Elevate Your Chief Architect & Design Business Skills

Outer Banks, NC |  March 1 to 10, 2024

Chief Experts Total Immersion Summit For Chief Architect Users


Put The Power Of Chief Architect To Work For You

Join Us For The Biggest Chief Architect Educational and Networking Event Of The Year.

An event like no other where you'll come together with other Chief Architect professionals for a week of education, networking, masterminding, and more while being pampered with great food and incredible hospitality at the beautiful Black Stallion event facility.

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Master Your Chief Architect Design Skills Like Never Before!

The Total Immersion Summit by Chief Experts is the ultimate training opportunity for contractors, designers, and architects to discover how to truly take their Chief Architect skills to the highest levels possible. 

Join us at the Chief Experts 2024 Total Immersion Summit, Outer Banks, NC

Become a Chief Expert!

  • Develop advanced Chief skills in a week, not years!
  • Get plans done faster with a systematic approach
  • Discover the power of templates and libraries.
  • Solutions to common design problems using Chief.
  • Get "Best Practices" for using Chief & Drawing Plans
  • Learn from some of the world's top Chief Trainers
  • Discover Super-Advanced Chief Techniques
  • Get sound business advice and practices
  • Network and develop new, lifelong friends

The Power of "Togetherness"

Early in 2013, we organized our first "stay and learn" event in Las Vegas. It was a remarkable gathering where we brought together a group of professionals who shared a common interest in Chief Architect.

We stayed in the same house for an entire week, delving into Chief Architect education while attending the International Builder's Show. The event surpassed all expectations and laid the foundation for solid friendships and future "stay and learn" events.

Many who attended that inaugural event have become my closest friends and achieved remarkable success using Chief Architect.

Since then, we have organized numerous "stay and learn" events, and the experience continues to amaze me each time.

Witnessing like-minded people coming together with a shared goal of successfully implementing Chief Architect into their business lives is truly inspiring.

Through these events, we discovered the true power of "Togetherness." where we get a chance to discover camaraderie, connectedness, friendship, and community of interest. These terms perfectly encapsulate what transpires at our events.

Together, we learn how to utilize Chief Architect to the fullest extent, benefiting our clients and ourselves.

Earlier this year, I hosted two, week-long summits at a fantastic Outer Banks of NC location called the Black Stallion. Over fifty attendees shared incredible information about Chief Architect and how to run profitable design businesses.

This event was a huge success, and I'm excited to do it again from March 1 to 10, 2024.

From the moment everyone arrives until they depart, they are immersed in everything related to Chief Architect and their design business while being pampered with kindness, great food, and excellent accommodations.

Even after the event concludes, the connections forged during the Summit will endure. Attendees will have continued access to Zoom calls and a private forum for six months, ensuring ongoing support and collaboration.

We aim to condense years of training, guidance, advice, and best practices into a single transformative week. Additionally, the bonds formed during this experience often blossom into lifelong friendships.

If this opportunity resonates with you and you aspire to elevate your career to new heights, I encourage you to explore further. Feel free to reach out with any questions. I am always delighted to assist you.

Thank you,

Dan Baumann, Chief Experts
[email protected] 952-451-9911 (call anytime)

Your 2024 "Total Immersion Summit" Hosts

We are all set to take great care of you before, during, and after your stay at the Black Stallion. Our commitment to you includes help planning your travels, top-notch training, excellent food, relaxing and stress-free accommodations, networking with other Chief Architect users, and continued involvement after the event.

Dan Baumann

President, Chief Experts

With more than 30 years of experience using and teaching Chief Architect, Dan is highly qualified to guide you to the best practices needed to complete your building plans and models using this software. His 20 years of experience as a remodeling contractor also give him insights into what it takes to run a successful design-build construction company.

Dan's passion for maximizing the compensation you receive for your design services helps ensure that your design sales become the profit center of your business that you desire.

John Schrader

Owner, Imagine Drafting & Design

John has been involved in the residential remodeling and building industry for 35 years and has used Chief Architect in his business for over 16 years.

He loves to teach, and his expertise in the building industry equips him to help others use Chief Architect effectively.

John will assist and share his passion and insights into how Chief works for him and how you can use it to improve your business.

