About the RETA National Conference 


What is the RETA National Conference?

The largest gathering of operators, technicians, and engineers in the industrial refrigeration industry. Programming is intended for all professionals, students, or even experts in the industrial refrigeration industry. Programming and supporting activities are tailored solely for these audiences.

How is coronavirus (COVID-19) impacting the RETA National Conference?

This year, in light of COVID-19 and with respect to the health and safety of all involved, we are excited to announce our first-ever virtual RETA National Conference. Thanks to innovative technology, this can’t-miss event will offer motivating Main Stages, dedicated exhibit hours, virtual branded booths, interviewing capabilities, networking opportunities, and more!

When is the NEW Virtual RETA National Conference?

Tuesday, October 27 –Thursday, October 29, 2020

Why attend the Virtual RETA National Conference?

The RETA National Conference is the only all-encompassing program in the country that caters to all levels of experience and positions within Industrial Refrigeration. No matter what level of career, RETA is focused on your success. You will find colleagues, leaders, and policymakers in the fields of Operations, Engineering, Management and Compliance who will deliver connections, tools, learning opportunities, and strategies that you need to implement effective professional learning in your career while obtaining PDH Credits.
 
In addition to educational programming, leadership opportunities, and the ability to network with others who are passionate about industrial refrigeration, the virtual Expo Hall offers valuable opportunities for both members and non-members alike. As a virtual expo hall, attendees can easily find programs and exhibitors they want to connect with based on areas of interest, geography, and more. Plus, schedule one-on-one virtual appointments with more dedicated expo hall hours.

Who can attend?

All RETA members and non-members are invited to attend.

What are the future dates and location?

  • November 8-11, 2021 – Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL
  • November 7-10, 2022 – Peppermill Resort Hotel in Reno, NV November 13-16, 2023 – Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, FL

Registration for the Event


How can I register for the virtual RETA National Conference?

Registration opening soon.

What is the registration fee?

All members pay $275 when registered by September 30, or $300 on or after October 1.
Non members pay $375 when registered by September 30, or $400 on or after October 1.

What is covered with the registration fee?

  • Main Stage Sessions and Workshops
  • Expo Hall—3 days to Explore/Connect/Engage—visit virtual booths to see public demos and schedule private demos/interviews
  • Special interest networking sessions

What are the registration fees for one day registration and how does this work?

No one-day registration is available.

What is the cancellation policy?

RETA must receive notice of cancellation by October 1, 2020. Cancellations or no-shows after this date are not eligible for a refund. Requests for full cancellations will be refunded less a $50 administrative fee.Please allow up to two weeks for delivery of refund. This policy covers registration and ticketed events.

What should I expect after I register for the virtual event?

You will receive a registration confirmation. You will receive another email closer to the event date to access the virtual event. We will provide more details on the specifics around technical logistics and other important attendee information as we get closer to the event date.
 

Cancellation of the In-Person Event / Refunds


Why did you cancel the in-person 2020 RETA National Conference?

As you are aware, the World Health Organization declared on January 31, 2020 the coronavirus constitutes a “public health emergency of international concern.” After careful consideration of information from the CDC, local, state, federal officials and our experts, RETA has determined that it is necessary to cancel the in-person RETA National Conference, scheduled to take place October 27-29 at the Caribe Royale Orlando, and transition to a virtual event.
 
We know that you were looking forward to the in-person RETA National Conference as an opportunity to personally engage with new information and renew professional relationships, and the decision to cancel isn’t one we took lightly. Here is why we decided to cancel the in-person event:

 

    • We recognize that many of you are working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak and that you are needed at your facilities.
    • It is important that we lead by example through social distancing and not contribute to further spread of the virus.

You should have received an email with details about your registration and refund. Please contact RETA HQ at (541) 497-2955 or conference@reta.com with any immediate questions you may have.

SCAM ALERT: Please note there are scams trying to capitalize on the COVID-19 situation and associated event cancelations. If you receive communication regarding RETA event refunds or registration transfers and you are uncertain if it is from RETA please contact us at conference@reta.com or (541) 497-2955 to verify.

Will RETA and the RETA chapters continue with the other educational events and workshops this year?

RETA and the RETA Chapters will continue to monitor the spread of coronavirus and will make determinations on an event by event basis. First and foremost, we are committed to our mission to keep members and their families and communities safe and maintain our values of communication, innovation, quality, and collaboration. Livestreaming and other digital options for participation are available for some events and meetings.

What if I want to cancel my virtual event registration? Can I get a refund?

