Elevate Your Chief Architect & Design Business Skills

Outer Banks, NC |   February 2023

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.

Only 4 rooms left!!! Book your spot now!

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. 

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
  • Network and develop new, lifelong friends

The Power of "Togetherness"

In 2013 we held our first "stay and learn" event and brought together a group in Las Vegas. We all stayed in the same house for a week learning about Chief Architect and attending the builder's show. It was a huge success, and today many of those who attended that event are some of my closest friends and are having great success using Chief Architect.

Since then, we've done many more "stay and learn" events. The success of those that have attended these events continues to amaze me. It is inspiring to bring a group of like-minded people together to focus on successfully implementing Chief Architect into their lives.

In the interest of teaching others how to use Chief Architect, what ended up happening is we created "Togetherness."

Out of curiosity, I Googled the word "Togetherness." Here are some synonyms: camaraderie, family feeling, connectedness, affection, fellow-feeling, comradeship, team spirit, friendship, society, and community of interest.

That's what happens at an event like this. Together, we learn how to use the software to serve our clients and ourselves to the fullest.

Now I want to take it a step further and provide an even more significant opportunity for anyone looking to master Chief Architect and build a successful design business.

The "Total Immersion Summit" will allow a small select group of Chief Architect users to spend an entire week distraction-free with some of the best teachers and users of Chief in the world.

From when someone arrives to when they leave, they will be immersed in all things Chief Architect and Design Business while being pampered with kindness,  great food, and amazing accommodations.

And for 6-months afterward, everyone that attends will be able to stay connected via Zoom calls and a private forum.

Getting many years' worth of training, guidance, advice, and best practices all crammed into a week is the goal of this event. And as a bonus, life-long friendships will be formed.

Continue on to learn more if this sounds like something you could use to take your career to the next level. If you have any questions, please call me; I'm always happy to help.


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

Your 2023 "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.

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!

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.

On the first three days of the Summit, everyone can choose which track to attend.

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.

We'll all come together on days four and five 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 what will be the most significant Chief Architect discovery experience ever!


The Summit Agenda

Week One is February 12-19, 2023
Week Two is February 19-27, 2023

The Summit is a week-long event. We're doing it twice so we can keep the attendance size small while affording more Chief users the opportunity to participate. Choose the week that works best for you.


This Summit is all 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 and business topics 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 (This is where the real networking happens) We will accommodate your special food items. 

Training Sessions:

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

Day One - Sunday, 2-12-23 or 2-19-23, 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 - Monday, 2-13-23 or 2-20-23, Arrive, Set Up, Network, 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 individual goals for the week.

Day Three - Tuesday, 2-14-23 or 2-21-23, 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 the process of 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 get served as scheduled. We'll have our evening "Business Hot Seats" for those that want to participate.

Day Four - Wednesday, 2-15-23 or 2-22-23, Training Day 2 (Choose your track)

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

Day Five - Thursday, 2-16-23 or 2-23-23, Training Day 3 (Choose your track)

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

Day Six - Friday 2-17-23 or 2-24-23, 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 get served as scheduled. We'll have our evening "Business Hot Seats" for those that want to participate.

Day Seven - Saturday, 2-18-23 or 2-25-23, Training Day 5, (Everyone Together)

Today we'll all come together to focus on digging deep into Chief Architect at 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 get served as scheduled. We'll have our evening "Business Hot Seats" for those that want to participate.

Day Eight Sunday 2-19-23 or 2-26-23, (Week One Checkout - Week 2 Hangout and Relax)

On 2-19, we'll be sad to see our first group leave by early afternoon. With hugs and high fives, we say see you later, and we continue our relationship online. In the mid-afternoon on this day, we'll welcome those attending the second week to settle in, relax and enjoy a casual meal. On February 26, our event is officially over, but we'll be staying one extra day to decompress, enjoy the day with everyone and start packing up. Those that choose to leave on this day will get a hug and high five as we say, see you later and continue our relationship online.

Day Nine Monday 2-27-23 (Final Checkout - Week 2 only)

If you've registered for week two, this day pertains to you as you'll have the option of staying one more night and leaving on Monday, the 27th. There is no extra charge for staying the extra night. Checkout on this day is at 11 am, so we'll finish our final packing and cleanup and part ways with a hug and high five as we say, see you later and continue our relationship online.

