It was our distinct pleasure to host the 2017 Dominion Leasing Software User Conference, held May 7-9, 2017, at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Venue: The Williamsburg Lodge is a relaxing hotel escape in the heart of the Revolutionary City. The lodge is just steps from the Colonial Williamsburg Historic District, which has the distinction of being the only living museum of Colonial American History. Attendees enjoyed colonial shops, activities, tradespeople, and eateries, each staffed by actors clad in period costumes and rich in colonial custom. The lodge itself bridges the gap between historic appeal and modern comforts, boasting a world-class restaurant and recreation including a relaxing full-service spa and local golf courses.
Conference: The 2017 User Conference was kicked off during a Sunday evening reception, featuring cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Overlooking the hotel grounds, this event was a wonderful opportunity to greet new attendees and reconnect with old friends. Joining us this evening was none other than Thomas Jefferson himself, who spoke to attendees about life during this time in Williamsburg (then the Capital of Virginia). After entertaining all questions presented by those in attendance, Mr. Jefferson stayed for one-on-one conversations and even posed with attendees for pictures before departing back to the Governor’s Mansion for the evening.
Conference sessions begin Monday morning and featured a full day of both education and informative sessions. A variety of speakers presented topics ranging from basic system features to the move advanced. The key new features of the recently released Version 4.19 were highlighted Of particular interest were those showcasing the upcoming LeaseComplete Version 5 release. Attendees were treated to an in-depth review of many of the new features Version 5 will offer and culminated with a session covering the upgrade process.
Entertainment: Monday’s entertainment is always a much-anticipated part of the Dominion User Conference, and this year’s entertainment proved to be exceptional. Following a brief cocktail meet-and-greet at the Tea and Barley, we were entertained by a fife and drum corps who lead the entire group through the historic area and on to the Kings Arms Tavern for dinner. Dinner at Kings Arms featured colonial cuisine and drink, served by wait staff in period attire. Entertainment for evening included story tellers and balladeers who wove tall tales of colonial heroes with songs played on period instruments. Following dinner, all enjoyed an evening to peruse the local shops and enjoy the after-dark entertainment in the Colonial District.