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We are very excited to be celebrating 100 years as an organization and have another great conference and expo planned.

Thursday Night Seminar:

  •  6:00pm – 7:00 pm Understanding Generations 
Learn “old school” and “new school” methods of communicating with customers from different generations with insight from family business teams.
  • 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Dinner: Pizza Break

  • 7:30 pm -8:30 pm Panel Discussion regarding the above topic and others

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:

  •  9:00 am – 9:45 am Patterning Comparison Session #1 Manually Patterning a Bimini Top.

o Katie Bradford, MFC, Custom Marine Canvas

o We will explore the current manual techniques used in patterning a bimini on a sample frame.

  •  10:00 am -10:45 am Patterning Comparison Session #2 Digitally Patterning a Bimini Top

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.

  • 11:00 am – 11:45 am New Technology in Shops Session #3 

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.

  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm LUNCH

  •  1:00 pm– 2:00 pm Joint Awning and marine presentation seminar

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

  • 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm Fabricating a U-Zip with a Flap/ Upselling Enclosures Session #4

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.

  •  3:00 pm – 3:45 pm Upholstery Techniques for Inside Curves Session #5

o Katie Bradford, MFC, Custom Marine Canvas

o Learn some new techniques for perfecting the inside curves of a settee back.

  • 4:00pm – 4:30 pm Tools Tips and Tricks

o Join other fabricators in sharing a new tool tip and trick to take back to your shop! Audience participation is highly encouraged!

  • Friday Awning Track Seminars

    • 9AM to 10:15 AM Paul Armstrong /Code Consultant –Are Building Codes Important to your Business

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   National Code / Regional code Changes
o   Description of the codes
o   Important code sections
o   Enforcement issues
o   How you can have an effect on the codes

  • 10:30AM – 11:45AM Barry Adams, - President of Peachtree Awning Co, GA – and current PAMA Chairman “Hiring & Retaining Employees “

o   Identifying Engaged Employees within your Business
o   The 10 C’s of Employee Engagement
o   Providing Career Path, Vision & Goals

  • Lunch 12 – 1PM
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm Joint Awning and marine presentation seminar

Four companies speaking of the “Past 100 years and Future of their Businesses” See Above for detail

  • 2PM – 2:45PM Stef Vanderbeck –SV Design & Consulting “Increasing your bottom line with sub- contracting” Why say ‘no”? Let this seminar help you to say “yes”.  Learn the ins and outs of how to acquire, manage and seamlessly subcontract projects, increasing your sales and adding to your bottom line. 
o   Why consider subcontracting a project
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  

  • 3PM – 4PM Andrea Lampson – Dorchester Awning – “Sales Development & Customer Follow up“
o   Stay connected with current customers for future business
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.

    • 6PM -10:30PM Friday Night Dinner and 100th anniversary celebration 

    • "Dress to Look Your Best" for a fabulous Friday evening 100th anniversary celebration at the historic Mechanics Hall in Worcester MA. There will be a sit down, plated dinner and live music throughout the evening.

    • Saturday Expo 9AM to 2PM

    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
    Miami Corporation

    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
    The Cooley Group

    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!

    • Facetime With Industry Leaders

    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!

    • Know The Latest Trends

    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.

    • Be Smarter About Your Business

    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.

    • Rev Up

    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!

    • Wind Down

    Enjoy fabulous networking lunches and dinners, exciting events!


      This was my first trade related gathering and it was so affirming to be among a group of people that were of like mind and focus. The networking was wonderful and I loved being able to talk the awning language with so many experienced professionals. The expo package was a bargain for all that was offered, including good food! What a bonus. The museum venue was an added bonus...   

    - Suzan Muldown, Montana Custom Awnings







    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 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.

    Whether you are a manufacturer, distributor, fabricator, retailer or service provider, the NECPA would love to have you join us! Find out more about our organization, or join today.
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