ESP Network

Past Conferences

Presenters & Staff for 2005

Beginner Eclipse Training:  Michael Starkman
Intermediate Eclipse Training:  Marybeth Everhart
Advanced Eclipse Training:  Jeremy Thorne
Beginning Realtime Training: Jan Fuller & Lynda Batchelor
Advanced Realtime Training: Jeremy Thorne
SearchMaster:  Jim Barker & Lynda Batchelor
ESP Network Staff:  Tim, Brenda & Julie Hollister
ASI Update:  Greg Seely

Conference Wrap Up Review

Another hugely successful ESP Network annual user group meeting was held in Las Vegas May 13-15, 2005. We learned all about the upcoming Version 4 from Jeremy Thorne, ASI’s director of research and development. The various levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced, all kicked their understanding of our great software program up a notch, gaining plenty of tips and tricks on how to do things easier and better. And tech support was on-site to assist anyone personally who had computer issues. Jim and Lynda Barker filled us in on how to prevent Disaster on our computers.

One of the keynote events was the ASI update by Greg Seely, who, along with his wife, Portia, are the owners of Advantage Software. He gave us some insight into what the future holds for the company, and brought along two working models of the Passport writer for all users to experience. He’s hoping for some working models at the National Court Reporters Association meeting in Phoenix, AZ, in July of this year, with possible full release before the end of the year, depending on how the manufacturing process progresses. It still sounds like it will be an awesome writer, well worth waiting for!

This year we gave away a Grand Prize of dinner and show for two on Saturday night after the seminars concluded. Part of the prize was also supposed to be a one-hour tour of the Vegas strip in a Hummer limousine, but because of the prize fight held at the exact time we had our reservation for the tour, the city police banned limos from the strip for that time, so we had to cancel that part. Jim and Lynda Barker were gracious enough to give the lucky prize winner, Anne Hall, a free copy of Searchmaster as a consolation prize. So she still came out better than at the slot machines or tables!

We offered a beginning realtime class this year for the first time, and are thinking to make realtime classes of some form part of the training, also, and would welcome your suggestions, comments or criticisms. It was discussed selecting other venues aside from Las Vegas for the meeting, and Brenda and Tim Hollister are looking into all the suggestions made, so if you have more you’d like to throw in the pot, be sure to email them at

Great raffle prizes, meeting up with friends from the past, making new friends for the future, some winning a few bucks in the casinos, others losing a few, shows, shopping, great food – Las Vegas has everything and something for everyone, so it will be hard to find a better location to please our diverse group!

2005 Conference Image Gallery (Las Vegas, NV)