It’s been an incredible week at the Annual Gratitude Convention. Thank you to everyone who took the time to come out and experience this amazing week with us. We hope you left this convention feeling the enormous amount of passion, excitement and belief that we are revolutionizing the greeting card and gift industries. We are bringing the SendOutCards mission and vision to the whole world and becoming a billon-dollar household name.
While every annual convention is a special experience, we felt particularly close to this one because we were able to bring it back to our home in Salt Lake City, Utah. We couldn’t have asked for better trainers, guest speakers, performers and releases that made this weekend truly magical. View the full recap below!
Day 1 – Wednesday, May 29th
After a few rainy days leading up to the event, it was a beautiful morning in Salt Lake City, Utah to kick off the 2013 Annual Gratitude Convention! It was great to see all the familiar faces, along with some new faces too! First time convention attendees also received a first time pin.
The first day is always really exciting for us here at the corporate office. We work meticulously for months to create the perfect event. There’s something really special about seeing the hard work and vision come to life and being able to share it with all our distributors and customers from all over the world.
You may have noticed the Top Secret boxes on the first day. We couldn’t wait to share the contents with you and hope that it was worth the wait when it was finally unveiled. Read more about these secret boxes in Day 3!
Later that night, we started the festivities with an exclusive meeting for our Executives & above and VIPs. We gave them a sneak peek of the great things to come during the week and some special news regarding future offerings.
Our Executives & Above and VIPs will be helping us test both beta versions of our new SOC mobile site and our personalized card sharing social platform, SendSation, in weeks to come. This will help us perfect the site before we push it live to the field and ensure that you have the best experience possible.
After the meeting, they headed off to special dinner at beautiful La Caille for the VIP Dinner Party. La Caille is a beautiful estate, but it was really our Executives & above and VIPs that lit up the night in their black-tie attire.
Thanks to all our Executives, Senior Executives, Eagles and VIPs for their hard work and dedication to SendOutCards. If you’d like to be a part of the prestigious group, be sure to participate in the Eagle’s Challenges throughout the year!
Day 2 — Thursday, May 30th
The second day of convention started off bright early with the Treat’em Right Seminar! While we have TERs throughout the year, there’s something very special about the seminar that happens at convention — we think it’s the magic of convention that really brings out the power of the Treat’em Right Seminars. Our founder and CEO, Kody Bateman, was joined by Senior Executives Jim Packard, Adam Packard and Jeff Packard for an unforgettable day of training, personal development and growth.
Gratitude Award Winners
Kathryn Asaro and Laurie Delk
If you weren’t able to attend convention, be sure get your teams together and check our events page to find the next TER Weekend near you!
Day 3 — Friday, May 31st
Ah, the day everyone had been waiting for — the first day of general sessions! Friday morning was a big day full of new releases, achievements, and the mystery behind the Top Secret boxes!
Morning General Session
The morning general session started off packed with excitement and incredible entertainment, including a new original song, “Live Each Day in Gratitude” to kick off the sessions! Master of Ceremonies and Executive Kori Burgess, always knows how to get the crowd pumped!
After the performance and introductions, corporate’s Marketing Manager, Neal Chamberlain, and Chief Programmer, Aaron Allred, joined founder and CEO, Kody Bateman, on stage to welcome the crowd. And then the fun began!
To introduce how SendOutCards is revolutionizing the gifting industry, Neal and Aaron walked through the new gifting experience by sending Eagle Distributor, Bob Golden, a birthday card and multiple gifts. His gifts were “expedited” and dropped-in on him quicker than he expected! Bob’s birthday is on Sunday, June 2nd. Happy Birthday, Bob!
Here are the highlights of the new Gifting releases:
- New Gift Shop — Sleek layout with a web responsive design.
- New Shopping Cart — You can now send multiple gifts and select ground or expedited shipping.
- You can now send gifts without a card — sometimes you might just want a little something for yourself!
- Incredible new product photos, descriptions and videos — Show off these beautiful new gifts to your family, friends, prospects and customers!
- Innovative new packaging options — You can now select from Standard, Signature and Premium shipping options. Handcrafted and SendOutCards branded.
- New Premium Collections and Keepsake Kits inspired by Mrs. Jodi Bateman herself.
You can view the new features of the gifting experience by visiting: www.sendoutcards.com/gifts.
The Top Secret boxes were unveiled at that time with the brand new Premium Collection and Keepsake Kit gifts.
