[Friday, August 3, 2012] I’m at the Gaylord National Hotel in the Washington metro area for the American Accounting Association (AAA) Annual Meeting. The AAA is the professional group for accounting professors.
Confused by the title? #AAADC is the Twitter hashtag used to tweet about the conference. Day -3 refers to three days before the conference start. Arrival is what I’m writing about.
I love going to conferences with other accounting professors. They are dull and boring, and shall we say eccentric. But so am I. For a few days I’m normal!
Just before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 3, the AAA staff was setting up the registration stand and getting ready for the 5:00 opening. In these two photos, you can see the staff nervously pacing, summoning energy for the frenzied start to registration.
Then the first eight arrivals rushed up to receive their registration packets. Eventually, over 3,000 would register to attend the conference.
Friday is the first of three preliminary days of the annual meeting. There are continuing professional education (CPE) sessions on each of these three days. On Saturday is the CTLA conference. CTLA is the Conference for Teaching & Learning in Accounting. I only get involved on Sunday, the final preliminary day. On Friday and Saturday I get ready for my presentations, and I rest.
Debit and credit – - David Albrecht