SESUG 2014—learning, networking, problem-solving


SESUG_2014Sun, surf and SAS await you at this year’s South East SAS Users Group (SESUG) conference. Located at the beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from October 19-21, the conference offers two full days of learning, networking and problem-solving.

“Every year I’ve attended, I’ve found something that I could immediately use in my job and brought back contacts I could reach out to if I needed help with a new SAS application,” said Barbara Okerson, SESUG Executive Council Member. “Once you come to the conferences and meet other SAS professionals, you realize that it’s a community of friends that are always willing to help each other.”

Sharing SAS expertise in a collaborative environment

With more than 100 presentations, expert-led courses and hands-on workshops to choose from, SESUG offers an educational experience that’s completely customizable to your interests and professional needs. Take advantage of numerous learning opportunities in subjects that matter to you. You can also network with your fellow SAS professionals across different industries and areas of expertise.

As an added bonus, SESUG features nine concurrent sessions. These small sessions were especially designed to create an environment that promotes collaboration, open communication and networking.

“We’ve listened to what our past attendees said that they really valued about SESUG and they’ve consistently mentioned our philosophy of having productive, smaller group sessions instead of fewer, larger sessions where people feel a little lost,” said Abbas Tavakoli, Academics Chair. “We strive to provide an environment that promotes collaboration and I think it shows in the number of people who come back year after year.”

Tavakoli also mentioned that the “can’t miss” events of this year’s conference are the opening session and Sunday keynote speaker. You’ll hear from well-known SAS expert Chuck Kincaid, Practice Manager for Experis Business Intelligence and Analytics. He’s a popular speaker at SAS Users Groups thanks to his insights on business intelligence and advanced analytics.

Richer content, more diverse than ever

This year, SESUG leaders mentioned they’ve done significant outreach beyond the Southeast United States and expect to see many new faces at this year’s conference. SESUG welcome members of the JMP community and fosters content that shows new, innovative ways to use JMP. In addition, the conference also includes a summit of user groups, both community and in-house SAS Users Groups.

Register today and secure your spot

Visit and sign up today. You can still register for the reduced, early-bird rate until August 17, so don’t delay. Even if you miss the first round of registration, you’ll still save by signing up online.

SESUG is an all-in volunteer effort. It’s thanks to the work of SAS professionals like you that SESUG continues to operate. Sign up to volunteer and give back to the SAS community. You’ll meet new people, earn the appreciation of the conference chairs, section chairs and attendees. Plus, volunteers get a snazzy ribbon, so even if you can’t volunteer this year, give them your thanks for supporting SESUG.

Stay connected with SESUG

For the most up-to-date information about the conference, visit the SESUG website and subscribe to their e-mail list.  You can also “Like” them on Facebook.

With networking professional development and popular speakers, there’s a lot to love about SESUG. What are you most looking forward to?



About Author

Darryl Putnam

SESUG 2014 Operations Chair

Darryl Putnam is an experienced data scientist who creates SAS solutions for business problems in a wide variety of industries and environments. He is focused on building statistical and analytical infrastructure for analysts and decision makers. Recently, Mr. Putnam has joined Bank of America in the Retail Risk Technology team where he manages the development of various risk management platforms.

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