Know Before You Go

SGMP’s NEC is only a week away, we are looking forward to seeing everyone in Norfolk! Here are a few useful facts to keep handy to make your trip more enjoyable:

We have a conference app for your iPhones and Android devices (as well as tablets)! In your app store search or download the Mobile App Guide (PDF) for SGMP NEC to download the app. The app has the agenda, meeting locations, speaker bios, names of exhibiting companies, etc. You can use the app to communicate with other attendees. Log into the app with the email address you use with SGMP.  Download the app now and join the conversation #SGMPNEC #SGMPignite! 


Taxi Options - Fares range from $20 - $30 based on cab company and traffic conditions. Cabs are available curbside outside baggage claim.

Shuttle Transportation to/from Airport
James River Transportation runs the shuttle service between the airport and downtown. They have a desk that is staffed 24/7 in near door way 3 in the baggage claim area. Rates are:
* (3 passenger car)-$35.40 (includes gratuity)- one-way from ORF (Norfolk International Airport) to downtown Norfolk
* (9 passenger van)-$65.00 (includes gratuity)- one-way from ORF (Norfolk International Airport) to downtown Norfolk

Reservations are not required, but they are recommended. You can make your reservations online or by calling 1-866-823-4626.

Ride Share Services – Ride share services like Uber and Lyft are available at the Norfolk Airport. Depending on time of day and type of service you request (pool or private) fees range from $20-25. Uber/Lyft drivers pick up curbside outside baggage claim at Door #5.

Download a  Transportation Flyer (PDF) for additional transportation information.


Norfolk Marriott Waterside                      
J235 E Main Street 
Phone: 757-627-4200   
Most hotel & Main Conf. Sessions

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside    
777 Waterside Drive     
Phone: 757-622-6664              
Pre-Conference Sessions

Hilton Norfolk The Main
100 E. Main Street                                                                                
Phone: 757-763-6200

Meeting Locations – Pre-Conference Sessions will be held at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside. Main conference sessions will be held at the Norfolk Marriott Waterside. The two hotels are located 1½ blocks from each other. Download a map of Norfolk including downtown hotels (PDF).

Opening Reception – Tuesday evening’s opening reception, hosted by VisitNorfolk, will be held at the Waterside District, an exciting new restaurant and entertainment facility located right on Norfolk’s beautiful waterfront! (333 Waterside Drive) The opening reception runs from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Please be sure to pick up your name badge prior to heading over or bring an ID, so we can check you off against the attendee list. 


Mobility & Rain Plans – Transportation can be arranged for those with mobility needs. If there is inclement weather on Tuesday transportation will be provided to the reception. Check at the conference registration desk or on the Conference App. for additional details if this becomes necessary.  


Registration and Session Locations – Conference registration will be open beginning at 8:00 AM on Monday, June 4 and will remain open throughout the conference. Registration is located in the Presidential Foyer on the THIRD FLOOR of the Marriott Waterside. All plenary sessions will be held in the Hampton Ballroom on the third floor. Breakouts will be on the fourth and first floors. Pre-Conference sessions (all sessions Saturday – Tuesday) will be held at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside.

NEW to the NEC?
If so, be sure to attend the So You’re New to SGMP NEC session at 3:15 PM on Tuesday, in the Monticello room at the Sheraton. This is not a requirement, but it will help give you a better understanding of what to expect.

Agenda – Please see the  Agenda at a Glance (PDF) for room assignments. This information is also available on the conference app under agenda.

NEW THIS YEAR! Jump Start Your Day! On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday join National Board Members for a 5K run or 2K walk! Meet at 6:00 AM in the Norfolk Foyer, first floor of the Norfolk Marriott Waterside Hotel. Swag provided by Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Dress Code – The opening reception and conference sessions are business casual. Be sure to bring PLENTY of business cards. This is one comment we’ve heard repeatedly in the past, people wishing they had more cards. For the Gilmer Gala Reception and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday evening people are encouraged to get dressed up for our gala event; however, this is NOT a requirement and business dress is acceptable.

National Charity – Please join us in supporting our national charity. This year we have selected Mutts with a Mission. Mutts with a Mission is a non-profit organization that trains veterans and Wounded Warriors and their dogs as Service Dog teams in order to return the independence they sacrificed serving our country. You can complete the order form online to purchase much needed equipment from their wish list.

Head Shots – We will have a photographer onsite during the Expo to take professional head shots. Photos are $20 with the proceeds going to future National NEC Scholarships! 

Silent and Live Auction – Please be sure to bring your credit card to bid on silent and live auction items! All bids must be via online credit card through the following site:, no cash accepted. You can also access the silent auction items via the conference app.

Weather – The weather will be warm! Highs in the low 80’s, lows in the low 70’s. There will be the chance of daily thunder storms so you may wish to pack an umbrella.

Local Information – For additional ideas of things to see and do while you’re in Norfolk please visit: