“Expo Plus – Specialty Fabrics Conference” attendees are able to attend Advanced Textiles sessions plus attend the Advanced Textiles Networking Reception.  Click to open more information on the schedule
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Tuesday, September 26

8 AM
8–9:30 am

Presented by: Larry Oxenham, Author, Senior Advisor, American Society of Asset Protection

Learn the strategies and tools the nation’s top law firms use to save their clients millions of dollars each year. This lecture provides solutions to three major problems: lawsuits, taxes, and probate. In this session, you will learn:

How to make yourself unattractive to a plaintiff attorney so they will not pursue a lawsuit against you.
Five tax reduction strategies often missed by professionals and their advisors.
Tools you can use to pass assets to your heirs tax free.

8–9:30 am

Presented by: Alyson Clair, Technical Advisor, ISFD

This presentation will cover getting a pattern fit approved and production ready. It will also share insights into working with design for higher yield patterns and how to be production ready for a manufacturer all with an emphasis on being a good client and building a lasting relationship.

8–8:45 am

Presented by:

Tim Koehler, Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc.

Tim Akes, MPanel Software Solutions

Join this session as the process of working with an architect/owner to the installation regarding shade sails is discussed.

8:45–9:30 am

Presented by:

Valerie Cuchna, Materials Liaison, Fabric Images

Mike VonWatchenfeld, Glen Raven Custom Fabrics

This session will provide attendees with information on specifying and producing outdoor graphics. Learn about specific types of products and finishing that can be used to complete outdoor printed projects.

9 AM
9:45 am–Noon

Presented by:

Ron Anstey, State of New Hampshire Department of Safety

Paul Armstrong, Independent Consultant

This presentation will address various ICC codes, as well as NFPA code requirements and address challenges to the IFAI membership. The presenters will bring their recent experience as a Building Official and Fire Marshall serving various jurisdictions on the West Coast and North-East Region as examples. The format of the session will be an interactive workshop with questions/concerns from the audience.

9:45–10:30 am

Presented by: Mary-Lynn Landgraf, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce / OTEXA

Learn the basic steps for contracting with the federal government, “working within the system”, tips on resources available to you, helpful contacts and websites to demystify the process.

9:45–10:30 am

Presented by:

Steven Wayne, Southern Stitch Canvas & Upholstery, LLC

The session will cover an array of advanced upholstery products, including marine, auto and commercial upholstery products. Steven will walk you through a variety of upholstery projects and share his approach, insights and techniques. Be inspired by first-hand knowledge from an industry expert and take your talents to new and diverse levels.

10 AM
10:30–11:15 am
Moderated by:
Magda Ronningen, Makers Program Specialist, IFAI
Dee Duncan, CEO, Keyston Bros
Ann Duncan, HR Professional, Keyston Bros
Matt Mitchell, Intern, Keyston Bros

Join this panel discussion on best practices for hiring and cultivating interns, and how these interns can evolve into valuable employees. Moderator, Magda Ronningen, previously a higher education administrator, and currently associated with the IFAI Maker’s Division, will also discuss her experience as an Internship Director and Director of Career Services. IFAI’s Makers Division, will guide the discussion.

11 AM
11:15 am–Noon

Presented by: Clay Rives, Emergency Operations Specialist, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, National Incident Management Systems and Advanced Technologies (NIMSAT) Institute

Unfortunately, up to 40% of businesses never reopen after a disaster. Plan to stay in business when the next disaster happens. Obtain practical information on how business owners or operators can plan for, respond to and recover from, the next disaster.

NOON
Noon-1:30 pm

Moderated by: Jonathan Chakales, National Sales Manager, Marlen Textiles
Meredith Boyd, Corporate Business Development Manager, Unifi Manufacturing, Inc.
Ben Cooper, Managing Director, IO Clothes
Brian H. Whitaker P.E., CPESC, Principle Engineer, HHS NA Application Support, Specialties Berry Global Inc.

Ever wonder how other companies, large and small, diversify into new markets? This dynamic panel will talk about how their companies approach, learn from and are changed by business ventures in new areas.

