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A President's Message from SEAOC President Rafael Sabelli

Friday, May 29, 2020  

Changes to the 2020 SEAOC Convention

By Rafael Sabelli, SE, SEAOC President 2020

I began my year as SEAOC President at an excellent convention hosted by SEAOCC. I enjoyed the chance to see the new fellows recognized, and to learn form the technical presentations. I looked forward to a similar experience in Maui in 2020. SEAOC’s return to Maui is going to have to wait.

The SEAOC Board of Directors (myself included) has decided that the planned convention in September cannot go forward without undue risk to the health of our members, and perhaps also to the financial health of the association. Instead, we will go forward with a scaled-back virtual convention that includes the normal, yearly business, and as well as some technical presentations. (The details are only just being discussed.)

The convention committee has done a fantastic job in planning the Maui convention. The virtual convention will draw on the technical content that has been solicited and developed for the 2020 convention. Additionally, we are in discussions with the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort to have our planned convention there in a future year. (The hotel plans to be open in September will honor the reservations made for this year for the SEAOC convention at the block rates.)

I want to recognize the hard work of the convention committee, and their willingness to help the association achieve this necessary change in direction. These committee members are:


Richard Dreyer            Chair

Kevin Moore                Sports

Melissa Vickery           Mobile App and Web Site

Dan Bech                    Exhibitors and Sponsors

Holly Razzano             Registration

Dave Martin                 Social Events

Joyce Feng                  Treasurer

Bill Tremayne               Technical

Sandra Jung                 Publicity

Jenny Van Truong        YMF

Wayne Low                   Chair Emeritus