National Conference FAQs


When does the conference begin and end?
The conference officially begins with Pre-Conference Sessions on Sunday, October 1, at 1:00pm and a Welcome Reception for all attendees at 5:00pm. The main program begins Monday morning at 8:00am. The conference concludes at 12:00pm on Wednesday, October 4.

How do I make hotel reservations?
Reservations at the Hotel Valley Ho are first come, first served, and you can make your reservation in either of two ways. To reserve your room online, use the online reservation link and group discount code SPARC2023. To reserve over the phone, you may call the hotel directly at 877-587-8013 and let them know that you are with SPARC. The discounted room rate is extended 3 nights before and after the conference so feel free to extend your stay to enjoy Phoenix and Scottsdale. Please note that the Valley Ho booking policy requires a one night non-refundable deposit, so we encourage attendees to be certain of travel plans before booking. Once the reserved block of hotel rooms has been fully booked, the rates are subject to the Valley Ho’s pricing when booking.

Are meals included in the registration fee?
Yes, breakfast, snacks, and lunch are provided to all attendees on October 2 and October 3, and then breakfast only on Wednesday, October 4. There will also be a poolside Welcome Reception on Sunday evening, October 1, at 5pm and an evening reception on Monday, October 2, on the Skyline Rooftop Terrace overlooking Camelback Mt. and downtown Scottsdale.

What is the closest airport to the conference?
The Hotel Valley Ho is 7.5 miles (approximately 15 minutes) from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Taxi is recommended.

What will the weather be in Scottsdale?
The typical average temperatures in Scottsdale in early October range from a high of 85 degrees to a low of 60 degrees. And sunshine is abundant!

What are the registration cancellation policies?
Cancellations made prior to June 30, 2023 will receive a 75% refund. Cancellations made between July 1, 2023 and July 30, 2023 will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be granted for cancellations made on or after August 1, 2023. All registered participants who do not cancel and do not attend are liable for the entire registration fee. We are unable to make exceptions for emergencies, however you may send someone from your same organization in your place.