Continuing Education Company consistently brings thousands to the coast
More and more businesses are calling Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches home. Continuing Education Company (CEC), is a non-profit continuing medical education (CME) provider that specializes in live conferences for primary care physicians. Established for more than 25 years, the company currently organizes over 18 medical CME conferences a year. The conferences are attended by family medicine and internal medicine physicians, with audiences that are national and with attendance ranging from 180-350 attendees, depending on the conference. Conferences are held throughout the United States, in locations that include Florida, South Carolina, California, New Orleans and Hawaii.
In April 2017, CEC held their 25th annual conference at the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast. The company’s first conference was held here in April of 2007. Since then, CEC has conducted three conferences a year at the Hammock Beach Resort, with two conferences in the spring and one in the summer. Many of the week-long conferences are held during school breaks, either in the spring or summer, so attendees usually bring their family members with them. Spring conferences may attract 400 attendees over the two sessions of week-long conferences, bringing a total of over 1,800 visitors, when factoring in family members and support staff, to Palm Coast as a result of the conference.
“We selected the Hammock Beach Resort for our annual Primary Care Spring CME conference because of its unique location in Northeast Florida and due to the variety of accommodations they offer. It is one of the few resorts in Florida that can offer our attendees one-, two- and three-bedroom accommodations, which makes it convenient for attendees who are traveling with families and friends. In addition, the beach location and the abundant amenities that the resort has to offer make it the perfect venue for a conference such as ours,” said Walter Ejnes, CHCP, president, CEC.
Conference attendees enjoy taking a walk along an uninhabited stretch of beach, riding bikes or hiking one of the many trails, kayaking along the Intracoastal waterway, or enjoying a meal at one of the many area oceanfront restaurants. Visitors appreciate the friendly hospitality experienced throughout Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches.
“Palm Coast and Flagler County is an amazing location for a conference. Because we end up being the only event in the immediate area, our attendees are able to appreciate the area the same way locals do. We felt that this area of Florida provided a perfect escape where our conference attendees could get away from the hustle and bustle of their everyday lives and unwind. With so many of our attendees coming from the cold north and Midwest, they are always amazed when they arrive to see the ocean and the cinnamon colored sand beaches,” adds Ejnes.
Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches works diligently to partner with group related business. As a recipient of Flager County’s overnight stay grant, which allows businesses to increase efforts to promote the conference outside of Florida, Ejnes says the results have been amazing, with attendees from 41 states coming to Palm Coast.
Ejnes moved his company from New York to Palm Coast in 2012 and now enjoys this beautiful location year-round. Now, being based in Palm Coast, Ejnes is able to alert the area restaurants about the conference, collecting menus from most of the restaurants and displaying them at the conferences. “We actually dedicate a large area at the conference to promote area restaurants and activities,” he adds.