The Emphasys Software User Conference is an educational conference designed to appeal to a broad range of affordable housing staff

Emphasys’ information-packed training and educational conferences are held offsite annually and are designed to appeal to a broad range of affordable housing staff. Conference offerings are for executives, managers and product users alike and include topics such as product training and education, housing program management, agency performance, reporting fundamentals and best practices.

This year, Emphasys Users Connect 2019 will be held in St. Pete Beach, FL at the TradeWinds Island Grand. The conference dates are November 3-6, 2019.

The conference, presented in conjunction with ENUG, Emphasys’ independent PHA user group, offers our PHA users information-packed sessions on topics like best practices, HUD trends, database management, reporting, software training and demonstrations. It also includes ENUG’s business activities.

-Network with hundreds of agencies and authorities from around the country.

-Speak directly to staff and key Emphasys executives.

-Engage in round-table discussions geared toward helping you build your operation from the inside out.

-More than 55 sessions covering a wide range of software interests to help EDs, IT people, finance folks, program administrators and others.

-Get a first look and even try out the latest Emphasys software solutions.

-At Emphasys Users Connect, meet ENUG members and learn about the many benefits of being a member of the organization. Those who are already ENUG members can participate in ENUG’s business luncheon held during the conference.

Emphasys Users Connect 2019, our annual educational user conference, will be held in St. Pete Beach, FL at the TradeWinds Island Grand. The conference dates are November 3-6, 2019.

The conference, presented in conjunction with ENUG, Emphasys’ independent PHA user group, offers our PHA users information-packed sessions on topics like best practices, HUD trends, database management, reporting, software training and demonstrations. It also includes ENUG’s business activities.

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MAIN CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Sunday, November 3, 2019

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Registration Open

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Wine & Cheese Welcome Reception

Monday, November 4, 2019

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM Registration and Information Center Open

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM Breakfast

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM Welcome Message and Keynote

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM HUD Update

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM Break

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM Company Update

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch

1:30 PM – 5:00 PM Concurrent Sessions

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM Beach Party and dinner courtesy of Emphasys and Online Rental Exchange

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM Information Center Open

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Concurrent Sessions

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch

1:15 PM – 5:00 PM Concurrent Sessions

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

7:30 AM – 12:00 PM Information Center Open

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Concurrent Sessions

Main conference ends

POST CONFERENCE CLASSES

Thursday, November 7, 2019

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM Information Center Open

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Concurrent Sessions

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Concurrent Sessions

General Ledger Reporting – GL Report Builder, Account Subtypes, Standard Reports

November 7, 2019 | 8:00 am – 12:00 pm | $99

In this session attendees will get a review of the standard reports, a review of the Account Subtypes, a “how-to” tutorial, and associated best practices on the use of the GL Report Builder. The class will also include a high-level review of the GL Explorer (in order to review/research work done by the user in building reports). It will include building a few example reports during class.

VMS Workshop

November 7, 2019 | 8:00 am – 12:00 pm | $99

This session will provide a best practice on how to use Emphasys Elite’s Housing Choice Voucher for VMS management and reporting. Trainees will learn how to configure and run the HCV software to support VMS tracking and reporting. The workshop will also cover the latest HUD updates on VMS and the impact of the regulations on the system. The workshop will also cover financial requirements and reporting for the VMS. Finally, users will be given a review of HCV and VMS management reports to track and audit the HCV program. The session is intended for both operations and finance individuals involved with reporting the VMS.

Payables and Cash Management – Best Practices

November 7, 2019 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm | $99

In this session attendees will get a walkthrough of the Accounts Payable and Bank Book systems. The class will have a special focus on the reconciliation of cash accounts and the use of multiple GL accounts (as opposed to interfunding). The course will include a review of all the standard reports and their intended use.

Developing Reports using SSRS for Elite and Executive Portal

November 7, 2019 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm | $99

In this session attendees will be joined by part of the Emphasys BI Development team to discuss how to develop reports using SSRS. Attendees will learn the basics of how to use MS Report Builder and SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT). Discussion will also include the differences in writing reports for use with Elite (paginated or day to day reporting) and Executive Portal (dashboard style reports).

TradeWinds Island Grand | 5500 Gulf Boulevard | St. Pete Beach | FL | 33706

HOTEL INFORMATION

At 20 acres in size, the TradeWinds Island Grand is the largest beachfront resort on St. Pete Beach. This award-winning property offers guests a sophisticated island feel and relaxed ambience to match its lush tropical grounds and white sand beaches. Guests can swim in any of the resort’s five pools or relax in a beachside cabana or hammock. With 14 distinctive on-site eateries, an average of 361 sunny days per year, and the title of Sunset Capital of Florida, the TradeWinds Island Grand and the St. Pete Beach area offers plenty for attendees to enjoy.

HOTEL ROOM RATE
$189 per night plus tax
For those who wish to extend their stay in St. Pete Beach, this special rate is being offered three days before and after the event subject to availability.

