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November 2013

highlights from the 2013 Annual International Conference


The Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. Played host to this year’s Annual International Conference. Surrounded by a majestic landscape of mountains and desert, the outside beauty was rivaled by the heat and excitement of the conference agenda. Festivities kicked off with a bang—literally—from the drum of a Native American hoop dancing routine. The Opening Session continued to impress with a unique solo acoustic performance by Ken Bennett, Arizona’s secretary of state.

Things continued to heat up with an AIC first, a jalapeño eating contest. In an effort to raise money for the 100 Club of Arizona, participants worked their jaws off to chew 10 jalapeños. With a large crowd of cheering conference attendees, 3M’s Manuel Moreno walked off the stage a champion with a big sense of pride, and small case of indigestion.

Educational and informative sessions continued to fill the schedule for Day Two, along with a lively exhibit hall. The last day of AIC was packed with inspiring sessions and a fantastic luncheon speaker, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Mary E. Peters. The conference capped off with a record-setting charity auction, with over $10,000 raised for the 100 Club of Arizona.



A Native American hoop dancing routine takes place during the opening session.


Ken Bennett, Arizona’s secretary of state, performs during the opening session.


Russ Nordstrom, director of Oklahoma Motor Vehicle Division, prepares for the jalapeño eating contest.


Stacey Stanton addresses AIC attendees at the Opening General Session.


Mary Peters addresses AIC attendees at the Day Three luncheon.