Chicago? Las Vegas? Helix is coming for you!


Chris Flores, Helix Program Director, ARC

I’ll admit it. I love Helix. And what’s not to love? This program has everything your agency needs to stay on top. Name your supplier wish list. Helix has it. Great discounts on business tools your agency uses every day? Check. Priority access to educational webinars, industry events and symposiums? Helix definitely has you covered there.

In fact, I’ve already started packing my bag for the Windy City, where the second Helix Regional Symposium will take place on Sept. 23. This one-day symposium takes a deep dive into the Helix program, and features an agenda overflowing with industry best practices, supplier engagements, guest speakers, motivational presentations, and much more. Like I said, I love Helix. And that’s why I’m so excited that we are able to bring the program to you through this symposium series. Not only are these symposiums great networking opportunities and a ton of fun, they are important investments in your agency’s future. To stay on top, it’s critical to always keep learning. Pssst…these events are a perfect example of the exclusive education and training opportunities available through Helix.

Our inaugural symposium in Philadelphia in July was a huge success. There were so many highlights from the day, but one smash hit was definitely the supplier “speed dating” roundabout. Attendees had the chance to sit with each of our preferred suppliers, getting to know them in an intimate setting and introducing new products into their portfolios. Several attendees mentioned that they appreciated such candid discussion with the supplier representatives. The high level of engagement and enthusiasm had everyone – attendees and suppliers – walking away very pleased.

The Chicago symposium, sponsored by the iconic Globus family of brands, is not to be missed! The supplier roundabout will be part of the agenda in Chicago as well…along with much, much more. Stuart Cohen, MCC, will be leading workshops on specialties and group sales, and you’ll get the latest from industry guru Joanie Ogg, CTC, MCC on how valuable data is to your agency. Of course, you’ll walk away knowing all the ins and outs of Helix, and how the program will help your agency evolve – and believe me, it will! And on top of everything else, Starwood is offering an incredible $69 travel professional rate for symposium attendees at The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, the premier hotel and conference facility in Chicago’s western suburbs. Yes, an unbelievable $69! If you’re in the Chicago area (or nearby), you will not want to miss the Chicago symposium. You would have to search far and wide – and probably attend a 3-4 day tradeshow – to get the amount and quality of content that is crammed into this one-day symposium.

OK, so you can’t make the Chicago symposium…

You’re in luck – hopefully a lot of luck – because the Las Vegas symposium is hot on Chicago’s heels! We’ll be taking Helix to Sin City Oct. 9-11. We simply had to add an extra day to this symposium, sponsored by Carnival Cruise Lines®. We didn’t think anyone would mind, especially since we’re presenting the opportunity to participate in a post-symposium fam trip to three incredible Las Vegas properties. Are your clients tired of the same old Vegas hotels? This is your chance to discover some fun new options, including our host property, the gorgeous M Resort Spa Casino! Avalon Waterways will also be offering an accelerated Avalon Waterways Specialist training program, allowing participants to earn 10 CLIA credits and CEUs. The Las Vegas agenda will also include the same great content as the other symposiums, including the supplier roundabout, networking opportunities, and industry best practices. We’re excited to welcome back Nolan Burris, our keynote speaker from Philadelphia, as he presents two valuable interactive workshops on social media and building a service fee model for your agency. And one more thing…ARC MarketPlace will be giving attendees tickets to see Legends in Concert at Harrah’s Las Vegas. I can’t wait!

There are a million reasons why I’m excited about these symposiums. I’m excited to meet all of you, I’m excited to introduce you to our fantastic suppliers, I’m excited to learn from some of the greatest minds in our industry, and – most of all – I’m excited to spread the word about the Helix program. I believe in its ability to boost your agency to the next level. I believe in its ability to thrill your clients. I believe in its ability skyrocket your profitability. I believe in Helix…I love Helix! I hope you will sign up for a symposium near you. I know you’ll be a believer too.

To learn more about the Chicago symposium, click here. And to learn more about the Las Vegas symposium, click here.