Award List Convention 2016
Individual Award Flyers (downloadable PDFs):
98th National Convention
July 14-16, 2016
2016 Registration and Reservations
*Hotel room reservations for Exchange’s National Convention are now closed.
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*Pre-registration for Exchange’s Child Abuse Prevention is now closed.
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Convention Speakers and Featured Guests
Mike Jones has help millions of people over the past 30 years to create a better version of themselves. This accomplished author, keynote speaker, Master Trainer, and Human Behavior Expert has worked extensively with small to medium size business owners and their teams. Mike has partnered with these business owners to not only create better versions of themselves, but also create better versions of their teams and therefore increase their profits and decrease their turnover. Mr. Jones has also worked on large worldwide projects with Coca-Cola and Exxon/Mobil as well as local projects with Zions Bank and Caliber Collision. Mike served his country for 6 years in the US Coast Guard and was a Police Officer for 14 years in the Houston Police Department as a pilot in the Helicopter Division. He is the proud husband of Susan Jones and the father of 4 beautiful sons. In is free time he loves reading, fishing writing, running marathons, cycling, and cooking. Mr. Jones is an alumni of Northwestern University and its Executive Leadership Program.
One Nation Under God Luncheon Speaker
Don Piper has inspired audiences in more than 3,000 churches and venues around the globe since the release of his book, 90 Minutes in Heaven, co-written with Cecil Murphy. Having sold more than 7 million copies in 46 languages, the book remained on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly four years after its release. In addition, countless people have heard his story in person, on television, and on the radio. He’s been interviewed by hundreds of television shows, radio stations, newspapers, and magazines around the world.
In 1989, Don was on his way back from a church conference when an 18-wheeler struck his Ford Escort head-on. He was killed instantly—pronounced dead by four sets of EMTs. Shortly after the accident, a pastor from the same conference arrived on the scene and began praying for “the man in the red car”. God worked a miracle and sent Don back to a broken body. To date, 34 surgical procedures have taken place. He walks only as a result of miraculous, and in some cases, medically unexplainable circumstances. During the time he was dead, Don was granted the extreme privilege of glimpsing Heaven itself.
Don’s experience in Heaven gives him a unique insight into eternity and an unwavering passion to tell others about Christ. His difficult recovery allows him to identify with the heartbroken and crestfallen, ministering to them with the understanding of someone who’s been there. His goal is to help bitter people become better, to turn disappointments into divine appointments. He calls it “finding a new normal”, and he’s made it his life’s work.
National Project Luncheon Speaker
On January 1, 1995, Associate Judge Peter Sakai was appointed to the Children’s Court bench by the unanimous vote of the Bexar County Civil District Court Judges. He was assigned to hear cases that involve child abuse and neglect cases and the adoption cases that involve foster children.
Through Judge Sakai’s leadership, adoption of foster children in Bexar County has increased nearly 1000% from 1995 to 2005. Bexar County routinely leads the State of Texas for the number of foster children with consummated adoptions and permanent homes. For his efforts, President (then Governor) George W. Bush recognized Judge Sakai and his model court on the Governor’s Committee to Promote Adoption.
Judge Sakai is widely recognized in the community as being a leader who works hard to bring new ideas and solutions to help resolve issues of child abuse and neglect and family violence and to constantly challenge all involved in the child welfare system to more effectively serve the families that come into his courtroom and prevent child abuse and neglect. Judge Sakai has been honored with numerous awards from organizations and agencies nationwide.
Bill and Kim Nash share the same last name, but that’s not all! This dynamic singer/songwriting duo had the same uncommon upbringing in the music industry. They share strikingly similar backgrounds of traveling and singing with their families: Bill, a part of “The Nash Family Trio”, who recorded 2 albums for Columbia Records and Kim, a part of “The Belknap Family” who toured the country heavily.
Before the two met, Bill started a solo career on Mercury Records. This was the start of a bright career which sparked various TV appearances and some notoriety on the Billboard charts. Bill became the first artist to record a song written by Kris Kristofferson. An exceptionally talented songwriter, Bill set his next steps toward creating songs that would be recorded by such well-known artists as Eddy Arnold.
1980 was a big year for Bill. He met Kim, an event he quoted “Happily brought an end to his solo career!”
A duo was formed and they have been making a name for themselves non-stop in the music industry. Songwriting, recording and touring, they found a way to keep it all in the family. They way it always has been.
In the nineties, Reba McEntire recorded a song that Kim and Bill penned which became a top five hit single entitled, “They Asked About You.” The song was included in McEntire’s “Greatest Hits Vol. II,” an album that went to #1 and has currently sold over six million copies.
