Sep 23 - 26, 2018 | San Antonio, Tex.

Closing Celebration

We are already looking forward to coming together at Annual Convention in San Antonio this year. We are excited about the energy, the drive and the ideas that are generated when we get all of you in the same place at the same time. We are honored to provide you with industry-leading education and information, and we can’t wait to see what successes and innovations will come out of this year’s Conference. Together, we can achieve more, do more, and be more. Our Closing Celebration is so much more than a way to end Convention – it’s a way to shine a light on everything we can accomplish… together!

Closing Celebration On-Line Reserved Seating

Available beginning July 26, 2018!

Join us to celebrate another year of mutual success and service to policyholders at the Closing Celebration on the final night of the Annual Convention. Since the closing celebration brings together nearly all attendees and participants, we ask that you choose your seat early and secure your spot. This year, the reservation process will open to registered attendees on July 26. At that time, all attendees will receive an email that will have a username and password which you can use to make your seat selection. Registrations received after that time will be receiving seat selection information on a rolling basis. If you aren’t able to make an online reservation, you can still make seat selections on-site.

Attendees with a registered guest, or anyone who has registered multiple people from the same company, will be able to make group reservations at the same time. More information about the process follows below.

Closing Celebration & Entertainment

Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, W.Va., 48 years ago. Now based in Austin, Texas, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums, and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. The Grammy award-winning “Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys” is the band’s most recent release (2015) and marks the band’s third full-length Bob Wills tribute album. Asleep at the Wheel boasts an all-star lineup of 22 acclaimed collaborations, which includes legends such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and George Strait and newcomers such as the Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, and Old Crow Medicine Show.

Recent additions Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin), Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals), and Josh Hoag (bass) have given Asleep at the Wheel a newfound energy and brought their own unique styles to the band. Veterans David Sanger (drums), Eddie Rivers (steel guitar), and Jay Reynolds (saxophone and clarinet) round out the now-eight-piece band.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can make a seat reservation at the closing celebration?

All registered attendees, guests and children can reserve a seat at the Closing Celebration. Seat reservation ability is tied to the attendee’s unique email address. An attendee will be able to make seat selections for their registered guests. If your Convention registration was completed with someone else’s email address, that person will have the ability to make your seat selection. Attendees registered together on the same registration form will also be grouped together for seat selection. If you are not registered for the Convention, but want to attend the final dinner, you must register or purchase an individual ticket for that event. The registration for Exhibitors does not include a ticket to the Closing Celebration, but can be purchased individually. Exhibitors and others who purchase a separate ticket to the Closing Celebration will also be able to reserve a seat online.

How do I make a seat reservation?

On July 26, all registered attendees will receive an email that will include a link to make a seat reservation. You will be prompted to enter your email address as the user log-in, and will be provided with a password to identify you. Once you log-in, you will be able to see the seating diagram, and which tables have open seats. You will then click on a table with availability to select your seat.

I just logged in and see all of the tables. How do I know where I can reserve a seat?

Tables that have been grayed out are not currently available. Open seats at tables appear as white circles, while those seats that have been previously selected are gray. Placing your mouse over a table will display the names of those attendees who have already selected seats at that particular table.

I only see some tables that have availability. Why is that?

The seating diagram that you will see online will show which tables have seats available to reserve. If a table is grayed out, there are no seats available at that table.

I see a table with two open seats, but they are not next to each other. I wish to sit next to my spouse, friend, or business contact. Should I look for a different table?

While the seating software requires the selection of an actual seat, NAMIC will only be monitoring table number selections onsite. Attendees with a seat reserved at a particular table may sit in any seat at that table, on a first-come, first-served basis.

I have registered a guest and want to sit together. How do I do that?

When you registered for the convention, if you also registered a guest and/or children, you will be authorized to make reservations for that number of seats at the dinner. The names of your registered guests will appear when you log into the seat selection software system.

There are several people from my company I want to have sit at my table. How do I do that?

If you registered all of the people from the company with a single email address or on the same registration form, you will be able to make seat selections for all of them when you log in. If each person registered on separate registration forms, they will receive login information individually. They can either make their own seat selection, or a designated person from the company can gather all attendee usernames and passwords and log in for each person to make the seat selection.

I am not sure if I will be staying for the closing celebration. Should I go ahead and reserve a seat?

If you are unsure of whether you will be able to stay for the Closing Celebration on Wednesday night, you have two options. You can go ahead and make a seat reservation before arrival, and if your plans change you can cancel it. Or, you can wait and make your seat reservation when you arrive at the convention, but fewer seating options will exist.

How do I cancel my seat reservation if I find out I will not be there?

If you have made a seat reservation and find out your plans have changed, please notify NAMIC or log back into the seat selection site and cancel your reservation. This is very important, since this will open up the seat for others to use, and also assist in supplying accurate numbers for the order of dinner that evening.

Can I wait and make my seat reservation on-site at the Convention?

Yes, you can – although if you do wait and make your seat reservation when you arrive at the convention, there will be fewer seating options available.

Who do I contact if I have a question?

If you have a question about this process, please contact NAMIC Registrar and Housing Coordinator, Jessica Glascock.


Julie Bacher
Customer Service Coordinator



Jessica Glascock
Registration & Housing Coordinator