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Welcome to 501F Users Group 2018

Fellow Users,

The 2018 501F Users Group Conference will be held Sunday, February 25, 2018 through Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Hyatt Grand Cypress in Orlando, FL.

This year’s conference will be managed by Square One Meeting Planning (Tammy Faust & Jacki Bennis).  All the information necessary to register for the conference & reserve your hotel room(s) is on one of the tabs or links of this website.  If there are any questions regarding Conference Registration and/or Hotel Reservations, please feel free to contact Tammy Faust (843.856.5150 ext 1 or tammy@somp.co)  or Jacki Bennis (843.856.5150 ext  2 or jacki@somp.co)

At the Conference:
501F Users Registration will commence at 7:00 AM on February 26. This year's conference will formally start at 8:00 AM on Monday, February 26 and run through 5:00 PM on Thursday, March 1, with an evening event sponsored by Siemens to follow.  Some conference highlights are:

  •  Return of golf event: 501 F Users Golf Outing to be held Sunday, February 25.
  • User-sponsored Welcome Reception for all users & vendors on Sunday evening.
  • Conference Welcome & Introductions on Monday, February 26 followed by Vendorama and then the Vendor Fair.  We anticipate approximately 35 slots of 30 minutes each spread out over 5 rooms and the Vendor Fair with current expectations of up to as many as 85 vendor table setups.
    • Vendorama presentations provide users a superior learning experience, most offering owners engine reliability/availability benefits when implemented. This is said to be the most robust forum of its type currently offered by the gas-turbine user-group community.  Please keep in mind the significant Vendor participation we enjoyed in past years has been "key" to the ongoing success of our conference; so please make an extra effort to attend some of the Vendorama Presentations, as well as spending some quality time visiting with the various Vendors during the Vendor Fair.
  • A Vendor Fair Reception running concurrent with the Vendor Fair on Monday evening.
  • There will be special closed-session presentations to the Users by industry heavyweights GE Power, Mitsubishi-Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPSA), PSM, and Siemens.
  • Additionally, GE (Monday, immediately following the Vendor Fair), PSM (Tuesday), MHPSA (Wednesday), & Siemens (Thursday) will be hosting evening “social” events to give Users additional opportunities to visit with members of their teams.
  • Closed, users-only sessions, including User presentations and Roundtable discussions.
    • Please consider volunteering to share an experience with your fellow users by responding to the board’s request for your specific experiences & participation for these important areas of our conference format.
  • Brainstorming on any topics users would like to see included in the quarterly Siemens net meetings, as well as the next Siemens 501F,G,&H Technology Customer Conference.

Once again, there will be a Spa Retreat event for Spouses/Significant Others, which will be paid for by the 501F Users Group. 

NOTE: Spouses/Significant Others are welcome at all evening events; no children under the age of 21, please. Complimentary transportation to any off-resort events will be provided. 

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando.

On behalf of the 501F Users Group, Inc. Board of Directors,

Russ Snyder
President & Chairman - 501F Users Group, Inc. 

Board of Directors - 501F Users Group, Inc.:    
Arlen Morris, FP&L, Next Era Energy
Blaine Gartner, Xcel
Carey Frost, Duke Energy
David Lucas, PacifiCorp
John Burke, NAES, LSP - Cottage Grove
Paul Tegen, Cogentrix (Vice Chairman)
Russ Snyder, Cleco (President & Chairman)