2018 SEARCH Winter Membership Group Meeting

Winter Membership Group Meeting

Birmingham, Alabama

Tuesday, January 23–Thursday, January 25, 2018
Board of Directors Meeting: Monday, January 22, 1–5PM


To register with SEARCH for meeting and reception attendance, please complete the online registration form below.

Registration Fee for Non-Government Observers or Non-Current States:

If you want to attend the 2018 Winter Meeting and you do not represent a governmental organization, you must register as an Observer and pay a registration fee of $395. The fee is waived in these cases:

  1. You are an invited speaker
  2. You represent a sponsoring company (Meeting Sponsor)
  3. The Board of Directors has invited you to participate
  4. You are a past recipient of an annual SEARCH award (Gary R. Cooper Meritorious Service Award or O.J. Hawkins Award)
  5. You are an invited guest of your State’s Member or Alternate (each state may invite two guests, whether or not they pay Dues)

If you are a Member or Alternate from a state that is not current on its SEARCH Dues, you must pay a registration fee of $725.

Please contact twyla@search.org if you are unsure whether you qualify for a fee waiver, or whether your state is current on its Dues.


SEARCH has reserved a block of rooms at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd North, Birmingham, AL 35203. The group room rate is $96 single occupancy, plus applicable taxes and fees. The special group rate is available for the nights of January 21–26, 2018. The group rate will be available 3 days before and after these dates, based on availability. If you choose to stay in Birmingham prior to or following the meeting dates, those additional days are at your expense and will not be reimbursed by SEARCH.

The reservation cutoff date is January 10, 2018.

Please make your hotel reservations AFTER you register for the 2018 SEARCH Winter Meeting.  First, register for the meeting using the form below. You will see a confirmation page and receive an email that provides hotel instructions.

Note: If you make your room reservations within the SEARCH-reserved block and check out prior to your reserved checkout date, the hotel will add an early departure/checkout fee to your individual account. If you need to check out early, you may avoid this fee by advising the hotel at or before check-in of any change in your planned length of stay. In addition, there is limited room availability Sunday, January 21, as this is intended to accommodate Board meeting attendees.


Airline travel is to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM). The BHM is located approximately 5 miles from the Sheraton Birmingham. Transportation to/from the airport is by complimentary hotel shuttle, which operates 6AM to 11PM daily, or by cab (a typical one-way fare is $10).

Meeting Hours and Dress Code

Monday, January 22:
Business Casual

Board of Directors

Tuesday, January 23:

New Member Orientation Breakfast

Membership Group

Networking Reception

Wednesday, January 24:
Business Casual

Membership Group Meeting

Thursday, January 25:
Business Casual

Membership Group Meeting

NOTE TO ATTENDEES: You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements; please use your familiar resources for travel to Birmingham.

SEARCH Members and Speakers: Please save your receipts for airfare, hotel, shuttle/taxi, and parking at your home airport. You will need these for reimbursement following the meeting.

Questions? Contact Twyla Putt at twyla@search.org or (916) 550-9517

Registration Form

Please fill out the information on this form and select Submit. Required fields are identified with a *.  You will then see a confirmation page, which provides links to the hotel registration site, as well as to PayPal (for payment of registration fees by Non-Government Observers or Members from Non-Current Dues States). You will also receive a registration confirmation email from SEARCH.