In 2003 they formed the group Nash3. Keeping with their “Family Style” of music, they drafted their youngest son Jimmy to be a part of the group. With much success in their new endeavor, “In God We Still Trust” was written and recorded, and became #1 on the independent record charts. Country group Diamond Rio heard the song and picked it up for their album, “Greatest Hits II.” Nash3 was truly making a name in the industry.
The latest turn in the ever-moving careers of this talented family, Jimmy Nash has now embarked on a solo career. His move to LA and brilliant songwriting landed him a record deal on Cloverdale Music. While Jimmy pursues his solo career, Bill & Kim continue to write with him, while rekindling their love of being on the road once again as a duo. They also spend a great deal of their time on their charity, Champions Kids Camp, in Houston, TX, which helps to nurture children who have survived a traumatic injury, illness, or personal loss. CKC is now in its 15th year and has helped more than 1,000 children through its life-changing program!
The Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas, Inc., was founded in 1982 by William R. Adams , Founder & Artistic Director of the choir with 45 initial members. Located in greater Houston, TX, the organization has now grown into five performing ensembles with 200 choristers. The members are selected from the local area by audition and enter either the Training, Town or Tour choir. Membership is open to boys whose voices have not yet changed.
The choir was organized to give boys in the Houston area with special musical abilities and interests an opportunity to perform more challenging choral literature from classical selections to folk music. The group combines the freshness and enthusiasm of childhood with artistic maturity, something that can only be achieved through serious work. Boyish energy is channeled into dedication to excel, team effort and hard work. For other children, the boys serve as models of purposeful work and high achievement. For adults, they are inspirational reminders of human possibilities.
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In and Around Houston, TX
Houston, with 2.3 million residents, is the fourth most populous city in the United States, trailing only New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The city is the largest in the South and the Southwest!
Houston was ranked among the top places to visit in 2015 by the Boston Globe,Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler.
There are always fun things to do in Houston, TX. From exciting events, dining, and nightlife, to attractions and museums, there’s something for everyone!
For ideas about planning your trip to America’s fourth-largest city, visit Visit Houston.
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2015-2016 Awards and Recognition
National Service Award earned since July 1, 2015:
Collegiate, Huntingdon College, AL
East Montgomery, AL
Eastern Shore, AL
Excel, Pike Liberal Arts, Troy, AL
Excel, Jefferson Christian Academy, Irondale, AL
Jr. Excel, Jefferson Christian Academy, Irondale, AL
Jr. Excel, Pike Liberal Arts, Troy, AL
Phenix City, AL
Shelby County, AL
Collegiate, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, AR
Fort Smith, AR
Santa Cruz County, AZ
Santa Rita, Tucson, AZ
Crossroads, Orange County, CA
Culver City, CA
Newport Harbor, CA
Pacific Coast, CA
Santa Rosa, CA
South Orange County, CA
Union Colony, Greeley, CO
Daniel Hand, Excel, Madison, CT
Polson, Excel, Madison, CT
Burg, St. Petersburg, FL
Emerald Coast, FL
Excel, Choctawhatchee HS, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Excel, Cardinal Gibbons HS, FL
Excel, Zion Lutheran HS, Deerfield Beach, FL
Excel, Fort Walton Beach HS, FL
Indian River, FL
Jacksonville Beaches, FL
Lake Worth, FL
Manasota East, FL
Manatee River Business, FL
Northeast, St. Petersburg, FL
