Posted March 13, 2020

NAHAD cancels Annual Meeting & Convention

Following a meeting of the NAHAD Executive Committee this morning, NAHAD has cancelled its Annual Meeting & Convention scheduled for late April in the Bahamas.

In an email sent to NAHAD members, executive vice president Molly Alton Mullins said that the decision made in response to the coronavirus pandemic was not made lightly.

"This is not a decision we made lightly, and I promise you that NAHAD’s leadership has spent countless hours wrestling with making the right decision for the benefit of our members and the association. I know some of you have wanted us to proceed; I know many of you have wondered why we didn’t cancel sooner. Please know a lot of factors went into this decision, including financial implications as a result of cancellation. There are significant financial liabilities associated with cancelling a Convention and we have been weighing all our options to determine the best possible course of action. We are fortunate that NAHAD is in sound financial position but cancelling the Annual Meeting & Convention does come with significant costs," she said in the email.

The Atlantis, the host hotel for this year's convention, has offered an alternative date to hold the convention from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2. NAHAD is conducting a survey of members to determine if the membership is in favor of that option.

"If the membership overwhelmingly supports the rescheduled date, I will be back in contact with next steps on transferring registrations, hotel rooms, etc. If the membership does not support this new date, we will cancel NAHAD 2020 entirely as we do not want to host an event that does not meet the standards of a NAHAD Annual Meeting & Convention," she said.

"In closing, I cannot thank you enough for your support of NAHAD. I have fielded hundreds of calls and emails this past week and everyone’s support and understanding has been incredible. We are all in this together and I wish you, your families, and your businesses a speedy recovery."

Prior to the recent coronavirus outbreak, registrations for the convention were among the highest of any previous NAHAD convention.