Well, a bit behind in this posting.
November 2-3, 2016, the Information System Security Association (ISSA) had their International Conference in Dallas, TX. I was part of the Steering Committee and also attended the ISSA Chapter Leaders Summit held the day before.
Overall this was a great conference. I had been to the previous 2 conferences (Chicago and Orlando), and this was an improvement over those. We had more attendees and more sponsors then before. We had a lot of great speakers and some great additions to the conference.
We had a "party in the skill" in the Reunion Tower connected to the Hyatt Regency where the conference was held at. During the party, we had a Capture the Flag game going on. They had a job fair (first time), with several recruiting companies. There were 2 books given to participants and the authors were there to sign them: Becoming the Customer by Peter McLaughlin and Managing Risk and Information Security 2nd ed by Malcolm Harkins (I have the 1st edition, so this was a welcome update). And there was a special deal for training and testing for the CEH and C|CISO cert from EC-Council.
On a personal note, I was honored at the awards luncheon with ISSA Fellow status.
The next conference will be October 10-11, 2017 in San Diego. I plan on being on the Steering Committee again, as I want to see certain things continued and other things improved. Will see if I'm able to attend it.