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

Optional Activities

We want you to have a customized and personal experience at Annual Convention, and that’s why we provide a number of fun and educational optional activities to round out your time with us. Whether it’s casually connecting with your peers or seizing the opportunity to learn even more about the state of our industry, we’re sure there’s an event to pique your interest and enhance your experience.

Already registered for NAMIC's Annual Convention? Add Optional Activities to your registration by using the Registration Additions form.

NAMIC Annual Convention Golf Outing

Saturday, September 22, 8:00 a.m.

Join your peers at the 2018 NAMIC Annual Golf Outing benefiting The Institutes Griffith Foundation for a golf scramble at the Quarry Golf Course in San Antonio. Golfers will be challenged and rewarded at one of the most unique courses in the country. This award-winning golf course, designed by Keith Foster, boasts a front nine that plays in a link-style format with wide fairways and rolling hills, combined with an unforgiving rough. The back nine is chiseled from Texas stone, around 100-year-old limestone walls with elevated tees, uphill greens, and large bunkers.

Registration for the golf outing is available as an option on NAMIC's Annual Convention registration form. If you are already registered for the convention, you can add the golf option by using the Registration Additions form.

Interested in being a sponsor of this event? Click here to be redirected to The Institutes Griffith Sponsorship website.

For more questions about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Frank Tomasello at ftomasello@griffithfoundation.org

NAMIC Prayer Service & Breakfast

Sunday, September 23, 8:00 a.m.

A Sunday morning tradition, this event is non-denominational and includes song, scripture readings, and a brief presentation from an inspirational leader serving others in need. It is a calming, spiritual moment of peace in the midst of a busy event, and we encourage you to come together to celebrate your beliefs, whatever they are. More information on this year’s special guest will be available soon. If you are interested in participating in the NAMIC Choir, please indicate so on your registration form. Please contact Larry Baile if you have any questions.

Tickets to this breakfast are $44, and can be purchased when registering for the convention. A limited number will be available for sale on-site at the NAMIC Event Information Desk.

NAMIC Merit Society Lunch

Monday, September 24, 11:30 a.m.

We know how much you do for your communities, and we want to celebrate the ways in which our attendees give back, through service and through their profession. Join fellow members of the NAMIC Merit Society at this optional luncheon where new Merit Award recipients will be recognized and The Institutes Griffith Insurance Education Foundation NAMIC Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented. The NAMIC Merit Society is designed to encourage professional development of individuals associated with NAMIC member companies and to recognize those who demonstrate educational attainment and service or contributions through NAMIC or state/provincial association activities. For more information about the Merit Society, please contact Tonya Suits.

Tickets to this lunch are $25, and can be purchased when registering for the convention. A limited number will be available for sale at the NAMIC Event Information Desk.

Fun Run and Walk to Benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Tuesday, September 25, 6:30 - 7:45 a.m.

When we come together, we can achieve great things. It’s true for our businesses, and it’s true for the world around us. Help us achieve something truly great by joining us for the 15th annual Fun Run and Walk, benefiting St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund children’s cancer research. Choose between a 5k run or a 3K walk, and take a break for your health during the busy convention schedule. If you would like to attend, make sure to select this activity on your convention registration form. You can also sign up on-site at the NAMIC Event Information Desk, starting Saturday, September 22 through the day on Monday, September 24.

Registration cost is $50 per person. Proceeds from this event will benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Tentative Agenda

6:30 – 6:50 a.m.Check-in and race day registration
6:50 – 7:00 a.m.Race instructions and announcements
7:05 a.m.Race Starts
7:30 – 7:45 a.m.Race finishes – walkers and runners return to their hotel

St. Baldrick’s Foundation is just one example of the good our industry is doing. Founded by members of the insurance industry, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Every 3 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer – one in five does not survive. Since 2006, St. Baldrick’s has committed more than $101 million in research grants. The Foundation now funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.

There are numerous opportunities to support this great cause. Check out more details here.

PFMM Credit at Convention

The NAMIC Professional Farm Mutual Manager (PFMM) designation provides education and information on vital issues that will benefit both the new and experienced farm mutual managers in the areas of strategic business management, financial management, underwriting and claims. Completion of three in-person modules and one virtual module makes an individual eligible for the PFMM designation.

This year the Underwriting & Claims module of the PFMM curriculum will be featured. These sessions are designed for those working towards their PFMM designation. To participate, please select the PFMM Courses at Convention with a checkbox on your registration page. There is no additional fee to take PFMM courses.

Tour Information

NAMIC has worked closely with ACCESS Destination Services to offer a wide variety of optional activities and tours for convention attendees. ACCESS Destination Services will handle all arrangements, including the processing of advance requests, assisting in answering questions about the tours, and on-site distribution of pre-ordered tickets at a tour desk which will be located close to the NAMIC Information Desk in the Convention Center. This desk will open starting on Saturday, September 22. For more details and to register for tours, click here.

Tours being offered include:

Saturday, September 22nd

San Antonio at a Glance Tour | 1:30 – 5:30 pm

San Antonio is the most visited city in Texas! From modern museums and old-world missions and architectural wonders, this city is bursting with cultural history, character and charm. Begin your journey with an exclusive River Barge Cruise along the San Antonio River, also known as Paseo del Rio, and learn the history of the largest urban ecosystem in the nation offering 15 miles of meandering trails and lush landscape.

