PM Grow Summit 2022 Overview
Started in 2017, PM Grow Summit was created by Foundandhalf Marketing Agency and Latchel to help property managers get in front of the latest technological innovations. In fact, "it was the first professional property management conference which focused on innovative ideas to spur the industry forward" according to the event website.
Where: This year’s summit will take place at the San Diego Convention Center, which is an award-winning event and exhibition facility located in the heart of downtown San Diego and is just a short, 5-minute walk from the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego.
When: Events at the 2022 PM Grow Summit begin on Monday, February 28th with an 8am breakfast and networking opportunity. The summit will run through Wednesday, March 2nd.
PM Grow Summit Highlights & Must-Sees
The two keynote speakers, Claude Silver and Frank "The Legend" Shamrock: Claude Silver is the "Chief Heart Officer" at Gary Vee's VaynerMedia, and her talk is called "Bringing HUMANITY Back into the Workplace," which is all about learning to cultivate relationships and build trust.
Frank "The Legend" Shamrock is a retired MMA champion, four-time undefeated UFC champion, and a pioneer of modern combat sports. His keynote is titled "Warriors Code," where he'll share motivational stories of success and challenges and inspire listeners to strive for personal excellence.
Annual Pitch Competition: Each eligible sponsor is given only 60 seconds on stage to present their best sales pitch, then the conference attendees get to vote for their favorite contestants.
Diversity and Inclusion in the Future of PM Panel and The Market Consolidation Debate: The panelists and speakers for this event are unparalleled - both the Diversity and Inclusion panel and the debate will sure to be riveting and thought-provoking.
"Big Hair Don't Care" Rooftop Party: Who doesn't love a good 80's theme party on a rooftop?! Be sure to pack lots of hairspray!
Workshops we’re interested in
- AI vs HI: Tech's Role in a Relationship Driven Business: Monday, February 28th at 11:20am PST
- What the Tech? Must Have Tech Stacks of Successful PM Companies with Rhianna Campbell: Monday, February 28th at 1:30pm PST
- The Power of Profit with Daniel Craig: Tuesday, March 1st at 11:20am PST
- Fraud Proofing Automated Leasing with Grace Doering: Wednesday, March 2nd at 11:00am PST
What to Do (and Eat) While in San Diego
San Diego, CA is known for its perfect weather year-round, gorgeous beaches and parks, fresh seafood, and some of the best Mexican food this side of the border. Balboa Park is where the highly-regarded San Diego Zoo is located, as well as several art galleries, museums, and gardens.
What to do in San Diego
Between all the outdoor activities (including hiking, surfing, golf, biking, and much more) and attractions, San Diego has no shortage of things to do! You can plan a visit to Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, Legoland, USS Midway Museum, Old Town, Cabrillo National Monument, Belmont Park... the list goes on!
What to eat in San Diego
Besides tacos, tacos, and more tacos, San Diego is known for fresh seafood, local wine, craft beer, California-style pizza, Southeast Asian food, and more. Try some guacamole nogada, poke, a California burrito, and some locally-sourced So-Cal wine at Pali Wine Co.
Your Guide to Getting the Most out of a Conference
You bought your ticket, booked your flights and hotel, and arranged coverage for while you’re out of office - now it’s time to get the most out of your time at the 2022 PM Grow Summit. This guide is to help you do just that!
This information can be applied to any trade show, conference, or convention so be sure to bookmark this page so you can easily refer back to it at any time! Here's what's covered:
- Packing for a conference
- Networking at a conference
- Finding new software, solutions, and vendors at a conference
- Having fun at a conference
- What not to do at a conference
Packing for a Conference
- Of course you’ll start by packing the usual: clothes (layers are key!), a jacket (depending on when/where you’re going), your phone, laptop, etc.
- Don’t forget to also bring your mask (per COVID regulations), extra pens, a notebook, business cards, an extra charger, and hand sanitizer.
Networking at a Conference
- Networking - people either love it or hate it. Regardless, it’s a necessary and worthwhile part of conferences because it can lead to meaningful business connections, the sharing of ideas, and new friendships!
- It’s good to figure out who you want to meet with before getting to the conference - you’ll be able to prepare a game plan to make the most of your time and impress who you’re talking to by doing your research ahead of time.
- Reach out to your network to see who’s planning to attend the conference, follow the conference/hashtag on social media, and check the agenda to have a better idea of who will be there.
Finding New Software, Solutions, and Vendors at a Conference
- Not every booth will have something useful to you or your business, so it’s a good idea to study the floor plan ahead of time and make a list of which booths are worth stopping at.
- It’s important to to use your time at the conference to really evaluate your business as a whole. Rethink your current processes and be open to learning from new industry trends.
- Helpful tip: Make a list of two or three things in your day-to-day business operations that you either really don’t like to do or that take up too much of your time - odds are these are tasks that can either be automated or outsourced. Keep an eye out for vendors who could fill in those gaps, and have conversations with those reps at the conference! They can give you all sorts of free advice, and you may even walk away with the perfect solution.
Having Fun at a Conference
- Conferences shouldn’t be 100% about work! Attend happy hours, schedule coffee meet ups, and fit in some local sightseeing.
- Trade shows and conventions are usually filled with all sorts of raffles and giveaways - enter all of them if you can! Vendors usually bring tons of swag to events like this and love to give it away as prizes.
What Not to Do at a Conference
- Don’t go to a conference without a plan - making the most out of a conference means being smart about your time and planning ahead. You only get these opportunities once a year (if that!), and the last thing you want to do is waste the time and money you spent getting there.
- Don’t expect to do everything on your list - a plan is great for maximizing your time, however, things come up and you might not be able to check everything off your list. It’s best to prioritize the things that matter most to you and your business and leave some wiggle room for spontaneity.
- Don’t just stick with your clique - catching up with old friends at conferences is the best, especially after a pandemic has cancelled almost two years worth of plans for everyone. Spend time with your people, but make sure to also spend some time networking, learning, and meeting new people.