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2020 Spring Convention & Barge-In

Washington, DC
April 21, 2019
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. View more information here.
Once a year, the AWO membership gathers in our nation's capital for a week of prime advocacy, compelling meetings, and great networking opportunities.  We are pleased to invite you to attend this impactful week.  This meeting is members-only.  If you are not an AWO member and would like to attend, please contact Anne Fazzini ( for more information.
To register for this meeting, please log in to the members-only side of the website and register via your member dashboard. Contact Caitlin Kidd ( with any registration questions.
Spring Convention Venue:  Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C.
1330 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024
For our members’ convenience, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Mandarin Oriental at a rate of $325 per night, exclusive of taxes and fees. Reservations may be made online by clicking here, or you may make your reservation by calling (202) 787-6140 and referencing the “AWO Meeting.” If you are planning to reserve hotel room nights outside the meeting dates, please plan to make your reservation by phone. The last day to reserve hotel rooms is Friday, March 27, or until all rooms are reserved, whichever occurs first. 
Don’t miss the chance to:
Participate in Compelling Meetings on Hot-Button Issues
Participate in Tuesday's full day of committee meetings, roundtable discussions and panels to learn about upcoming legislation, current regulations, and association issues.
Network with Key Players and Industry Professionals
Join more than 150 members, agency personnel and Congressional staff for the Spring Convention Reception on Tuesday evening.
Meet with Members of Congress
The AWO Barge-In on Wednesday, April 22, is a premiere opportunity to demonstrate to Congress the importance of the tugboat, towboat and barge industry to the United States. It is essential that our voice be heard. The Barge-In is our opportunity to remind lawmakers about the national economic and security benefits the maritime industry provides to the United States. Your presence on Capitol Hill will be critical to forging relationships with Members of Congress and building support for national priorities. A preparatory session on Tuesday will give you all the tools you need to have productive meetings on Capitol Hill. View FAQs about the Barge-In.
Lead AWO into the Future
Sit in on the Annual Membership Meeting and the Board Meeting Thursday morning. As a member-led association, it is vital that every member take a responsible role in the governance of the Association. The Board Meeting is open to all members of AWO.
Click Here For the Spring Convention Sponsorship Form
Sponsorships provide your company that extra level of exposure while proudly displaying your support of AWO’s mission.  To take advantage of a sponsorship opportunity, please complete the form above and email or fax a copy to Anne Fazzini at or (703) 373-2291.  Please note that sponsorships are limited, and offered on a first come, first served basis -- contact Anne for sponsorship availability inqueries.  For maximum exposure, please secure your sponsorship by Friday, March 13, 2020