Robin Rigby Fisher


Robin R. Fisher is a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD) and Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS).

She is a speaker and educator with the National Kitchen and Bath Association, and her award-winning designs have been featured in multiple local, national trade, and consumer magazines. She is also an instructor at the Portland Community College and teaches Chief Architect and Kitchen and Bath Design courses.

Rene Rabbitt

President Rabbitt Design

 As a 3rd generation General Contractor with two decades of design experience in the digital and architectural arts, Rene is a well-known Architectural Technician in the 3D software and training community.

Rene loves digging deep into Chief Architect, getting it to work in ways no one ever imagined. His methods of workflow improvements, automated tasks, design approach, and much more help his clients create better plans with less effort.

Kevin Transue

The Art Of Design

Kevin is one of the most outstanding designers ever to grace our presence, who mystifies his associates, delights his clients, and frustrates his competitors with his brilliance. He has graciously accepted our invitation to share his vast wisdom at the Summit in one-on-one sessions and as part of our group mastermind gatherings. Kevin will show you how he dazzles his clients with hand sketches and, as a master of Chief Architect, masterfully completes full working drawings. Get ready for some WOW!

Judy Transue

Small Business Expert

Meet Judy, your "All About Business" expert with extensive small business experience. She provides practical advice for streamlined Production and Project Management, excelling in Construction Management software like CoConstruct and JobTread.

In the Design/Build industry for over two decades, Judy managed a residential design-build company. She chaired NARI-Kansas City and holds certifications in Project Management and Universal Design. As one of few women with NARI's Certified Remodeler designation, her insights on "How to Succeed as a Woman in Construction" are invaluable.

Linda, Patti, Mary, Doug, and Avis

"Come For The Food; Stay For The Training"

Linda, Mary, and Doug are Dan's siblings, Avis is Doug's wife, and Patti is John's wife. Together they are committed to making sure every minute of your stay has a smile attached to it. 

Come prepared to eat well, play some card games and laugh.

All you have to do is show up, and we'll take care of the rest!


Choose How You Want To Learn

We're going to be flexible in the final syllabus for our training. Dan will interview everyone joining us to discuss where you are with Chief Architect and how we can help you get the most out of this event.

Everyone can choose which education track to attend during the first three days of the Summit. These tracks will be posted in advance so you can plan your time with us.

Dan and John will be going through the process of drawing a complete set of plans. Robin will focus her three days on Kitchen and Bath design, and Rene will work with anyone wanting to dig into advanced (and super advanced) Chief Architect topics. Kevin will put his magic touches on business training throughout the event.

Wednesday will be a day off to hang out, explore the Outer Banks, or network with others. It's up to you. 

We'll all come together on days five and six to discuss various topics.

Each evening we'll take some time to do some masterminding, hot seats, and cover other topics of interest.

Up until the event takes place, we will be assembling a complete syllabus based on the needs and level of experience of those attending.

Join us, and you can be part of crafting the most significant Chief Architect discovery experience ever!


The Summit Agenda

March 1 to 10, 2024

The Summit is a week-long event where those attending will be staying together, sharing knowledge, experience, and insights while enjoying incredible comradery, hospitality, and food.


This Summit is about spending an extended amount of time with others wanting to increase their productivity using Chief Architect. But we'll go way beyond Chief Architect as you'll also come away with a wealth of knowledge about design, marketing, business topics, and personal growth that will get shared by everyone attending. So come ready to learn, share and be flexible as we'll adjust our course content and syllabus together.


Breakfast 7:00 - 8:30, Lunch 12:00 - 1:30, Dinner 5:00 - 7:30, Where the real networking happens. (We will accommodate your special food items). 

Training Sessions:

Morning 8:30 - 12:00, Lunchtime Meetups 12:30 - 1:15, Afternoon 1:30 - 5:00, Evenings: 7:30 - 9:00 pm (optional to attend) "Business Hot Seats" will allow anyone interested to discuss business goals, ideas, and problems with the group while getting instant feedback.

Day One - Friday, 3-1-24, Arrive and Set Up

Check-in is after 3:00 pm on this day. Everyone can settle and relax as we set up for our week ahead. We'll also enjoy a casual meal.

