block:

  • Complimentary basic guestroom internet
  • Group rate honored 3 days pre/post conference dates, based on availability
  • 25% discount on 2021 published self-parking garage rates for overnight attendees

See standard hotel and room amenities by visiting https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/stlmg-marriott-st-louis-grand/

Parking Fees:

  • On-site self parking: $2.00 USD hourly, $30.00 USD daily (25% discount for attendees with reservations in group block)
  • Valet parking: $40.00 USD daily
  • Self or Valet does not accommodate oversized vehicles.

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 one of the methods noted above.
Please contact support@sv-events.net if you have any questions.

TRAVEL

CLOSEST AIRPORT: St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) = 14 miles SE

TRANSPORTATION
The Marriott St. Louis Grand does not offer complimentary shuttle service.

  • Alternate transportation: GO BEST Express (toll-free 1-877-785-4682); fee: $21.00 USD (one way); on request
  • Estimated taxi fare: $40.00 USD (one way)
  • Bus service, fee: $7.00 USD (one way)
  • Subway service, fee: $3.50 USD (one way)

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

  • Follow Interstate 70 East for approximately 15 miles to downtown St Louis
  • Exit at Broadway (one way street) and continue on Broadway
  • Turn right on Washington Avenue
  • The hotel is two blocks up on the left side of street across from the America’s Center Complex at 8th Street and Washington Avenue.

VENDOR PRESENTATION OPPORTUNITIES

Vendors who are interested in providing a technical presentation to the User attendees during one of the breakout sessions below are invited to submit an abstract for consideration. All abstracts must be submitted through the online link below. Please keep the abstract a brief description. You may upload a supporting pdf document within the registration if you feel the committee needs to see more detail to make a decision.

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, not outline the entire presentation. Vendors should use this opportunity to attract Users to their discussion.

Submit an Abstract

VENDOR PRESENTATION FEE: $400.00
Presentation Fee Includes:

  • 45-minute breakout session, including Q&A
  • LCD projector package
  • Laptop will be provided by 7F Users Group – Presenter needs to provide presentation on USB
  • One 6′ X 30″ table at the head of the room for materials
  • Podium
  • Wireless lavaliere microphone for presenter
  • Catchbox microphone for Q&A

PRESENTATION SCHEDULE:

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Breakout Session #1: Vendor Presentations (Users and presenting Vendors only)
3:45 PM – 4:30 PM = Presentation #1
3:45 PM – 4:30 PM = Presentation #2
3:45 PM – 4:30 PM = Presentation #3

Breakout Session #2: Vendor Presentations (Users and presenting Vendors only)
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM = Presentation #1
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM = Presentation #2
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM = Presentation #3

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Breakout Session #3: Vendor Presentations (Users and presenting Vendors only)
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM = Presentation #1
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM = Presentation #2
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM = Presentation #3

IMPORTANT DEADLINES:

  • 10/01/20: Link opens to submit an abstract
  • 11/04/20: 5:00PM, EST – Link to submit abstract closes
  • 12/11/20: 5:00 PM, EST – Committee decisions will be emailed to all vendors who submitted an abstract
  • 04/02/21: Presentation fee must be paid in full; Last day to cancel with a $50 canellation fee
  • 04/21/21: Final presentations are due for committee review. Email to Events@powerusers.org.

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 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, including Q&A.
  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 Friday, April 02, 2021.
  11. All Presenters must be registered and paid exhibitors at the 7F Users Group vendor fair on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 and Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
  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 for committee review in .pdf format, max size of 2MB, to Events@PowerUsers.org no later than Friday, April 21, 2021. 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 – April 02, 2021: $350.00 refundable with a $50.00 cancellation fee
  • April 03, 2021 or later: Non-refundable

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Details will be added in mid-November…
Sponsorship Options, Fees and Benefits

Link will open at 12:00 PM, Eastern on Wednesday, December 2, 2021
Purchase a Sponsorship

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • Send logos in .jpg and .eps formats to events@powerusers.org by Friday, December 11, 2020. Reference “7F 2021 – Sponsor logo” in the subject line.
  • Sponsorship payments must be paid in full by Friday, January 29, 2021.
  • Sponsors must be registered and paid exhibitors at the 7F Annual Conference vendor fair on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 and Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
  • Sponsors will have booth registration priority. See “Vendor Fair Exhibitors” tab on the Annual Conference page of the website for booth registration schedule.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • Sponsorship fees are non-refundable

Changes for 2021…Two day vendor fair – Same exhibitors both days!

VENDOR FAIR DATES:

  • Tuesday, May 25, 2021
    5:30 PM – 8:30 PM (86 exhibitors)
  • Wednesday, May 26, 2021
    12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (same exhibitors both days)

Booth registration link will open at 12:00 PM, Eastern on Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Purchase a Booth

IMPORTANT: Cancellations for double booking booths will be charged a $75.00 administrative fee.

Helpful Hints:

  • If you hit the button at 11:59 AM, it will not go anywhere. It is set to open at 12:00 PM, Eastern.
  • You may choose only one booth on one day only.
  • The vendor fair booths are usually sold out for both evenings in less than 20 minutes.
  • 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. If we have cancellations, we only contact vendors on the waitlist.
  • Please do not call or send an email on 2/17/21 and expect an immediate response. We receive lots of calls on booth registration day and 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.

Vendor fair floor plan will be available in late January 2021
2021 VENDOR FAIR FLOOR PLAN

BOOTH PRICES:

20′ x 8′ = Included in Platinum and Gold Double Booth Sponsorships

  • Includes a maximum of ten representatives allowed in booth
  • Same booth reps both days

10′ x 8′ = $2,400

  • 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, 8′ 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 ballroom is carpeted. If you want 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 kit will be available by February 1, 2021
Exhibitor Kit

Electrical and AV order form will be available by February 1, 2021
Electrical and Audio Visual Order Form

VENDOR ITINERARY:
The itinerary on the link below shows the exhibitor set-up and tear-down schedule as well as other areas of  participation as applicable.

Vendor Itinerary coming soon…
Vendor Itinerary

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY:
Booth Cancellations:

  • Confirmation – April 02, 2021: Refundable with a $50.00 cancellation fee
  • April 03, 2021 or later: Non-refundable

Additional Booth Representative Cancellations:

  • Confirmation – May 13, 2020: Refundable
  • May 19, 2021 or later: Non-refundable (Name changes are allowed if the attendee is from the same company and the initial payment is not modified.)

Please contact support@sv-events.net with questions regarding the vendor fair.

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

2020 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 April 02, 2021. Send to support@sv-events.net.
  • 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 – April 2, 2021: Refundable
  • April 3, 2021 or later: Non-refundable

Please contact support@sv-events.net with questions regarding conference program advertising.

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