View Full Version : August 16th banquet is SOLD OUT!!!

07-31-2007, 09:55 PM
We have only 25 seats remaining to our 300 seating capacity...I don't know how the walk-ups are gonna take being turned away...but the fire marshall says, 300 only...so, get your tickets now while you can.

08-01-2007, 08:34 PM

I will be at the banquet; Tom R. is supposed to be holding a ticket for me. I am looking forward to it once again.

08-01-2007, 10:49 PM
I talked to Tom tonight...you are in...

08-01-2007, 11:53 PM
I'd like to meet some of you all that are attending. Let's make it a point to shake a few hands.

Bob S
08-02-2007, 01:27 PM
Thayer, out of curiosity, are you going to limit ticket sales to your capacity of 300, or will you sell 320-330 and expect some will be no shows?

08-02-2007, 05:21 PM
I don't know...never have had this problem...guess we can ask some of those walkups to wait around, if we have some no-shows...then they can get in...Don't know what else to do...300 is 300...I hope we don't have any no shows..or if they do, I hope they will call us and let us know.

08-02-2007, 05:21 PM
Wish your banquet was closer. Hope you have a great one


Bob S
08-02-2007, 06:30 PM
There are typically going to be a few no shows. While we have not reached the room capacity for the Mid-Michigan Branch which is 350. I think the most we have ever had was about 325. We decided that we would not stop selling tickets until we reached about 370-375, providing we could sell that many. Worst case scenario, the Banquet committee would not get to eat. It is generally considered safe to figure a 5-10% no show rate.

A couple years ago, I attended the North East Michigan Branch Banquet. They stopped selling tickets like you did when they reached the room capacity. I asked one of their board members why they did not over sell by about 20 tickets to account for a few no shows. I think their room capacity was also 300. I was told that in that part of the state when people buy a ticket, they show up. Well guess what? They had a 9% no show rate. So much for everyone showing up.

From my experience, when dealing with a room capacity of 300, selling an extra 10 or 15 tickets is usually pretty safe.

Anyway, congratulations on the sellout. If you end up turning people away, that means next year you can consider raising your ticket prices. Now I probably sound like a Regional Director, trying to maximize your profits.

08-02-2007, 06:42 PM
Lucky for me I have a couple sets of tickets waiting for me at the door. I look forword to meeting some fellow QDMA ers. I think I will where a nametag with Lamascota on it.

08-02-2007, 07:06 PM
I am ok if up to 30 don't show for some reason or another...I think our profit margin will be fine...they could always just fire me if they don't like it...