The energy of Las Vegas serves as the backdrop for the 2009 NAMB/WEST Conference, set for Saturday-Tuesday, Dec. 5-8 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. This year’s conference offers a combination of program, setting and networking to provide participants opportunities to stay ahead of the industry curve. The planning committee has strategized to create a NAMB/WEST event you should not miss. Here are the top reasons to attend: Vegas at a bargain Conference rates at the fabulous MGM Grand Hotel & Casino are $89/night from Sunday, Dec. 6 through Tuesday, Dec. 8. Make plans to arrive for the Saturday night opening reception. NAMB has even negotiated a $159 rate for Saturday night that cannot be matched online. Rolled-back registration fees Members can register early for under $200. If you are not a member, you can take advantage of discounted fees by registering before Thursday, Oct. 15. High-octane program Learn from experts, network with your peers and see the latest from exhibitors … all in an energized three-day experience. Win prizes worth thousands of dollars Each full-conference registrant will be entered into a drawing, which will take place at the Opening Reception on Saturday, Dec. 5. To increase the odds of winning, register by the end of October to get two chances. For a complete agenda and further conference information, visit the NAMB/WEST 2009 Web site at NAMBWEST.org. Allison Kinsley, CMM, CMP is the chief meeting architect for Kinsley. She may be reached by phone at (303) 798-3664.