2024 National Conference on Guardianship

October 19 – 22, 2024
Long Beach, CA
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Welcome to the National Guardianship Association’s 2024 National Conference on Guardianship. As you’ve come to expect from NGA, this year’s program features outstanding presentations that will appeal to professional and family guardians, public and private guardians, and participants at every level of experience.

Please note that the Guardianship/Conservatorship National Investigator Training Program will not be offered in Long Beach due to space constraints. NGA expects to offer it again in 2025.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19
4:00pm – 5:30pm State Affiliates Meeting
5:30pm – 6:30pm Welcome Reception
Greet old friends and make new connections as participants gather to kick off this year’s event!
   
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20
7:00am – 5:30pm Registration Area Open
7:00am – 7:45am New Member Breakfast
7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast
8:05am – 8:15am Welcome and Opening Remarks – Lisa Wawrzonek, 2024 Conference Chair
8:15am – 9:45am

Navigating Communications Across Generations
Mike Muetzel | Mx Management Solutions

Generation X: Did you know that texting “OK” to a millennial is rude? Millennials: Did you know that Boomers crave
workplace goals and structure? Members of each generation bring different expectations to their interactions. Communication
issues and barriers between generations can arise due to differences in communication styles, values, technology
use, and cultural norms. When people of different generations are your clients or colleagues, finding understanding and
common ground can build trust and improve communication. Learn how to identify and address key factors to reduce the
communication silos contributing to these issues and discover techniques to meet evolving generational communication
dynamics.

9:45am – 10:15am Break with Exhibitors
10:15am – 11:30am Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Training Your Team to Recognize the Rights of Vulnerable Adults
Brenda Stalzer Marchant, LMSW, CPM
Mary J. Buskey
Victoria Deas, MA, AAS, MSW, APM

SC Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem Program

Discover the South Carolina Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem’s volunteer training program, which teaches participants to actively listen to vulnerable adults, recognize what decisions adults can make on their own, and advocate for the adult’s wishes through a lens of equity. Find out what we’ve learned, and how you can apply these methods to your program.

This presentation will be offered again on Monday at 3:15 pm

Hot Topics in Ethics: A View from the Trenches
Frank R. Acuña, Esq.
Tracy Regli, Esq.
Acuña Regli

Tracy Regli and Frank Acuña have built their law firm around the needs of the professional guardianship community. In doing so, they have advised their clients through a wide variety of ethical dilemmas. This course will review the “hot topics” in professional guardianship, including scope of representation (and staying in your own lane!), conflicts of interest, and more!

Starting & Growing Your Guardianship Program: A Colorado Case Study
Elizabeth Moran, JD | The Arc of Colorado
Wilfred Romero | The Arc Pikes Peak Region

Join The Arc of Colorado and Pikes Peak Region to explore a thriving guardianship program case study. Participants will explore the daunting process of starting and growing a guardianship practice, including tips, tricks, and best practices to maximize success!

Intergenerational Communication: Continue the Conversation
Mike Muetzel | Mx Management Solutions

Our keynote speaker has graciously agreed to host an extended question and answer session as a breakout session. If you have questions from the keynote presentation, or want to learn more about inter-generational communication, plan to attend this conversation!

This session is not eligible for continuing education credit because there will be no formal presentation.

11:30am – 12:45pm Networking Lunch and Dessert with Exhibitors
12:45pm – 2:00pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Let’s Build a Supported Decision-Making Tool Kit Together!
Bertha Sanchez Hayden, Esq. | Bet Tzedek Legal Services
Lisa Nerenberg, MSW, MPH | California Elder Justice Coalition
Lori Mars, JD, LLM | National Center on Elder Abuse
Bonnie J. Olsen, PhD | University of Southern California

This session will focus on building a model supported decision-making tool kit that can be customized for use in attendees’ own practices and across jurisdictions. Presenters will walk through a SDM tool kit created for use in California (adopted SDM 2023). The session will include interactive peer discussion on components of effective SDM.

