Below are full meeting details for the 2014 MTI Spring Meeting:
Dates: May 1-3
Location: Marriott Frenchman’s Reef Resort – CLICK HERE to View Host Hotel
5 Estate Bakkeroe, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
Local Airport: Charlotte Armalie Airport (STT) - 5 miles from Resort
Transportation to and From Airport: If you plan to rent a car, St. Thomas has all the major rental car companies available for your booking. If you don’t plan to travel off resort much and just need transportation to and from the airport, MTI will have a special MTI rate posted soon from Tropic Tours, St. Thomas’ top destination travel company. We will notify all registered members as soon as it is finalized.
Dress Code: The theme of the Spring Meeting will be a “Resort Island Theme.” The opening and middle nights are resort casual. Hawaiian shirts and sundresses are appropriate. The final night is evening casual with sport coats appropriate for the men and cocktail dress for the women. All general sessions during the day are business casual.
Weather: May weather in St. Thomas is mostly sunny and is characterized by gradually rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 87°F throughout the month, exceeding 91°F or dropping below 83°F only one day in ten.
Is a Passport Needed: If you are a U.S. citizen a passport is not required, but it still serves as the best identification when traveling. Otherwise, you must be prepared to show evidence of citizenship when departing the islands, such as a raised-seal birth certificate and government-issued photo ID.
Other Frequently Asked Question on Visiting the Virgin Islands: CLICK HERE
EXCURSIONS AND THINGS TO DO
St Thomas life is in full swing in May with many excursions available to those who want to venture off resort property including sailing, snorkeling, sunset sails, powerboats, jet skis, kayaks, fishing and island tours. CLICK HERE to view the Adventure Center located right on property at the Frenchman’s Reef Resort and book your St. Thomas excursions.
- ONLINE: CLICK HERE
- Via Phone: 888-788-5637
Group Code: Metal Treating Institute
Room Rate: $229 per night
- ONLINE REGISTRATION: CLICK HERE
- Full Printed Meeting Brochure: CLICK HERE
- Printed Registration Form: CLICK HERE
Thursday, May 1
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: OPTIONAL Boat Excursion
MTI members have charted a boat exclusively for a water tour for members. One of St. Thomas’ most popular activities by far, this excursion gives participants a true taste of the Caribbean taking advantage of the great sailing and snorkeling conditions. Vessels depart from the Frenchman’s Reef Dock. On board, participants will enjoy the company of the crew and experience a relaxing sail along the coast of St. Thomas and out to Buck Island Wildlife Refuge.
Once safely anchored at one of the calm coves, participants will have the opportunity to snorkel over some of the best reefs near St. Thomas. The underwater vegetation and the reef’s shelter have attracted the endangered green sea turtle to many of Buck Island’s coves. Visitors to the island will usually spot them as well as rays and many different species of tropical fish.
Snorkeling equipment and a safety vest are included as well as expert snorkeling instruction by a crew member/snorkel guide. After in-water activities, guests can relax and soak up the sun or enjoy the shade of the spacious cabin roof as the friendly crew pampers you with assorted open bar beverages and light snacks
A full lunch is also provided. Cost is $130 per person and includes boat tour, all water activities, food and beverage.
10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Welcome Reception and Badge Pick-up
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Opening Night Reception and Dinner
Enjoy an opening night of networking, cocktails and dinner in beautiful St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. The Marriott Frenchman’s Reef Resort offers amazing views of the Virgin Islands and access to beaches where you will hear the sounds of the Atlantic Ocean as you reconnect with friends, meet new members and listen to the music of the Virgin Islands.
Friday, May 2
8:00 am – 10:00 am: SPOUSE/GUEST EVENT: Fun, Fitness and Breakfast
ATTENTION ALL SPOUSES AND GUESTS… Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with other spouses and guests. DeAnna Morrison, a Certified Personal Trainer and Corporate Health Coach will lead a workout as well as answer many of the questions members have on diet and nutrition. Following the workout, attendees will enjoy breakfast in the Sunset Grill over looking St. Thomas bay.
