The National Bison Association holds conferences periodically to celebrate the bison community. The events are designed to be fun-filled opportunities to gather and network with your fellow bison enthusiast while learning a thing or two.
2014 NBA Winter Conference
January 22 - 25th, 2014 - Denver, Colorado - Denver Renaissance Hotel
3 Easy Ways to Register:
- Register Online here.
- Call us at (303) 292-2833
- Download and fill out a registration form here. (Word version here.)
Tradeshow applications and details available here.
Conference Sponsorship Opportunities avaialble here.
Mark your calendars for the 19th annual NBA Winter Conference and 34th Gold Trophy Show and Sale (GTSS), January 22 – 25, 2014 at the Denver Renaissance Hotel. The Winter Conference planning committee, led by Chairwoman Beverly Brown for a second year, is busy meeting monthly to plan what promises to be a fantastic learning and networking opportunity, not to mention a good time for all.
The NBA will return to the Denver Renaissance Hotel, located about 10 minutes from the National Western Stock Show complex, this year and will again offer the included buffet breakfast for just $5, for guests. This is a great deal, as the buffet breakfast goes for $17 otherwise. Be sure to select the $124/night option to receive this breakfast deal each day of the conference. As such, we do not include breakfast at the conference. The Renaissance offers clean, affordable rooms, and a free shuttle to and from Denver International Airport and the National Western Stock Show complex.
Wednesday, January 22
7:30 - 4 GTSS Animal Check in
8 - 9:00 Finance Committee
9 - 11 Winter Conference Committee Meeting/Bag Stuffing
9:00 - 10 Throlson American Bison Foundation
10 - 11:30 National Buffalo Foundation
12 - 5 Registration Open
12 - 4 Junior Judging Competition
12:30 - 3 NBA Board Meeting
12 - 5 Exhibitor Setup
5:30 - 7:30 Foundation Evening Welcome Reception & Fashion Show
7:00 Free Time - NWSS Rodeo, etc.
Thursday, January 23
7 - 5 Registration Open
7 - 5 Tradeshow Open
8 - 8:15 Conference Welcome Speech
8:15 - 9:30 Todd Wilkinson, author of "Ted Turner: Quest to Save a Troubled Planet"
9:00 Canadian Bison Association Update
9:15 Nationwide Agribusiness Bison Insurance Report
9:30 - 10 Break - Visit the vendors
10 - Noon Commercial Marketers Committee
10 - 11:30 State/Regional Association Committee
10 - 11:45 Bison Mentor Session
11 - 11:30 Past President's Council
Noon - 1:15 Bison Culinary Showcase Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 Commercial Marketers Panel Update & Discussion
2:45 - 3:45 What is a "wild" bison? Panel Discussion
4 - 5 Bison Genetics Panel Discussion - Dr. Derr, Dr. Parsons, UC Davis, Texas A&M
5:30 Fun Auction Social and "Last Stand" Book Signing with Todd Wilkinson
6:30 Fun Auction Dinner
Friday, January 24
7 - 1 Registration Open
7 - 1 Tradeshow Open
7:30 - 8 Voter Registration Open
8:00 General Membership Meeting & Officer Elections
9:30 Break - "Visit Vendors"
9:45 Dr. David Kohl, Virginia Tech Ag-economist/futurist Keynote presentation
Noon - 4 GTSS Bison Viewing in the stockyards
1:00 - 2 GTSS Consignor's Meeting
2:00 - 5 NBA Board Meeting
2:00 - 4:00 Buffalero Handling Q&A in the stockyards
5:30 Social Hour with live music by Willie Bean and the Bluegrass Rangers
6:30 GTSS Banquet and Awards Dinner
Saturday, January 25
8 – 2 pm GTSS Hotel Shuttle
9 - 10:30 GTSS Judges Comments
11:00 Market Class Auction
Noon Live Animal Auction
We'll also have our corresponding tradeshow again this year, which features bison-centric vendors exhibiting everything from bison leather and wool products, to insurance for your buffalo operation, to the best selection of bison gifts around. Please consider joining us. Download an exhibitor application here (Word version here). This year's tradeshow hours have been expanded and include Wednesday evening 5:30 - 7:30, Thursday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2014 NBA Summer Conference - Branson, Missouri
Wednesday, June 4th through Friday, June 6th
Host Hotel - The Chateau on the Lake. Please be sure to mention the NBA Summer Conference to receive the discounted group rate of $125/night, double occupancy. Make your reservation by calling If you'd like to extend your stay into a vacation, Branson is a great place to do it and the hotel will honor the group rate up to 3 days before and after the NBA Summer Conference, pending availability.
Book online here http://booking.ihotelier.com/istay/istay.jsp?hotelID=11529&userType=GRP
Your attendee login is: 062014NTLBI
Your guest can call the Chateau on the Lake 888-333-5253 room reservations 7days a week 8am -8pm; no code is needed only the dates and name of the event.