2000 Annual Convention


The Southern California weather tried to dampen the spirits of Convention attendees, but ABMA would have none of that! The sun shined down on ABMA's 83rd Annual Convention in Carlsbad, California at La Costa Resort & Spa. Those members in attendance took advantage of the many networking and business opportunities available. Aside from business opportunities there was also time for enjoyment and relaxation with the annual golf and tennis tournaments, tours, and other social functions. Here are just a few of the highlights of ABMA's 2000 Annual Convention:

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2000 - 17Vision 2000 proves to be working as the committees help bring more value to your membership. While many of you were just stepping off the plane, 20 ABMA members had arrived a day earlier and were participating in the committee meetings, 17 of which attended more than one meeting! If you want more of a say in the association's "goings on," this is where the action is, you need only to sign up. Thank you to all participants...you make the association go-round!!

Here is a sample of the many issues addressed that day:

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Continuation of participation in UID, AEA, and the new NAM Virtual University.
Ideas for next year's Convention Educational Program.
A mentor program for new members and an ambassador program for first time attendees of the Annual Convention.
Website improvements.
Sunset of Safety and Standards Task Force and creation of Safety and Standards Committee with new committee chair, Jim Henderson.
Finalization of last minute details for Brush Expo.

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The opening reception was a perfect time for catching up with old friends and making new ones. Attendees also got to sample a little of what La Costa had to offer between the scrumptious food, golf tips from a pro, or a relaxing massage.

2000 - 202000 - 18The business session was a chance to report on the past, present, and future activities of the association to the general membership. (See insert for 1999 Year End Financials.) Amelia Fox of Unibex enlightened the crowd on BrushCommerce.com and how B2B on the internet was the wave of the future and that ABMA is on board. Dr. Allen Konopacki imparted valuable information on exhibiting at trade shows, as well as a few laughs, that many were able to put into practice the following day at the Suppliers' Display.

The Suppliers' Display was a resounding success with booths literally spilling out the doors. The ABMA Educational Institute had to compete with the weather, but Martin Seidenfeld and Carla Barboza relayed useful information to those that attended on motivational hints and how best to handle sexual harassment issues, respectively.

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2000 - 16Kristin Draper planned another festive Suppliers' Reception where attendees saw the Candyman perform miracles with sugar, had their palms read, their caricatures drawn, tattoos painted on various body parts, boogied with the DJ, and even hula-hooped.

The Convention concluded with another day of meetings for the manufacturing divisions and Board of Directors.


Thank you to tennis chair Todd Leventhal. Winning individuals received gift certificates to the La Costa shops.

  • 1st Place Male: Gus Treslo
  • 1st Place Female: Danielle Alling
  • 2nd Place Male: Todd Leventhal
  • 2nd Place Female: Carol McNeely

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2000 - 14Special thanks to golf chair Dave Parr for making this tournament a success. The winning teams received gift certificates to the La Costa shops for their winning efforts. Two teams tied for first with a score of 69 and three teams tied for second with a score of 70.

1st Place Tie
Brian Connors, Norman Giertz, Ken Hanson, Chris Lorenz
Cathy Gainer, Greg Miller, Jim Tongas, Guy Oullette

2nd Place Tie
Gordon Barr, Grace Miller, Sandy Knapp, Gary Townes
Jack Beatty, Mike Convey, Greg Long, John Pereles
Neil Dolinger, Don Sears, Bill Madigan, Bill Caprel

2000 - 15Closest to Pin (#18): Linda Mitchell
Closest to Pin (#3): Greg Miller
Longest Drive 5'9" & under: Dan Boehm
Longest Drive 5'9" & over: Ed Lowder
Shortest Drive Female: Grace Miller
Shortest Drive Male: Carlos Petzold