Join us in New Orleans!

EXPLORE 2013 will be held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans May 21-23 and is an event you don't want to miss!

Commit to growing your financial services practice with the valuable information you'll learn at EXPLORE.

For three days, enjoy top-rated keynote speakers, eye-opening breakout sessions, fantastic special events and endless networking opportunities with our exhibitors and your fellow Cetera Financial Specialists.



At EXPLORE Las Vegas 2012, we had over 40 sessions in 3 tracks on 4 subjects. This year's agenda will follow the same format and promises to be even more engaging and influential to your practice than last year.

Join us for sessions that are tailored to your level of knowledge in different areas of financial services. Choose to attend foundational, intermediate or advanced classes on products, practice management, technology and economic/regulatory subjects.

EXPLORE New Orleans 2013 will begin at 8:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday, May 21, and will end at 12:00 p.m.* local time on Thursday, May 23.

The list of sessions will be available in the upcoming weeks. We will alert you via email when it is posted.

Subject to change



We are pleased to announce that back by popular demand, Andy Friedman is confirmed as a keynote speaker for EXPLORE New Orleans 2013. If you liked Andy last year, you will love him this year post election!

More information on our additional keynote speakers will be made available in the upcoming weeks. We will alert you by email when it is posted.



This year's special events will be themed in true Big Easy style...literally! We will alert you via email when more information is posted.



The exhibitors at EXPLORE New Orleans 2013 have been selected by your home office staff as the partners who will bring the most value to your financial services practice.

The exhibitor list will be available shortly. We will alert you via email when it is posted.


Hotel and Travel

The host hotel and venue for EXPLORE New Orleans 2013 is Hyatt New Orleans. The closest airport is Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY). Cab fare from the airport to the Hyatt is approximately $33.

We have negotiated special room rate of $219 per night for your stay at Hyatt New Orleans. The last day to book your hotel room at this rate is April 26, 2013. Group rate is quoted exclusive of applicable state and local taxes (which are currently 13% plus $3 occupancy per room per night) or applicable service, or hotel specific fees in effect at the time of the meeting and subject to change.

Reserve your room online by clicking on the link above, or by calling Hyatt New Orleans central reservation department at 888 421.1442 and mention you are a Cetera Financial Specialists conference attendee.

To book or upgrade your room to a suite, you must contact the reservation department directly, stating you are part of the Cetera Financial Specialists room block. Suites are subject to availability.

You are responsible for booking your own hotel room. You are also responsible for all your lodging and travel expenses. To ensure the utmost convenience and to take advantage of the full EXPLORE experience, we highly recommend you secure your accommodations as soon as possible.



Early Bird Rate (December 17 - February 19, 2013)Regular Rate (February 20 -April 26, 2013)
Financial Advisor$499$649
Client Service Associate$349$499
Social Event Guest$299$299

This year, we will not be able to accept any on-site registrations. Please plan accordingly.

Payment by credit card will be accepted only via MasterCard or Visa credit card. All payments must be made in full by April 26, 2013. The fees provided on the grid above for the Financial Advisor and Client Service Associate include admission to educational sessions, handout materials, scheduled events and receptions, meals and refreshment breaks.

Cancellation Policy

In order to deliver a first-class meeting for all of our Financial Advisors, cancellation requests must be received March 31, 2013, to be refunded in full. Requests for cancellations received from April 1, 2013, through April 30, 2013 will be refunded at only 50%. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after April 30, 2013.

If you need to cancel, you must call 845 439.3887 and ask for the Cetera Financial Specialists Account Representative. Please do not contact your internal or Regional Planning Specialist or the Genworth staff in Schaumburg.
Cancellation requests received via email, fax or phone by any member of the Schaumburg staff will not be honored.



Can anyone else attend EXPLORE with me?

Yes, we encourage you to bring your office support staff, family member or friends to EXPLORE. All guests will need to pick up a name badge at the registration desk when EXPLORE begins. To see the fees for different types of attendees, click here.

What is the fee to attend EXPLORE?

To see the fees for different types of attendees, click here.

What sessions are being offered this year?

To see the agenda for EXPLORE New Orleans 2013, click here.

How do I earn continuing education credits at EXPLORE?

All continuing education hours will be awarded by individual course. Final hours for all sessions will be announced at the convention.

In order to receive credits, you must sign in each morning of the convention in addition to completing an evaluation form for each session you attend. If we do not have a live signature, no credit will be awarded. No exceptions will be granted.

What social events are planned for EXPLORE?

To see the different social events, click here.

What is the dress code for EXPLORE?

Conference and session attire is business casual. Please note that temperatures often vary significantly in breakout rooms, so plan to bring a sweater or jacket with you to sessions, or dress in layers.

What kind of weather can I expect in New Orleans in May?

The average high temperature is 87 degrees Fahrenheit, and the average low temperature is 69 degrees Fahrenheit.

What if I have registered for EXPLORE but need to make changes to or cancel that registration?

To make changes to your conference registration, call 845 439.3887 and ask for the Cetera Financial Specialists Account Representative. Please note that this is a third-party vendor and is not the Schaumburg office. For information on the cancellation policy for conference registration, click here.

To make changes to your hotel booking, please contact the Hyatt New Orleans directly at 888 421.1442 and have your confirmation number handy. For information on the cancellation policy for the hotel, click here.