Accelerate Conference in Spartanburg, SC – March 19-21, 2018 

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A few frequently asked questions to help you plan and pack for your trip!

What is the dress code for the conference?

Keep in the mind the weather in Spartanburg this time of year can be between 60-70 degrees, with cool evenings. The walk between AC Hotel Spartanburg and Spartanburg Marriott is 4 blocks, about a 10 minute walk. 

Monday BMW Driving Experience & Vendor Reception – Casual Attire; nice jeans (no holes), khakis, dress shirts, nice polos, light sweaters, closed-toe shoes are required <-- NO sandals, mules or peep toe shoes allowed.  Tennis shoes are preferred. 

Tuesday and Wednesday Meetings – Business Attire; Women: dress pants or skirt, blouse, shirt, dress, jacket or sweater, pantsuits, skirt suits, and dress shoes/ boots. Make sure that clothes do not show cleavage and skirt/dress length should be appropriate length. Men: dress shirt, tie, dress slacks, sweater/ sweater vest or suit.


Tuesday Evening "Taste of Spartanburg" – Smart Casual; jeans (no holes), skirts, nice shirts or sweatshirts, sweaters, etc. (for "smart casual" think relaxed and comfortable, but not Saturday afternoon relaxed). 

Wednesday Evening Awards Dinner & Celebration – Award celebration appropriate; suit and tie for men, conservative cocktail/semi-formal attire for women. 

When should I arrive / depart?

ARRIVAL is by noon on Monday, March 19, 2018.  If you are unable to secure a flight that allows you to arrive by 11:00am to Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP) on Monday, you may arrive Sunday evening.

Please note the ground transportation instructions based on your arrival time.

If you choose to arrive early or stay later on personal time, please request appropriate vacation time from your supervisor. Any hotel charges for additional days are at your own expense. 

DEPARTURE is any time Thursday, March 22, 2018.

Transportation

Each traveler will be responsible for booking their own air travel through Concur.  Please look for inexpensive options when booking flights.  Payment can be made by using the OTO Accelerate Conference credit card in Concur.  If you choose to drive to Spartanburg, your mileage will be reimbursed at the current IRS rate in Concur. 

Arrival: Arrival is by noon on Monday, March 19, 2018.  If you are unable to secure a flight that allows you to arrive by 11:00am to Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP) on Monday, you may arrive Sunday evening.

Departure: Any time Thursday, March 22, 2018.

If you choose to arrive early or stay later on personal time, please request appropriate vacation time from your supervisor.  Any hotel charges for additional days are at your own expense. 

Please note the ground transportation instructions based on your arrival time:

Ground Transportation: Conference attendees will use Uber or Atchison taxi service from Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP).  For taxi service, please complete the following:  https://book.mylimobiz.com/v4/atchisontrans
If you are arriving before 9:00am on Monday, you will travel to Spartanburg to your assigned hotel.  Transportation will be arranged for you to the Monday event.

If you are arriving between 9:00am and noon, you will go directly to the BMW Performance Center. The address is 1155 SC-101, Greer, SC 29651.  Your luggage will be stored for you at BMW during the event.

Event Transportation: Other than possibly walking a few blocks between the AC Hotel and the Marriott Hotel, transportation will be provided to and from the other venues used during the conference. If you are unable to easily walk 4-5 blocks between the hotels, please indicate that on your registration and we'll make accommodations. 

Have additional questions?

Contact Sonia Santana (ssantana@otodevelopment.com) or Lisa Giaimo (lgiaimo@otodevelopment.com) if you have any questions.

If you have questions about your hotel reservation, please do NOT contact the hotel. Contact Aimee Cheek, acheek@otodevelopment.com or 864-327-4059. 

Where is the conference?

Spartanburg, South Carolina, the home city of OTO Development (nearest airport: Greenville-Spartanburg Airport)

Host Hotel: AC Hotel Spartanburg, 225 W. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC

Meeting Hotel: Spartanburg Marriott, 299 N. Church Street, Spartanburg, SC

Vendor Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn, 108 Carolina Point Parkway, Greenville, SC

Vendor Tradeshow: BMW Performance Center, 1155 Highway 101 South, Greer, SC 

 

Can I bring my spouse or significant other?

Yes! You are welcome to have a spouse or significant other stay with you during the conference, but the meetings and company sponsored events are for OTO employees only. 

What else should I bring?

This is a fit-friendly conference, so make sure your Fit-bit is fully charged and get ready to log some steps.

An umbrella and sweater - Springtime weather is unpredictable in the south,  so you never know if you'll need a sweater or light jacket in the evenings or an umbrella. 

Laptop - Some of the workshops will be interactive and hands-on, so if you have a laptop, bring it. 

Workout clothes - Both hotels are equipped with large fitness centers and we'll also have group fitness activities available as an option each morning. 

Comfortable shoes - The hotels are approximately 4-5 blocks apart and Spartanburg downtown is a very walkable city. Leave the heels at home and wear comfortable shoes. And remember closed-toed shoes are REQUIRED for ALL Monday's activities at BMW regardless if you are driving or not. 

Go Pro or Camera - Lots of instagrammable and Facebook moments provided in your Sparkle City experience, capture it all on your camera or Go Pro while you're here. 

Driver's License - You will need to have your driver's license for checking into the BMW Performance Center.

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