8:00 am – 9:30 am: How to Win at OSHA and EPA Compliance
Government regulations are a constant in any heat treating plant. OSHA and EPA are two agencies members have to constantly stay on top of the latest compliance issues. Whether it’s noise, dust, chemicals, oils or safety, its a must you have a culture of excellence in these areas. Two of MTI’s Industry Support Team for members, Rick Kaletsky and Randy Junkins, will bring you the latest keys to winning the compliance game with OSHA and EPA.
9:45 am -11:15 am: How to Turn Your Website Into a Selling Machine and Awesome Employee
Far too often business owners miss the mark on how their website and social media tools should be integrated into their marketing and customer service strategies. Websites provide customers access to information without human interaction and social media provides your customers your biggest sales tool. It’s been proven that peer referrals are not more influential than advertising. MTI’s Industry Support Team member, Jay Owen from Design Extensions, will share the keys to making your website a selling machine and awesome employee. During this session, you will also take part in a hands on workshop where Jay will show you how easy it is to use Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to enhance your website marketing.
11:15 am – Noon: MTI Spring Membership Meeting Progress Report
2014 President, Bob Hill from Solar Atmospheres of Western Pennsylvania, and committee chairs will share progress reports on projects MTI is working on in the area of technical standards, benchmarking, education/training and safety.
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm: MTI Golf Tournament (CLICK HERE TO SEE COURSE)
You definitely don’t want to miss MTI’s Scramble Golf Tournament. This tournament is for anyone of any handicap. With MTI’s set of strategic rules, it levels the playing field for any team to win. The course, designed by world-renowned architects George and Tom Fazio, was opened in 1980. The 6000 yard, Par 70 Mahogany Run Golf Course attracts thousands of visitors each year – golfers and non-golfers, celebrities, and Presidents alike – to its challenging fairways and lush greens. Carved from Blue-Bit stone, the course is nestled between the scenic hills and breathtaking shoreline of St. Thomas’ scenic North side and showcases the local charm and outright beauty of the island. Perhaps most awe-inspiring, the course includes the world famous Devil’s Triangle, a three hole stretch sure to challenge the best of players. Included in the Devil’s Triangle is the par-3 14th hole, situated 200 feet above a rocky inlet of the Atlantic Ocean and offering breathtaking views of the neighboring U.S. and British Virgin Islands – an experience not soon forgotten. Golf is $159 per person and includes tournament round, golf cart, green fees, boxed lunch, ranges balls, awards and all the fun you can have.
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Meet-Up Cocktail Reception
Night two is all about the freedom to see St. Thomas and Frenchman’s Reef. You are invited to come and enjoy an hour of cocktails as you discuss with other members where you want to venture off to around St. Thomas. CLICK HERE to see what nightlife St. Thomas has to offer.
Saturday, May 3 (SPOUSES AND GUESTS INVITED TO THESE SESSIONS)
8:00 am – 9:45 am: How to Say Anything to Anyone
Having a culture of open and honest communication is such a challenge in any aspect of life, especially in the workplace. Think about what happens in most instances… One of your direct reports is consistently inappropriately dressed for work. It’s impacting her reputation, but . . . you don’t say anything. You have a request for your boss but you don’t know how to say it, so . . . you don’t say anything. One of your colleagues doesn’t include you on communications that affect your department. You’re frustrated but don’t know what to say, so you don’t say anything. Speaking up when we are frustrated is hard and as a result, most of us don’t. Instead, we tell other people or say nothing and performance either stays the same or gets worse. You can say anything to anyone and have it be easy. You just need to lay the ground work to do so, and most of us don’t. Shari Harley, from Candid Culture, will share the keys on how you can say anything to anyone in a way to create a positive environment where positive behavioral changes happen.
10:00 am – 11:30 am: Rocky Bleier From the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers
Why do some organizations dominate and some lose? What are the ingredients of “real” success? Framed through parallels to football and Rocky Bleier’s personal journey as both a war veteran and four-time Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bleier explores both structural and emotional aspects for individuals and organizations to reach their greatest potential. Successful teams and organizations share four characteristics: leadership, people, vision & a shared belief system.
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm: Closing Night Reception, Dinner and Entertainment
After enjoying two days of educational sessions and seeing St. Thomas, enjoy dinner followed by entertainment, sharing your favorite lessons learned and memories created during the 2014 Spring Meeting.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the MTI Office at 904-249-0448 or [email protected]