NC State University


North Carolina Parks and Recreation Directors Conference

January 21-23, 2015

Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Conference Center

Durham, NC



The North Carolina Municipal and County Parks and Recreation Directors Conference is an annual education and networking event for North Carolina's park and recreation directors. The first event was organized in 1947 under the leadership of the Department of Leisure Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. Recreation Resources Service now assists the planning committee with coordinating and managing the conference. The conference mission, both then and now is to bring department directors together to discuss the challenges and opportunities for improving parks and recreation both within their own departments, and the state. Support for the conference from directors, retired directors, and partners from NC university park and recreation departments have maintained its relevance and purpose almost 70 years later.

Sponsored In Part By

                                                Gold Level Sponsor




New Directors

Directors who have served in their position for 5 years or less and have not attended a previous Directors Conference are invited to attend free of charge.

Conference Registration

Early bird registration has begun! Be sure to register before December 17th to receive a discount off the regular price.


Early bird: $95

Regular: $125

Hotel Accommodations

The block of rooms at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel is now sold out.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott, immediately next door to the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, has an additional block of rooms for the same standard room rate of $102 per night + tax. Reservations need to be made over the phone by calling 919-998-9500. Be sure to use the promo code NC Park and Recreation Directors Conference to receive the special rate. The special rate has been extended until January 15.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott is located at 920 Slater Road, Durham, NC 27703

The Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center is located 4700 Emperor Boulevard, Durham NC 27703.

Brief Conference Agenda

View the conference agenda

Featured Speakers


Jamie Sabbach, M.S., CPRP

Jamie founded consulting firm, 110 Percent, LLC in 2010 as a way to make an impact on the park and recreation profession. Jamie is an active member of NRPA having served in a variety of leadership capacities. Jamie has taught more than 200 professional development and training programs for agencies, at various continuing education schools, and a number of state, regional, national and international conferences since 1996.

Session Description - Shift Happens...A New Business Model for Public Parks and Recreation


John Kennedy is a professional speaker, strategist and author who, over the last two decades, has been building and delivering business sales, service and success strategies to over 100,000 audience members. John presents annually at the Indiana University Executive Development Program for Parks and Recreation folks from around the nation.  He has also worked extensively with Delaware, Indiana, Texas, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Tennessee state parks. John’s workshops and business insights help build strong cultures in sales, service, leadership and teamwork.  His consulting work has him in high demand among progressive national and international companies and associations.

Keynote Address - LeaderSHIFT: The Art of Transformational Leadership

Session Description - Creating a Seamless Customer Service Experience

Sponsorship Opportunities

The NC Parks and Recreation Directors Conference provides an invaluable opportunity to have access to direct decision makers. You will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with over 100 park and recreation directors under one roof at the conference exhibit hall.

Download the Sponsorship Package

Contact RRS at 919-515-7118 or about being a sponsor