Last Updated: 6/8/2020
Due to challenges brought on by COVID-19, it is with a heavy heart that the AVECO Board must announce the cancellation of our 2020 annual conference which was to take place July 13th – 16th in Cleveland, OH. After monitoring the lifting of health restrictions on the federal and state levels, listening to comments from our members on new budget restrictions, considering the travel restrictions placed on our Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) colleagues and lengthy discussions with the hotel, the board felt it best to cancel this year’s week long training.
Please click here to read a letter from our president, Danielle Downs, which includes important information related to refunds and room cancellations.
The board will continue to work throughout the year to provide our members and colleagues with valuable content in the current year, and for our 2021 conference as we return to St. Louis.
We hope you are doing well and staying safe and healthy!
Your AVECO Board
2020 AVECO Conference
July 13-16, 2020
Learn more about our 2020 host city here.
AVECO Annual Training Conference
We will work hard to issue refunds as soon as possible. Refunds will be issued via check for those registrants who have already paid their fee, and will be mailed to the address recorded on your registration form. Please review your registration confirmation email to ensure the billing address is correct. If correction is needed please email with the subject, Address Correction, to have this revised no later than June 19, 2020.
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel Cancellations
To cancel your room reservation please call
1 (866) 704-2411. To avoid unexpected charges cancellations must be completed within two days prior to your intended check-in date.
Review your room reservation HERE.
Volunteer for Next Year
We know that our membership is filled with talented and energetic people, and we need your help to make our training conference the best it can be by joining one of our 5 conference committees.
Registration – Chair Tamarkius Roby; Co-Chair Andrea Wheeler
The registration committee volunteers will support registration and logistics for the week of the conference to include: check-in of attendees, directional guidance to session rooms, Whova app session checkers, and assists with pre-conference preparation.
*Committee members must be able to arrive at the conferencing location one to two days prior to conference.
Program – Chair Danielle Downs; Co-Chair Claire Turner
Committee responsibilities include generating initial ideas for conference sessions, coordinating with VA officials on presentations for the conference, identifying and contacting presenters for each session, putting together the conference agenda, coordinating entertainment for the conference, handling logistics for presenters, securing each presenters presentation for posting to WHOVA, and communicating with AVECO membership and conference
attendees about registration and updates.
Access Committee – Chair Norma Cazares; Co-Chair Claire Turner
This committee’s role is to provide support and assistance to AVECO members who are in need of additional accommodation during our annual conference. The volunteers will assist the committee chairs in relaying special needs to the hotel, referral of resources and an immediately identifiable resource in case of an emergency during conference.
Audio Visual Committee – Chair Amber Atieh; Co-Chair Tamarkius Roby
The AV committee chairs are supported by two current AVECO member volunteers who assist them in the technical tasks associated with the operation of the annual conference.
A daily check list during conference would include the following:
Ensure microphones are working properly and can be heard through the whole room.
Check that computers are connected to the hotel’s internet.
Make sure all slides are downloaded on the computer for the presenter.
Turn on all lights in the room.
Report any issues to Amber and Roby immediately.
End of the day -
Make sure all radios/walkies are on the charger.
Make sure all computers are shut down and secure.
Sponsorship Committee – Chair Keith Dailey; Co-Chair Danielle Downs
The Sponsorship committee works to build closer ties between the business communities with its focus on gaining financial sponsorship resources for the Association of Veterans Education Certifying Officials (AVECO). This committee’s relationship with the chambers is twofold. One it will garner financial support for the scheduled AVECO conferences within the area. And secondly, it will allow large, medium, and small businesses to promote their products and or services and demonstrate their commitment to our veterans.