New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! Reunion chairmen, resolve this year to:
• Seek the path of least resistance, get the best deal for your group at the most reunion-friendly hotels in the country – with no risk to your group!
• Push the easy button to find hotels that respect veterans and offer great room rates, tailored banquet menus, attrition-free contracts, and complimentary items you demand.
• Work with hotels that have earned a reunion-friendly reputation through years of dedicated service to military reunions.
• Resolve to meet in top reunion destinations where tourism professionals understand, value, and seek your business.
Contact AFR and your New Year’s Resolutions will be fulfilled!
Henry Ford once said “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” The reunion market is mostly a collection of smaller groups, each working to provide its members a valuable experience. The core principle of AFR’s new division BookMyReunion.com (BMR) is to harness the power of many to the benefit of each. In the coming months we will present hotel deals to be found only through BMR, with tailored incentives offered by BMR Star Hotels. These are hotels that understand and appreciate your business. Armed Forces Reunions’ twenty-seven years of hotel contracting experience will bring your reunion unmatched savings and opportunities.
Over the years we have funneled thousands of reunions into the nation’s top reunion destinations. This past month saw a flurry of bookings in San Antonio: C123’s in S.E.A, ANGLICO Assn., Korean War Recon Marines, Wheelus Air Base Reunion, Pilot Classes of WWII, and the USS Los Angeles CA-135. Bookings have been plentiful in Branson, New Orleans, Dayton, San Diego, D.C., Va. Beach, Norfolk, Nashville, Charleston, and other top destinations. The record for bookings in one city in a single year was D.C. in 2005 with 18 reunions – the year after the WWII Memorial opened. Contracting on such a massive scale allows BMR to provide your group with valuable savings and the protection of our very own BookMyReunion Hotel Contract – the industry’s only contract written for reunions and accepted by major hotel brands nationwide.
Contact us today to discover how AFR can make your New Year’s Resolutions come true!

1-800-562-7226 or ted@afri.com

Year After Year Washington D.C. is the Most Popular Reunion Destination!

Every year seems to be huge for AFR in the nation’s capital.  For years we’ve been the acknowledged leader in planning unforgettable reunions and government conferences in D.C.  We have hosted as many as twenty-three reunions in a single year, varying in size from 50 to 2,000 attendees.

Popa Smoke FlyoverA few of the hugely successful events we’ve planned include the 50th anniversary of the Korean War for KWVA, the 65th anniversary for the Iwo Jima Association of America, reunions for The Chosin Few and USMC Combat Helicopter Association, and in 2012 we’ll be planning the 100th anniversary of Marine Corps Aviation – to be headquartered at the Gaylord National Harbor.  This year we’ll be planning reunions for the 1st Marine Division Association and the USS Ticonderoga Veterans Association, among others. Whether visiting 8th & I for the Marine Parade or the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, conducting memorial services at the Navy Memorial or the Wall, whether viewing the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown or an evening performance of the political satire “Capitol Steps,” AFR can make it happen for your group.

If you want to visit Washington D.C. and would like the ultimate in personal attention along with the lowest room rates to be found please give us a call.  Get a professional on your side and walk the red carpet with AFR!

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Molly Dey, President

Molly joined AFR in 1989, straight out of college. Having started AFR the year before, Ted was in need of someone who could handle the planning and execution of the reunions rapidly coming aboard. Today Molly is the widely recognized leader of the nation’s leading military event planning company. She oversees the Event Planners for reunions and DoD events, as well as the administrative staff. Over the years Molly has developed terrific relationships with reunion chairman and allies in the Pentagon and within the defense contractor industry.

Ted Dey, Founder

Ted founded the company in 1988 after serving five years with the Norfolk Convention & Visitors Bureau. In 1984 he initiated the nation’s first marketing campaign directed at the military reunion market. Having spent over 30 years working with reunions, it could be said that Ted’s got seniority on everyone in the industry. In the past five years the company has developed a division dedicated exclusively to DoD’s Yellow Ribbon program. AFR has always been about military meetings and is a natural partner to DoD in plannning events nationwide and worldwide.

Carolyn Goodwin, Event Planner

Carolyn brings a wealth of event planning experience – both nationally and internationally.  She handles a wide variety of clients for AFR, from WWII veterans to active duty DoD conferences, and manages both with a professional and gracious demeanor, along with a keen eye to detail.  She is a great asset to AFR and any group who works with her is in terrific hands.