Annual Training Conference

23rd Annual AFQAM Training Conference, Daytona Beach, FL

The 23rd Annual AFQAM Training Conference will be held in Daytona Beach, FL on October 1-4, 2024 at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort (room rate $159/night). Information on conferences beyond 2024 can be found on the Training Opportunities page. Conference details and registration are posted in the late spring of each year.

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Registration Information

Attendance Cost
Member (after 9/1/2024)
Non-Member (after 9/1/2024)
In-Person
$425 ($475)
$475 ($525)
Virtual*
$325 ($375)
$375 ($425)

*For Virtual Attendees: There will be a curated Live Stream Presentation provided

Note: Attendance to Breakout Sessions limited for virtual attendees

The following Breakout Sessions will be live-streamed:

TBD

Registration refunds will be applied according to the following schedule:

  • Refund requested before 9/1/2024: 100% refund
  • Refund requested between 9/2/2024 and 9/15/2024: 75% refund
  • Refund requested between 9/16/2024 and 9/25/2024: 50% refund
  • Refund requested on or after 9/26/2024: no refund

Accommodation and Travel

Accommodation

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
100 North Atlantic Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL
386-254-8200

Please use the link above to reserve your room in order to obtain the group rate of $159/night. The last day to book to obtain this rate is September 1, 2024. The $25 resort fee should be waived.

Special room rates effective from Sunday, September 29, 2024 through Friday, October 4, 2024.

Travel

The Daytona Beach International Airport is the closest airport to the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort. There are several options for ground transportation to the hotel that can be found here.

Parking at the hotel ranges from $20-40 plus tax depending on if it’s self, valet, and overnight combination. More details can be found at the hotel’s FAQ page.

Registration IS OPEN

REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE HERE

REGISTER FOR THE EVENING EVENT HERE

If paying by invoice, please put the attendee(s)’ name in the Description box when prompted.

TENTATIVE Conference Agenda

Monday, September 30th – Pre-conference Workshops

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Time
Topic
Speaker
Cost
Register
8:00am – 5:00pm

True Integrity – A Situational Readiness Workshop

John Collins, Critical Victories

$295 (before 6/30)

$349 (after 6/30)

Click to Register

Last day to register: 9/13/2024

3:00pm – 4:30pm We Heard You: The Newly streamlined A2LA Forensic Program Scott Renkes and Brittney Rollison, A2LA FREE Click to Register
8:00am – 5:00pm Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt With Emphasis on Various Tools Including Value Stream Mapping Mahindra Varma   Coming soon
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Registration
Conference Registration Desk

Tuesday, October 1st – General Session

Time
Topic
Speaker
6:00am – 8:00am Registration/Breakfast – Provided
8:00am – 9:00am Opening – Prioritizing the Development of Effective Expert Witnesses John Collins
9:00am – 10:00am Building Connections with the Defense through Transparency Sarah Chu
10:00am – 10:30am Morning Break – Sponsored by AFQAM Silver Sponsors
10:30am – 11:15am Corrective Actions in NYC: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Transparency Meredith Rosenberg
11:15am – 12:15pm Communications Max Houck & Elizabeth Yourkievitz
12:15pm – 12:25pm Vendor Presentation LabVantage
12:25pm – 1:25pm Lunch – Sponsored by AFQAM Platinum Sponsors
1:25pm – 2:10pm Generational Gaps and QA Jody Wolf
2:10pm – 2:40pm National Association of Forensic Science Board (NAFSB) Kermit Channell
2:40pm – 3:10pm Quality Toolbox: G Suite & SharePoint Ashley Hayes & Brandi Barnett
3:10pm – 3:15pm Vendor Presentation PinPoint Testing
3:15pm – 3:45pm Afternoon Break – Sponsored by AFQAM Silver Sponsors
3:45pm – 4:15pm NIST Validation Guidance and Tools Steve Lund & Melissa Taylor
4:15pm – 5:15pm Getting Started with CliftonStrengths Rob DeSimone
6:00pm – 8:00pm Vendor Reception – Sponsored by AFQAM Gold Sponsors
8:00pm – 11:30pm Hospitality Suite

