Welcome to the 2023 AVI Conference

Our classes will be hosted at the beautiful Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa!

Marriott Sanibel Harbor Resort and Spa

17260 Harbour Pointe Dr.

Fort Myers, Florida 33908

Phone: (239) 466-4000


Hotel rate is $239 per night

Room rate includes complimentary self-parking and access to amenities. The $25 resort fee is also waived.

Limited Space Available! First come, first serve!

Click Here to Book Your Room!


Come enjoy the sun and fun of beautiful Florida and get some expert training too!

You've heard the saying, "All work and no play...", well, we're going to have some fun here too. The opening night reception is a great way to start off this conference. Live music, poolside, with fantastic views of Sanibel Harbour, especially at sunset. There's a bar and hors d'oeuvres will be served throughout the night. A perfect way to relax, unwind, and meet with experts like yourselves. This kind of networking helps technicians and shop owners share similar problems, situations and experiences. Valuable stuff. There's a "Build Your Own Gift Bag" display with swag and promotional items to take back home with you. A message to our neighbors to the north, Southwest Florida's weather is unbeatable at this time of year. Get out of the cold and come do some serious training with us next year. The 2023 conference is shaping up to be the best one yet. It would be a shame to miss it. We hope to see you there!

Cyber Security Forum

Not concerned about hacking, phishing, ransomware and malware? You should be. These subjects and more are all topics that relate to Cyber Security. Join NASTEF, the National Automotive Service Taskforce, along with other industry experts, as they moderate the Cybersecurity Forum. Many shop owners and technicians believe that protecting against these cyber-threats is only a big company problem. Unfortunately, that could not be more wrong. As larger companies have increased their cyber protection, law enforcement tells us that hackers have shifted their focus to easier to exploit small businesses and individuals. In most cases hackers have done extensive research on you and your company before they attack. They know how to steal assets and destroy your world. Our panel of experts will address the vulnerabilities that you should look for in your business and personal life.

Wildlife Refuge Tram Tour

Saturday, January 14, 2023 @ 9:00am-11:30pm

Subject to change based on availability.

Our experienced naturalists can help you spot wildlife most visitors would never see. Hop on our tram that travels along Wildlife Drive through the J.N. “Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Search for roseate spoonbills, herons, egrets, ibis, alligators and much more while learning about the refuge’s ecology and history! Taking the Refuge Tram Tour also benefits wildlife. Reducing the number of cars along Wildlife Drive helps to protect the animals from polluting exhaust fumes and noisy automobile engines. Plus, by leaving the driving to us, you’ll have your hands free to capture those amazing photos or to peer through binoculars and gaze at the wildlife. (Excerpt from Tarpon Bay Website)

Picture By Mathisen, Jim (USFWS)

Nature & Sealife Cruise

Friday, January 13, 2023 @ 10:00am-12:30pm

Subject to change based on availability.

Enjoy a naturalist led, covered pontoon boat cruise around Tarpon Bay. Learn about Tarpon Bay’s rich Mangrove Estuary ecosystem and get an up-close look at wildlife. The first half hour includes Touch Tank aquariums. You will hold and learn about wildlife living at the bottom of the estuary – including sea stars, horseshoe crabs, oysters, live shells and much more! Then spend an hour boating around Tarpon Bay. Possible sightings include manatees, dolphins, birds and fish! The naturalists will help you spot wildlife, and are able to answer any questions from wildlife biology and ecology to even the history of Sanibel and the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. (Excerpt and Picture from Tarpon Bay Website)

Transportation

There is a trolley that will transport guests throughout the resort grounds. There will be no off-site transportation available. Attendees ought to make use of local ride-share vendors and taxi services.

Registration

Registration will be available Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Attendees who arrive after Friday morning should reach out to AVI staff at the event.

Meals

Breakfast and Lunch provided for Tuition and Guest Pass holders on each day of training. Closing Night Dinner provided on Saturday.

Receptions

The Opening Night Reception is a cocktail gathering with hors d'oeuvre.

Family/Guests

Guest Passes are available. Your guest may attend meals and receptions with this pass as well as two off-site excursions. If you are traveling with family or guests, there are many incredible amenities and activities at the Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa for them while you are enjoying the conference.