Please contact RETA HQ at (541) 497-2255 or conference@reta.com. RETA must receive notice of cancellation by October 1, 2020. Cancellations or no-shows after this date are not eligible for a refund. Requests for full cancellations will be refunded less a $50 administrative fee. Please allow up to two weeks for delivery of refund. Fees will be refunded the same way they were paid to RETA. This policy covers registration and ticketed events. RETA is not responsible for monies registrants may have spent on penalty or non-refundable airline tickets or hotel deposits in the event this course is canceled or sold out. If a program is canceled by RETA, every effort will be made to notify registrants as least 30 days prior to the first day of the course, and registration fees will be refunded. To make a cancellation request, call RETA at (541) 497-2955 or send your request to: RETA HQ 1725 Ferry St SW, Albany, OR 97322 Fax: (541) 497-2966 or conference@reta.com.

Will exhibitors be refunded for booth space or sponsorships?

Transitioning National Conference to a virtual event will reduce the RETA’s event costs, so we want to pass savings along to you. The exhibitor fee is being reduced from $2,045 to $1,000. If you already paid your fee, you will get a full refund; please allow up to 25 days for this refund. Sponsors will also be contacted with further information as soon as possible. We want to work through the various processes, so this is done as efficiently as possible. Following the difficult decision to cancel the in-person 2020 RETA National Conference and transition with a virtual event, you may have many questions, which are answered below. If you do not find the answer to your question here, please contact RETA HQ at (541) 497-2955 or conference@reta.com.
 

Participating in the Virtual Event


What time zone will the live stream virtual event be based out of?

Central Daylight Savings Time

What is covered in the live stream virtual event?

  • Ability to attend 16 hours of education opportunities between workshops and main stage sessions.
  • A virtual expo hall broken into “virtual floors” so that you can find the exhibitors you’re most interested in. You’ll also have the ability to schedule one-on-one appointments with all exhibitors.
  • Networking opportunities that include formal ways to connect as well as the ability to chat (including via video) with fellow attendees.

How do I access the live stream virtual event?

If you are registered, you will receive an email closer to the event date to access the virtual event.

Will the virtual event be a combination of “Live” & “On Demand” sessions?

Yes, live streaming sessions will be recorded, and you’ll have On-demand access to all education for 30 days after the event.

How can I participate in the sessions or ask presenters questions?

Each workshop will include a chat function to ask questions and interact with the presenter.

What device can I use to access the live stream?

The live stream event can be accessed by most mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones. However, we strongly recommend using a desktop computer or laptop with a hardline internet connection for best performance and experience.

What are the system requirements?

For ideal viewing and participation, the learner should have access to the following: • Adobe Flash Plug-in • Internet Explorer 9+, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari • High speed internet connection • Also compatible with iOS (Apple) and Android based tablets and smartphones

How do I know if my device and settings are appropriate for the live stream?

Before attending the online event, be sure to check your system’s compatibility with the live streaming platform. This will ensure that you have all the proper items required for accessing the live event. We will provide more details on the specifics around technical logistics and other important attendee information as we get closer to the event date.

How can I optimize my home internet for a better streaming experience?

  • Maximize your internet connection by connecting your computer by an ethernet cable directly from your internet router. If you must use Wi-Fi, try and use the 5GHz network.
  • Wi-Fi works best when you are 5-8 ft from your router.
  • Give your router space to breathe by placing it in “free space”. This means not in a TV stand or behind the couch.
  • Check and tighten all cable connections, with your router and with your computer.
  • Give your router time to rest by turning it off for at least 10 seconds and restarting it. This will boost your internet speed by a few extra mbps.
  • Close out other apps on your device that are not essential to your live stream.
  • Disconnect other non-essential devices around your home (or office) that are connected to the internet: streaming devices, tablets, phones, video game systems, and/or smart TVs.

How do I launch an online session?

Go to the webcast auditorium and click the title of the workshop you want to view. Click “attend webcast” to participate in a live session or “view archive” to watch a pre-recorded session.

How do I access and download handouts?

Handouts are available in the virtual platform. You can view handouts before and after the workshop by clicking the “view handouts” button within the session.

How do I evaluate each session and the entire event?

We will provide more details on the specifics around technical logistics and other important attendee information as we get closer to the event date.

How do I update my profile and is it necessary?

We will provide more details on the specifics around technical logistics and other important attendee information as we get closer to the event date.

Can I participate in the virtual event if I’m visually or hearing impaired?

Please contact conference@reta.com by October 1st if you require special accommodations.

Can I share my login with my colleagues?

No, your login will only have your profile.

Will there be a Mobile app?

No mobile app will be used in 2020.

Will the voting continue or the process change?

Board position elections will still be held. A live Candidates’ Forum will be held on August 1, 8:00-9:30 p.m. CDT. Members will receive an electronic ballot and have until August 1st at 9:30 pm to vote. More information will be posted on the National Conference Voting page.

Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association
Toll Free: 844.801.3711 · Phone: 541.497.2955 · Fax: 541.497.2966
1725 Ferry St SW, Albany, OR 97322