Wednesday, October 2nd – General Session

Time
Topic
Speaker
6:00am – 8:00am Breakfast – Provided
8:00am – 9:00am Keynote: Asymmetry, Transparency, and Relationships, A Case Study Max Houck
9:00am – 10:00am Accrediting Body Updates by ANAB & A2LA Nita Bolz & Brittney Rollison
10:00am – 10:05am Vendor Presentation Mettler-Toledo Rainin
10:05am – 10:35am Morning Break – Sponsored by AFQAM Silver Sponsors
10:35am – 11:05am Forensic Science Standards Development and Implementation: Insights and Updates from OSAC Allison Getz
11:05am – 11:25am Microscope Calibration, LEEDS Neal Schrode
11:25am – 12:10pm Panel: Building Quality Relationships with Stakeholders Brandi Barnett, Margaret Kaleuati, & Delilah Ortiz-Meyer
12:10pm – 12:20pm Vendor Presentation Mideo Systems, Inc.
12:20pm – 1:20pm Lunch – Sponsored by AFQAM Platinum Sponsors
1:20pm – 2:05pm An Assessor’s Tale Mike Healy
2:05pm – 2:50pm Lab Culture, This Is The Quality Problem You Are Looking For… Jason Bundy
2:50pm – 2:55pm Vendor Presentation Collaborative Testing Services
2:55pm – 3:25pm Afternoon Break – Sponsored by AFQAM Silver Sponsors
3:25pm – 4:25pm Business Meeting AFQAM Board
6:00pm – 8:00pm Evening Event – Sponsored by AFQAM Gold Sponsors
8:00pm – 11:30pm Hospitality Suite

Thursday, October 3rd – Breakout Sessions

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Time
Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
6:00am – 8:00am Breakfast – Provided
8:00am – 10:00am Management Review Options for Forensic Labs, Richard Remy Basics of QA, Nita Bolz The Nitty-Gritty of Uncertainty of Measurement, Emma Dutton Clifton Strengths, Rob DeSimone
10:00am – 10:30am Morning Break – Sponsored by AFQAM Silver Sponsors
10:30am – 12:00pm One QA Manager’s Pursuit: Our Internal Audit and Corrective Action Journey, Catherine Nigra Basics continued UoM continued NO SESSION
12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch – On Your Own
1:30pm – 3:00pm One QA Manager’s Pursuit: Our Internal Audit and Corrective Action Journey, Catherine Nigra Basics of QA, Nita Bolz The Nitty-Gritty of Uncertainty of Measurement, Emma Dutton NO SESSION
3:00pm – 3:30pm Afternoon Break – Sponsored by AFQAM Silver Sponsors
3:30pm – 5:30pm Management Review Options for Forensic Labs, Richard Remy Basics continued UoM continued Clifton Strengths, Rob DeSimone
8:00pm – 9:30pm Fireside Chat with NIST: NIST Validation Workshop and Guide Planning Session with Melissa Taylor

Friday, October 4th – General Session

Time
Topic
Speaker
6:00am – 8:00am Breakfast
8:00am – 9:00am Introduction to Evidence-Based Bias Habit Reduction Training Eva King
9:00am – 10:00am Positivity with Corrective Actions Alanna Brauer & Anna Francis
10:00am – 10:30am Morning Break – Sponsored by AFQAM Silver Sponsors
10:30am – 11:00am Quality Toolbox: JusticeTrax & PowerDMS Alicia Otto
11:00am – 11:30am Road to Accreditation Jennifer Delaney
11:30am – 12:15pm Succession Planning Chrystal Craver & Stacey Mathew

Evening Event

JOIN US for a fun and entertaining evening with Polynesian Fire Luau: Polynesian Fire Productions.

“Polynesian Fire is an authentic Polynesian dinner show company serving Myrtle Beach, Daytona Beach, and Orlando. We are a Samoan family coming to you from the village of Nu’uuli on the island of Tutuila, American Samoa. The performers of Polynesian Fire will captivate you during live Polynesian music, ethnic dances and Samoan fire knife performances. Take a journey with us through the Pacific Islands at our luau dinner show.” ~Polynesian Fire Productions

Buses leave the hotel at 5:15pm

Ticket includes transportation to and from the event, live show, dinner, and (1) free beer/wine. Additional beverages can be purchased as well.

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