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“It’s easy to network and learn from some of the best minds in our profession.”

Maria Beermann-Foat, PhD, Battalion Chief of Operations

MED-ACT Emergency Medical Services, Johnson County, Kansas

“Pinnacle is a highlight for me. I always come home with lots of tangible ideas that will make a real difference in my organization and my community.”

Jeff Smeenk, Paramedic Captain

Stockton Fire Department, Stockton, California

“Pinnacle challenges you to engage in the tough conversations shaping the future of EMS and healthcare.”

David K. Tan, MD, Medical Director, Washington University EMS

President, National Association of EMS Physicians, St. Louis, Missouri

“I like that Pinnacle attracts such a diverse mix of leaders who are all committed to quality and innovation.”

Nicole Henricksen, Regional Director

American Medical Response, Sacramento, California

WHAT DAYS SHOULD I PLAN TO ATTEND PINNACLE?

Pinnacle events run from Monday, July 27, through Friday, July 31. Monday and Tuesday morning are devoted to optional Pinnacle Power Seminars, in-depth workshops that run for a half-day (registration and additional fee required). The main conference kicks off Tuesday afternoon and runs through Thursday evening. On Friday, special bonus sessions are available at no additional cost.

CAN I ATTEND FOR A SINGLE DAY?

Pinnacle is designed as a complete event, and we encourage you to take advantage of the entire Pinnacle experience, including presentations, panel discussions, participatory roundtables, and networking events such as meals, special meetings and receptions. But we also recognize that EMS leaders have many demands on their time, so we do allow single-day registrations for people whose schedules are limited. Just choose the Single Day option when you register.

WHERE IS PINNACLE BEING HELD?

Pinnacle events take place at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, Arizona.

CAN I BRING A COMPANION OR MY FAMILY?

Yes. Many busy EMS leaders combine Pinnacle with a family vacation. Guest registration is required for spouses and others not in the industry who wish to attend breakfasts, lunches, receptions and Pinnacle social events, at a nominal fee.

WHAT’S INCLUDED WITH MY REGISTRATION?

Pinnacle is an exceptional value — your registration fee includes all main conference presentations, breakfast and lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, plus coffee, snacks and receptions.

IS PINNACLE AN ASSOCIATION MEETING OR TRADE SHOW?

Neither. Pinnacle is a participatory educational experience for EMS leaders. Unlike typical conferences and chaotic trade shows, Pinnacle invites sponsors and faculty to participate in roundtable discussions with attendees for true collaboration and open dialogue. There are also several opportunities to visit with a select number of sponsors in a low-key, tabletop environment.

WHO ATTENDS PINNACLE?

EMS chiefs, leaders, administrators, medical directors, managers, educators and innovators all attend Pinnacle. They come from systems of all sizes and types, from fire departments and municipal third services to private, not-for-profit and hospital-based organizations. It’s a one-of-a-kind environment, in which competition and politics are set aside in the pursuit of collaboration and solutions to common challenges.

WHAT ARE POWER SEMINARS? ARE THEY INCLUDED WITH MY REGISTRATION?

Pinnacle Power Seminars™ are in-depth workshops that run for a half-day on Monday morning, Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. Registration and an additional fee are required.

ARE THERE REGISTRATION DISCOUNTS?

Yes. Visit the registration page for more details.

HOW EARLY DO I NEED TO RESERVE MY ROOM?

For Pinnacle guests, there’s an exclusive rate beginning at just $175 per night at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort, the site of all main Pinnacle events. We encourage you to secure your room at the time of registration to ensure you will be on site for all Pinnacle activities.

SHOULD I RENT A CAR?

If you’re coming with a group or traveling with your family, or if you plan on sightseeing, a rental car is recommended.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Pinnacle is a leadership event in a relaxed, informal environment. Most participants wear business casual attire (e.g., slacks and a polo shirt, jacket optional). Uniforms typically are not worn unless specified by your organization’s policy.

ARE ANY OTHER MEETINGS CO-LOCATED WITH PINNACLE?

Yes. Visit the program page for more details on special meetings and events.

DOES PINNACLE OFFER CEUS?

Pinnacle does not offer CEUs.

WILL PINNACLE 2020 BE CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19?

The 15th annual Pinnacle Leadership Forum will proceed as scheduled July 27-31. We look forward to engaging each of you in a no-holds-barred exploration of the most relevant topics in the changing world of EMS.

Like you, our team at Fitch & Associates has been carefully monitoring developments surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus. This event has significantly impacted the profession and we understand uncertainty. Our highest priority is the health and safety of our attendees, instructors and staff.

We are staying in regular contact with the JW Marriott and community health organizations. The hotel and conference center are taking precautions and utilizing special cleaning measures to help ensure the health of its guests.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and update attendees and sponsors about any relevant changes impacting the conference.

If you have any questions, please call us at 816-431-2600, or email [email protected].