PBUS News Update
Jun. 26, 2014

Message from the President
Scott G. Hall


The 2014 Mid-Year meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, may well be the largest attended mid-year meeting to date! Registrations are being made every day so if you haven’t registered yet, do so NOW before the early-bird deadline ends June 30!

Tuesday night of the mid-year meeting will feature an entertaining honky-tonk saloon party at the legendary Nashville Palace! This fun-filled night is possible due to the generous sponsorships by PBUS' surety company members Accredited Surety and Casualty Company, AIA Family of Companies, American Surety Company, Bail USA, Lexington National Insurance Corporation and Roche Surety and Casualty Company. Enjoy delicious hors d' oeuvres and outstanding entertainment and special drink prices at $6 each.

The evening’s main entertainment will be provided by Chris Janson, an accomplished singer and songwriter, dynamic multi-instrumentalist, compelling vocalist and an unforgettable entertainer who will present a one-of-a-kind concert to our attendees. Chris came to Nashville at age 18 and pleaded with the doorman at the legendary Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge for the chance to sing one song with the house band. Not long after he had finished singing "Folsom Prison Blues," the lounge's owner offered him a job.

On one memorable night that looked like a convention of Music Row executives, he was offered record, publishing, booking and management deals. He toured Europe with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams, Jr., he has shared the stage with Merle Haggard and Florida Georgia Line and has written with Rodney Crowell and Duff McKagan, among others. Chris Janson is most impressive on stage, bringing an array of strengths into the spotlight. Don’t miss this memorable concert by such a dynamic entertainer!

Remember: The early-bird registration ends June 30, 2014! Please make sure you sign-in as a member before registering for the conference to get the member conference rates! If you are not yet a PBUS member, I encourage you to join our national association and network with bail agents across the country. More

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