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Register today for the 2018 Centennial LPA Annual Meeting at the Boca Raton Resort & Beach Club on November 3-6 and join the LPA in celebrating 100 years of supporting the scientific industry!

Book your room at the beautiful Boca Resort and Beach Club for $315 per night. These are two separate properties – both Waldorf Astoria properties.  The actual meeting and sleeping rooms will be at the Boca Beach Club, which is right on the beach. 
The Beach Club no longer has availability on Saturday, 11-3-18; however, the main resort does have availability at the group rate and has a shuttle for attendees. Please contact Jackie.Burleigh@waldorfastoria.com to complete your full reservation.

Along with a day and a half of professional development, education, and inspiration, LPA members may see some familiar faces at Monday night's dinner. The LPA has invited retired, semi-retired, and other VIPs to celebrate our milestone! If your company is interested in sponsoring this event, please opt-in when registering for the meeting.  

Members also have the opportunity to participate in the optional outings, which are great ways to get to know your colleagues in a relaxed setting, as well as learn more about the area the meeting is held. Guests and spouses are always welcome to attend. This year's annual golf tournament will be held on-site at the resort golf course. The optional outing on Sunday will be a Taste of Mizner Park, which will be a walking historic and foodie tour of downtown Boca Raton. At the conclusion of this meeting, relax and get some sun on an optional yacht cruise down the intracoastal waterway! This year's meeting will be one you won't want to miss!

Saturday, November 3, 2018
6:00-8:00 PM                   Informal Reception

Sunday, November 4, 2018
8:00 AM-2:00 PM             Golf Tournament (optional; on-site)

11:30 AM-2:30 PM           Taste of Mizner Park (optional; off-site)
6:00-9:00 PM                   Reception & Dinner

Monday, November 5, 2018
8:00-9:00 AM                   LPA Board Connection Breakfast
9:00 AM-10:45 PM           Vito Di Bari, Lead the Business Competition of the Future
10:45-11:00 AM               Break

11:00-11:45 AM               Kathleen Erlich, Xavier Chavez, Stephanie Choudri, How Tax Reform is Impacting Your Industry
11:45 AM-Noon                Annual Business Meeting
12:00-1:30 PM                 Networking Luncheon
1:30-2:45 PM                   Alex
Chausovsky, Winds of Change
2:45-3:00 PM                   Break
3:00-4:00 PM                   Janne Kyttanen, The Future of 3D Printing for Laboratory Science

4:30 PM                            Group Photo
6:00-10:00 PM                 Centennial Celebration Reception & Dinner

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
8:00-9:00 AM                   Open Networking Breakfast
9:00-10:00 AM                 Rob Smith and Ashley Craig
, Government Affairs Update
10:00-10:15 AM               Break
10:15-11:30 AM               Lucy Hawking, A Life Spent in Science

11:30 AM                          Meeting Adjourns
1:00-4:00 PM                    Yacht Cruise (optional; off-site)

Meeting Registration Fees 
LPA Member                      $1,895       
2nd Attendee                     $   995       
3rd or more Attendees      $   895       
Spouse/Guest                    $   350       
(Includes evening receptions and dinners.)
Non-Member                      $2,095

Optional Networking Activities (per person fees)
Sunday, November 4
Golf at Boca Resort Golf Club                   $250

8 AM-2 PM (Includes lunch & golf cart)
Golf club rentals - $81.00 plus tax and includes 6 golf balls.

Sunday, November 4
Taste of Mizner Food Tour                        $105
11 AM-2 PM
(Includes transportation, 5 hot spot restaurants and beer/cocktail at 1 or more locations.)

Tuesday, October 3

Yacht Cruise, 1-4 PM                                 $150
(Includes transportation, light meal, and open bar)

Annual Meeting Dinner Sponsorships
If your company would like to be             $1,500
a sponsor, please choose this option
at the time of registration.

(Includes being highlighted on the website and in the meeting & dinner programs)

About the Keynote Speakers
Vito Di Bari
Leading Innovation Futurist

Lead the Business Competition of the Future
In this highly informative keynote presentation, LPA members will leave with knowledge of emerging tech that will change the way their specific industry will work. Vito will provide forecasting of market evolution and success case histories, best practices, and techniques to win the business competition.