Day Two - Saturday, 3-2-24 Arrive, Set Up, Network, and Relax

Those who can't make it on Sunday are welcome to arrive and settle in on this day. All meals will get served on this day. Also, you'll get a fabulous surprise "Welcome" dinner that Linda and the crew will prepare. We'll be ready to share ideas and answer questions all day in an open forum "go as you please" format. In the evening, we'll all gather to share introductions and discuss everyone's goals for the week.

Day Three - Sunday, 3-3-24, Training Day 1 (Choose your track)

Today in our training sessions, you can choose one of three tracks. 1. Join Dan and John to work through creating a complete home plan. 2. Join Robin and focus on Kitchen and Bath plans. 3. Join Rene and work on more advanced topics. All meals will be served as scheduled. We'll have our evening "Business Hot Seats" for those that want to participate.

Day Four - Monday, 3-4-24, Training Day 2 (Choose your track)

This day will look like day one. (More detail will emerge, and the schedule will be updated based on interviews with everyone that joins us)

Day Five - Tuesday, 3-5-24, Training Day 3 (Choose your track)

This day will look like days one and two. (More detail will emerge, and the schedule will be updated based on interviews with everyone that joins us)

Day Six - Wednesday, 3-6-24 Day Off

On this day we'll take a break from working. You choose what to do. Hang out and relax and recharge or catch up on emails and calls. Explore the Wright Brothers flight museum, stroll on the beach, or do some sightseeing. Meals will be eating out or helping yourself to whatever is in the kitchen because your hosts also get the day off. Of course, there will most likely be the die-hards that can't get enough of Chief Architect, who will be committed to figuring out ways to get more out of the software. 

Day Seven - Thursday, 3-7-24, Training Day 4 (Everyone Together)

Today we'll all come together in the big room. We'll spend the first part of the day answering questions and digging into more areas related to Chief Architect. After lunch, we'll explore specific topics about creating and using As-Builts. We'll also spend some time discussing other tools and software that people successfully use in their businesses. All meals will be served as scheduled. We'll have our evening "Business Hot Seats" for those that want to participate.

Day Eight - Friday, 3-8-24, Training Day 5 (Everyone Together)

Today we'll all come together to focus on digging deep into Chief Architect and the tools and functions that can save us time while allowing us to create better plans and presentations. We'll spend the afternoon exploring any questions, strategies, or systems that can help everyone in their business. All meals will be served as scheduled. We'll have our evening "Business Hot Seats" for those that want to participate.

Day Nine - Saturday, 3-9-24 Hangout and Relax or Checkout

Our event is officially over as of this day, but we'll hang around to decompress, enjoy the day with everyone, and start packing up. Those who leave on this day will get a hug and high five as we say, "See you later," and continue our relationship online.

Day Ten Sunday 3-10-24, Checkout and Say Goodbye

Checkout on this day is at 11 am, so we'll finish our final packing and cleanup, part ways with a hug and high five as we say, "See you later," and continue our relationship online.

Post-Event Webinars (6-Months)

Everyone attending the Total Immersion Summit will get invited to join us for a monthly 60-minute live Zoom meeting where we'll answer questions and share information.

Chief Experts Private Summit Forum (6-Months)

Once you join the Summit, you'll be invited to participate via our Private Summit Community Forum for 6-months afterward. In this forum, you can ask questions, get answers, and share ideas, and it's your direct link to everyone that is part of the Summit.

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Business Planning That Matters:

Here are some of the topics that we'll be doing a deep dive into at the Summit. Having a clear vision of your business and where you want to go will be a top priority of discussion. 