After the new gifting releases, Kody released the newly updated and final version of The Brick & Mortar to Click & Order Revolution DVD, featuring networking marketing icon, Margie Aliprandi. Thank you to everyone who participated in the beta version of this DVD and for all your feedback that made this video such a success.
Next up, Kody announced the brand new Training Center for the Certified Training Program. Here are the highlights:
- Updated Marketing Websites with new “testimonials” and “training center” options.
- New Training Center with tools, media, testimonials and training videos from our top leaders — Easily help your reps get certified and earn your payouts quicker!
You can view these new features now by visiting: www.sendoutcards.com/training-center.
WOW! Talk about a revolution! We hope you’re just as excited about these new releases are we are.
Finally to wrap-up the morning general session, the 2013 Distributor of the Year Award was announced. Drumroll, please…
Congratulations to Executives, Jimmy & Kathy Dick, as our 2013 Distributor of the Year!
Jimmy & Kathy were also recognized later in the day as the newest Master Certified Trainers. Thank you, Jimmy and Kathy, for all your hard work and dedication to SendOutCards!
Runner-up for the 2013 Distributor of the Year was none other than Executive, Kathy Paauw. Thank you for all your dedication, Kathy. We appreciate all that you do to continue to spread the SendOutCards vision and mission!
Afternoon Session — ECT School
After a lunch, we jumped right into our afternoon session and our first ever ECT School! But don’t let the word school fool you; we had a lot of fun too! We had incredible performances by Dot Biz and Rushan Reed of some original SendOutCards songs such as, Gratitude and BDABB. Eagles Bob and Betty Ann Golden, also helped us announce some prestigious awards, including Certified Trainer of the Year.
Congratulations to amazing Executive Jules Price for being our 2013 Certified Trainer of the Year! Thanks for your dedication and countless hours of investment into the training program and making it such a success!
Here’s a list of our prestigious recognitions presented during the Friday afternoon session:
2013 Top Eagle’s Challenge Point Earners
1. Jackie Ulmer
2. Mike Roy
3. Jordan Adler
4. Andy Fulghum
5. Jules Price
2013 Top Customer Gatherers
1. Dennis MacDonald
2. Ben Cummings
3. Julie Barker
4. Craig Schiele
5. John Davey & Susan Tanton
2013 Top Income Earners
1. Jordan Adler
2. DeMarr Zimmerman
3. Jimmy & Kathy Dick
4. David Frey
5. Bob & Betty Ann Golden
2013 Top 7/30/Q Sponsors
1. Ben Stone & Jasmine Trias
1. Mike Pinilla
2. Jan Johnson
3. Heidi Dulay
4. Jordan Adler
2013 Top Success Unit Builders
1. Jackie Ulmer
2. Andrea Trovato
3. Robin Rice Hodges
4. Jordan Adler
5. Andy Fulghum
5. Jules Price
Day 4 — Saturday, June 1st
Morning General Session
The last day of the 2013 Annual Gratitude Convention! The morning session was packed-full of inspiration and incredible performances. In addition to hearing from Kody, we also had the honor of hearing from an Olympic Gold Medalist and a Network Marketing Icon.
In the mix of it all, SendOutCards’ corporate team was recognized on stage in true SendOutCards’ fashion.
Afternoon General Session
The afternoon session provided us with breathtaking performances, including but not limited to a touching violin performance by a special member of the Bateman family. Kody and Executive Steven Burgess also delivered a powerful speech about SendOutCards’ McCabe Foundation and how this organization is gaining momentum and changing lives! We also had the pleasure of recognizing our Senior Managers and listening to Distributor of the Year, Jimmy Dick, during this session.
Master of Ceremonies, Kori Burgess, also announced the theme for next year’s convention, get ready SendOutCards… let the REVOLUTION begin, join us at the 2014 Annual Revolution Convention from May 28 – May 31, 2014.
It was a truly remarkable way to close-up the sessions!
SendOutCards Gatsby Closing Party
This was no better way to close out the 2013 Annual Gratitude Convention then in the style of Jay Gatsby! We had a blast with this twenties inspired party and loved seeing everyone’s creative outfits!
We hope all who attended had an incredible experience at our Annual Gratitude Convention! We hope you left with a renewed sense of excitement about SendOutCards and where we’re headed. If you weren’t able to attend, we hope this recap helped capture some of the magic that happened this weekend and that you will be able to join us for the 2014 Annual Revolution Convention!