About Vito
Vito maintains a global reputation of excellence as the world's premiere futurist, innovation strategist and inspirational keynote speaker. His charming and entertaining style leaves nothing to be desired.

Vito is the only keynote speaker who has given a TEDx Talk in five world continents. He is an esteemed former professor of Project Design and Management of Innovation at both the Polytechnic University and Bocconi University in Milan. He has also served as Executive Director for the IMI Institute of UNESCO in Paris; the candidate city of Milan has chosen Vito Di Bari to be the Innovation Designer of the World Fair Expo 2015.

In 2001, Vito Di Bari secured his visions and legacy by founding Next Media Lab - a cutting edge international research laboratory, named "Milan's think tank" by Wired Magazine, where he currently serves as CEO. After moving to Miami Beach, Di Bari has founded Di Bari & Associates - a design studio is changing the world a neighborhood at the time through his cutting edge artistic iconic urban installations, using recent discoveries in various fields such as AR, sensors and 3D printing.

A recognized author on innovative theories, Di Bari has published a multitude of works including the books: Social Killer, Short Circuit, Web 2.0, The Future is Already Here (but we don’t know it yet), 2015, Weekend in the Future, Strategies for the Next Economy, The Digital Economy Encyclopedia, Key Words for the Net Economy, and Multimedia Management. In addition to his books, Di Bari is a contributing writer for various magazines including WIRED, Harvard Business Review, Panorama (Italy) and Il Sole 24 Ore (Italy). He has also appeared as a host for television’s Discovery Channel and the Italian broadcasting network Italia 1.

Alex Chausovsky
Market Researcher, Consultant, and Senior Analyst
ITR Economics

The Winds of Change
Chausovsky will provide attendees with ITR's views of what to expect from the economy this year and beyond, covering such topics as industry and consumer trends, business to business activity, tax reform, trade, inflation, interest rates and more. Attendees will also learn about a method by which their company can take advantage of their own data and the economic environment. Using rate-of-change calculations, members will find out how to identify where they are in the business cycle and which key leading indicators should inform their business strategy to help them to make the right decisions at the right time.

Walk away from this session with:
*           A clear vision for the economic future in 2019 and beyond
*           Understanding the impact of government policy on the economy
*           Inflation, Interest Rate, and Profitability expectations 

About Alex
Alex Chausovsky is an accomplished speaker and consultant at ITR Economics. He is a highly experienced market researcher and analyst with more than a decade of expertise in subjects that include macroeconomics, industrial manufacturing, automation, and advanced technology trends. He has consulted and advised companies throughout the U.S., Europe, Brazil, China and Japan for the last fifteen years and has been featured on NPR, the BBC, and in the Wall Street Journal.

Lucy Hawking  
Science Writer and Educator

A Life Spent in Science

About Lucy 
Lucy Hawking uses story-telling to help audiences understand and engage with science.
Lucy is the creator of the George Greenby books, a series of adventure stories which use dramatic story-telling to explain complex science to young audiences. Lucy has collaborated with several distinguished scientists on the George Greenby series, including her well-known father, the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. Translated into 40 different languages the books have each met with rave reviews. Lucy is currently working with Canadian animation studio DHX media to develop the series into an animated television series. 

Additional Speakers Include:

How Tax Reform is Impacting Your Industry - presented by CFGI

Kathleen Erlich                   Xavier Chavez              Stephanie Choudri

Director of R&D Tax Credits    Senior Manager               Senior Manager

About Kathleen
Kathleen is a Director at CFGI in their National Tax Office serving as a subject matter expert (“SME”) in R&D credits and tax incentives. She has been specializing in R&D tax credit studies for the last fourteen years. She has played major roles in preparing and sustaining R&E credits through IRS audits, including participating in MITRE interviews, preparing IDRs, drafting NOPAs, and assisting in the appeals process.

