Health issues prompt postponement of Social Media Convention

| Friday, July 12, 2013

The 2013 Truck Driver Social Media Convention has been postponed until 2014, according to a statement released by Allen Smith, coordinator of the event.

Smith said his wife, Donna, has been facing health issues over the past few years and began recently having more difficulties. Because of those issues, Smith said he has chosen “to make the call” to postpone the 2013 convention.

“It is much easier to call it now than to possibly have to make such an announcement later when attendees have already purchased airline travel tickets and other such expenditures,” Smith wrote.

“Donna is currently undergoing various medical tests and will know within several days the plan of action the doctors will take to hopefully resolve the matter to the best possibility,” Smith wrote. “My main concern at this point is for her to get well.”

More than 200 reservations have been made to attend the event, which was scheduled to be held Oct. 11-13 at Harrah’s Casino in Kansas City, Mo. Smith said those reservations, along with purchased sponsorships, will be refunded according to the terms and agreements laid out by the Social Media Convention.

He encouraged patience in waiting for the refunds. Donna will be processing the refunds because of Smith’s work schedule.

Anyone who has made reservations with Harrah’s is encouraged by Smith to contact the casino immediately to ask for a refund.

The postponement of the convention does not affect the 2013 Safe Truck Parking Survey being conducted by Hope Rivenburg, who is being assisted by the Smiths. The data is still being collected and will be presented to the Federal Highway Administration.

Smith thanked everyone for their concern for Donna and the support of the Social Media Convention. He encourages everyone to “look forward to 2014.”