FREQUENTLY ASKED CONVENTION QUESTIONS
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1. How do I make my Room Reservations?
2. What about parking?
FLTA has arranged a great rate at a great hotel.
Call 800-644-2685 and request the FLTA rate of $155 per night Group code is: FTLFTLA, or Select this link to register on line: Book Standard at Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel for $155 per night
This rate EXPIRES on 11/4/13
Self Parking is complimentary and valet parking is $16 daily.
3. What is the Schedule for the Convention?
- The convention officially starts at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, but there most likely will be a committee meeting or two held Wednesday morning. The Agenda is still a work in progress. It is always subject to change, so any change of significance will be posted to the website and in an updated Agenda. There is a date in the upper right corner which indicates the last time the agenda was changed. Click HERE to see the most current Agenda.
4. How do I Register and How Do I pay FLTA?
We have moved into the electronic age, and can now take and process your entire convention registration online through our website. We think this will save a lot of time for our members and provide better accuracy of your data, as YOU are now controlling the input. Be sure we have the correct license number (so you get your CE credit). It also provides a secure way for accepting credit card payments through the magic of PayPal or you can still pay by check. To begin the registration process, click HERE for members, and HERE for Exhibitors.
Remember, your registration is NOT COMPLETE until payment is received and you receive an acknowledgment from FLTA via email.
5. What are my Options for Registration?
There are several registration options:
A. Full Registration - which includes every meeting, CE, banquet, etc for the entire convention
B. Thursday Day Pass - if you are not able to attend the full event; Thursday will include three hours of CE to go along with meetings. Lunch will be a CE hour of ethics credit; and that will be followed by the Agent Section Meeting; Insurers Section Meeting; Committee meetings and the cocktail reception (a good opportunity to network with your peers)
C. Friday Day Pass – Friday morning will include more CE and the additional meetings that would not fit in Thursday’s schedule.
D. Day Passes - Thursday & Friday - which covers everything at the convention except the banquet
E. A Celebration Banquet ticket - if you are unable to make the meetings, but want to join in the celebration and “changing of the guard”.
F. Celebration Banquet & Friday Day Pass - if you can't attend until late Thursday afternoon, but would like to attend part of the convention, then this might work for you. Join us for the reception at 6 p.m.; the banquet at 7 p.m. and attend the Friday morning session which will include two hours of CE. Don’t forget to make your hotel reservation for Thursday night!
The pre-banquet reception is included with the banquet ticket and with the Thursday day pass, but there is no discount on the ticket/registration prices if you choose NOT to attend the reception – so join us and have some fun!
6. What if I need more banquet tickets AFTER I’ve completed my registration?
If you’ve completed and paid for your initial convention plans and need more banquet tickets, simply start the registration process again, but only select the new items you need and complete the payment process as before. If you paid by card and now want to send a check or vice versa, that’s ok, as each confirmed registration is a separate transaction.
7. How Much Continuing Education is Being Offered at the Convention?
We will be offering up to FIVE hours of CE. Three will be on Thursday and two on Friday. The Thursday lunch will be submitted for approval as an ethics credit. All of our courses are being submitted for approval to both the Department of Financial Services for Title Agent continuing education and to the Florida Bar for our attorney attendees. A description of the courses will be available AFTER we receive proper course approvals.
8. Do I have to attend all the CE hours to obtain credits?
Each class is set up as an individual session. You do not have to attend all of them in order to obtain credit, but you will only get credit for the ones you attend.
To be in compliance with DFS rules, you must sign in at the beginning of the CE sessions, and complete the Certificate of Attendance when the class is completed to obtain the credit.
9. How will I receive my CE credits?
FLTA will process course credits for licensed title agents. Please make sure you give us your license number when you register and you must complete the Certificate of Attendance at the end of each class you attend.
Attorneys post their own credits with the Florida Bar, and the course numbers will be made available to you at the end of each class you attend.
You must be registered for the convention, or a “Day Pass” to obtain the CE credits after the presentations. Given limited seating, we expect a sell-out crowd this year, so don’t count on just showing up.
10. How do I get a refund?
Because we have to make firm commitments to the Renaissance, we will only give full refunds less a $35 processing fee if requested in writing prior to October 15, 2013. After that date, no refund will be given, but we will be happy to work with you to substitute someone else from your office in your spot.
If you paid by credit card and are requesting a refund, please contact Linda Martin firstname.lastname@example.org, rather than requesting it through your credit card company. Returning funds through PayPal costs us $20 or more, and is a bit of a hassle, so we would rather send you a check.
11. PayPal won’t accept my Credit Card.
Some companies have restricted corporate credit cards to only certain types of purchases (travel, meals, hotel, etc.) – and PayPal is generally not on the list. Usually it is only a matter of contacting your accounting department and they can approve your transaction through PayPal. If that doesn’t solve the problem, we are happy to accept an old fashioned check from any of our members, or Linda Martin email@example.com can help you with the process.
12. The Registration is asking if I want my name shown in an Attendee List.
Our super new software lets us show who has already signed up (if you opt to). We include this option so that you can coordinate with old friends, plan to meet and grab a drink or even carpool to the convention – and some people just want to know if YOU will be there!
We encourage each of you to give us permission to share your attendance plans.
13. Where will the FLTA registration desk be located? When will it be staffed?
Our registration station will be located in the foyer in front of meeting rooms D-H. It will be staffed as follows:
Wednesday 11/13; 8:15 a.m. – 11 am & 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday 11/14; 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday 11/15; 8:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
If you purchase only a banquet ticket, you will need to check in at the registration desk before 7 p.m. on Thursday to obtain your ticket for the banquet.
14. What is the Dress Code?
For the meetings during the day – resort casual is the ticket. For the celebration (installation) banquet – we’re still working on that. This info will be updated once the plans are set, and of course will send a message to all registered attendees once we have the final info
15. What is the Silent Auction?
Each year, many of our members donate very nice items to be raffled at the convention to help raise money for our scholarships. The winner of each item will be posted during the Tuesday evening banquet.
If you are the successful bidder on any Auction item, please be prepared to pay by cash, check, or process your payment via credit card (using PayPal) when the banquet is concluded.
16. How do I become eligible for the Grand Prize drawing?
We will also have the traditional Grand Prize Drawing at noon on Friday, 11/15. To be eligible for the Grand Prize, you must obtain a game card (available at the Registration Desk when you check in) and you must visit EVERY Exhibitor location and have your card signed by the exhibitor’s representative. Be sure you have visited all stations and placed your card in the drawing box (located in the Silent Auction area) before NOON on Friday 11/15 to be eligible to win the Grand Prize.
What IS the Grand Prize? It’s a SURPRISE! We’ll tell you at the convention!