The Conference

Conference Wrap-up
Day #2 of CCH Connections User Conference 2013 began with more people hitting the wall, literally.

Monday’s “Hit the Wall” question – What group of staff are you looking to expand within your firm? – generated a lot of attention from attendees, marking their choices on the wall just outside the Breakfast/Lunch hall. The huge visual featuring hundreds of Wolters Kluwer, CCH decals representing votes for each answer turned lots of heads and even grabbed attention from industry reporters covering the conference. Details on the wall and Monday’s vote totals are featured in this story from CPA Practice Advisor. Check back at #CCHUC13 for Tuesday’s results.

Attendees also hit plenty of sessions on Tuesday, gaining more industry knowledge on everything from the latest CCH product and software enhancements to multistate taxation of ecommerce and Internet purchases. A full day of learning and CPE, with many completing four full sessions, produced lots of barcode-scanned beeps on badges with attendees earning professional credit as they headed out the door following each session.

 Halloween then came a little early Tuesday evening, with an outdoor party complete with attendees in costumes, lots of treats and a string quartet that even sparked party-goers to get up and dance. But the big moment occurred when CCH President & CEO Teresa Mackintosh greeted all guests, thanked everyone for a fantastic User Conference and revealed where we’ll be in 2014. 

Hold on to your shades (we know they’ve been helpful here in the Valley of the Sun). You’ll need them next year when we see you at the JW Marriott® Grande Lakes in Orlando, FL, October 26-29!

Day one highlights:
CCH Connections User Conference 2013 was kicked off with insights on how “Pioneers” maintain a competitive edge to grow, manage and protect their businesses. Attendees at the general session were welcomed by Paul Loftus, who focused on the importance of listening to customers and maintaining good relationships. He then introduced Karen Abramson, who presented a progress report to attendees – addressing feedback received since last year’s conference and sharing details on improvements.  

Teresa Mackintosh delivered key findings released in the new CCH white paper, CPA Firms Succeeding in the New Economy: CCH Leaders Now and Next Survey. Among the many statistics was that 89% of Pioneers surveyed reported their profits increased over the last year. More survey results are outlined in the press release 

Another press release covered details on the newly named CCH Axcess™ app, making it even easier for professionals to leverage the industry’s only cloud-based, modular solution on a mobile device. 

Keynote speaker Pat Croce talked about his drive to always accent the positive – despite the barriers or obstacles you might face. Croce told many stories about his tenure as owner of the Philadelphia 76ers – taking over a languishing NBA franchise and making the changes that turned one of the worst teams in the league into Eastern Conference Champions. He also shared emotional and personal insights, including recovering from a devastating motorcycle accident. Of his many memorable quotes, “Everything is impossible, until it works.” 

The remainder of the morning and afternoon was filled with breakout sessions and activities, including “The Wall” – an opportunity for those passing by to answer a multiple choice question by placing a Wolters Kluwer, CCH decal in the spot that best reflected their thoughts on a topic. Attendees are encouraged to “Hit the Wall” again on Day 2. 

The eventful day ended with an exciting night at Salt River Fields. Attendees had the opportunity to have a “Taste of the Major Leagues” – food stations with cuisines from stadiums across the country. Activities included getting your picture on a baseball card, creating your own flipbook and having a behind the scenes tour of the stadium. 

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