IPMBA Conference Archives
2007 IPMBA Conference
For the first time in the history of IPMBA, the annual conference was hosted by an EMS agency. Our hosts, East Baton Rouge EMS, made a commitment to producing a well-orchestrated event. In the process, they clearly demonstrated that an EMS agency could do as well as a police department with hosting the event, if not better. It was an excellent event, demonstrating not only that an EMS agency could do the job, but also that IPMBA is not a police organization; it is an association of public safety cyclists.
Thanks to Our Hosts
The IPMBA board, staff, members, and conference attendees would like to extend their sincere thanks to East Baton Rouge EMS for hosting the conference, and to their partnering agencies for providing assistance. We truly appreciate the support of Mayor Kip Holden and the Metro Council; EMS Administrator Pam Porter; EMS Chief of Operations Tommy Loyacano; Chief Jeff Leduff of the Baton Rouge Police Department; Charles Mondrick, Uniform Patrol Commander, Baton Rouge Police Department; Col. Henry Whitehorn, Louisiana State Police; and the many residents and businesses of Baton Rouge who provided financial and in-kind support for the conference.
IPMBA would also like to recognize the staff of East Baton Rouge EMS and all those who have participated in the planning and implementation of this conference, especially Tom Harris. Tom first approached IPMBA about hosting a conference in 2001. After a two year military deployment, he returned and redoubled his effort to bring the conference to Baton Rouge. Since that time, he has worked tirelessly to ensure that conference attendees would experience nothing less than the ultimate in southern hospitality.
Of course, he was not able to accomplish this alone. He gathered a team of individuals who were equally dedicated to meeting this goal. This team includes East Baton Rouge EMS staff members Darryl Beard, Rachael Firmin, Chad Guillot, Brad Harris, Ann Lemoin, Mark Olson, Mary Prochaska, Lauri Scivicque, Christian True, and Joyce Walden Wales; Baton Rouge Police Department personnel Kenny Brown, Kyle Callihan, Don Coppola, Jeremy Stanley, and Mark Weber; and Patrick Washington and Robert Moruzzi of the DPS Capitol Detail.
Many other staff members and volunteers extended their hospitality to the IPMBA conference attendees in a variety of ways – at registration, in bike check, on the trails, in the hospitality suite. We couldn’t possibly list them all!
In so many ways, the host committee for the 17th Annual Conference rolled out the “purple carpet” and showed the attendees the meaning of the word hospitality. As a result of their many hours of effort and dedication, all conference participants enjoyed on outstanding training experience, excellent riding, and remarkable food.
East Baton Rouge EMS really “let the good times roll” at the 17th Annual IPMBA Conference!
See you at the Speedway for the 18th Annual IPMBA Conference, April 19-26, 2008, in Indianapolis, Indiana.