Kathleen had 10 years’ experience as a tax professional preparing tax returns at a local firm prior to her work at PwC. She spent 12 years at PwC working in the R&D practice in both Boston and New York City. She has been actively involved in teaching National Learning and Education classes on the R&D tax credit as well as other corporate tax issues, such as corporate structuring. She continues mentoring others through teaching opportunities and on-the-job experience. Teaching and presenting are two of her passions.

Kathleen is also an Enrolled Agent (EA), which is a federally-authorized tax practitioner who has technical expertise in the field of taxation and who is empowered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before all administrative levels of the Internal Revenue Service for audits, collections, and appeals.

About Xavier
Xavier is a Senior Manager with CFGI, providing accounting and consulting services in a variety of industries. Mr. Sanchez was a part of the integration efforts for one of CFGI's large laboratory service client's acquisition. Mr. Sanchez led the opening balance sheet review procedures at the main US location of the acquired company. His responsibilities also included helping the acquired company adjust their revenue recognition procedures to align with the parent company. 

About Stephanie
Stephanie is a Senior Manager with CFGI's New York office providing accounting, consulting, financial planning, and analysis and interim management services to clients in a variety of industries. Her technical accounting experience includes writing technical accounting white papers on business combinations, debt and equity instruments, and shared-based compensation. 


Janne Kyttanen
Expert and Pioneer in the Field of 3D Printing

The Future of 3D Printing for Laboratory Science

About Janne
Kyttanen was born in Hameenlinna, Finland. He commenced his design studies at the Escola De Disseny, Elisave in Barcelona in 1996, before moving to the Netherlands and graduating from The Gerrit Rietveld Academy in the year 2000. During his studies, Kyttanen envisioned a future in which products would be scaled down into digital files, their distribution becoming as simple as downloading music from the internet. Kyttanen imagined a future in which only tactile products would be real, and everything else would become augmented reality. His vision was so clear that he decided to focus solely on creating products using digital technologies.

Janne has been pioneering the 3D printing world for 2 decades with his revolutionary work in 3D printing design as well as creating forward thinking solutions to maximize the growth of the 3D industry across a variety of businesses. 
His designs have been featured in TIME Magazine’s ‘Design 100’, the people and ideas behind the world’s most influential design. And his work has been extensively exhibited and integrated into permanent design collections at leading galleries and museums around the world including MOMA, FIT, MAD and the Vitra Design Museum.

In 2016, Janne co-founded ‘What the Future Venture Capital’ (WTFVC). A different type of VC focused on designing startups at the speed of designing new products. The founders of WTFVC see infinite potential at the crossroads of nanotechnology, 3D printing, biotech, virtual reality, and machine learning. They believe that the magic is in the middle of these crossroads.

Legislative Update

Rob L. Smith               Ashley Craig
Venable LLC                     Venable LLC


About Rob

Robert L. Smith is a Senior Legislative Advisor and Co-Chair of Venable LLP’s Legislative Group. (Venable LLP is a full-service national law firm with over 600 attorneys in offices across the country and is ranked annually by The American Lawyer as one of the nation's top 100 law firms. They have a Legislative Practice Group headquartered in Washington, D.C.) It is also the LPA Government/Regulatory Affairs Firm.

Using bipartisan relationships on Capitol Hill, Rob has led many successful legislative coalition efforts on behalf of his clients. He previously served as legislative director for Congressman Wes Watkins (R-OK), focusing on trade and tax issues, and as legislative aide to Congressman Joel Hefley (R-CO), where he worked on defense procurement and military construction issues.  Rob will discuss the new relationship between the LPA and Venable and provide a legislative and regulatory update on key issues.

About Ashley
Ashley Craig co-chairs Venable’s International Trade Group and maintains a diverse practice advising on a host of domestic and international regulatory compliance concerns. Ashley is regularly ranked by Chambers for his subject matter expertise in the area of global commerce. He counsels both U.S. and non-U.S. companies on transactional matters, cross-border legal/regulatory and policy concerns, concentrating on export controls, economic sanctions, technology transfers, Customs compliance, and transport (all modes) regulation. Ashley regularly appears on behalf of clients before Executive Branch agencies and congressional committees with oversight of global commercial matters, foreign investment, transport/logistics and economic regulation.

