The Q Group Spring 2017 Seminar will be held April 2-5 at the Trump National Doral, Miami, FL. With over 10 hours of presentations and commentary, the 2017 spring seminar will continue Q’s 50-year tradition of offering high-quality presentations on the latest innovative investment research by both academics and practitioners in a forum that promotes critical dialogue and meaningful interaction. Q Group Seminars are open to members of the organization and invited guests only. For information about membership, click here.
We know that many Q Group members are opposed to this year’s spring seminar venue choice and we fully understand and appreciate your concerns.
As you may know, the Q Group books conference hotels years in advance to ensure the best location and price. The current venue was contracted in 2014, well before any presidential candidacy announcements. Once the final candidates were confirmed we explored relocating the seminar. Unfortunately, the cancellation fees and penalties specified in the Doral contract would have cost Q Group over $200,000, on top of the cost of booking a new venue.
While it may be tempting to lodge a protest and not attend the seminar or to stay at another hotel, the unfortunate reality is that Q Group is contractually obligated to pay the Doral for sleeping room and food and beverage revenue. Any such protest will not hurt the Trump organization—it comes directly out of the pockets of the Q Group.
We can assure you that the present Q officers are extremely sensitive to this matter and will ensure that it will not happen again. We deeply regret the situation, but felt that we would not be fulfilling our duty to the organization if we spent such a large amount to change venues at a late date.
The Doral is located approximately seven miles from MIA – a 15-minute, $25-$30 cab ride. The resort does not offer a shuttle.
As a reminder, all seminar materials should be downloaded from the Q Website (qgroup.org) prior to the seminar. No printed copies of slides or other materials will be provided at the meeting.
Name badges may be picked up onsite at the Sunday night reception. You may also pick up your name badge first thing Monday morning at the seminar registration desk.
Nameplates will be available in the rear of the seminar room following Sunday night’s reception to be placed by each attendee.
Your spouse/guest is invited to participate in all functions except speaker presentations.
Business casual is suggested. For our Monday night reception and keynote dinner, we request slightly more formal attire: men should wear a jacket and tie and women should dress accordingly.
The Doral offers a 24 hour self-service Business Center. The FedEx Office® Print & Ship Center offers everything from packing and shipping to signage, copying and last-minute office supplies. Kindly note: costs of these facilities will be charged to your room.
If you would like to play golf or tennis or make a spa appointment please contact the hotel concierge for assistance. The hotel has a fitness center and pools available to all guests.
Please contact Sarah Hansen at (646) 386-2528 or firstname.lastname@example.org