I am excited that this year's Annual Conference is taking place in San Francisco at the Grand Hyatt on Union Square, and for the opportunity to again meet with so many members and distinguished guests.

The preconference program consists of two full-day sessions, Bankruptcy Taxation and Financial Advisors' Toolbox, with Charles Goldstein from Protiviti Inc. speaking at Wednesday's luncheon. The conference will open Thursday with PwC Director Tomas Castrejon's presentation on Cyber Terrorism and Security to address the cybercrime landscape and what organizations can do to protect themselves from compromise. Friday's luncheon program will focus on economics with Patrick J. O'Keefe, Director of Economic Research with J.H. Cohn LLP. Keynote speaker at Thursday evening's Annual Awards Banquet will be Craig Hall, chairman and founder of Dallas-based Hall Financial Group. Life-long entrepreneur and investor Craig and his wife Kathryn Walt Hall operate HALL, a premier vineyard and winery company in the Napa Valley area—wine selections from HALL will be paired with dinner.

It is a delight to have another chance to “leave our hearts” in San Francisco–it has been one of the most fondly remembered locations among past annual conferences. Attractions in or near San Francisco are too numerous to mention but our program will provide a sample of some of the best. Friday evening will highlight conference activities with a MLB match between the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers at AT&T Park, sponsored by PCG Consultants.

With regard to the schedule of conference presentations and concurrent sessions, I am impressed by the breadth, depth and importance of the topics covered. I commend and thank the Conference Chairs and Committee for their efforts. AIRA's 28th Annual Conference will be an exhilarating opportunity for both professional and personal enrichment.

I look forward to seeing you in San Francisco,

Stephen Darr, CIRA, CDBV

Conference Hotel

Grand Hyatt San Francisco
345 Stockton Street,
San Francisco, CA
Registration: 1 (888) 421-1442

Sponsorship Opportunities

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact AIRA's Executive Director, Grant Newton, for further information: gnewton@aira.org or (541) 858-1665