Ashley's practice touches on all matters of corporate governance and related compliance significance, ranging from trade sanctions and export controls to anti-bribery and corruption standards. He approaches corporate compliance with a practical attitude, recognizing the need to understand business priorities, while ensuring legal and regulatory compliance efforts are not overlooked. 

About the Hotel
Boca Raton Beach Club and Resort
900 S Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL  33432

Tel: 561-447-3000
Check in: 4PM
Check out: 11PM
Hotel deadline: September 18

*A 1 night deposit will be charged to your credit card when your room is booked.
The Beach Club no longer has availability on Saturday, 11-3-18; however, the main resort does have availability at the group rate and has a shuttle for attendees. Please contact Jackie.Burleigh@waldorfastoria.com to complete your full reservation.

The Beach Club has 200 rooms and the LPA will be occupying the majority of them.  We will be the only group having at meeting at that time and have secured a rate of $315 per night. The Centennial Celebration dinner on Monday evening will be held 1/3 of a mile away at the Boca Resort in the iconic Cathedral Ballroom. This is a ballroom in which at least a dozen SAMA formal dinners have been held over the decades. Golf is located at the main resort.

Boca Beach Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, is an oceanfront haven in a luxuriously modern oasis inspired by the Mediterranean and set on a private peninsula in Boca Raton, FL. Guests may enjoy all amenities and activities at both the Beach Club and The Boca Raton Resort & Club. Enjoy lavish and sun-filled guest rooms, the world's top-rated spa, 11 restaurants and lounges, seven swimming pools, two acclaimed golf courses and endless recreation. Welcome to a truly peaceful retreat. Don't delay, book today!
About the Optional Events

About the Annual Golf Tournament at the Boca Raton Resort & Club Course

Sunday, November 4, 8 AM-2 PM
Boca Raton Golf Club
Tel: (561) 447-3077
Website: Boca Raton Resort Golf Course

The Resort Course is synonymous with golf at its best. This stunning par-71 course plays 6,253 yards from the back tees and features a range of elevation changes and 12 acres of water including the signature water feature designed by Hugh Hughes. This golden age course is dedicated to Tommy Armour and Sam Snead who both served as golf professionals at the Resort.

Golf club rentals can be obtained by calling the Pro Shop ahead of time at (561) 447-3077 and reserving a set. (Please indicate you are with the LPA to receive your 10% discount; rentals are $81.)
About the Savor Downtown Boca - Taste of Mizner Park Foodie Tour

Sunday, November 4, 11 AM-2 PM 

Join us for an Epicurean Adventure, a Moveable Feast, if you will, in Downtown Boca on a customized 3 hour historical walking foodie tour that is sure to give participants a true “taste” of what Boca has to offer from a culinary perspective. Professionally trained and friendly guides will introduce attendees to local cuisine with globally inspired flavors. Guests will interact with the owners, managers or chefs from each establishment and will learn fun historical facts about Boca’s past and present and the guides will even share some local insider’s tips along the way.

Includes: Visiting & sampling signature bites from 5 local businesses, including restaurants & gourmet specialty shops; getting to know the neighborhood as your guide shares fun facts about Boca Raton’s rich history; uncover local artisanal delights and sights you simply won’t find on your own. Here is a sampling of some of the signature bites on our tours: Nashville Hot Chicken with Sweet Potato Pancakes, Crispy Rice CA Roll, Bucatini Pasta, Beer or wine tasting, Lamb Meatball, Zucchini Chips, Signature Cocktail, and Dessert Tower!

About the Yacht Excursion
Tuesday, November 6, 1-4 PM

Following the general session, LPA Members are encouraged to unwind during a luxurious yacht excursion down the intracoastal waterway! Beer & wine and a light lunch will also be included. Transportation to and from the dock is also included.
Special thanks to our Centennial Annual Meeting Dinner sponsors!
Click below to learn more about our dinner sponsors!
Analytik Jena US
Corning, Inc., Life Sciences

Eppendorf NA
Heidolph North America
Integrated Liner Technologies, Inc.

Labconco Corporation

NuAire, Inc.
Quartzy, Inc.

Sheldon Manufacturing, Inc.
Thermo Fisher Scientific
VWR International


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