Pompano Beach, FL
Sarasota Business, FL
South Brevard County, FL
Treasure Coast-Vero Beach, FL
Vero Beach, FL
Youth Guidance Excel Pathfinders, Vero Beach, FL
Brantley County, GA
Excel, Bacon County HS, Alma, GA
Four County Area, GA
Richmond Hill, GA
Cedar Falls, IA
Charles City, IA
Sunrise, Waterloo, IA
Idaho Falls, ID
DuPage County, IL
North Chicago, IL
Quad Cities, IL
Round Lake Area, IL
Hancock County, IN
Michigan City, IN
Noon, Anderson, IN
Northside Bloomington, IN
Baton Rouge, LA
West St. Tammany, LA
Breakfast, Haverhill, MA
Greater Newburyport, MA
Excel, Lincoln Park Railsplitters, Lincoln Park, MI
Lincoln Park, MI
Southwest Michigan, MI
A.M., Mankato, MN
Albert Lea, MN
Minnesota Valley, MN
Moonlighters, Owatonna, MN
Steele County, MN
Excel, New Summit School, Jackson, MS
Long Beach, MS
North Jackson, MS
Billing Heights, MT
Breakfast, Billings, MT
Downtown Billings, MT
Evening, Greater Mooresville-Lake Norman, NC
Excel, Pine Lake Prep, Mooresville, NC
Excel, Mooresville HS, Mooresville, NC
Greater Fayetteville, NC
Lower Cape Fear/Wilmington, NC
Mooresville/Lake Norman, NC
Mt. Olive, NC
New Hope-Wilders Grove, Raleigh, NC
North Fayetteville, NC
North Raleigh, NC
Peak City, Apex, NC
South Granville, NC
Swift Creek Township, NC
West Raleigh, NC
Grand Forks, ND
Lake Agassiz, Fargo, ND
West Fargo, ND
Breakfast, Nashua, NH
Mullica Hill, NJ
Warren County, NJ
Sunrise, Erie-Niagara, NY
Bowling Green, OH
Greater Maumee Bay, OH
Mt. Vernon/Knox County, OH
West Toledo, OH
Klamath Falls, OR
Networking, Salem/Keizer, OR
West Chester, PA
Cabo Rojo, PR
San Juan-Bayamun, PR
Toa Baja, PR
Cane Bay, SC
Daniel Island, SC
Evening, Charleston, SC
Folly Beach, SC
Isle of Palms, SC
James Island, SC
Mount Pleasant, SC
North Charleston, SC
Pierre- Ft. Pierre, SD
Donelson-Hermitage Area, TN
Excel, Donelson Middle School, Nashville, TN
Excel, Warren County High, McMinnville, TN
Greater Memphis, TN
Lake Tansi, TN
Noon, McMinnville, TN
Noon, Murfreesboro, TN
West Wilson County, TN
Copperas Cove, TX
El Paso, TX
Excel, Copperas Cove HS, Copperas Cove TX
Excel, Killeen High School, TX
FM 1960-North Houston, TX
Fort Bend, TX
Hobby Airport Bay Area,
Memorial Houston, TX
Missouri City, TX
Noon, Copperas Cove, TX
Noon, Garland, TX
Stars & Stripes, Killeen, TX
Sugar Land, TX
West Houston, TX
Bonneville-Salt Lake City, UT
Breakfast, Bountiful, UT
Breakfast, West Jordan, UT
Excel, Murray, UT
Salt Lake City, UT
St George, UT
Utah Valley, UT
Downtown Hampton, VA
Eaton, Jr. Excel Club, VA
Hampton Roads Networking, VA
Old Point Comfort, Hampton, VA
Peninsula Networking, VA
Special Friends, Lynchburg, VA
Wythe, Hampton, VA
Fond Du Lac, WI
Green Bay, WI
Sun Prairie, WI
Sunrise, Eau Claire, WI
97th National Convention Recap
2014-2015 National Convention – Columbus, OH.
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Complete listing of Award Winners available in PDF format, here!
Download the 2015 Accepting the Challenge of Excellence (A.C.E.) Award winner flyer and the 2015 Youth of the Year Award winner flyer. *Members can access 2016 applications by logging into the Member Resources section.
Past National Conventions
1st Convention Toledo, OH Sept. 18, 1917
2nd Convention Cleveland, OH Sept. 26, 1918
3rd Convention Detroit, MI Sept. 22, 1919
4th Convention Columbus, OH Sept. 28 1920
5th Convention Grand Rapids, MI Sept. 27, 1921
6th Convention Louisville, KY Sept. 26-27, 1922
7th Convention Springfield, MA Sept. 25-26, 1923
8th Convention Nashville, TN Sept. 22-24, 1924
9th Convention Detroit, MI Sept. 14-15, 1925
10th Convention Atlantic City, NJ Sept. 20-22, 1926
11th Convention San Francisco, CA Sept. 12-16, 1927
12th Convention Toledo, OH July 23-27, 1928
13th Convention Jacksonville, FL Oct. 7-9, 1929
14th Convention Indianapolis, IN Aug. 25-28, 1930
15th Convention Memphis, TN Sept. 21-23, 1931
16th Convention Syracuse, NY Sept. 12-14, 1932
