How to Register
Dearborn Inn, a Marriott Hotel
If you are registering a group and entitled to a group discount, you must first contact ITFMA at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 687-7390 with the names of the registrants.
ITFMA's Financial World of Information Technology® Conferences are at the Dearborn Inn, a Marriott Hotel, in Dearborn, MI on July 14-18, 2014 and offers these four concurrently held conferences:
- IT Financial Management for Directors and Managers Conference
- IT Financial Planning, Budgeting and Reporting Conference
- IT Asset and Expense Management Conference
- Telecommunication Financial Management Conference
The July 16-18 conference registration fees are $1,595/$1,695 for members/nonmembers, and the July 14-15 optional workshops are $500 per day. The ITFMA group room rate is $139 and the government per diem is $100 for single/double occupancy. i
Lobby of the Dearborn Inn, a Marriott Hotel
To make room reservations, call (877) 757-7103 and mention “IT Financial Management Association” to get the discounted room rate. The hotel may be sold out during this popular time of the year and there is no other hotel nearby that is comparable in quality and price. Reservations must be made by June 13 after which reservations will be accepted on a space and current available rate basis. Calling the hotel before the cut-off date does not guarantee rooms will be available at our special group rate as the hotel is not required to honor this special rate after our block of rooms has been filled, so reserve your room early. You can always cancel it. For complete information about the hotel, go to www.marriott.com/dtwdi.
Hotel & Nearby Attractions
To make it most attractive for you to attend ITFMA conferences while the economy slowly gets back on its feet, the goal of ITFMA is to provide you with the most attractive locations at the most attractive prices. The intent is to maximize quality, minimize cost, and select fun and interesting places to visit. The first step was to identify a quality hotel chain for negotiating a package deal for a multi-year contract in order to get the best room rates for you. We chose Marriott International for their history of quality facilities, central locations, and willingness to negotiate reasonable room rates. Next step was to personally research all of Marriott’s 3,425 hotels in the U.S. for the six (6) best sites that met our criteria of economy, fun and interest to those of all ages. The Dearborn Inn on 23 lush acres is a AAA Four Diamond rated Marriott property and just a short distance from the Detroit Airport. For complete information about The Dearborn Inn, please go to www.marriott.com/dtwdi.
Two of the five criteria used by ITFMA in selecting sites for their conferences are: historically significant facilities and local attractions not found in typical large cities used by other conference organizers for their conferences. ITFMA wants to give you a unique experience in your education curriculum, lodging experience, and leisure experience. One of the major reasons for selecting the Dearborn Inn was the unusual and historically interesting attractions that are within walking distance (0.5 mile) from the Dearborn Inn. See the next page entitled “The Henry Ford.”
ITFMA also has a social conscience toward local communities and to their conference attendees. ITFMA was one of the few organizations that did not “pull the plug” on the community of New Orleans like so many other organizers who cancelled their conferences right after the devastating 2005 Hurricane Katrina. ITFMA chose to hold their 2006 conference in order to financially support the local community. It was heart-warming to hear so many of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel staff thanking us and our conference attendees for coming to their city and not deserting them in their time of need.
ITFMA has also showed a commitment to their conference attendees by guaranteeing them value for their attendance. ITFMA was holding a three-day seminar on “A Comprehensive Overview of Chargeback” in Alexandria, VA on September 10-12, 2001, just a stones through from where a hijacked plane crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11. With the hurrific events of that day blaring on every television in the hotel, the news spread like wildfire throughout seminar. After the initial rush of attendees to watch the TV coverage for a while, ITFMA gathered everyone together and gave them two choices. They could continue watching the stories unfold on TV or continuing to attend the seminar. ITFMA wanted to give them an option to keep their mind off the horror of the day and nearly everyone stayed in class for the duration of the seminar.
Now the city of Detroit is going through very difficult financial and economic times. ITFMA had the choice of being “popular” and finding a more inviting location for their July 2014 conference or hold the conference in the Detroit area where ITFMA, the conference attendees, and their employers can do some good for a community that needs a lot of financial support. ITFMA chose to do the latter by hold their conference in Dearborn, MI.
Besides attending a most unique program, you, your organization, and your profession of IT financial management have the opportunity to prove that "We Care!" The community and economy of Detroit have suffered greatly. Unlike the other organizations that deserted the city in their time of need by holding their conferences elsewhere, ITFMA has chosen to take the stand that "holding our program in the Detroit area is the morally right thing to do." Terry Quinlan, founder of ITFMA and the IT Financial Management profession, is asking you and your colleagues to please join him in this cause by being part of this “feel good” event. Most people say they care about their fellow Americans, but they are seldom presented an opportunity to prove it. If you want to walk the walk and talk the talk, please join us in Dearborn. I believe you will feel better about yourself, and your family and company should be proud of your support. We hope you will join us.