Compassion Fatigue
Karla Scott | State of Nevada, Supreme Court

Explore the intricacies of compassion fatigue. Learn to recognize the early signs of compassion fatigue (in yourself and in your colleagues), and learn to navigate and sustain professional engagement amidst the challenges of empathetic professions. Gain insights and tools to stay engaged, and to sustain a resilient and compassionate professional journey.

In Too Deep: When to Involve the Court for Ethically/Medically Complex Guardianships
Alethia J. Battles, Esq.
University of Michigan – Michigan Medicine

Questions about treatment, medical interventions, hospice, and end of life are often very complex. These cases become even more complex when the person has a guardian, or when a close family member’s livelihood is intertwined as guardian.

Maximizing Long Term Care Insurance
Jean Llamas, MSN , RN, CCM, NCG
Care Navigators, Inc.

Long term care insurance is a robust benefit with many hidden gems. During this interactive presentation, we will explain how to: open a claim, appeal a decision, learn what (DME, handicap access, clinicians, etc.) is covered under the various plans, maximize the elimination period, and save money in the process.

2:00pm – 2:30pm Break with Exhibitors
2:30pm – 3:45pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Ethics Jeopardy!
Frank R. Acuña, Esq. | Acuña v Regli
Tracy Regli, Esq. | Acuña v Regli

Presenting ethics in a fast moving, fun, and informative format! Content is taken from various state and federal laws, codes of ethics, and reported cases throughout the United States. Cues and responses will be given, then a short explanation of the ethical issue raised and its resolution, including the source.

Medical Or Mental Health: Getting Help for Dual Diagnosis Complex Clients
Joyce McHugh, LSW, MSW, BSW | Advocate Care Services

Clients with mental health and medical issues such as dementia can present challenges when seeking treatment or residential placement. This session will include case presentations, discussion, and strategies for choosing the primary diagnosis to pursue treatment and placement. Considerations will include Medicaid, types of treatment, and the ethics of choosing a primary diagnosis.

Working with a Client’s Difficult Family
Stephanie M. Parker, M.Ed, NCG
Paramount Guardianship Services

Exploring effective collaboration with clients and challenging family dynamics, this presentation delves into strategies for fostering communication and achieving common goals. Navigate complexities and build successful partnerships in the face of familial challenges.

Breaking Barriers: Inclusive Communication for People with Disabilities in Court
Elizabeth Moran, JD | The Arc of Colorado

Clear and accessible communication is fundamental to ensure that everyone can fully participate and engage in meaningful ways in court processes. People with disabilities are no exception, and have a right to effective communication. Join this interactive and insightful session about the diverse ways people with disabilities communicate and learn effective strategies to mitigate communication challenges.

This presentation will be offered again on Monday at 1:30 pm

3:45pm – 4:15pm Break with Exhibitors
4:15pm – 5:30pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions

When it is Time to Let Go: How to Make a Decision When a Decision Needs to be Made
James Alaniz | The Good Shepherd Fund

Gain insight in how basic knowledge of physiology and medical terminology can help you determine end-of-life decisions. Learn what questions to ask and when. Tread the fine line between anxious families and the medical team, or when you are all alone in the decision-making process.

Guardianship Reform Efforts in Pennsylvania
Keith Hinkel, Jr. | PA Office of Elder Justice in the Courts
Hon. Lois E. Murphy | Montgomery County PA Court of Common Pleas, Orphans’ Court
Hon. Sheila Woods-Skipper | First Judicial District: Advisory
Council on Elder Justice
Amy Whitworth | PA Office of Elder Justice in the Courts

Legislation and grant-funded projects have helped Pennsylvania improve its guardianship system and access to due process, and promote the use of alternatives to guardianship. Learn about the partnerships, collaboration, and educational efforts that were involved in enacting statewide change to protect vulnerable older adults.

From Rescuing Cats to Withdrawal of Life Support: Three Diverse Program Perspectives on a Week in the Life of a Public Guardian
Charles P. Golbert, Esq. | Cook County Public Guardian
Jennifer Donovan, JD | Iowa Dept. of Health & Human Services
Beth Russo, JD, MPH, NCG | AARP

Public guardians perform tasks ranging from rehabbing hoarded, bedbug infested homes to evaluating major surgery; from locating assets to caring for beloved pets to working with non-appointed family. Hear from public guardians about their experiences and lessons learned.

