2013 BMS Conference Schedule and Tips

BMS ConferencesWith the arrival of March ahead, the 2013 BMS Conference Season is now well underway. From now through October, rarely will there be a week that team members at Black Mountain Software aren’t assembling conference boxes, carefully packing their BMS logo shirts in suitcases, practicing presentations, and double checking on cookie shipments.  “Wait – cookie shipments?” you may ask…yes, we said cookies!  Our BMS staff will come armed to most of the conferences with the tastiest, most decadent macadamia nut cookies this side of the conference circuit!  Lucky conference goers will leave with these delicious treats to add to their bag of conference swag.  Well, that’s if they can resist eating them right away!

BMS Sales Associate Teresa Van Buren will be one of the Black Mountain employees armed with cookies and ready to meet and greet you at school, government, or utility conferences.  As a 3-year BMS conference veteran, she has a few tips to share about how to get the most out of a conference experience.

  • Navigate through the chaos.  Knowing that conferences are jam-packed with information and activities, determine a plan of action ahead of time.  List out the vendors you want to see and the seminars you want to attend ahead of time, so you don’t forget and miss out!
  • Schedule your time.  Make appointments with vendors for demos and other meetings ahead of time.  BMS is more than willing to schedule specific times for you to visit with our conference staff.  Because conference vendor exhibit schedules typically do not allow a lot of time for vendor visits, make time in your schedule for the vendors you want to meet with most. If the conference schedule isn’t conducive to having the in-depth discussion or demo that you’d like, contact our Sales team to make special arrangements for any of the conferences we are attending.
  • Reacquaint yourself with old friends and co-workers.  One of the best things about working the conference circuit is being given the opportunity to network and reconnect with others in your industry.  Teresa, a former school district clerk, for example, works the school conferences BMS attends because she not only knows so many of the attendees, she’s also keenly knowledgeable about the wants and needs of this particular group of peers.
  • Take advantage of being the customer.  Remember that vendors are there for you and your convenience, so make time to come and visit, and see what products are being offered.  We like to feel needed, so let us know we are of help to you by stopping by and saying hi.
  • Enjoy the swag.  Ok, so you probably have enough pens and flashlights to last a lifetime.  But occasionally you can score some really great things—like macadamia nut cookies.  If you are lucky enough to get one of these delicious treats, think of BMS as you bite into its amazingness later that night in your hotel room.

BMS has revised its conference schedule this year to accommodate some new school conferences and refine their attendance at others.  Here is a full list of conferences we will be attending, so be sure to put us on your “to do” list, and feel free to make an appointment with us by calling our Sales Team at 1-800-353-8829.

2013 BMS Conference Schedule


6/22-6/26 – FGFOA (Boca Rotan, FL)


9/18-9/20 – ICCTFOA (Boise, ID)


3/21 – MCFOA (St. Cloud, MN)


4/24 & 4/25 – MASSP Spring Conference (Bozeman, MT)5/5-5/10 – MMCT/FOA Annual Institute (Billings, MT)

6/17-6/21 – MASBO (Bozeman, MT)

9/16-9/20 – MCTA (Anaconda, MT)

8/12-8/16 – MACR  (Great Fall, MT)

9/22-9/26 – MACo Annual Conference (Helena, MT)

10/9-10/11 – MLCT – Helena, MT

10/17 – MCEL (Billings, MT)

North Dakota:

3/19-3/21 – NDLC March Madness (Bismarck, ND) ?

9/13 & 9/14 – NDLC (Bismarck, ND)


6/13 & 6/14 – WAM (Riverton, WY)

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