Then, enjoy a self-guided tour of the Alamo, the first and most famous mission, originally known as Mission San Antonio de Valero. Also named a World Heritage Site in 2015, it is known as the Shrine of Texas Liberty and attracts over 3 million visitors annually.

Sunday, September 23rd

Historic Market Square Tour | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

San Antonio is a tapestry of Mexican and American history. From exciting events to restaurants and attractions, San Antonio offers a unique diversity. But the city is also known for its beauty, with excellent examples of Southwestern architecture and festive culture. Historic Market Square thrives today on a plaza that was gifted to the original settlers “for their use and entertainment” by the King of Spain in 1730.

Today, it comprises three city blocks with stone fountains, ornamental streetlights, trees and benches and festive indoor mall famously de- scribed as the largest Mexican market outside Mexico. It bustles with activities celebrating Cinco de Mayo and Día de los Muertos, among other festivities. Working artists offer their handiworks from stalls and carts, and local retailers sell quality Mexican artifacts, clothing and art.

Enjoy lunch at one of San Antonio’s most famous eateries, Mi Tierra Cafe. In 1941, Pedro and Cruz Cortez opened a little three-table cafe for early-rising farmers and workers at San Antonio’s Mercado. Sixty years later Mi Tierra Cafe is a world-famous landmark - the place hometown regulars and hungry tourists go for authentic Mexican food and a warm Texas welcome.

San Antonio at-a-Glance Tour | 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

San Antonio is the most visited city in Texas! From modern museums and old-world missions and architectural wonders, this city is bursting with cultural history, character and charm. Begin your journey with an exclusive River Barge Cruise along the San Antonio River, also known as Paseo del Rio, and learn the history of the largest urban ecosystem in the nation offering 15 miles of meandering trails and lush landscape.

Then, enjoy a self-guided tour of the Alamo, the first and most famous mission, originally known as Mission San Antonio de Valero. Also named a World Heritage Site in 2015, it is known as the Shrine of Texas Liberty and attracts over 3 million visitors annually.

Monday, September 24th

Pearl District Tour | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The Pearl Brewery is a 23-acre compound and community that sits proudly on the banks of the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River. This uniquely diverse community restores and rejuvenates older buildings and, seemingly by magic, turns them into something else. The Historic Pearl Brewery, now the Hotel Emma is an excellent example of that magic. The Pearl began as a small brewery in 1883. The perfect combination of German families and an abundance of natural springs in San Antonio gave way to beer production. This was home to the production of Pearl Beer until 2001. Today, Pearl is a culinary and cultural destination offering a dynamic and evolving environment. It is home to The Culinary Institute of America, one of only four in the nation. Additionally, the variety of renown chef owned restaurants, novelty shops and Hotel Emma makes Pearl a historic gathering place for all.

Tuesday, September 25th

Historic Market Square Tour | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

San Antonio is a tapestry of Mexican and American history. From exciting events to restaurants and attractions, San Antonio offers a unique diversity. But the city is also known for its beauty, with excellent examples of Southwestern architecture and festive culture. Historic Market Square thrives today on a plaza that was gifted to the original settlers “for their use and entertainment” by the King of Spain in 1730. Today, it comprises three city blocks with stone fountains, ornamental streetlights, trees and benches and festive indoor mall famously de- scribed as the largest Mexican market outside Mexico. It bustles with activities celebrating Cinco de Mayo and Día de los Muertos, among other festivities. Working artists offer their handiworks from stalls and carts, and local retailers sell quality Mexican artifacts, clothing and art.

Enjoy lunch at one of San Antonio’s most famous eateries, Mi Tierra Cafe. In 1941, Pedro and Cruz Cortez opened a little three-table cafe for early-rising farmers and workers at San Antonio’s Mercado. Sixty years later Mi Tierra Cafe is a world-famous landmark - the place hometown regulars and hungry tourists go for authentic Mexican food and a warm Texas welcome.

Wednesday, September 26th

Tequila Tasting on the Riverwalk Tour | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy and exclusive Tequila tasting and education session at one of the original Mexican restaurants on the San Antonio River Walk. Rio Rio Cantina is locally famous and famously local. Today you will be educated on the history, geographic origins and the distillation process of Tequila including tastings of Blanco, Reposado and Anejo. Paired with Chips and Salsa, you will have an afternoon of true FIESTA.

Thursday, September 27th

Texas Hill Country Wine Trail Tour | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Fredericksburg Texas, the heart of the hill country, was founded in 1846 by German settlers and its charm and heritage endure to this day. Visit a scenic countryside reminiscent of the wine growing regions of central Italy and the Rhone Valley in France along the Fredericksburg Wine Road 290 — an association of 15 Texas wineries along US Highway 290.

Guests will visit Becker Vineyards and Lavender Farm, a 46-acre estate comprised of 8 varietals, including Syrah, Petite Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, Petite Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Guests will enjoy a tour of the Winery, Vineyard and Lavender Field followed by wine tasting.

After the visit to Becker Vineyards, enjoy Fredericksburg’s historic district, a designated National Register Historic District. Main Street is home to a unique shopping experience with some of Texas’ best specialty shops filled with antiques, gifts, fashion, foods, books and more. The restaurants are famous for their international menu of German, Mexican, Spanish, continental and American favorites.

To register for these optional tours with ACCESS Destination Services, please click here.

Contacts

Julie Bacher
Customer Service Coordinator

317.876.4279

  Julie