An Exploration of Modern Scams Affecting Vulnerable Populations
LD Herrera | Dakota State University

This riveting lecture pulls back the curtain on how modern tech gives fraudsters an open season on vulnerable populations. Participants will leave informed, empowered, and impassioned to shield susceptibilities, undo damages, and shut down these 21st-century swindlers for good!

This presentation will be offered again on Monday at 3:15 pm

5:30pm – 7:30pm Reception with Exhibitors and Live Auction
Spend a fun evening with your fellow participants, visit with exhibitors who are available to answer your questions about
their products and services, and enjoy some great food! A highlight of this event is the live auction of donated items; the
proceeds benefit scholarships for public and family guardians.
   
MONDAY, OCTOBER 21
7:45am – 5:00pm Registration Area Open
7:45am – 8:40am Breakfast
8:30am – 8:350am Daily Opening Remarks
Lisa Wawrzonek, 2024 Conference Chair
8:45am – 10:00am Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Assessing and Maximizing Decision-Making Capacities
Nisa C. Subasanghe, Esq. | Maryland Judiciary
Hon. Patrick L. Woodward | Appellate Court of MD (Ret.)
Elizabeth Moran, JD | The Arc of Colorado
Karen Boxx, JD | University of Washington School of Law

Guardianship requires an ongoing analysis of a person’s legal decision-making capacities. This session will provide a framework for non-clinicians to assess a person’s capacities, highlight decision-making and effective communication supports that maximize decision-making and meaningful engagement in communicating their will and preference, and offer practical tips for promoting a client’s self-determination.

This presentation will be offered again on Monday at 10:30 am

Identifying Risk: Staying Safe When Your Client is Unpredictable
Joyce McHugh, LSW, MSW, BSW | Advocate Care Services

Unpredictable clients can create safety concerns for guardians and professionals. This session will focus on identifying safety risks while meeting your obligations. We will explore how to assess risk and maximize safety, as well as the ethical considerations of the client relationship.

This presentation will be offered again on Monday at 1:30 pm

How Can Guardians Support Quality of Life? An Exploration of Evidence Based Practice
Kari Rogenksi, LMFT
The Hummingbird Project by Sage Eldercare Solutions

Join this inspiring presentation on supporting your client’s quality of life! Learn about seven holistic quality-of-life domains and how to connect with clients from a strength-based perspective. Leave inspired and with resources to use in your practice.

What to Do if Your Client has Foreign Assets
Adrian Mundell | Ashtons Legal LLP

It is becoming more common to find that a client has assets abroad, and this presentation will explain what steps need to be taken to make dealing with these easier.

10:00am – 10:30am Break with Exhibitors
10:30am – 11:45pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions

The Court’s View on the Perfect Accounting
Judge Roger Lund | Superior Court of CA, County of Ventura
Kelly Murphy Berlingeri, Esq. | CA Superior Court, County of Ventura
Paul Bartschi | Merrill – The Special Needs Team

Not really sure where to start a court accounting? The panel will cover concepts used to prepare a fiduciary court accounting, including examples. The session also will include common issues, judges’ notes, and strategies to reduce the costs of an accounting with an actively managed portfolio.

All About Care: What Guardians Need to Know About the Health-Care Decisions Act
Haley Tanzman, Esq. | Uniform Law Commission
Beth Russo, JD, MPH, NCG | AARP
Erica C. R. Costello, JD, MA, NCG | ABA Comm. on Law & Aging

Health care decisions, no matter how small, are an integral part of a guardian’s responsibilities. The revised UHCDA assists individuals in creating plans for their short and long-term health-care needs, thus postponing the need for guardianship and court involvement.

