It must be fall. In many parts of the country the leaves have turned, the air is brisk, and the workers’ compensation industry packs it’s bags and heads to Las Vegas. This week marks the 22nd Annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference, being held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. It is an annual gathering of movers, shakers, and decision makers – important people of every stripe from within the industry. Plus I will be there also.

It is hard to believe, but this will be my 14th time at this particular event. The first year for us it was being held at the Chicago Hilton and Towers, with the exhibit hall wedged into three small rooms in the basement. My how our baby has grown ( is a Gold Sponsor of this event). This annual sojourn gives many of us an opportunity to reconnect, catch up, and learn what is “new and happening” in our little corner of the world. 

I am flying out to Nevada today, where I and my entourage (ok, I’m traveling alone, so effectively am my own entourage) will be whisked from McCarran International Airport to Mandalay Bay courtesy of the myMatrixx limo. Things have certainly changed from Chicago, where I schlepped a rented bicycle in from Midway….

I will once again have the pleasure of serving on the National Bloggers Panel this year, with my friends Rebecca Shafer, Joe Paduda, Mark Walls, Dave Depaolo and Roberto Ceniceros. That fiasco will take place on Thursday afternoon, so if you are attending the conference, I encourage you to stop by. Unless you want to throw something, in which case you can stay away. Of course, if your projectile is directed at Paduda – c’mon down.

I will attempt to blog a bit this week, but it is a hectic one,and there is no guarantee I will have the time I need. I, along with other bloggers, tweeters and LinkedInerer’s here, will attempt to keep you abreast of what is happening, but you really should be here for the full experience.

Next year, maybe you’ll do just that…..

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