Spouse and Guest Program






Sponsorships        Spouse and Guest Program

AIMR-2017-theme-v3There are several activities planned for AIM/R Spouses and Guests in 2017 in Seattle, Washington USA. Register for one more on March 31st.

Note that some items require the purchase of a ticket for an additional fee.



Spouse and Guest Program in 2017 (Seattle, WA)

Oct. 17 – Tuesday  

6:00 – 7:30 pm    Welcome Reception

Fifth Ballroom and Foyer (The Westin Seattle)

Kick-off the 45th Annual Conference at the opening event. Refresh and reunite with current colleagues and meet new friends over light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

Oct. 18 – Wednesday

7:30 am – 8:30 am

FITNESS WALK OF SEATTLE – Skyline, Olympic Sculpture Park, and Ferry


Slide on those tennis shoes for a morning fitness walk that will take you by several of the sites of Seattle. Your jaunt will include Olympic State Park on the waterfront (bring your cameras for skyline photos!) and glimpses of the Space Needle and the Washington State Ferry crossing Puget Sound.

Comfortable athletic or tennis shoes, light jacket, and hat are recommended. Bring your camera! Bottled water will be provided.

Route is approximately 2 miles round trip. Meet in lobby at 7:20 am.

Oct. 18 – Wednesday


Pike Place Fish Market, Food & Cultural Tour (an official Savor Seattle Tour)

$50 US / person

Group #1 – 10:00 am to Noon

Group #2 – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Group #3 – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Photo Credit: jlhemmer (fotolia)

Pike Place Public Market Center Sign during daylight

Become a market insider on this behind-the-scenes adventure to experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of this historic 100+ year old landmark. Meet the Market’s lively characters and hear their memorable stories. See fish fly, cheese being made, and the “original” Starbucks store. By the end, you will know the best places to eat at Pike Place Market.

Your guide is a past and present member of the Pike Place Market community. These intimate friendships with Market merchants ensure you will always receive special treatment. From Iron Chef winner Tom Douglas, to world famous fish throwers, come meet the Market family!

For a map of the tour, click here.

Due to allowable attendees, there are three groups for this tour – Group #1; Group #2; and Group #3. Attendees will select a group at the point of registration with AIM/R.

Group #1 – Meet at 9:00 am in lobby for walk to market

Group #2 – Meet at 9:30 am in lobby for walk to market

Group #3 – Meet at 10:00 am in lobby for walk to market

Ticket purchase is required. Comfortable shoes and a light jacket are recommended. The tour is accessible for all levels. Note that wheelchairs are difficult to accommodate throughout all areas of the market. Ticket includes samplings and bites. Attendees may wish to purchase additional food items, including brunch or lunch, on their own. Note that all Groups will walk between The Westin Seattle (hotel) and the market with a guide.


Oct. 18 – WednesdayDON FRIESEN

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm   AIM/R Comedy Lounge (premier event!)

Immediately following the Reception, Dinner, and Awards Program

husband. dad. idiot.

Comedian: Don Friesen

His kids think he’s fun. His wife thinks he’s an idiot. Audiences think he’s hilarious!

Don is a modern suburban dad just trying to raise his kids and get through the day with a bit of money in the bank and a scrap of dignity intact. With a unique style that can best be described as frenetic and engaging, Don captures the irony of parenting, marriage and everyday absurdities through characters, voices, parodies and some of the best written routines around. He’s a wanna-be geek who constantly upgrades to the latest technology, but can never get it to work, leading to signature bits about tech support, Idiots Guides, texting and passwords.

Friesen has recently taken his smart, savvy, and highly-caffeinated comedy to the stage at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA, for the taping of his new Showtime one-hour special titled “Ask Your Mom.” In his first nationally released concert special, Don delivers a winnng hour of clever, true-to-life “he’s talking about my family up there” comedy that manages to be adult-smart yet family-friendly.

Oct. 19 – Thursday

8:00 am – 9:00 am

FITNESS WALK OF SEATTLE – West Lake, Museum of History & Industry, and Amazon


Begin your Thursday with a fitness walk that will show you a few more sites of Seattle! This excursion will take you by West Lake, the Museum of History and Industry, and the Amazon campus.

Comfortable athletic or tennis shoes, light jacket, and hat are recommended. Bring your camera! Bottled water will be provided.

Route is approximately 2 miles round trip. Meet in lobby at 7:50 am.


CGG_Images0177_TROct. 19 – Thursday

10 am – 2:30 pm     PRIVATE TOUR

Chihuly Garden & Glass and Space Needle with Lunch at Arbor Cafe

$85 US/ person

Ticket purchase is required. Comfortable shoes and a light jacket are recommended. The tour is accessible for all levels. Lunch at Arbor Cafe (at Chihuly Garden & Glass) is sponsored  by AIM/R. For the tour of Chihuly, attendees will be divided into Group #1 and Group #2 due to restrictions by the museum.

They say that Seattle Starts Here… You will savor the sites that define Seattle at 605 feet above ground and at the top of the Space Needle. A 360 degree panoramic view of the Emerald City affords you visibility of the Cascade Range, Mount Rainier, Elliott Bay & the Waterfront, and the lights of downtown Seattle.

Your journey continues with a private, hosted tour of Chihuly Garden and Glass. Your host will guide your through all eight Exhibition Galleries, the Glasshouse and year-round outdoor Gardens.



Schedule of Events for Tour: Subject to change

9:20 am – Meet in Lobby of Hotel (The Westin) for Shuttle Bus

10:00 am – Space Needle Visit

11:15 am  –  Chihuly private tour – Group #1

11:25 am –  Chihuly private tour – Group #2

12:30 pm – Lunch at Arbor Cafe (at Chihuly)

2:00 pm  –  Board Shuttle for Return to Hotel

2:30 pm  –  Return to The Westin Seattle


Oct. 19 – ThursdayDave with Book

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm   KEYNOTE

How Great Leaders Think: Inside the Minds of the Best

Author of Live and Learn or Die Stupid

Presenter: Dave Mitchell

Grand Ballroom (The Westin Seattle)

Leadership is hard.  Even the best leaders can struggle and there are few resources to help them.  For years, Dave Mitchell has worked with companies all over the world to enhance their leadership.  This experience is the foundation for this incredible exploration of leadership best practices.

  • What are the personal characteristics of the best leaders?
  • What are the origins of personal accountability and can they be instilled in people after they reach adulthood?
  • How do you create a work environment that inspires all kinds of people to be committed to high performance?
  • How do you resolve conflict with colleagues, employees and even customers and keep these relationships healthy?

You will find out the answers to all these questions at How Great Leaders Think.

Dave Mitchell is the Founder and President of the Leadership Difference, Inc.  Over the last 20 years he has worked with over 500 organizations worldwide including Allstate Insurance, AT&T, Bank of America, Hilton Hotels, Trek Bikes and Electrolux Appliances.  His unique style of combining rich, practical content with laugh out loud humor has made him a popular and unparalleled educator.  He has a M.Ed. in Global Human Resources Development from the University of Illinois where he also has served as an adjunct faculty member.

Dave was named Best Speaker of the Year at the 2013 World Education Congress in Las Vegas. In 2015, Meetings and Conventions Magazine named Dave to their short list of Best Speakers in the World.  Dave is also an advanced certified wine sommelier through the International Wine Guild. He is the author of two books, The Power of Understanding People (an Amazon Editor’s Choice for Best Business Book) and Live and Learn…or Die Stupid!  Dave lives in the Walla Walla Valley wine country with his wife Lori, three horses, two dogs and two barn cats Socks and Stinkerbell.