Assessing and Maximizing Decision-Making Capacities
Nisa C. Subasanghe, Esq. | Maryland Judiciary
Hon. Patrick L. Woodward | Appellate Court of MD (Ret.)
Elizabeth Moran, JD | The Arc of Colorado
Karen Boxx, JD | University of Washington School of Law

Guardianship requires an ongoing analysis of a person’s legal decision-making capacities. This session will provide a framework for non-clinicians to assess a person’s capacities, highlight decision-making and effective communication supports that maximize decision-making and meaningful engagement in communicating their will and preference, and offer practical tips for promoting a client’s self-determination.

Encore Presentation

CGC Certifications and Certificate Programs: Why it is Important and How to Participate
Denise Calabrese, CAE | Center for Guardianship Certification
Kristina Yann | Center for Guardianship Certification

The Center for Guardianship Certification (CGC) provides two certifications (NCG and NMG) and two certificate programs (finance and SNT). This presentation will provide an overview of each including qualifications, requirements, and tips on how to successfully pass the exams. Time will be allotted for questions from participants.

11:45pm – 1:15pm Lunch and Annual Meeting
1:15pm – 1:30pm Break with Exhibitors
1:30pm – 2:45pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Breaking Barriers: Inclusive Communication for People with Disabilities in Court
Elizabeth Moran, JD | The Arc of Colorado

Clear and accessible communication is fundamental to ensure that everyone can fully participate and engage in meaningful ways in court processes. People with disabilities are no exception, and have a right to effective communication. Join this interactive and insightful session about the diverse ways people with disabilities communicate and learn effective strategies to mitigate communication challenges.

Encore Presentation

Financial Exploitation
Michael Hagenlock, MSW, LCSW, LAC
National Adult Protective Services Association

Learn the necessary and essential components for identifying financial exploitation and ways to protect the client. Recognize the indicators of financial exploitation, understand decision-making capacity and undue influence as they are related to financial exploitation, and learn what your role is as guardian or conservator.

Working with Naysayers: How to Overcome Family Objections
Ronna Caras | The Center for Guardianship Excellence
Heather Connors, PhD, NCG | The Center for Guardianship Excellence

Harsh words, strong criticisms, and arguments are among the most difficult aspects of working with clients whose families disagree with a guardian’s actions. In this interactive presentation, Dr. Heather Connors and Ronna Caras will share a fresh approach to overcoming family objections.

Identifying Risk: Staying Safe When Your Client is Unpredictable
Joyce McHugh, LSW, MSW, BSW | Advocate Care Services

Unpredictable clients can create safety concerns for guardians and professionals. This session will focus on identifying safety risks while meeting your obligations. We will explore how to assess risk and maximize safety, as well as the ethical considerations of the client relationship.

Encore Presentation

2:45pm – 3:15pm Break with Exhibitors
3:15pm – 4:30pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions

An Exploration of Modern Scams Affecting Vulnerable Populations
LD Herrera | Dakota State University

This riveting lecture pulls back the curtain on how modern tech gives fraudsters an open season on vulnerable populations. Participants will leave informed, empowered, and impassioned to shield susceptibilities, undo damages, and shut down these 21st-century swindlers for good!

Encore Presentation

Granny or Grandpa-Napping Cases: How to Navigate Laws and Jurisdiction when Your Client is Removed from the State or Country
Susie Germany, Esq. | The Germany Law Firm, PC
Stephanie L. Brennan, Esq. | Strickler Brennan Catlin, LLC

Differing laws between states and countries can present unique challenges when a client is illegally removed from the area. Coordination between courts, law enforcement, TSA, and the state department is essential. Presenting practical tips and steps to take when this occurs.

Training Your Team to Recognize the Rights of Vulnerable Adults
Brenda Stalzer Marchant, LMSW, CPM
Mary J. Buskey
Victoria Deas, MA, AAS, MSW, APM
SC Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem Program

Discover the South Carolina Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem’s volunteer training program, which teaches participants to actively listen to vulnerable adults, recognize what decisions adults can make on their own, and advocate for the adult’s wishes through a lens of equity. Find out what we’ve learned, and how you can apply these methods to your program.