  1. Defining Your Vision and Mission: Guide your audience on crafting a clear vision and mission statement that outlines the purpose and goals of their business.
  2. Understanding Your Market: Tips on conducting market research to understand the target demographic's needs, competition, and potential for growth.
  3. Setting Clear Objectives: How to set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) objectives for the business.
  4. Budgeting Basics: Discuss creating a realistic budget, including startup costs, running expenses, and forecasting revenue.
  5. Pricing Your Services: Guidance on effectively pricing services to cover costs, remain competitive, and ensure profitability.
  6. Marketing Strategies: Simple ways to develop a marketing plan that covers branding, online presence, and customer acquisition.
  7. Client Relationship Management: Tips for building and maintaining strong client relationships, including communication strategies and customer service.
  8. Risk Assessment and Management: Identifying potential risks in the business and discussing strategies to mitigate them.
  9. Creating a Portfolio: Steps for creating an impactful portfolio that showcases the best work and attracts clients.
  10. Review and Adaptation: Emphasize the importance of regularly reviewing and adapting the business plan based on performance and changing market conditions.
  11. Leveraging Technology: Introduce ways to incorporate technology such as project management software, CAD programs, AI, or customer relationship management systems to streamline operations and increase efficiency.
  12. Building Your Team: Discuss the importance of assembling a skilled team, whether hiring employees or contracting with other professionals, including tips on recruitment, training, and maintaining a positive work environment.

The Main House For Our 2024 Total Immersion Summit


The Black Stallion - The Premier Outer Banks Venue

This beautiful event property will be your home away from home for the week of your stay. 

Private bedrooms, room to roam, and space to discover the intricate secrets of Chief Architect and your design business while networking with other industry professionals.

More about the Black Stallion:
 - Google Map - Image Gallery - MatterPort Tour

Additional Accommodations For The Summit

The Sea Glass - Six Bedrooms of Gorgeous!

We've added an additional house for the 2024 Summit called the Sea Glass

This beautiful property allows us to accommodate more guests, and it's only 300 ft. from the Black Stallion

More about the Sea Glass:
 - Google Map

Choose Your Room - We'll Take Care Of The Rest!

Check out the floor plans and room list to see what's available. Tour the Black Stallion using this Matterport link link.

Black Stallion Lodging - March 1 to 10, 2024
RM # Room Name Bed Bath Status
10 Amadeo      
     10a Amadeo King Private Doug & Avis B.
     10b Amadeo Twin Private Justine B.
     10c Amadeo Twin Private Anna M.
11 Castano      
     11a Castano King Private Linda B.
     11b Castano Twin Private Mary B
     11c Castano Twin Private Cutter
12 Rico King Private Richard F.
13 Fatima      
     13a Fatima King Private Valerie C.
     13b Fatima Twin Private Erin R
21 Rafael King Private Venneta M.
22 Juan King Private Arlen M.
23 Margarita King Private Scott S.
24 Joaquin King Private Melissa B.
25 Miguel King Private Felipe C.
26 Rosina King Private Cassidy J.
27 Solomon King Private Hillary L.
30 Firecracker      
     30a Firecracker Bunk Shared Casey W.
     30b Firecracker Bunk Shared Not Available
     30c Firecracker Bunk Shared Not Available
     30d Firecracker Bunk Shared Not Available
31 Gilda King Private Adam P.
32A Bernardo King Shared David & Ashley M.
32B Francisca King Shared Patti & John S.
33A Two Socks King Shared Christopher H.
33B Catalina King Shared Rene R.
34 Eugenio King Private Robert B.
35 Flicka King Private Melissa & Todd L.
36 Bendicion King Private Margaret V.
37 Maria King Private Doug M.
38 Roberto King Private Chad H.
39 Old Timer King Private Laura D.
HS Pool House Suite King Private Dan B.
Sea Salt - March 1 to 10, 2024
RM # Room Location Bed Bath Status
1 Lower Level     Share w/Gal
     Bed #1A Full Shared Elizabeth W.
     Bed #1B Full Shared Available #1B
2 Lower Level      
     Bed #2A Full Shared Robin F.
     Bed #2B Full Shared Available #2B
3 Main Level Queen Private Missy & Chris P.
4 Main Level Queen Private Kevin & Judy T.
5 Main Level King Private Ashley D.
6 Upper Level King Private Grant W.
#1 Shared Rooms for same family/company (Call w/Questions)
#2 Bunk Room Share room/bath w/ others. $3,495 each for room, F&B, all classes (Sold Out)
Classes, F&B, Networking - Stay Elsewhere
1 Join us for all Days   Matthew Y.
2 Join us for all Days   Jessica A.
3 Join us for all Days   Available
4 Join us for all Days   Available
If you would like to stay elsewhere but would like to join us for the networking, camaraderie, and good food for 8 days plus the 5 days of classes, we have two more seats available for $2,950 each.
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Here's What is Included In The Summit

