The ATA Chronicle - November/December 2023 - 5

ATA64: The Vibe Is Back!
GEOFF KOBY
president-elect@atanet.org
O
ver 1,300 ATA
members can't be
wrong-Miami was
a great location for ATA64.
Returning to the same hotel
and conference center as
eight years ago in 2015 was
like coming home again!
On-site conference
attendance has grown
steadily since the hybrid
ATA62 conference in
Minneapolis and the first
post-pandemic all-in-person
conference last year in Los
Angeles. But the betterthan-expected
attendance in
Miami gave our conference
the traditional buzz and vibe
of old friends getting back
together and new members
and conference attendees
sharing their excitement at
being together with likeminded
professionals in a
learning and sharing setting.
Be sure to take a look at
the ATA64 recap video and
conference photo gallery to
remember the excitement
or see what an ATA Annual
Conference is like!
Thank you to everyone
who made the trip down to
warm and beautiful South
Florida, and special thanks to
www.ata-chronicle.online
you if this was your first ATA
conference. This year, the
Buddies Welcome Newbies
event celebrated its tenth
anniversary of connecting
conference veterans with firsttime
attendees with its usual
enthusiasm. Thank you also to
our co-hosting organization,
the Association of Translators
and Interpreters of Florida,
for faithfully staffing a table
and providing information
about the Miami area, and to
our Gold Sponsor Wordfast
and Silver Sponsor Trados,
as well as our other sponsors.
I also want to thank all the
chapter and division officers,
committee chairs, and those
members who volunteered in
various ways (e.g., organizing
the Awards Ceremony,
counting ballots, scheduling
off-site division events,
etc.). Finally, a big thanks to
the ATA Headquarters staff,
and especially Director of
Professional Development and
Events Adrian Aleckna, for
ensuring ATA64 was seamless.
Because of my new
role, I've stepped down as
president of the American
Foundation for Translation
and Interpretation (AFTI),
ATA's nonprofit foundation,
but before I go, I'd like to
thank everyone who has
donated to AFTI over the
years. AFTI has been able to
fund several scholarships
for students attending the
conference for the first
time and has started a new
tradition-Game Night-at
the conference. Miami's
Game Night attendees
enjoyed Jeopardy and various
board and card games for a
good cause!
There are always little
things that don't work as well
as planned in a conference
this large, so I welcome
your feedback at presidentelect@atanet.org.
We'll
definitely take another look
at name badges as well as
the conference app, with the
goal of making things work
smoothly while keeping costs
under control.
Looking Ahead to ATA65
As the newly elected
president-elect, I'm happily
starting my work as the
conference organizer for
ATA's 65th Annual Conference
in Portland, Oregon, October
30-November 2, 2024.
Portland's conference will
have a new twist, with the
conference sessions being
held in the convention center
across the street from the
conference hotel. There is a
light rail stop at the hotel, so
it will be easy for attendees to
reach downtown Portland for
division dinners and nightlife!
Portland is a great place
to visit-just take a look at
the ATA65 preview video!
I'll be working with the ATA
Headquarters team to make
sure our Annual Conference is
financially sustainable while
providing a great experience
for all attendees. We'll be
visiting the conference hotel
soon and I'll be sharing
updates about what to
expect at ATA65 in my future
columns. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, please
consider submitting a
proposal early next year
for a presentation at the
conference. ATA depends
on you to share your
professional expertise with
your colleagues to make the
profession better for all of us!
The call for session proposals
for ATA's 65th Annual
Conference will be out in
January, so it's time to start
planning yours! If you've
never written a proposal to
present at an ATA Annual
Conference, make sure to
watch our free webinar " How
to Submit a Successful ATA
Annual Conference Proposal "
to learn more about
developing and submitting a
proposal for this event.
Please feel free to email me
at president-elect@atanet.org
with your suggestions for
ATA65 and let me know if
you'd like to help with any of
the planning, organization,
or events.
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