Encore Presentation

What Guardians Should Know About Chinese Culture When Dealing with Chinese Clients and Their Families
Ted Ong | Prudent Investors Network
Jared Ong | Prudent Investors Network

Cultural competence is vital in working with clients of culture. Ted Ong, along with his son Jared, will share personal immigrant cultural experiences from family, living overseas, and studying anthropology. Differences between Chinese immigrants, family member roles, language, death, burial, views of medicine and disabilities, latch key kids, and real estate will be discussed.

Open Evening to Explore Long Beach
   
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22
7:00am – 11:30am Registration Area Open
7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast
8:00am – 8:15am Daily RemarksLisa Wawrzonek, 2024 Conference Chair
8:15am – 9:45am
  • Ethical and Legal Considerations When Dealing with Persons Subject to Guardianship From Marginalized Populations
  • Patricia M. Galindo, Esq. | New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts
    Mary Galvez, MA, CMC, NMG, CSA | Guardianship & Care Management Services LLC
    Alice Liu McCoy | New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Council
  • Hon. Lee A. Kirksey | Fifth Judicial District Court and WINGS

Marginalized populations experience discrimination and exclusion because of unequal power relationships across economic, social and cultural dimensions. This session will present three different case scenarios and the ethical and legal challenges associated with each scenario from differing panelists’ perspectives.

9:45am – 10:00am Break
10:00am – 11:30am
  • Guardianships & Healthcare (It’s Complicated)
  • Nisa C. Subasanghe, Esq. | Maryland Judiciary
    Erica C. R. Costello, JD, NCG | ABA Commission on Law and Aging
    Greg Sesek | Maryland Department of Human Services
    Hon. Patrick L. Woodward | Appellate Court of Maryland (Ret.)

This session will examine guardianships that originate from healthcare settings. Panelists will highlight findings and lessons learned from a study of the “healthcare-to-guardianship pipeline” in Maryland and outline approaches for diverting people away from guardianship to less restrictive options.

11:30am Final Remarks, Conference Concludes

These conference intensives are not included in the conference fee. Additional registration fees apply to attend these programs.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19
7:00am – 5:00pm  Registration Area Open
8:15am – 11:30am 

Medical Decision-Making: What You Need to Know and What You Need to Ask to Make the Right Choice

James Alaniz | The Good Shepherd Fund
Jon Christianson, LSW, NCG | The Good Shepherd Fund

Not every decision is an easy one. We often find ourselves having to make decisions for our clients based on information that we do not understand, or without knowing what the client would have wanted. In addition, there are often mitigating circumstances such as family dynamics, medical team suggestions, and more.

Having a basic knowledge of medical terminology and physiology can go a long way in helping you to not only assess your client physically, but also to know what questions to ask the medical team when a decision must be made. Knowing what to ask and when to ask it can be the key to ensuring what is being done is in the best interest of your client, even if it means letting them go.

   
8:15am – 11:30pm
12:45pm – 4:00pm
  • Legal and Legislative Review, Part 1
  • Legal and Legislative Review, Part 2
  • Amy Willoughby Bryant, JD, NCG | Office of Conservatorship Management
  • Erica C. R. Costello, JD, NCG | ABA Commission on Law and Aging
  • Sally Balch Hurme, JD | Sally Balch Hurme LLC
  • Gregory W. MacKenzie, JD | Hurley Toevs Styles Hamblin & Panter, PA
  • Elizabeth Moran, JD | The Arc of Colorado
  • Ira Salzman, JD | Retired

A panel of legal guardianship experts will summarize the major reported court decisions and legislation in the United States during the past year that concern guardianship issues relevant to both professional and family guardians and the attorneys who represent them.

   
12:45pm – 4:00pm
  • Guardianship From the Beginning
  • Heather Connors, PhD, NCG | The Center for Guardianship Excellence
  • Ronna Caras | The Center for Guardianship Excellence

The hurdles and challenges faced by guardians can never be underestimated. In this exciting new workshop, participants get a close-up look at how four great guardians apply the complex NGA Standards for wildly different clients. Can you advise these guardians on what to do next?

