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First-Timer's Look at Midwest HIMSS Fall Tech Conference

It's hard to believe that just one week ago the Stoltenberg team travelled from all over the country to celebrate the company's success at the 2014 Stoltenberg Consulting Company Retreat at Disney!

Day 1:

Throughout Thursday afternoon and evening, our staff boarded Disney's Magical Express from the Orlando International Airport to join together at Disney's Yacht Club for the weekend. That night, attendees gathered at CEO Sheri Stoltenberg's Disney Boardwalk Garden Suite for an informal reception to welcome one another with laughs and catching up.

Day 2:

Friday started with a full breakfast spread and Mickey's waffle station in the Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center. Following breakfast, everyone transitioned over to a full morning of education sessions covering topics including vendor relations and SCI methodologies, business intelligence and data analytics, Stoltenberg's Help Desk Service Line, the Consultant Development Program, recruiting needs, and marketing/ public relations efforts. Sessions included interactive elements and Q&A portions to better educate consultants and prepare them for the health IT industry's movement for the next year.

Following an Italian spread for lunch, everyone divided into groups for a team building activity. Led by Disney Institute, the Stoltenberg crew competed in the Incredible Race scavenger hunt competition throughout Epcot, challenging teams with time management, strategic thinking, group communication, and decision making. The activity helped participants learn how to better recognize and utilize the strengths of others and prioritize upholding a supportive, trusting work environment.

After the Incredible Race, retreat attendees decked themselves out in festive costumes for the Stoltenberg costume contest and pictures followed by the special evening event- Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom.

Day 3:

Day 3 opened with a full buffet breakfast in the Convention Center accompanied by the Stoltenberg Employee Appreciation Awards Ceremony. On top of costume contest awards, the ceremony recognized a total of 22 dedicated employees for their service over 5, 10, and 15 years with Stoltenberg Consulting. Congrats to all our deserving honorees!

Following the award ceremony, attendees explored their Disney Parks of choice for the day, enjoying the souvenirs, rides, food, and sites, even experiencing Epcot's 2014 Food & Wine Festival. Then, to close the Stoltenberg Disney experience, retreat-goers were whisked via private motor coaches to arrive at the surprise final event- reserved seating at Epcot's elaborate Party for the Senses. The event was truly astounding with Cirque du Soleil performances, live music, and countless stations with live celebrity chefs and wine pairings. The event was a feast for all the senses, closing with Epcot's fireworks show!

Thanks to all Stoltenberg employees who joined us for the magical experience! We're so happy to have been able to celebrate your hard work!

To see more pictures from #SCIDisney14, visit the Facebook photo album.