PBUS News Update
Jul. 9, 2015

Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

The 2015 Mid-Year meeting app is now available for your smartphone device! The app contains all of the important information you will need to know about the meeting schedule, speakers and other important events.

Follow the event guide lookup instructions below:


Android Remember: Online registration ends July 11, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. EST. The registration fee will increase for on-site registration beginning Sunday, July 12, 2015. All conference details can be found on our conference page at www.pbus.com.

The PBUS office will be closed beginning Thursday, July 9 to host the mid-year meeting and will re-open on Monday, July 20. We look forward to seeing you in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. More

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