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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.

 

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

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

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

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Stacey Stanton addresses AIC attendees at the Opening General Session.

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Mary Peters addresses AIC attendees at the Day Three luncheon.