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MSA Summer Meeting

Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center

Cincinnati, Ohio

June 15-16, 2017


Click here for a registration form.


The MSA Summer Meeting will be held "amid the gently rolling hills along the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Ohio." The meeting is headquarterd "just uphill from downtown Cincinnati in 'Uptown' Cincinnati. Uptown is home to a hub of world-renowned universities, research facilities and medical institutions, unique architecture, famous attractions, charming neighborhoods, and easy interstate access," according to the Cincinnati USA CVB.

Make your plans now to attend the MSA Summer Meeting, June 15-16. The two-day program features time for both education and networking with other sign industry professionals. On Thursday the schedule includes an MSA Board meeting (open to all), a golf scramble at California Golf Course, and a don't-miss private reception at the fabulous American Sign Museum. The reception will feature funky, Cincinnati-style chili, cheese coneys, and more, while Museum insiders share special insights about Museum treasures.

Friday morning begins with breakfast and an update on what MSA is doing for you and your company. The schedule continues with information that will
show you how to create a culture to help your employees become a high performance team. The luncheon program will give you the information to help you implement and succeed with that culture.


Creating Your Company's Roadmap to a High Performance Culture will be presented Friday morning. You will learn how to create a high performing team by empowering your employees to build trust with each other. You will see how to start and more effectively manage your staff meetings. By successfully focusing on High Performance and the "Health Check-up," you will increase engagement which translates into real dollars.

You will leave the seminar with practical, culture-building tools to apply immediately. The seminar will be presented by Darcy Bien, Partners in Change, and Dan McNeil, Transformational Leadership.

In the Working Lunch session on Friday afternoon, Darcy and Dan will continue with Implementing Your Company's Roadmap Through Strategy. You will learn what strategy is and how defining your plan will help you proactively manage your business.

You will see how to facilitate more effective daily and weekly operational meetings, while focusing on monthly, quarterly, and annual strategic meetings. You will learn why plans fail and the six rules of effective strategy that will guide you and your company into a more successful, directed future
, and more.

Golf Scramble: California Golf Course

The MSA Golf Scramble takes place at the California Golf Course, 5924 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230. With its "gently sloping terrain overlooking the Ohio River, the course's beauty is only outdone by a spectacular layout. The course is knows for its friendly atmosphere and towering old growth trees." The outing, 11:30 am, Thursday, June 15, includes a boxed lunch and prizes.

American Sign Museum

Here's a bucket list event for all MSA members: Thursday evening wander among "the fancy goldleaf glass signs of the early 1900s, through the pre-neon era of lightbulb signs, to neon's heyday in the 1930s-1940s, and on to the plastic era of the funky 50s." As you admire the Museum collection, enjoy world-famous Cincinnati-style chili (3-, 4-, or 5-way chili - build your own), cheese coneys, sub sandwiches, Greek salad, and more, along with a large assortment of beverages. Beginning at 6:00 pm, vans will take you from the Kingsgate Marriott Registration entrance to the Museum (a 10-minute trip). Vans will return you to the Marriott as you finish your visit or at the 9:30 pm event closing.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 15

8:00 am

MSA Board Meeting (open to all attendees)

11:30 am

Golf Scramble - California Golf Course

6:30 pm

American Sign Museum Tour, Featuring Cincinnati Chili
Friday, June 16

7:30 am

Breakfast, MSA Meeting

8:45 am

Seminar: Creating Your Company's Roadmap to a High Performance Culture
Darcy Bien, Partners in Change, & Dan McNeil, Transformational Leadership

11:45 am

Working Lunch: Implementing Your Company's Roadmap Through Strategy
Darcy Bien & Dan McNeil

2:30 pm

Meeting Concludes

Area Attractions

Cincinnati is the birthplace of professional baseball, and the Cincinnati Reds are in town for a home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, June 16, at 7:10 pm: www.cincinnati.reds.mlb.com.

Or opt for a ride on a "paddlewheeler," a riverboat on the Ohio River: www.bbriverboats.com. Cincinnati has a world-famous zoo and botanical gardens: www.cincinnatizoo.org. Or enjoy the coasters and much more at Kings Island: www.visitkingsisland.com.

To plan your trip to the Cincinnati area, visit: www.cincyusa.com.

Hotel Reservations

Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, features all the traditional amenities including Caminetto Restaurant, the Bearcat Lounge, free Wi-Fi, in-room mini-refrigerator, and fitness center.

Rooms are available at $129, plus tax. Call 888-720-1299, use the MSA reservations link
to reserve your rooms, or go to www.marriott.com/cvgkg and use the code SIGSIGA. The local phone number is 513-487-3800. The MSA room block will be released Wednesday, May 31. The Kingsgate Marriott is at 151 Goodman Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45219. The parking rate is $10 per night.

To reserve your room at the Kingsgate Marriott, click here.


Meeting Registration Fees



(By 5-31-17)

(After 5-31-17)

Full Meeting
All meals & seminars June 15-16



Golf Scramble
Thursday 11:30 am

American Sign Museum, Cincy Chili & Beverages
Thursday 6:30 pm



Breakfast & MSA Meeting
Friday 7:30 am



Creating Your Company's Roadmap to a High Performance Culture; Working Lunch-Implementing Your Company's Roadmap
Friday 8:45 am & 11:45 pm



Meeting Sponsorships

See below



How to Register

Complete the registration form, and mail it with your check to: MSA, 4128 Woodsly Dr., Batavia, OH 45103.  Make your check payable to MSA.  Registrations must be received by MSA no later than May 31 to qualify for the early registration fee.

For registration questions or if you have dietary restrictions or need special assistance in order to participate in the MSA Meeting, contact the MSA office.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorships are available for the MSA Meeting with a variety of benefits depending on the level of promotion your company wishes. MSA appreciates the Sponsorships provided by our product manufacturer and sign supply distributor members.  Your Sponsorships help defray the costs of the MSA meeting and allow MSA to keep registration fees low for the sign company attendees.


Due to space limitations, only five Platinum Sponsorships are available.  The Platinum Sponsor Exhibit Tables will be available during the Thursday American Sign Museum Special Event (not on Friday).  Electrical power is available for the Platinum Sponsor Exhibit Tables.


Sponsorships must be received by MSA no later than May 31 in order for printed materials and signage to be prepared for the meeting.


MSA Summer Meeting Sponsorships










Showcard recognition at all events





Verbal recognition at two events





Printed program recognition





Sponsor ribbons on name badges





Email to members recognition





Newsletter recognition





Golf hole sponsorship





Complimentary American Sign Museum Event registration





Complimentary golf round





Complimentary meeting registration





Two minutes promo speaking during meeting





Exhibit table with 110 power - Limit: first five companies paid






We look forward to seeing you at the MSA Summer Meeting at the Kingsgate Marriott, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 15-16!

Click here for a registration form.