If you haven’t made your reservation for convention yet, Kristine Conroy has one more reason for you to attend this year. “I want people to know MDNA the way I know it, “she said. “To me, MDNA is a family.”
For Kristine, the industry goes far beyond buying and selling machinery. “If you are involved in MDNA, you are part of a close-knit family. I have friends in MDNA I’ve known for 35 years. We fly across the country to attend each other’s children’s weddings; we vacation together and stay in close touch. Honestly, my closest friends are MDNA people, and they’re from all over the country.”
Kristine has served on the Convention Committee for over twenty years and values her role as a woman on the committee. She feels that a woman’s perspective adds to the planning of events and enjoys working with the convention committee and closely with Mark Robinson and her husband John. “We all work hard to make every convention special,” she said. Kristine is particularly committed to making the women who attend the convention welcome and works hard to make sure they have a special experience.
In addition to friendship, MDNA Convention & Annual Meeting offers several opportunities to form strong business connections, too. “It’s the best networking tool,” she said. “Convention offers a wonderful environment to network and meet new people.” In fact, many deals originate at the social events at convention.
Even though Kristine has known generations of machinery dealers, she recognizes the value in forming new connections each year. “I really like seeing the younger generation sharing ideas with the older generation and the older generation relating their ideas and the history of the association. It’s a nice blend.”
And while Kristine acknowledges that the dealers come for the seminars, which are extremely informative, she also wants people to plan on having a lot of fun. “Convention is the perfect time to re-acquaint with people in a social setting and engage with friendly competitors. Attending conventions always affords you the opportunity to travel to different cities and experience unique venues. Where else can you party on an aircraft carrier, have a private cocktail party in a theatre in NYC, or have a private event at Pima?”
Still not convinced? Think of it as an investment in your own future. “The more you give to the association,” said Conroy, “the more you get back in your business and in your life.”