The Lewer Agency attended The National NAFSA Conference kick-off on Memorial Day, May 26, in Washington, D. C. It was The Lewer Agency's 11th conference since becoming a member in 1997. After setting-up their exhibit, LewerMark director Jeff Crawford and president Mike Lewer attended the “Connecting with your Colleagues” reception hosted by NAFSA.
Following the reception, The Lewer Agency hosted several clients at Clyde’s restaurant. New customer, Kenneth Capps of Eastern Washington University, Junnie Loh-Taylor of Spokane Falls Community College, and Britta Wright of Columbia College, and her guest, attended the dinner.
On Tuesday, May 27, Mike and Jeff spent the day meeting and greeting prospective and current clients at the LewerMark booth. That afternoon, Mike and Jeff attended the key note address presented by Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico. Attendees then returned to the exhibit area for a reception.
On Wednesday, May 28, Jeff and Mike joined incoming Lewer booth reinforcements Jeff Kaylor, vice president of sales, and LewerMark account manager, Jan Sulzer. The foursome spent the day meeting and greeting the conference attendees and handing out “We’ve Got you Covered” LewerMark blankets. Wednesday evening the LewerMark team enjoyed attending a dinner at the home of the Swedish Ambassador.
“We took about a 40 minute bus ride to the residence where we were greeted by the Ambassador’s wife Eva Hafstrom and two of their three children,” reported Jeff Kaylor. “Eva welcomed us and spoke briefly of her home and of Sweden today. She focused on Sweden as a progressive society and a leader in global research. There were approximately 60 guests, and we dined on the patio with a spectacular view of the sunset. The cuisine consisted of seafood delicacies – salad with mollusks, crab and shrimp pastries, and grilled chicken skewers. Dessert was coffee and pastries. The guests at my table were from Haiti, The Netherlands, and the University of Arizona.”
According to Jeff Crawford, the dinner at the Swedish Ambassador’s home was a highlight. “What an amazing piece of property,” said Jeff. “The home sits on an eight-acre estate in close proximity to the American University. Sweden ranks third in the world in music production and attendees received a CD recorded by Sweden’s leading contemporary music performers."
On Thursday, the Lewer team hosted a LewerMark Advisory Council breakfast meeting attended by council members Mari Acob-Nash, from North Seattle Community College, Debbie Danna, from Loyola University - New Orleans, Britta Wright, from Columbia College, and Diana Heredia, The Lewer Agency's representative from Assist America Scholastic Emergency Services. Following the breakfast, Mike attended a Liberal Arts luncheon. Guests consisted of advisors from private liberal arts universities and colleges around the world.
Thursday night, Jeff Crawford attended a dinner with the Missouri contingent of 30 attendees from schools around the state.
In his post-conference report, Jeff stated that LewerMark customers and a significant number of inquirers visited the LewerMark booth. “We were pleased with the number of schools that indicated a strong interest in our program,” reported Jeff. “The LewerMark team also visited with almost 50 vendor visitors, as well as attendees from outside the United States. We were fortunate to have 261 attendees stop-by our booth throughout the conference. The number of visitors grows every year."
The conference concluded on Friday and the LewerMark team returned home with another conference success. “The Annual NAFSA Conference has become an annual highlight at Lewer,” said Jeff. “We always feel privileged to be in attendance, and it is always fun to see our growing number of friends. We are looking forward to the conference in Los Angeles next year.”
The LewerMark team 'just in time for dinner' at the Swedish Ambassador's home. Left to right, Jeff Crawford, Jan Sulzer, Mike Lewer and Jeff Kaylor