Fifty-three people took a survey seeking feedback on the 2016 Colorado Press Association Annual Convention, and the overall consensus was the event went well.

Actually, more than well: the majority of respondents said the May 13-14 event at the Denver West Sheraton was great.

All but one survey question saw an increase in the number of ratings for “Good or Great” over the 2015 Convention, and all survey questions saw increases for the rating of “Great.”

“I promise I didn’t just pick great all the way because I am lazy,” one person responded. “I truly enjoyed pretty much everything about the convention.”

Convention and Contest by the numbers:

95 percent Rated the Convention Overall as good or great, with 61 percent rating it as great. Last year, 86 percent rated the Convention Overall as good or great, with 28 percent rating it as great.

98 percent — Rated the Speaker Line-up as good or great, with 52 percent rating it as great. Last year, 77 percent rated the Speaker Line-up as good or great, with 25 percent rating it as great.

98 percent — Rated the CPA Staff Service as good or great, with 86 percent rating it as great. Last year. Last year, 95 percent rated CPA Staff Service as good or great, with 70 percent rating it as great.

84 percent — Rated the Hotel Service as good or great, with 54 percent rating it as great. Last year, 91 percent rated the Hotel Service as good or great, with 43 percent rating it as great.

93 percent — Rated the Convention program as good or great, with 53 percent rating it as great. Last year, 88 percent rated it good or great with 25 percent rating it as great.

91 percent — Rated the Awards Dinner as good or great, with 50 percent rating it as great. Last year, 51 percent rated it as good or great, with 16 percent rating it as great.

74 percent — Rated the Food at the Convention as good or great, with 35 percent rating it as great. Last year, 67 percent rated Food at the Convention as good or great, with 16 percent rating it as great.

On the number of contest categories

• 51.4 percent like the contest as is

• 22.8 percent responded that more categories need to be eliminated

• 8.5 percent responded that more categories need to be added

• 2.8 percent responded that we should bring back third-place winners

• 14.2 percent responded to not bring back third place, but to offer honorable mention awards

• Multiple people requested the Public Service Award be brought back to the contest.

60 minute sessions vs. 90 minutes sessions

• 81.6 percent said they liked the change to 60-minute sessions

• 7.9 percent said they would prefer to back to go 90-minute sessions

• 10.5 percent replied other, with the most frequent suggestion being that some sessions should be 60 minutes and some should be 90 minutes.

5 Highest rated speakers/sessions

(minimum of 4 reviews)

• Steve Zansberg

• Gordon Borrell, both sessions

• Russell Viers, both sessions

• Tim Smith, Selling Personality Styles

• Media Buyers Panel

Suggested areas of improvement:

• Better job of titling sessions (multiple requests)

• More free alcohol (two requests)