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April 9 - 11, 2019


Oh the State I'm In


Online registration has closed. Please register on site beginning Tuesday, April 9 at 2 PM.




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Tuesday Night Keynote Speaker, Dr. John Compton



John L. Crompton holds the rank of University Distinguished Professor and is both a Regents Professor and a Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M University. He an undergraduate degree in physical education and geography from Loughborough College, an M.S. degree in Recreation and Park Administration from the University of Illinois, and an M.S. degree in Business Administration from Loughborough University.  In 1970, he joined Loughborough Recreation Planning Consultants as their first full-time employee. Dr. Crompton received his doctorate in Recreation Resources Development from Texas A&M University. For has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in both the Department of Recreation and Parks and the Department of Marketing at Texas A&M University, but he now teaches exclusively in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences.


Dr. Crompton's primary interests are in the areas of marketing and financing public leisure and tourism services. He is author or co-author of 20 books and a substantial number of articles which have been published in the recreation, tourism, sport and marketing fields.


Dr. Crompton is the most cited scholar in the world in the tourism

and leisure management fields. He has conducted many hundreds of workshops for professionals on marketing and/or financing and has delivered keynote addresses at the World Leisure Congress and at Annual National Park and Recreation Conferences in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States.


He is a past recipient of the National Park Foundation’s Cornelius Amory Pugsley award for outstanding national contributions to parks and conservation; the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Colleges National Teacher of the Year Award; the National Recreation and Park Association's (NRPA) Distinguished Professional award; the NRPA National Literary award; the NRPA Roosevelt award for outstanding research; the Distinguished Colleague and the Distinguished Teaching awards of the Society of Park and Recreation Educators; the Travel and Tourism Research Association's Travel Research award, Senior Fellow of the World Leisure Academy; Elected Fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism and, Minnie Stevens Piper Professor for excellent teaching in the state of Texas. At Texas A&M, he has been Cintron University Professor for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.


He was a member of the NRPA’s Board of Trustees for nine years; and is a past president of four professional bodies: the Texas Recreation and Parks Society; the American Academy of Park and

Recreation Administration; the Society of Park and Recreation Educators and the Academy of Leisure Sciences. He is a Board member of the National Recreation Foundation. In 2006, the city of College Station named a new 16 acre neighborhood park, John Crompton Park. Dr. Crompton served 4 years as a city councilman for College Station from 2007-2011, and was Mayor Pro Tem in 2010-2011.



Thursday Closing Keynote, Dale Smith


Dale Smith, CEO of Smith Management Training and Consulting Services
genuinely has a love for people and a passion for helping them improve.
She worked in government for 30+ years in the Parks and Recreation profession and finished her career as the Director of Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department.Now through Smith Management, her goal is to work with individuals and teams that seek to improve communication skills, develop positive team dynamics and consistently meet mutual goals. She believes that all individuals and teams have the ability to succeed given the
right support and tools. She does that through coaching, training, consulting and speaking.


Dale has earned a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Resource  Administration, a Master’s Certificate in Teaching, Training and Education Technology and a Business Coaching Certificate from NCSU. She also has a host of certifications including EQI 2.0 and 360 (Emotional Intelligence)
Certification and MBTI (Meyers-Briggs) Certification and has acquired the level of Associate Certified Coach through the International Coaching  Federation. Dale serves as a Board of Regent Instructor for Supervisors’
Management School in coordination with NCSU and NRPA and is an instructor for the Effective Supervisory Management Program with UNC -
Chapel Hill School of Government. She is a Past President of the NCRPA and coordinates the Annual LeadHERship Workshop in partnership with Recreation Resources Service, a consulting group with NCSU and State Parks.


She has spoken at national, state and local conferences as well as a number of state university classrooms.





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