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LPBA Winter 2015 Meeting
Sunscape Resort
Cozumel, Mexico

We recently completed our 2015 Winter Convention at the beautiful Sunscape Resort in Cozumel, Mexico.  It was a great success, with almost 100 attendees!  The speakers were excellent and the weather was just perfect.  Many of us took advantage of the nearby coral reefs.  One of the highlights was the snorkeling trip on Friday afternoon, arranged by my better half Mary and drawing enough LPBAers to fill two big boats and one small one.  Many attendees also found time to golf, tour the Mayan ruins on the island, ride bikes, use the resort's sailboats, go scuba diving, etc. With food and drinks included, it was a bargain as well.

A successful CLE convention requires hard work and dedication from many people.  Hence, I want to take this opportunity to express my most sincere gratitude to Mark Pierce, our President-Elect and Chair of the LPBA Program Committee, for finding, scheduling, and working with our amazing panel of speakers.  For me, one of the most interesting CLE presentations was the panel of aviation lawyers from Mexico who discussed several legal issues of concern to members of the Mexican aviation community.  They also shared with us valuable information about flying from the U.S. into Mexico.

Next, I wish to thank all of the attendees — both members and their guests — for dedicating the time, energy and money required to travel out of the U.S. for a unique educational experience.  Special recognition is due to the six LPBA members who were attending their first LPBA convention:  Ronnie Dykes, Arnold Feldman, Bruce Marshall, Robert McGeorge, Brien Stockman, and Robert Van deVuurst. We hope to see you again soon!  I also want to thank members of the LPBA Executive Committee and Board of Directors for their focus on the “business end” of the LPBA.

I also need to thank our Executive Director, Karen Griggs, for all of her hard work, attention to detail, and putting up with me while I worried about logistical problems, minor details, and whether everyone was enjoying themselves.  In addition, I must thank our convention sponsors:  Slack & Davis; the Law Offices of Robert Feldman; Gilman Law Offices; Savant Capital; Hinshaw & Culbertson; Luman, Helfman & Tucker; and Weiss & Associates.  Finally, we need to thank the generous folks who made contributions to our silent auction.  Sponsorships and silent auction donations are much appreciated because they help keep our registration fees as low as possible.

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