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Get Social! Network With Colleagues While Enjoying Southern Hospitality During the 2012 NFDA Convention

If you're planning to attend the 2012 NFDA International Convention & Expo, October 7-10 in Charlotte, N.C., make time to connect with colleagues during exclusive social and networking events. The events NFDA has planned will give you a glimpse into the rich history and dynamic culture that makes Charlotte a favorite among financiers, NASCAR fans, history buffs, foodies and thrill-seekers.

The NFDA Convention will get off to a roaring start during at the Welcome Party on Sunday, October 7. Join NFDA President Randy Earl and his wife Evelyn for an unforgettable evening at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Enjoy complimentary appetizers, a cash bar and challenging your colleagues at a tire-changing station or on a realistic race simulator. There is no charge for this event, but you must bring your Convention badge or confirmation email for entry to the event this year.

If you use "friend" as a verb, track Tweets and know what it means to link-up on LinkedIn, you will want to attend the Friends of Facebook (and Twitter and LinkedIn) Party on Tuesday, October 9. It's an opportunity for you to have an offline conversation with online friends. There is no charge to attend this event.

The annual Funeral Directors Under 40 party will take place on Tuesday, October 9, at the NC Music Factory, an incredible multi-venue complex for a night of music and fun with old and new friends. Start the night out at the world-renowned Wet Willie's, known for its potent "mix your own" daiquiris. From there, attendees can visit other establishments in the complex, such as The Saloon, VBGB Beer Hall and Garden, and HALO nightclub, to take advantage of exclusive drink specials. You must register in advance for this event.

You can close out your Convention experience and welcome new NFDA President Bob Rosson and his wife Beth, along with the 2012-13 NFDA Executive Board, during the President's Reception and Dinner on Wednesday, October 10. An evening of Southern hospitality awaits. You will enjoy cocktails from the cash bar during the reception before sitting down to a delicious meal, and an evening of fun and entertainment. You must register in advance for this event.

In addition, NFDA has arranged exclusive tours to help attendees get to know the host city of Charlotte.

Complete details about social events and tours taking place during the Convention can be found by visiting and clicking on the "Activities/Tours" tab.