  • Nine Nights Lodging with Private Room and Bath.
  • Five Days of Chief Architect and Business Training with Classes.
  • Evening Business Strategy and Mastermind Sessions.
  • Lunchtime Business Discussions.
  • All Food and Beverages - "Come for the Food, Stay for the Training".
  • Access to Online Members Area for Info, Downloads, and Extra Training.
  • Access to Private Members Forum to ask questions and stay in touch.
  • Zoom Meetings for Q&A before and after the event.
  • All custom course handouts.
  • Dan's Chief Templates for Plans and Layouts will save you a ton of time.
  • Networking & Life Long Friendships will help you expand your business.

What Happens If My Plans Change:

Registering is easy. We'll stay in touch with you throughout the year with updates and other information. You can cancel anytime within 30 days of the event and receive a full refund.

What User Level Is This For:

With Chief Architect, everyone is welcome at this event, no matter their user level. We have programs and instructors for beginner through super advanced. You definitely will leave this event with a wealth of information. 

Register Here for the 2024 Chief Experts Total Immersion Summit
Enrollment Options 1-Payment 6-Payments
Single Occupancy      $5,495 $934
2-People Sharing The Same Room      $7,995 $1,359
Shared Bunk Room #30, Each Person     Sold Out
Stay Elsewhere (4-Spots Available)     $2,950 $502
The first three options include Includes 9-nights lodging, all F&B & 5-Days Classes.
The stay Elsewhere option includes everything except lodging. 

Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so do not delay. We'll ask you which room you want after you register. If you have any questions please email [email protected] or call Dan at 952-451-9911











What is "Immersion" training?
Sounds like a dip in a pool. Rest assured, you won't get wet unless you decide to hop into the whirlpool. The bottom line is you'll be immersed in learning about Chief Architect and how to make more money in your design business from when you arrive to when you leave.

Where is this training event located?
We'll meet at the fabulous event house called the Black Stallion 599 Laughing Gull Ct, Corolla, NC 27927 (Google Map). This house is a 24-bedroom, luxurious event center where you'll be immersed in a grand lifestyle for the week. We'll also have additional accommodations at the Sea Glass, a six-bedroom house 300 feet from the Black Stallion. 

What's up with room #30, called Firecracker, that has 4-bunk beds?
Consider this our mini dorm room. This house happens to have one room with 4-double size bunk beds. If you're okay sharing a room and bath with others, this room allows you to attend the entire event and save some money. Who registers for this room first will determine if the room will be available for only guys or gals. Unless you're part of the same family, we won't offer this as a co-ed option. $3,495 Each. Sold Out (Call Dan at 952-451-9911 for group discounts)

What Happens After I Register For This Event?
We will direct you to a members area at ChiefExperts.com, where we'll post information and content for the event. In January 2024, we'll contact everyone about joining Dan for a  30-minute discovery meeting to discuss this event and get answers to any questions you may have. These calls will take place in January and February 2024. If you have any questions before that, feel free to call Dan at 952-451-9911

What about Travel Arrangements and Car Rental?
You handle your transportation. There will be plenty of parking at the house. The nearest international airport is Norfolk International Airport. About a 2-hour drive. Note: We will do our best to coordinate ride-sharing for those that would rather not rent a car. Ridesharing worked great in 2023.

Can I (we) attend the classes and stay somewhere else?
Yes. If you are staying elsewhere, you can join us for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Saturday to Sunday. You'll get eight days of F&B plus five full days of training. Plus, you'll have a chance to stay and network and dive deep into ways to use Chief Architect you never thought possible. (Note: Only four seats are available for those not staying at the house). Go here to Register for only $2,950

Can I attend and stay at the house for only part of the week?
The rates are for an entire week, and there are no price breaks for staying less than a week.

Do I need to be a member of ChiefExperts.com to attend any of these events?
No. Membership is not required.

