Annual Operators Meeting
February 5-6, 2018
Hilton Garden Inn, Dothan, Alabama
Monday, February 5
Check in: Hilton Garden Inn or Hampton Inn (adjacent)
1:00 – 3:00 Board of Directors Meeting
Refreshments Sponsored by Visit Dothan
Presiding: Elizabeth Wright, President
3:15 – 6:00 Tour
Coach Transportation Sponsored by Southern Coaches
Take a step back in time to visit an early 1900s farmstead and Alabama’s official museum of agriculture, complete with farm animals as well as historic buildings moved on site like a functioning general store, one room schoolhouse, and a church.
Todd Syrup Farm
Learn how seven generations have built a family business of making cane syrup from their sugar cane farm. Visit the expanding museum of syrup making, watch the bottling process, and take home a bottle from the general store!
Mural Tour and Downtown Dothan on Coach
Dothan has a rich history from farming to railroads, music to movies, and of course, the peanut industry. See this history painted on the walls of the most historic buildings in downtown Dothan. You’ll find murals dedicated to a Tuskegee Airman, Johnny Mack Brown, a Creek Indian Chief, Ray Charles and more.
6:00 – 7:30 Dinner at the Depot off Main
Sponsored by Visit Dothan
Featuring Forest Dilmore, BBQ and Dutch-Oven National Grand Champion
Experience Dothan’s history with dinner at the Depot off Main, a 100 year old freight train depot that has been restored as an event venue. Enjoy a meal made by a BBQ and Dutch Oven National Grand Champion cooking off the back of an 1800’s chuck wagon.
Tuesday, February 6
7:30 – 8:15 Hotel Breakfast
8:30 – 10:30 ADA Compliance Refresher
Presented by: Laurel Van Horn, Open Doors Organization
Godfrey LeBron, Paradise Transportation, NY
10:45 – 12:15 Coach Session
This session is not yet confirmed; however, plans are to provide a presentation on engines and/or transmissions.
Refreshments and Lunch Sponsored by Visit Dothan
Featuring: Coach Manufacturers’ Panel Discussion and
General Audience Discussion
1:00 Wrap Up and Adjourn
Presiding: Elizabeth Wright