I attended the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo last week in North Carolina with several other members of the board of directors. I’ve attended IFAI for the past 10 years and was pleasantly surprised by all of the positive changes that were evident at this year’s event. Ed Keough, NECPA Board Member was there as an exhibitor with his company Futureguard Building Products. He had this to say:
“The IFAI Expo in Charlotte was another success. As an exhibitor, we benefit from both the opportunity to see friends, customers and colleagues as well as introduce our line to new faces. We are looking forward to New Orleans in 2017!”
In addition to the usual top-notch educational sessions, it was great to see the numerous opportunities available to network: whether on the show floor, at after hours events or, my personal favorite, at the Expo’s campfire session.
The Keynote Speaker, Linda Kaplan Thaler, gave an amazing address that I very much enjoyed. Best known for her inspired advertising campaigns, Ms. Kaplan Thaler is also a celebrated author and inspirational speaker. I’ve already picked up her latest book, Grit to Great: How Perseverance, Passion and Pluck Take You from Ordinary to Extraordinary, upon which her address was based.
This year’s IFAI Expo was full of pleasant surprises. If you haven’t been in a while, you definitely need to go back.