“From my very first ASBO International Annual Meeting, I brought back numerous relevant materials and ideas that I could quickly implement in my district. Twenty-five years later, I continue to find many cost-saving ideas and best practices.”
Barbara Salatto
Associate Superintendent for Management Services
Patchogue, New York

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The Value of Membership

"I could not have survived 30 years in school business without the support I've received from ASBO. No matter how much you may think your problem is unique, it's not. I've always found support from colleagues facing the same issues no matter where they work, and I've shared solutions. We have a lot to learn from one another, so I value my memberships in Tri-State ASBO, New Hampshire ASBO, Vermont ASBO, and ASBO International."
—John Aubin, South Burlington School District, South Burlington, Vermont
Member since 1992

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First-Time Attendees

Before the Conference

Is this your first ASBO International Annual Meeting & Expo? Experience Kissimmee like a seasoned attendee with these tips!

Event Information

Annual Meeting & Expo
September 21–24, 2018
Click here to register.

ASBO International has reserved a room block for our attendees. Click here to reserve your room or call 877.491.0442. (Tip: Reserve your room by August 28 to ensure the group rate.)

Gaylord Palms Hotel
6000 W. Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee, FL 34746

View a Map of The Gaylord Palms.

What to Bring?

  • Business cards (for easy networking and to enter vendor raffles in the Exhibits Marketplace).
  • ​Electronics and chargers (to take notes on your tablet in the meeting rooms).
  • Comfortable and professional attire. (You’ll be doing a lot of walking between sessions, and conference centers can often be chilly, so we encourage dressing in layers and wearing comfortable shoes.)

Plan Your Schedule

Review the Annual Meeting & Expo program schedule for an overview of the conference.

Sign up for the events or activities that require pre-registration.
Pre-registration applies to Workshops, Seminars, the golf tournament, the Annual Meeting Program Planning Session and Lunch, and the President’s Dessert Reception.

Edit your pre-registration selections using the link found in your registration confirmation.

Check out the education schedule* where you’ll find descriptions of all the sessions.

*A complete education schedule will be posted in the coming weeks.

Bringing a guest? Don’t forget to register your guests so that they can accompany you to the General Sessions, Exhibits Marketplace, and social events like the Welcome Mixer and more! Make sure they know about the Book Club, where your guests can enjoy good company and conversation with other guests—get the details here.

During the Conference

Registration Hours & Information

Hotel signage will guide you to the registration area.

Friday: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Monday: 7:30 am – 10:00 am

Collect your badge and registration packet from the registration desk. Also, grab a “First Timer” ribbon at the ribbon wall nearby. These ribbons attach to your badge so you can quickly see who else is attending for the first time.

Access free Wi-Fi: Connect to the “ASBO International” network using ASBO2018 (case sensitive) for the password.

Download the Annual Meeting & Expo mobile app (available in August) to organize your schedule and network with peers.

Skim your amDaily (Annual Meeting Daily) email every morning of the conference and note important updates, schedule changes, and highlights.


Be social. Attend the First-Timers Reception, Welcome Mixer, Exhibits Marketplace Opening Reception, Exhibits Marketplace lunch, and many more events to connect with your peers. Be on the lookout for updates on invitation-only events if you’re on a committee, a past Emerging School Business Leaders Scholarship winner, or have earned the MBA, COE, or SFO. Follow us on Twitter and tweet #ASBOAM18 to share your experiences with others!

Browse the Exhibits Marketplace. Network with vendors as you play the Exhibits Marketplace Game and enter our raffle drawing for a chance to win fun prizes!

Exhibits Marketplace Hours
Saturday: 11:00 am – 1:45 pm (Includes lunch)
Sunday: 12:30 pm – 2:45 pm (Includes brunch)

Peer-to-Peer Wrap Up
Close out the meeting with this additional learning and networking opportunity to reflect on educational content and have further discussions with your colleagues before you leave the event.

Professional Development

Learn how to authentically communicate who you are at your best and get a memorable reminder of the power of integrity from this year’s General Session speakers.

Earn up to 18 CPEs throughout the conference as you enhance your school business skills through Workshops, Seminars, Deep Dives, Discussion Groups, and new Mini-Modules!

After the Conference

Tell Us What You Think

Look for an attendee survey to arrive in your inbox on Monday afternoon after the conference. We want to hear about your experience, what you enjoyed, and what we could improve for next year.

Keep in Touch

Stay connected with your new contacts on ASBO’s online networking community, the Global School Business Network!

Be Rewarded for Your Hard Work 

Be sure to visit the Attendee Service Center to download your certificate documenting the credit hours (SFOs/CPEs) you’ve earned. You’ll receive an email during the conference with the link.

Make Plans to Join Us Again

We hope to see you again—registration for the 2019 Executive Leadership Forum will open at the 2019 Annual Meeting & Expo! Click here for future annual meeting dates and stay tuned for 2019 Annual Meeting & Expo updates.

Still have questions? Email us or call 866.682.2729 x7080.