While the record cold temperatures might have been the reason for many East Coast SedonaOffice users to attend the 13th annual SedonaOffice Users Conference in sunny California, there were plenty of other reasons, including featured speakers, educational sessions and networking. More than 300 attendees, representing more than 100 companies, gathered at the Loews Coronado Bay Hotel in San Diego from January 12–14, reported SedonaOffice.

SedonaOffice customers represent nearly $2 billion in RMR, serving 6 million customers, including some of the leading companies in the industry.

“The best software platform of any given industry will naturally draw the best companies,” noted Ron Boltz, president of Alarm Engineering. “As a result, the SedonaOffice Users Conference is a gathering of the best-in-class, true professionals, with lots of ideas and experiences to share.”

The robust educational program offered this past January was well attended during the conference. Industry experts, SedonaOffice staff, business partners and customers led training during 48 educational sessions that provided relevant content for all types of attendees.

Chief Shelley Zimmerman, a captain with the San Diego Police Department, delivered an insightful keynote speech on private-public partnerships. Dave Mitchell, founder of Leadership Difference was also a keynote speaker and workshop leader. Mitchell conducted a one-day workshop titled “The Power of Understanding People” to a packed room.

SedonaOffice parent company Perennial Software (Chagrin, Ohio) co-founders Don Faybrick and Michael Marks delivered the State of SedonaOffice Address, which provided a glimpse of what customers can expect for 2015, including a job planner, time and attendance, and point-of-sale module, as well as a tool for address verification.

The Customer of the Year was presented to Bates Security. Perennial Software employee Matt Howe was presented with the Give Back Award for his volunteer work of playing Santa Claus to hundreds of children each year. OPT Business Services received the Vendor of the Year Award.

 After many years in Florida, this was the conference’s first foray on the West Coast. “We were all a little nervous moving the venue to California and leaving our comfort zone in Florida where we’ve had so much success,” stated Don Faybrick, Perennial Software co-founder. “The 2015 conference was fantastic and we had our largest attendance to date. I am looking forward to getting back to Florida next year but have no reservations of making California a regular stop for future conferences.”