501F & G Users Group 2023
February 19 - 23, 2023
Peppermill Resort & Spa
From the Desk of the 501F & G Users Group Chairmand:
On behalf of the Board of Directors for both the F and the G Users Group, and Square One Meeting Planning, I would like to extend to you a warm welcome to the 23nd Annual Conference of the 501F Users Group meeting being held at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno.
The property, a Premier AAA Four Diamond resort, boasts slots, table games and poker in the 82,000-square-foot casino and race & sports book. Resort amenities include a 9,900-square-foot fitness center; two pools and three outdoor-jetted spas, heated with on-site geothermal energy. An assortment of bars and lounges; and 9 award-winning restaurants offering authentic Chinese, inspired Italian, steaks and chops, seafood, deli, and café dining. For those who need a little relaxation - a remarkable three-story, 33,000-square-foot Spa & Salon Toscana featuring 24 treatment rooms, Northern Nevada’s only Caldarium with indoor pool, sun deck, and full-service salon. For those who have been to this property before I am told they have done a refresh since our last visit so I’m really looking forward to it.
The conference itself is shaping up to be great one. The biggest good news is we have the G Users back with us this year after some time off so we’re really excited – Welcome Back! The G Users and their board not only bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and history along with them, but they are active contributors to our planning sessions and assist us during the conference to make your experience better. Regarding your experience – Our objective is to focus on the user-to-user content - We’ve already got some early user presentations which are going to be great – thanks to you early birds! Moreover, we’re always looking for more user content. Remember, all it takes is a photo or an email to trigger a conversation. We’re bringing our web master, Chad Boschert, back this year for those of you who are new and those of us who need some tips and tricks on how to maneuver in the 501F and 501G Forum, so be sure to look him up in between sessions.
Aside from the great content already lined up, we have 86 vendor slots, many new vendors interested in Vendorama, and for our kick-off we have Bocce Ball. For those of you who get to show up early and/or leave late – Reno is quite the destination and I am sure you can find plenty to do in the surrounding area.
As a reminder, we could not offer the conference in its current format without the support of ALL of our sponsors and vendors. Our vendors and sponsors support everything from our internet usage while at the resort to the great food we get to eat. As always – I would like to express on behalf of the F & G board how grateful we are to have all of you and we thank you for your continued support of this conference. For the users – please take the time this conference to introduce yourself to some of the vendors you have not met, drop a business card as a way of saying thank you, and take some literature or line cards back to your teams. After almost 25 years in the business, I can tell you – it is not if, it is when you will need help and being tapped into the network of experts our vendors represent has saved me and many others countless times during outages.
Finally, I would like to thank you, the users! You are why we are all here and why the Board spends all year planning for the next conference. Your continued support, presentations you create, conversations, use of the online forum, and participation at the conference are what it’s all about. I hope this conference provides you with value, knowledge, and a sense of community. If at any time you have comments, suggestions, or would like to participate in a more powerful way, please reach out to myself or any of the board members, we are here for you.
501F Users Group Chairman
Cogentrix Energy Power Management, Charlotte, NC
Ivan Kush, Principal CT & Controls Engineer