EXPO 2020- 100 YEARS STRONG - sCHEDULE OF EVENTS
We are very excited to be celebrating 100 years as an organization and have another great conference and expo planned.
Thursday Night Seminar:
Multi-generational teams share their methods of communication. I.e. email, Instagram, phone, snail mail. Ted and Don Franklin, Jamie and Robert Mills, Jim Robert and Deanna Benner, William and Andy Morse
Friday Marine Track Seminars:
o Katie Bradford, MFC, Custom Marine Canvas
o We will explore the current manual techniques used in patterning a bimini on a sample frame.
o Jamie Mills, MFC, William J. Mills and Company
o Using the same bimini top in the previous session, we will explore the technology used in creating a pattern digitally, and taking that same pattern to the next level.
o Discussion of the Pros and Cons of implementing digital technology in shops. Exploring the costs involved and the learning curve. Camera Digitizing, Digital cutters, sewing machine advancements are some of the topics to be discussed.
o Four companies speaking of the “Past 100 years and Future of their Businesses”
o Steve Siener* owner of Cooley Group, RI
o Kathy Schaefer – Glawe Awning Co , Fairborn ,OH new Chairman of IFAI
o Robert L. Mills III -Wm. J. Mills & Company , Greenport, NY
o Tim Niehaus* - Miami Corp - OH
o Keith Purves, MFC, Trivantage LLC
o See step by step methods for fabricating a U- Zip with a built–in rain flap on an enclosure and how to create a sales kit of samples to upsell enclosure panels.
o Katie Bradford, MFC, Custom Marine Canvas
o Learn some new techniques for perfecting the inside curves of a settee back.
o Join other fabricators in sharing a new tool tip and trick to take back to your shop! Audience participation is highly encouraged!
Paul has extensive experience with the International Building Code, the International Residential Code and the International Fire Code. Paul is prominent leader in the engineering industry as he is a Professional Engineer and a Certified Building Official.
o Identifying Engaged Employees within your Business
Four companies speaking of the “Past 100 years and Future of their Businesses” See Above for detail
o How to take on a project that’s out of your “wheelhouse”
o Developing the bidding process to your subs
o Awarding the project to a subcontractor
o Managing of timelines, production, installation schedules
o Final steps- closeout documents and payment
o How to maintain & enhance your company’s image
o Prospect every day: lead development, lead follow-up, communicating with prospective customers & architects
o How to expand your sales opportunities and incentivize your staff.
Expo day will feature over 50 of our industry's leading manufacturers and distributors exhibiting their latest and greatest products and services, plus live demonstrations under the tent. In addition, we will have artifacts, photos and equipment on display provided by NECPA members dating back over 100 years in the NECPA museum area.
Tim Niehaus is President of the Miami Corporation. In 2014, as a member of the 4th generation family ownership of the company, Tim and his partners made the decision to transition the company to an employee owned business. Tim has his MBA from Xavier University and has served on the board of several non-profit organizations.
Steve Siener is 3rd generation family owner of The Cooley Group. He has 36+ years in the industrial fabrics and single ply roofing industries. In addition he and his family move to Europe to run a Cooley company in the Netherlands. He has also traveled extensively around the world promoting Cooley products and US industrial fabrics. He was recently elected to be a member of the IFAI Advanced Technical Products group.
The NECPA's Annual Meeting & Awning and Marine Canvas Products Show is a great opportunity to connect with hundreds of your peers who share the same interests and business concerns as you!
Meet one-on-one with the leading vendors in the canvas products industry. Get face time with representatives from AutoMetrix, Bainbridge, FutureGuard, Sunbrella and many, many more who can help you develop your business and offerings to your customers!
Stay up-to-date on the latest trends, techniques and fashions at our vendor-led workshops! You will have exclusive access to the latest and greatest information in the awning and marine canvas industry to propel your business to the top next season.
Attend educational seminars on everything from design and installation to sales and business management. Whether you are awning or marine, production or management, you will learn from the instructors and sessions that are right for you and your team.
Get refreshed and energized about your company, industry and rev up for the next season with new ideas and new connections to make this year's season a great success!
Enjoy fabulous networking lunches and dinners, exciting events!
WhAT TO EXPECT AT THE EXPO
What You'll Find
Our Annual Conference and Expo provides a peek into the latest and greatest products and services for the awning and marine canvas industry. Meet over 50 vendors at our Expo and learn the latest techniques and best industry practices during our conference seminar tracks. The weekend is also filled with many networking events that you'll surely find both entertaining and productive!
Who Should Attend?
Any professional working in or serving the awning and outdoor fabric industry should attend our annual Awning and Marine Canvas Products Show. Manufacturers, distributors, fabricators, retailers and service providers all attend our conference and expo to see the latest innovations, gain new insights, and connect with business colleagues both old and new.
NECPA Cancellation policy – Attendees and Exhibitors
Cancellations made before January 4 th will receive a 50% refund to the original debit/credit card used for registration. Notifications should be emailed to email@example.com by this date. No refunds of any kind will be given for cancellations made after January 4 th. Cancellations of hotel reservations and/or transportation are the sole responsibility of attendees and/or exhibitors. NECPA is not liable for any charges incurred.
NECPA is a non-profit organization and we thank you for your support of the NECPA Annual Expo.