Q: How do we get to The Henry Ford?
A: The Henry Ford is walking distance ( 0.5 miles) from the Dearborn Inn where the ITFMA conference is being held. The Dearborn Inn is at 20301 Oakwood Blvd. and The Henry Ford is at 20900 Oakwood Blvd. Take a left at Oakwood Blvd. Walk 0.3 miles to W. Village Road and turn right. Walk 0.2 miles, then turn left and go 0.1 miles.
Q: What is there to see at The Henry Ford? A: The major attractions are Greenfield Village, Henry Ford Museum, and the Ford Rouge Factory Tour. For complete information, go to www.thehenryford.org. To see a map of the entire Henry Ford campus, go to Henry Ford Museum map. For detailed maps of Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum, go to Villiage and Museum map.
Greenfield Village consists of famous historic buildings relocated by Henry Ford to create a fascinating village comprised of buildings linked to such luminaries as George Washington Carver, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Robert Frost, William Holmes McGuffery, Noah Webster, Wright Brothers and others. Just some of the historic structures are:
|Armington & Simms Machine Shop||J.R. Jones General Store||Rocks Village Toll House|
|Carriage Barn||Liberty Craftworks Store||Sir John Bennett Sweet Shop|
|Cider Mill||Logan County Courthouse||Stony Creek Mill Pond & Sawmill|
|Cohen Millinery||Martha-Mary Chapel||Susquehanna Plantation|
|Cotswold Cottage||Miller School||Suwanee Island & Lagoon|
|Eagle Tavern||Model T Loading Dock||Swiss Chalet|
|Edison Illuminating Co. Station||Noah Webster Home||The Workshop & Guild Beer Hall|
|Firestone Farm||Oxbow Island||Town Hall|
|Henry Ford Home||Phoenixville Post Office||Tripp Saw Mill|
|George Washington Carver Cabin||Pottery Shop||Village Green & Pavilion|
|Glass Shop||Printing Office & Tin Shop||William Holmes McGuffery Birthplace|
|Grimm Jewelry Store||Railroad Roundhouse & Turntable||Wright Brothers’ Cycle Shop|
|Gunsoly Carding Mill||Richart Wagon Shop||Herschell-Spillman Carousel|
|Robert Frost Home||and much, much more…|| |
You can go back in time and take a historic ride on a Vintage Model T, a 1931 Ford Model AA Bus, a horse drawn Omnibus Shuttle, a Weiser Train pulled by a steam or diesel locomotive, and a 1913 Herschell-Spillman Carousel.
The Henry Ford Museum features various galleries entitled:
|Agriculture||Genius at Play Store||Museum Gallery|
|Automobiles in American Life||Goldenrod||Presidential Vehicles|
|Clockwork||Heroes of the Sky||Transportation|
|Dymaxion House||Home Art||With Liberty & Justice for All|
|Fully Furnished||Made in America||Your Place in Time|
The Ford Rouge (River) Factory Tour is a self-guided five-part experience that includes:
- Legacy Theatre is a history of the Rouge through rare, never-before-seen historic footage
- Art of Manufacturing is a multi-sensory 360-degree look at how automobiles are made
- Assembly Plant Walking Tour is where the new Ford F-150s are assembled from an elevated walkway
- Legacy Gallery to view five historic vehicles made at the Rouge and hop in the new F-150
Q: What are the hours of The Henry Ford?
|Henry Ford Museum||Open 7 days a week, 9:30am-5:00pm|
|Greenfield Village||Open 7 days a week, 9:30am-5:00pm|
|Ford Rouge Factory Tour||Monday-Saturday, Open 9:30am–5:00pm (Buses depart every 20 minutes, 9:20am-3:00pm)|
Q: How long does it take to visit Henry Ford Museum? Greenfield Village? Ford Rouge Factory Tour? A: There is so much to see and do at the Henry Ford, there really is no set amount of time spent that will suit every visitor. We suggest combo tickets and a multi-day, multi-venue ticket if you are interested in a “deep dive” into all of our exhibitions and programs. However, you do not need much time at all to be inspired by our brand of History—a couple of well placed hours are all it takes for a great visit. Our easy trip planner or our interactive venue maps (see the home page of this website) are a great way to get an overview. (If you are visiting Ford Rouge Factory Tour, be sure to build in enough time for travel to and from the main campus of the Museum—count on an extra ½ hour each way.)
Q: Do you need advanced reservations? A: Visiting The Henry Ford Museum or Greenfield Village require no prior reservations.
Q: How much is admission? A: The admission fees are as follows:
|Henry Ford Museum||Greenfield Village||Ford Rouge Factory Tour|
|$17 adult||$24 adult||$15 adult|
|$12.50 youth (5-12)||$17.50 youth (5-12)||$11 youth (5-12)|
|$15 senior (62+)||$22 senior (62+)||$14 senior (62+)|