Post-Event Webinars (3-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 get invited to participate via our Private Summit Community Forum for 6-months afterward. In this forum, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions, get answers, and share ideas. It's your direct link to everyone that is part of the Summit.

Register for the Total Immersion Summit NOW

Your Accommodations For Our 2023 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

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

Check out the floor plans and room list to see what's available. Use the Matterport link above to look around the entire property.


Week One - February 12 to 19, 2023
RM # Room Name Bed Status
10 Amadeo    
  10a Amadeo King Reserved
  10b Amadeo Twin Reserved
  10c Amadeo Twin Reserved
11 Castano    
  11a Castano King Available #1
  11b Castano Twin Available #1
  11c Castano Twin Available #1
12 Rico King John J.
13 Fatima    
  13a Fatima King Dan B.
  13b Fatima Twin Kevin T.
21 21 Rafael King Scott S
22 22 Juan King Jordan L.
23 23 Margarita King Amy G.
24 24 Joaquin King Bruce R.
25 25 Miguel King Chris J. & Matt P.
26 26 Rosina King Emily S.
27 27 Solomon King Diane & David M.
30 30 Firecracker    (Gals Only)
  30a Firecracker Bunk Carolyn T.
  30b Firecracker Bunk Allison E
  30c Firecracker Bunk Available #2 (Gals)
  30d Firecracker Bunk Available #2 (Gals)
31 31 Gilda King Mike M.
32A 32A Bernardo King Available
32B 32B Francisca King Robin F. & Keri S.
33A 33A Two Socks King John & Patti
33B 33B Catalina King Rene R.
34 34 Eugenio King Doug M.
35 35 Flicka King Jeanette C.
36 36 Bendicion King Margaret V.
37 37 Maria King Edit K.
38 38 Roberto King Mariah P.
39 39 Old Timer King Laura D.
HS Honeymoon Suite King Reserved
All bedrooms have a private bath unless otherwise noted
#1 Shared Rooms for same family/company (Call for pricing)
#2 Share room/bath w/ others. $2,450 each, F&B, and all classes

Classes & F&B Only - Stay Elsewhere
1.  Join us for all 7-Days  Arlene P.
2.  Join us for all 7-Days  Available
3.  Join us for all 7-Days  Available
4.  Join us for all 7-Days  Available
If you would like to stay elsewhere but would like to join us for the networking, camaraderie, and good food for 7-days plus the 5-days of classes, we have four seats available for $2,175 each. There are lots of hotels close by.


Week Two - February 19 to 27, 2023
RM # Room Name Bed Status
10 Amadeo    
  10a Amadeo King Reserved
  10b Amadeo Twin Reserved
  10c Amadeo Twin Reserved
11 Castano    
  11a Castano King Jacob C
  11b Castano Twin Josh N
12 Rico King Dave C.
13 Fatima     
  13a Fatima King Jared B.
  13b Fatima Twin Ethan A.
21 21 Rafael King Erin R.
22 22 Juan King Grant W.
23 23 Margarita King Bruce C.
24 24 Joaquin King Erin K.
25 25 Miguel King Mandy S.
26 26 Rosina King Chris O.
27 27 Solomon King Kenny C.
30 30 Firecracker    (Guys Only)
  30a Firecracker Bunk Barry C.
  30b Firecracker Bunk Eric S.
  30c Firecracker Bunk Dallin W.
  30d Firecracker Bunk Available #2 (Guys)
31 31 Gilda King Missy P. Ellen H.
32A 32A Bernardo King Mark B.
32B 32B Francisca King Robin F.
33A 33A Two Socks King John & Patti
33B 33B Catalina King Rene R.
34 34 Eugenio King Joe S.
35 35 Flicka King Wes S.
36 36 Bendicion King Ken L.
37 37 Maria King Chad H.
38 38 Roberto King Robert V.
39 39 Old Timer King Richard F.
HS Honeymoon Suite King Reserved
All bedrooms have a private bath unless otherwise noted
#1 Shared Rooms for same family/company (Call for pricing)
#2 Share room/bath w/ others. $2,450 each, F&B, and all classes

Classes & F&B Only - Stay Elsewhere
1.  Join us for all 7-Days  Matthew Y.
2.  Join us for all 7-Days  Available
3.  Join us for all 7-Days  Available
4.  Join us for all 7-Days  Available
If you would like to stay elsewhere but would like to join us for the networking, camaraderie, and good food for 7-days plus the 5-days of classes, we have four seats available for $2,175 each. There are lots of hotels close by.




