DirectEmployers Association 2011 Annual Meeting & Conference
2011 DirectEmployers Annual Meeting & Conference

September 21-23, Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

St. Elmo Steak House and its famous Shrimp Cocktail

Unlike most downtowns, Indianapolis comes alive after dark—especially in the blocks surrounding the Indiana Convention Center. Over 200 restaurants and clubs, live music and shows, and a four-story shopping mall are all right there, in the heart of everything, when you're ready to relax or have some fun. And when you're ready to go back to your room, you just stand up and walk there—it's a campus-like feel, with no tedious shuttling back and forth through endless traffic, like in a lot of convention cities.

DirectEmployers Association has planned the following complimentary events for you to enjoy during your visit:

Networking Reception with Rock ‘N’ Roll Dueling Piano Show

Wednesday, September 21, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency

Join us for the annual networking reception following day one. We will provide drinks, snacks and entertainment. You bring the conversation!

Lucas Oil Stadium Tour

Wednesday, September 21, 8:30 pm at Lucas Oil Stadium (transportation provided)

Tour Lucas Oil Stadium to get a first-hand, behind-the-scenes look at the facility that the Indianapolis Colts and 2012 Super Bowl call home. The tour will last approximately one hour and include visits to the playing field, an NFL locker room, Lucas Oil Plaza, Press Box, as well as numerous other areas not accessible to the general public. The best way to truly appreciate this exceptional facility is to see it for yourself!

NOTE: Boarding begins at 7:30 pm from the Hyatt Regency. Buses should arrive back at the hotel around 10:00 pm.

Crackers Comedy Club

Thursday, September 22, 7:00 pm show, Crackers Comedy Club (transportation provided)

Crackers has been THE place for live comedy in Indy since 1980. They've had some big names grace the stage over the years, including Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno and Dennis Miller. Nothing beats seeing a live comedy show in a charged atmosphere. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show and Qdoba Nacho Bar!

NOTE: Buses will leave in two groups from the taxi lane in front of the Hyatt Regency.

Group 1: Boarding begins at 5:35 pm
Group 2: Boarding begins at 6:10 pm

All buses should arrive back at the hotel around 9:45 pm.

Richard Petty Ride-Along Experience

Friday, September 23, 10:30 am at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (transportation & boxed lunch provided)

The fastest form of entertainment in Indianapolis is behind the wheel of a 600HP NASCAR two-seater. Every race car driver wants to win at the Brickyard and you can feel what it’s like with the Richard Petty Ride-Along Experience at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Experience real-life racing thrills by riding shotgun in a NASCAR 2-seater driven by a professional instructor for a 3-lap qualifying run!

NOTE: Buses will leave the hotel and track every 30 minutes. Please take the bus that leaves one hour before your scheduled ride-along time. A printed bus ticket in your badge will serve a reminder. Riders will be awarded a seat on bus before spectators.

Networking Reception with Rock ‘N’ Roll Dueling Piano Show

Wednesday, September 21, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency

Join us for the annual networking reception following day one. We will provide drinks, snacks and entertainment. You bring the conversation!

We are bringing The World’s Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll Dueling Piano Show to you! Howl at the Moon is a total entertainment experience where the piano players not only entertain the guests; the guests become part of the show. These piano players are hand-picked from the finest regional talent and are thoroughly trained to continually thrill and entertain the audience. Say goodbye to the Chicken Dance and The Macarena: These piano players will tickle the ivories and your funny bone with the best music from the ‘60s to today!

Howl at the Moon
Photo courtesy of Howl at the Moon

Lucas Oil Stadium Tour

Wednesday, September 21, 8:30 pm at Lucas Oil Stadium (transportation provided)

Lucas Oil Stadium
Photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association

Tour Lucas Oil Stadium to get a first-hand, behind-the-scenes look at the facility that the Indianapolis Colts and 2012 Super Bowl call home. The tour will last approximately one hour and include visits to the playing field, an NFL locker room, Lucas Oil Plaza, Press Box, as well as numerous other areas not accessible to the general public. The best way to truly appreciate this exceptional facility is to see it for yourself!

The tour will be led by a knowledgeable Lucas Oil Stadium Tour Guide. They will be with you every step of the way to showcase all the features and amenities Lucas Oil Stadium has to offer and to answer any questions.

Tour items to note:

  • Tour will last approximately 45 minutes to one (1) hour in length. Please wear comfortable shoes!
  • This is a walking tour, but accommodations will be made for those touring in wheelchairs.
  • Please note tour routes utilize ramps, escalators, elevators and stairs.
  • Still cameras are welcome, but video cameras are prohibited.

NOTE: Boarding begins at 7:30 pm from the Hyatt Regency. Buses should arrive back at the hotel around 10:00 pm.

Crackers Comedy Club

Crackers Comedy Club

Thursday, September 22, 7:00 pm, Crackers Comedy Club (transportation provided)

Crackers has been THE place for live comedy in Indy since 1980. They've had some big names grace the stage over the years, including Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno and Dennis Miller. Nothing beats seeing a live comedy show in a charged atmosphere. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show and Qdoba Nacho Bar!

NOTE: Buses will leave in two groups from the taxi lane in front of the Hyatt Regency.

Group 1: Boarding begins at 5:35 pm
Group 2: Boarding begins at 6:10 pm

All buses should arrive back at the hotel around 9:45 pm.

Crackers Comedy Club

Richard Petty Ride-Along Experience

Friday, September 23, 10:30 am at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (transportation & boxed lunch provided)

The fastest form of entertainment in Indianapolis is behind the wheel of a 600HP NASCAR two-seater. Every race car driver wants to win at the Brickyard and you can feel what it’s like with the Richard Petty Ride-Along Experience at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Experience real-life racing thrills by riding shotgun in a NASCAR 2-seater driven by a professional instructor for a 3-lap qualifying run!

Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a 2.5 mile oval located in Indianapolis, IN. It is home to the famed "Indianapolis 500" and "Brickyard 400."

NOTE: Buses will leave the hotel and track every 30 minutes. Please take the bus that leaves one hour before your scheduled ride-along time. A printed bus ticket in your badge will serve a reminder. Riders will be awarded a seat on bus before spectators.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

*Events are subject to change.