I've been attending the ACA/ICFA/ICCFA conventions since 1993 - I realize this makes me a neophyte in the eyes of many of you - but I have to say, I thought this year's was really great and maybe the best I've been to ever. Many kudos to Kidwiler and his team! Fabulous job!
As a state association exec, I was working the exhibit room seeking out new vendor members and so had a lot of opps to talk with them in depth. The vendors I talked with felt it was really wonderful for them both in terms of traffic and general ambiance.
The sessions I attended were dynamite. People I talked to who went to other sessions said the same thing. The social occasions were really well-done (see my comments about the Cryptones) and my only complaint was the shin-splints I developed slogging from my room to the convention center (it really was about a mile, I swear, judging by how long it took). It also really impacted my ability to wear some of the terrific shoes I'd packed. Shoes, which I might add, almost caused me to have to pay overweight luggage fees but the kind Alaska Airlines check-in agent let me shift things from one bag to another. Yes, my tendency to over-pack made me cough up $25 to check a second bag.
On the shin-splints note, I sure would like to have a golf-cart franchise in those enormous hotel/convention centers. But I'm told by hotel staff this would be a liability issue for them.
I've never been to San Antonio, but on the survey form where it asked what my plans are for attending next year's convention I checked "I definitely will attend."
Y'all should too!