Raving’s Indian Gaming Conference Frequently Asked Questions

Looks like you have two programs going on – how does that work?

Yes, we have the full-day “Raving NEXT” which takes place on Monday, January 29, and ends Monday evening. This one-day program precedes our long-running “Raving’s National Indian Gaming Analytics & Marketing Conference” which begins Monday evening and goes through Wednesday evening. You can register for both programs (discounts apply when you attend both), or attend only one. The programs complement each other – topics are not duplicated.

I’m submitting a budget – what does my conference pass include?

For Raving NEXT, your conference pass includes:

  • Course materials
  • Complimentary round-trip bus transportation (limited schedule) from Dallas (DFW) if pre-booked
  • Morning breakfast, afternoon snacks and lunch
  • Beverages and heavy hors d’oeuvres at Monday’s Welcome Reception
  • Access to the tradeshow floor on Monday evening

For attendees of Raving’s National Indian Gaming Analytics & Marketing Conference, your conference pass includes:

  • Course materials
  • Complimentary round-trip bus transportation (limited schedule) from Dallas (DFW) if pre-booked
  • Beverages and heavy hors d’oeuvres at Monday’s Welcome Reception
  • Morning breakfast, afternoon snacks and lunch Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Cocktails Reception on Tuesday evening (beverages provided)
  • Raving Insider Party on Wednesday evening (beverages provided)
  • Access to the tradeshow floor all three days
  • Eligibility for prize giveaways final session

For both programs, your conference fee does not cover hotel room, other transportation, or evening dinners.

When should I arrive and depart?

Quick answer, if you are attending both programs, arrive Sunday night for an early morning start and depart Thursday morning.

Long answer: If you are attending the full-day Raving NEXT event, plan on picking up your registration materials between7 AM – 8:30 AM on Monday, January 29. The learning program starts at 8:30 AM sharp and ends at 5:15 PM, followed by a two-hour reception on the tradeshow floor from 5:15 PM -7:15 PM.

Attendees who are only attending Raving’s National Indian Gaming Analytics & Marketing Conference should plan on attending the reception on the tradeshow floor on Monday, January 30, from 5:15 PM -7:15 PM (our registration desk is open all day, if you want to pick up your materials early and bring them back to your room). This reception is a valuable opportunity to get to know the presenters and fellow attendees, and explore the tradeshow. The program starts at 8:30 AM sharp on the next two mornings; come at 7:30 AM for a full breakfast. The educational program ends Wednesday at 5 PM, with the final event taking place that evening.

Note: Don’t skip out early on Wednesday in order to catch your plane; we save our most explosive sessions and prize giveaways for Wednesday afternoon, and our final night party is an attendee favorite.

What do I wear?

Most folks wear business casual. If you like dressing up a little, then the Welcome Reception would be a good night for first impressions. On the last evening, at the Insider Party on Wednesday, wear whatever you’d wear out “clubbing”; jeans are just fine too. And, just like Goldilocks experienced, the conference and breakout rooms are sometimes too hot or too cold, so bring a cover-up.

Do I need to prepare anything? Should I bring a laptop?

You will be given a complete course book with plenty of note pages. There’s wireless in the conference room. This year we have an interactive feature to our conference that you can access through your phone or laptop.

Are there evening activities after the conference sessions?

Oh yeah, we have lots going on: Welcome Reception (Monday); Cocktails, Conversations, Games & Prizes (Tuesday); Dennis Conrad’s Roast and Dinner (optional separate registration required – Wednesday), followed by the Final Night Insider Party — 20th Anniversary Raving-palooza at Gilley’s (Wednesday). All come with your registration with the exception of Dennis’ Roast.

Should I bring promotional items from my casino to share?

Absolutely! If you have some cool branded merchandise, we will utilize them as prizes and giveaways. This is a great way to clean out your promotions closet, and send your new friends home with some swag!

What kind of food will you be serving?

We’ll be serving breakfast, buffet style, and plated lunches (chicken one day, beef the other day). If you have any special dietary needs, please email Chris ahead of time (chris@ravingconsulting.com). We also provide healthy snacks during the afternoon.

What’s the registration process?

Register online, by phone, by email, by snail mail. Use a credit card, send a check, use a PO – you’re not counted as “in” until we get your final payment, which is due prior to the conference. As soon as we receive your registration information, we’ll send you a confirmation via email within one working day. If someone else is registering you, it’s important that they also list your email address, as that’s our primary way of communicating any updates to you. Remember, you need to book your hotel and transportation separately.

Will I get an attendee list at the end of the conference? Do I need to bring business cards?

Registered attendees will receive a list of attendees after the conference. That’s why it’s important that we have YOUR email address. And yes, bring plenty of business cards. We’ll be doing an exercise that you’ll want to share them. If you’re running low or don’t have any, make some on copy paper, they will come in useful, we promise.

I have some specific goals for attending this conference, and I want to make sure that I leave with a good understanding of the topic. Can I book one-on-one time with the presenters? Will they be hanging around?

Half-hour ($65) and one-hour coaching sessions ($125) with our experts can be booked prior to the show by emailing Amy Hergenrother at amy@ravingconsulting.com. Time slots are very limited, so it’s best to do this at the time of registration. We recommend this to attendees who want quality, dedicated time. If you don’t need one-on-one time, most of our presenters are on-site during the entire conference, and love to chat with attendees. We encourage you to sit down with them at lunch, join them for a cocktail, or share a coffee break with them at a networking event. Can’t make the conference, or need answers NOW? Want ongoing support? Ask Amy about our Coaching by Teleconference Program. Call her at 775-329-7864, or email her at amy@ravingconsulting.com.

How does the shuttle work?

Choctaw Casino Resort is providing free roundtrip bus transportation between Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) and Choctaw Casino Durant. This is not a public shuttle service; Choctaw is sending their bus down to accommodate our attendees. This is a limited schedule so please review the times on our website www.ravingconference.com before making your airline reservations. The other option is to rent a car.

There are two airports in Dallas (DFW) and Dallas Love Field (DAL). Transportation is being offered only from DFW.

Call 580.931.2715 or e-mail Sarah.Moore@choctawcasinos.com by January 20th to make your shuttle reservation. All pick-ups will happen at Terminal D. An email confirmation will be sent with detailed instructions.

When will the exhibit hall be open, and what makes visiting worth my time?

The exhibit hall will be open starting on Monday night, during the Welcome Reception from 5-7:15 PM, and from morning to afternoon on Tuesday and Wednesday. These exhibitors are offering marketing-centric services; so unlike going to a large tradeshow, you spend quality time with a targeted group. If you haven’t picked up on our mantra yet, here it is: we believe that to be the best casino executive that you can be, you need to expose yourself to a variety of resources: fellow attendees, presenters in the classroom and during networking sessions, as well as exhibitors. Even if you’re not looking for a particular product at this time, suppliers might get you thinking about what you should be asking of your current vendors, as well as how their products/services might help you be more successful in your role. To encourage you, we will reward attendees who visit with all of the exhibitors, chances to win great prizes.

I am arriving early for some “play time” – is there anything within walking distance of the casino, or do I have to rent a car?

At the resort, there is a special area called the District – which features laser tag, bowling, arcade and even a movie theatre. They also have a wonderful spa. If you are interested in exploring the surrounding area, you would need to rent a car.

Got more questions? You can always email Christine Faria at chris@ravingconsulting.com, or call her at 775-329-7864.