It’s a test of knowledge for experienced guardians and a rapid upskilling for newbies. Do you know the terms, strategies and procedures used by the best of the best in our industry? What should you add to your client work that will save time and improve results?

Designed around the new Fundamentals of Guardianship book (2023) and the NGA’s updated Standards of Practice (2022), this learning experience comes with fresh tools of the trade and memorable approaches to everyday work. It is Lesson 1 in an upcoming series NGA will be rolling out in 2025.

Participants will leave energized, inspired, and informed. Printed workshop materials, job aids and infographics support on-the-job use of what you learned at the conference.

2024 Conference Registration

Hyatt Regency Long Beach
200 South Pine Avenue | Long Beach, CA

Hotel Website | Book Online

Located on a premier waterfront spot in the heart of downtown, Hyatt Regency Long Beach is the only 4 Diamond Award–winning Long Beach, California hotel with all 531 rooms and suites offering ocean or harbor views. With a combination of style, sophistication, and comfort, you will have a memorable and enjoyable experience.

For reservations, visit the reservation website
or

Call the hotel’s reservations line at 562-491-1234.
You must provide code MQYH to obtain the group rate.
It is important that you indicate any special rooming needs or arrangements at the time of this call.

Group Room Rate (rate does not include taxes)
$199.00 per night | Single or Double Occupancy

This hotel charges a $28 per night destination fee that includes additional amenities and discounts. The program is optional for guests booking in NGA’s block. Guests who want these inclusions may opt in to the destination fee package, otherwise the fee will not be charged and the amenities/discounts will not be offered.

NGA cannot guarantee room availability. The discounted group rate concludes on Friday, September 27. Rooms will be available at the discounted rate until that date, or until the block is filled, whichever comes first. Please be aware that the NGA room block usually fills well before the deadline. At that point, you are competing with other guests for rooms. Requests for reservations after September 27 will be accepted by the hotel on a space and rate availability basis. For those making reservations prior to the deadline, rooms may also be available at the group rate on the three days prior to and the three days after the actual conference to accommodate vacation planning.

NGA’s conference is approved for guardianship continuing education credits by the Center for Guardianship Certification (CGC) and any state that accepts CGC’s approval. 

  • The main program holds a potential of 14.50 credit hours.
  • A full day of conference intensives adds another potential 6.0 hours.

Due to accrediting body approval processes, the specific number and type of credits accepted will not be defined until October. Keep in mind that not all hours will be deemed acceptable for all types of credit. Questions about continuing education credits can be sent to Kelly Dolan at education@guardianship.org or by calling NGA at 877-326-5992, ext. 2. 

Proof of Attendance 

NGA moderators and presenters will announce three codes during each session: one at the beginning of the session, another in the middle, and another near the end of the session. Codes MUST be submitted online to receive proof of attendance; should you miss one of the codes, you may record the time you entered or exited the room. Moderators, staff, and other attendees are unable to repeat these codes, as this is a requirement to verify attendance for continuing education credit; falsifying information can result in loss of education hours for all attendees. NGA strongly advises that all attendees submit attendance verification forms to document your participation should you need record of it in the future. 

Encore Presentations 

Some presentations are offered twice at this conference in an effort to allow as much choice as possible. Attendees who choose to attend both presentations of a session will only receive credit for one.  

Verified Certificate of Attendance 

The conference registration includes a verified certificate for every attendee who submits the proof of attendance codes online. This certificate can be submitted as proof of attendance to areas of education where NGA did not seek pre-approval. 

State-Specific Guardianship Credits 

NGA applies to CE Broker (Florida Public Guardian Office) and Professional Guardian Certification Board of Washington State. Certificate fees apply to receive Guardianship CEUs for Florida and Washington. 

Continuing Legal Education Credits 

NGA applies to offer Continuing Legal Education credit in California. Certificate fees apply to receive a legal certificate. Individuals outside of California seeking legal credits should contact their state boards prior to the conference to see if their state accepts California approval prior to purchase of the legal certificate. 