17th Convention Milwaukee, WI Sept. 5-7, 1933
18th Convention Cincinnati, OH Sept. 24-26, 1934
19th Convention Dallas, TX Sept. 23-25, 1935
20th Convention Detroit, MI Aug. 31-Sept.2, 1936
21st Convention Tampa, FL Oct. 18-20, 1937
22nd Convention Salt Lake City, UT Aug. 22-24, 1938
23rd Convention Atlantic City, NJ Sept. 5-8, 1939
24th Convention San Francisco, CA Aug. 19-22, 1940
25th Convention Richmond, VA Sept. 7-10, 1941
26th Convention Toledo, OH Feb. 21-22, 1943
27th Convention Toledo, OH Oct. 15-16, 1944
28th Convention Atlantic City, NJ Oct. 12-15, 1946
29th Convention Cincinnati, OH Sept. 27-29, 1947
30th Convention Wichita, KS Sept. 25-27, 1948
31st Convention Minneapolis, MN Sept. 17-19, 1949
32nd Convention Washington, DC Aug. 3-Sept. 4, 1950
33rd Convention Miami Beach, FL Oct. 4-8, 1951
34th Convention Atlantic City, NJ Sept. 5-9, 1952
35th Convention Colorado Springs, CO Sept. 24-29, 1953
36th Convention Louisville, KY Sept. 29-Oct. 4,1954
37th Convention San Juan, PR Oct. 5-10, 1955
38th Convention Dallas, TX Sept. 12-17, 1956
39th Convention Atlantic City, NJ Sept. 4-7, 1957
40th Convention Los Angeles, CA Sept. 20-25, 1958
41st Convention Minneapolis, MN Sept. 26-Oct. 1, 1959
42nd Convention Birmingham, AL Sept. 10-15, 1960
43rd Convention Toledo, OH Sept. 9-14, 1961
44th Convention Atlantic City, NJ Sept. 4-7, 1962
45th Convention San Juan, PR Oct. 6-12, 1963
46th Convention Las Vegas, NV July 26-30, 1964
47th Convention Hartford, CT Aug. 8-12, 1965
48th Convention New Orleans, LA July 31-Aug. 4, 1966
49th Convention Bal Harbour, FL July 30-Aug. 3, 1967
50th Convention Kansas City, MO July 28-31,1968
51st Convention Los Angeles, CA July 27-30, 1969
52nd Convention Atlanta, GA July 26-29, 1970
53rd Convention Salt Lake City, UT July 25-28, 1971
54th Convention San Juan, PR July 16-20, 1972
55th Convention Houston, TX July 22-25, 1973
56th Convention Boston, MA July 21-24, 1974
57th Convention Honolulu, HI July 20-24, 1975
58th Convention Washington, DC July 11-14, 1976
59th Convention New Orleans, LA July 23-28, 1977
60th Convention San Diego, CA July 9-12, 1978
61st Convention St. Louis, MO July 8-11, 1979
62nd Convention Orlando, FL July 20-23, 1980
63rd Convention Las Vegas, NV July 8-11, 1981
64th Convention Seattle, WA July 11-14, 1982
65th Convention Nashville, TN July 13-16, 1983
66th Convention Dallas, TX June 27-30, 1984
67th Convention Philadelphia, PA July 3-6, 1985
68th Convention Detroit, MI July 9-12, 1986
69th Convention Orlando, FL July 15-18, 1987
70th Convention Louisville, KY July 13-16, 1988
71st Convention San Francisco, CA July 12-15, 1989
72nd Convention Washington, DC July 18-21, 1990
73rd Convention Kansas City, MO July 17-20, 1991
74th Convention Atlanta, GA July 22-25, 1992
75th Convention San Antonio, TX July 28-31, 1993
76th Convention Boston, MA July 20-23, 1994
77th Convention Nashville, TN July 19-22, 1995
78th Convention San Diego, CA July 10-13, 1996
79th Convention New Orleans, LA July 16-19, 1997
80th Convention Chicago, IL July 8-11, 1998
81st Convention Las Croabas, PR July 14-17, 1999
82nd Convention Phoenix, AZ July 12-15, 2000
83rd Convention Greensboro, NC July 11-14, 2001
84th Convention Minneapolis, MN July 31-Aug. 3, 2002
85th Convention Birmingham, AL July 16-19, 2003
86th Convention Dallas, TX July 14-17, 2004
87th Convention Salt Lake City, UT July 13-16, 2005
88th Convention Orlando, FL July 26-29, 2006
89th Convention Portland, OR July 18-21, 2007
90th Convention St. Louis, MO July 9-12, 2008
91st Convention Jacksonville, FL July 15-18 2009
92nd Convention La Quinta, CA July 21-24, 2010
Exchange’s 100th anniversary
93rd Convention Detroit, MI July 6-9, 2011
94th Convention Chandler, AZ July 11-14, 2012
95th Convention Greensboro, NC July 10-13, 2013
96th Convention New Orleans, LA July 9-12, 2014
97th Convention Columbus, OH July 29-Aug. 1, 2015