HOTEL ROOM CUT-OFF DATE
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Please book your lodging by this date to reserve space in our room block and to receive our specially negotiated rate.

HOTEL ROOM ONLINE RESERVATIONS
https://www.tradewindsresort.com/euc
To book your TradeWinds Island Grand hotel room online, click the link above.

HOTEL ROOM TELEPHONE RESERVATIONS
(800) 808-9833
2019 Emphasys Users Connect

To book your TradeWinds Island Grand hotel room via telephone, call the number and mention room block “2019 Emphasys Users Connect”

AIRPORT SHUTTLE INFORMATION

Emphasys has secured a 10% discount code with SuperShuttle for those attendees traveling to Users Connect via the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport (PIE) and the Tampa Airport (TPA). This discount is valid for shared ride airport shuttle or ExecuCar airport service booked online between the airports listed and our conference hotel, the TradeWinds Island Grand, between October 31 and November 10, 2019.

SHUTTLE ONLINE RESERVATIONS
https://group.supershuttle.com/group-page/emphasys-users-connect-2019/
To book your discounted shared shuttle ride online, click the link above. Our group code is 9E9EF.

This conference offers training and educational sessions for our Emphasys Elite PHA products and covers topics like best practices, HUD trends, database management, reporting, and demonstrations. It also includes ENUG’s business activities.

November 3-6, 2019
TradeWinds Island Grand
5500 Gulf Boulevard
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Regular conference pricing – $865
Click here to register…

At Emphasys’ conferences there are several opportunities to network with colleagues from around the country. These opportunities provide you with a chance to expand on discussions initiated during session, obtain one-on-one support on housing-related issues specific to your operation or simply build on pre-existing relationships established at previous Emphasys conferences.

Each conference offers you networking opportunities throughout the event as well as after those long days of information-packed sessions.

PHA clients can also benefit from the conferences’ association with the Emphasys National User Group (ENUG). ENUG is an independent user group focused entirely on the best use of Emphasys products.

Other Networking Opportunities:

-Welcome Reception

-Breakfasts

-Breaks

-Dinner Receptions

One of the most popular elements of Emphasys conferences is users serving as session presenters. Users from around the country share their expertise and years of product experience as they present detailed and informative sessions on a wide range of topics. These topics cover a number of our products including Elite, Financials, Single Family as well as general interest topics such as HUD trends, strategic planning and outsourcing.

Knowledge experts who volunteer and present during the Emphasys conference receive a 25% reimbursement or credit for every session they present, up to 100% of their conference registration fee. Reimbursement/credit for this incentive will be paid to the presenter’s account after the close of the conferences.

If you are interested in serving as a session presenter for this year’s Users Connect, please fill out the form below:

Presentation materials from past conferences are available for review at our client information portal, MyEmphasys.

What our clients had to say:

“Networking with other users, hearing about practical experiences and seeing demonstrations of new technology were all great.” – W.K.

“It was a great experience and I will try to send more staff next year.” – J.A.

“The conference was a great learning experience; other attendees were polite and helpful; the information on Emphasys products was very helpful; the staff is knowledgeable in their field.” – M.S.

“Great conference, great meals, loved boat trip.” – P.E.

“I found the demos very helpful; also, the staff was available for a one-on-one if needed.” – B.S.

“Individual sessions were excellent.” – J.K.

“Very good conference with helpful information.” – D.C.

“Using clients to assist in presentations was great.” – B.H.

“The conference was very informative and I gained a lot of useful knowledge.” – G.P.

“Thank you for the extra touches.” – S.P.

“The overall conference was enjoyable and educational.” – S.T.

“I liked the ability to share ideas with others.” – K.S.

“This year’s conference was very good, providing a wide range of topics for the attendees. The conference was truly informative.” – P.H.

“Fantastic job!” – D.M.

“The technical sessions were successful; I liked being about to speak directly with developers.” – B.M.

“I really enjoyed it; the sessions were informative and helpful; the staff was great and I enjoyed meeting other users.” – D.S.

“Great people; lots of knowledge.” – D.I.

“The topics of the sessions and the opening session was all very good.” – X.W.

“As a first time attendee, I enjoyed the flow of the classes and the topics that were available in this time of change.” – L.H.

“Very informative.” – T.E.

“Great information.” – J.V.

“The conference was very well organized and provided useful information.” – M.H.

“I am walking away with more knowledge of features and it will be very useful at the office.” – K.D.

“I enjoyed it very much; I was just sorry that I couldn’t attend every session.” – B.J.

“Awesome!” – D.W.

“I learned a lot more than I expected.” – C.M.

“The presentations were very helpful to me.” – L.H.

“Overall conference was very good; sessions informative and staff helpful.” – D.B.

“The flow of each session was very smooth.” – J.L.

“I enjoyed the conference tremendously; the staff is great.” – N.D.

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