Here's What is Included In The Summit

  • Seven Nights Lodging with Private Room and Bath.
  • Five Days of Chief Architect and Business Training with Classes.
  • Optional Evening Business Strategy and Mastermind Sessions.
  • 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.
  • Four Zoom Meetings for Q&A before and after the event.
  • All custom course handouts prepared by Dan.
  • 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.

Which Week Should I Register For:

Each week will feature much information that will benefit everyone, regardless of their experience level. But, as a rule of thumb, week one would be better suited for Intermediate Chief Users and week two for the more Experienced Chief Users. (Register for either week, and we'll review your choice on the info call you'll have with Dan to make sure you're in the right group) Note: Experienced Chief users attending week one will get the same advanced learning opportunities as week two attendees. 

Week One Registration

February 12 -19, 2023

One Person, Includes Everything $3,950

One Person, Includes Everything (4 Payments of $995)

Two People, Same Room, One in Classes $4,300

Two People, Same Room, Two in Classes $5,225

Shared Room #30, Each Person, All Classes $2,650
(2-Available Gals) (Review the "What's up with the room that has 4-bunk beds" in the Q&A)

Classes and F&B Only (Stay Elsewhere) $2,175 (3-Available)

Week Two Registration

February 19 -27, 2023

One Person, Includes Everything $3,950 Sold Out

Two People, Same Room, One in Classes $4,300 Sold Out

Two People, Same Room, Two in Classes $5,225 Sold Out

Shared Room #30, Each Person, All Classes $2,650
(1-Available Guy) (Review the "What's up with the room that has 4-bunk beds" in the Q&A)

Classes and F&B Only (Stay Elsewhere) $2,175 (3-Available)

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.

What's up with the room 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. $2,650 Each. Register Here (Call Dan 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 you will get Directions, Webinar Sign Up, a List of Attendees, a Discussion forum, meal menus, and more. You will also have the opportunity to schedule a 30-minute discovery meeting with Dan Baumann to discuss this event and get answers to any questions you may have. 

What about Travel Arrangements and Car Rental?
You handle your own 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)

Can I (we) attend the classes and stay somewhere else?
Yes. If you are staying somewhere else, you are welcome to join us from Sunday to Sunday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Even on the days, we're not training. You'll get seven 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: There are only so many seats available for those not staying at the house). Go here to Register for only $2,175

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 $350.  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 $1,275. Contact Dan for special pricing if you have more than two people attending.

Do I have to bring my computer?
Yes, bring your laptop or desktop! 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 that you have the latest version of Chief Architect Premier on your computer. We will be using X15 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, there will be many things 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. As a group, we'll offer suggestions, advice, and strategies to help advance goals and solve issues. 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 with a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Linda, Doug, Avis, Mary, Jerry, and Patti will ensure that you are well-fed and taken care of and that all your needs get met. We'll supply juice, soda, water, milk, wine, and beer, but you're on your own for hard liquor. If you are on a special diet, please let us know, and we will do our best to accommodate you. The crew may even have a few surprises for you!

What about Noise Levels?
If you require a quiet area to work or relax, you will be fine because the bedrooms are far away from the areas where we'll be hanging out, and the house is large enough to find a quiet space to sit and relax or work. This event is for you if you like to brainstorm, share ideas and laugh in a lively group setting.

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 give you a full refund. There will be no refunds for cancellations after February 3, 2023, although you will be allowed to 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 be staying 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?
Although we highly recommend it, we will not require proof of vaccination. Chief Experts will abide by the CDC's latest pandemic travel and events guidelines.

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, Jerry, 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 least one Zoom meeting before the event to cover any questions you may have. We'll also have three meetings after the event to get clarity on anything you missed during the Summit.

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

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