Social Work Certification 

NGA applies for credits with NASW. Verify that your state accepts the NASW approval. Certificate fees apply to receive a social work certificate.

Issuing of Certificates 

To issue your certificate in a timely manner, NGA must receive your attendance code verification form promptly. Individuals submitting verification codes on or before October 29 will receive certificates by December 9. If proof of attendance code submissions are received after October 29, a late fee of $25 will be charged and certificates will be available after December 9. Certificates can be downloaded online.

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Sponsorships

From a diamond sponsorship of $10,000 to a general sponsorship of $500, NGA offers opportunities to fit the needs and budget of any business. Sponsorship opportunities are made available on a first-come, first-served basis through submission of NGA’s official sponsor and exhibitor agreement. You will be contacted if your selected sponsorship opportunity has already been confirmed, or you can check with the NGA business office for availability of sponsorship opportunities and benefit information.

Exhibit Space

Exhibitors can take advantage of numerous opportunities to network, educate, and interact with conference attendees on a regular basis. In addition, the exhibitor package offers a single conference registration. The 2023 conference hosted approximately 550 paid attendees.

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Important Notes for all Sponsors

Sponsor benefits apply as stipulated above, provided that all information and a commitment for payment are received by NGA no later than Friday, September 6 (unless an earlier commitment date is noted).

Sponsor is responsible for providing an electronic/digital copy of the company logo and a company description. You cannot receive proper recognition on the website, app, signage, or in other acknowledgements, until the logo and description are received.

Sponsorship opportunities are made available on a first-come, first-served basis through submission of NGA’s official sponsor/exhibitor agreement. You will be contacted if your selected sponsorship opportunity has already been confirmed. You can also check with the NGA business office for availability of sponsorship opportunities and information about benefits. Email: registration@guardianship.org. Phone: 877-326-5992.

 

Exhibit Opportunities

The deadline to be eligible for exhibitor benefits is Friday, September 6.

Exhibit Package Fee

$1,000 for each tabletop exhibit package (diamond, platinum, and gold level sponsors are entitled to one free exhibit space.)

The Exhibit Package Includes

A single tabletop exhibit space with a draped and skirted 6’ X 30” table, two chairs, and a tent card sign. One complimentary exhibitor registration with:

  • A printed attendee list and all other conference materials
  • Access for all food functions held in the exhibit area (see schedule below)
  • Admittance for one person to lunch on Sunday and Monday, and the welcome reception Saturday evening
  • The opportunity to attend all educational sessions
  • Discounted registration of $300.00 for additional exhibitors (includes breaks only; additional exhibitors wishing to attend meals and sessions must register for the applicable day(s) of the conference.)

Contract and Payment

Exhibit space is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Exhibit location is determined by NGA. Payment is due by Friday, September 8. No space will be guaranteed until payment in full is received.

Set-Up and Tear-Down

Exhibits must be operational by 9:30 am on Sunday, so that they are ready for the opening of the exhibit area at 9:45 am. All exhibits must remain in place until tear-down, which will begin at 3:45 pm on Monday. The exhibit area must be completely cleared no later than 5:00 pm on Monday. Please do not set up prior to 8:15 am on Sunday or leave materials after 5:00 pm on Monday.

Exhibit Furnishings

Each exhibit space is the equivalent of a six-foot tabletop. You must provide advance notice if your standing exhibit requires more space than allotted with a six-foot table or if you are using a floor display behind your table. Each space will be provided with one printed tent card, a table, and two chairs. The entire exhibit area is carpeted. If you require electric service for your tabletop exhibit, email registration@guardianship.org for info.

Hotel Processing & Handling Information

Packages will not be accepted if delivered prior to October 18. Please Note: If packages arrive prior to October 18, additional fees may apply for storing of shipped items.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received by Friday, September 6 will result in a refund of 75%; NGA will retain 25% for administrative services.
No refunds will be given after September 6.

For More Information

For all questions on sponsoring or exhibiting, contact NGA’s business office at registration@guardianship.org or 877-326-5992.

 

Sponsorship & Exhibitors Registration Form