Should I wait to Register?
Registrations get accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. When the rooms are gone, they are gone! To get added to a waiting list or be informed of our next event, please email [email protected] or phone at 952-451-9911

Can I stay at the house but not attend the training classes?
Pricing for this event is per room and person. A second person not attending classes may stay in a room with a full-paying guest for an additional F&B fee of $750.  A second person attending all classes may stay in a room with a full-paying guest for an additional F&B and Training fee of $2,500, as reflected in the "Total for 2-People Sharing The Same Room" option. Contact Dan for special pricing if you have more than two people attending.

Do I have to bring my computer?
Bring your laptop or desktop, monitors, and any other equipment you want to show off! There will be plenty of power, cords, and internet.

Does the house have internet?
Yes, the house has high-speed fiber-optic internet.

Do I need to be on the latest version of Chief Architect?
To avoid confusion, we insist you have the latest version of Chief Architect Premier on your computer. We will be using X16 if it's released before this Summit.

What topics will get discussed in the training classes?
We have provided general information for this event above. Some curricula will be changed, expanded, and developed based on an interview process by Dan with those attending. Rest assured, many things will be discussed, and you will come away knowing how to use Chief Architect to its full potential.

What are the "Business Hot Seats"
During this event, everyone will be allowed to discuss their goals and any issues they have in their business. We'll offer suggestions, advice, and strategies to help advance goals and solve issues as a group. The hot seats are an optional evening event, and topics like Sales, Marketing, Employees, Customer Issues, and more are all open for discussion with those that elect to participate.

Does staying together really make that much difference?
Attendees have said that they were able to cement the ideas they learned while sitting around their computers after class reviewing things with someone else staying there. Staying together is a fantastic way to learn and make life-long friends. Just imagine what you'll discover from others while sipping tea or adult beverages, enjoying a refreshing whirlpool, or playing a game of left-right-center! Priceless!

Are Food and Beverages Included?
We'll provide you a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Linda, Doug, Avis, Mary, and Patti will ensure that you are well-fed and taken care of and that all your needs are met. We'll supply juice, soda, water, milk, wine, and beer, but you're on your own for hard liquor. Please let us know if you are on a special diet, and we will do our best to accommodate you. The crew may even have a few surprises for you!

What about Noise Levels?
Even though the Black Stallion is a large house and is spread out, it is a wide-open building. The noise does carry, and we will encourage a 10 PM quiet time. Those that want to have a spirited discussion will be asked to do so in the training room, where the doors can be closed, and the noise can be confined to that space. An event like this does come with a lot of laughter, but a respectful calm will be encouraged. 

What is the Cancellation Policy?
If you need to cancel, you'll receive a full refund within 30 days of the event. After 30 days, "IF" we can sell your space to someone else, we'll refund you. There will be no refunds for cancellations after February 1, 2024, although you can use the non-refundable amount on future online or live training products for up to one year.

Will we be doing anything outside of this event?
We will stay on the outer banks during the off-season, and we have no formal plans for excursions outside the Black Stallion. If you want to venture out, you are welcome to explore independently. Patti is planning on organizing some outings. More on that later.

What about Covid or Flu?
Chief Experts will follow the CDC's latest pandemic travel and events guidelines. If you feel like you may have the flu, it would be appreciated (but not required) that you wear a mask.

Why not just rent a conference room and do a training class?
We've discovered that when we are together for an extended period, we learn and retain more, share ideas, and become friends. The ROI on these events is tremendous. Plus, in this event, you get the best possible hosts with Linda, Doug, Avis, Mary, and Patti. The saying "Come for the food and stay for the training" continues to be true.

Will there be any games?
One of Linda's requirements at these events is for us to play some simple yet entertaining games. You can bet there will be some "Left-Right-Center" and other games. While participating in the games is not required, you'll enjoy them once you try them. It's always a hoot!

Will the pool be available?
We're sad that this is the off-season, and the temperatures do not allow us to heat the pool. However, the jacuzzi will be hot and ready to go!

What's up with the Zoom meetings?
We'll have a Zoom meeting before the event to cover any questions. We'll also have three meetings after the event to clarify anything you missed during the Summit.

Other Questions?
Give Dan a call at 952-451-9911 or email [email protected].

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