1 PM
1:30–2:15 pm

Presented by: Jeff Rasmussen, Director of Market Research, IFAI

The 2017 State of the Industry will begin with a brief worldwide overview of the specialty fabrics industry across five geographic regions: North America, Western Europe (Germany), Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East. The presentation will also encompass short profiles for eleven U.S. and Canadian specialty fabrics market segments in 2016-2017—with an emphasis on the United States. Market profiles will cover key aspects of each market segment such as market size, growth rates, developments/trends, and growth projections. Market segments include:

• Awnings and canopies
• Marine
• Tent manufacturing and tent rental
• Fabric graphics
• Fabric structures
• Military
• Advanced textile products (safety/protective)
• Narrow fabrics
• Geosynthetics
• Tarpaulins and truck covers
• Equipment (industrial fabric)

The 2017 State of the Industry presentation will be delivered by IFAI’s Director of Market Research, Jeff Rasmussen—who has more than 20 years of market research experience. For the last 10 years, Rasmussen’s work at IFAI has included researching and writing the annual State of the Industry published in IFAI’s Specialty Fabrics Review magazine. He has also been a speaker at a number of industry events over the past several years.

2 PM
2:15–3 pm

Presented by:

Steven Kaplan, President, Kaplan Sewing Machine

Mario Gauna, Henderson Sewing Machine

Warren Shannon, Mitsubishi Electric Automation

Mike Sandercock, The Quality Thread and Notions Company

Each panelist will provide an overview of sewing machine types through the lens of the application. Applications as they relate to sewing machine types covered in the session include: awnings, tents, tarpaulins, upholstery, hi-tech apparel and more. There will be a discussion about seam types and how they relate to sewing machines. Attendees will learn how to choose the best sewing machine for their application and how to improve efficiency.

2:15–3 pm

Presented by: Mary Gilmore, Architect / Interior Designer, John T. Campo & Associates, Inc.

An architect and a fabricator come together to offer advice on growing and reinforcing this vital relationship. Mary Gilmore, AIA, kicks off the session by presenting best practices and helpful tips for working with architects. Marc Shellshear will discuss how fabricators can use the Lunch and Learn programs provided by the Fabric Structures Association to educate architects and encourage the use of fabric structures.

3 PM
3:15–4 pm

Presented by:

Thomas Carlson, Manager, Carlson Design

Chandler Clark, Signature CanvasMakers

Jonathan Palmer, Autometrix

James Herstein, Matic, S.A.

Each panelist will give a brief overview of the various components of a cutting room, which include digitizing, cutting and spreading. The panel will discuss advantages of each component, and what applications are the best suited for full automation. Learn about how to enhance your cutting room, increase product volumes, manual cutting versus automated cutting rooms, single ply cutting, laser cutting, and more.

3:15–4 pm
Presented by: Barry Adams, Peach Tree Awnings
This presentation will focus on retaining and engaging your most talented key associates in your company. From creating a culture of valued contribution to recognizing sustained effort, the speaker will touch on many aspects of creating a vibrant workplace.
3:15–4 pm

Presented by:

Daniel W. McElmurray, Landscape Architect, City of New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways

Margueritte Ramos, President, ShadeFLA

This session will focus on the many opportunities for shade in various government and commercial markets from the view of both a landscape architect and a manufacturer specializing in lightweight fabric shade structures. Daniel McElmurray, PLA, Department of Parks, will share his experiences in New Orleans, Las Vegas and other shade dependent climates, highlighting current needs, examples of recent projects within Orleans Parish and opportunities for future projects. Margueritte Ramos, ShadeFLA, will discuss the latest shading trends in a variety of different industries. She will focus on the process of supplying local parks, museums, hotels, restaurants and schools with the proper shading solutions for their business and facilities.

4 PM
4–4:45 pm

Presented by:

Mikael Wallin, VP Sales & Marketing, FORSSTROM High Frequency AB

Jeff Sponseller, Director of Sales, Miller Weldmaster

Traci Evling, President, JTE Machine Systems, Inc.

Christina Lefebvre, Matic, S.A.

Each panelist will give an overview of the different types of welding machines on the market hot air, hot weld, radio frequency (RF)/high frequency (HF), impulse and ultrasonic. The panel will discuss advantages of each welding machine and what applications are the best suited for each type of welding machine. Panelists will also discuss seam types as they relate to each welding machine type.

4–4:45 pm

Presented by: Nic Goldsmith, Owner, FTL Design Engineering Studio

In Western culture, from an early age we are ingrained with the notion that weight in building construction equals strength. The classic tale “The Three Little Pigs” features anthropomorphic pigs that build three houses of different materials. A big bad wolf is able to blow down the first two pigs’ houses, made of straw and wood, but is unable to destroy the third pig’s house, made of bricks. This idea of the relative strength of mass pervades our culture as a fundamental truth, but heavy materials are not intrinsically stronger than lighter ones.

While time will be needed to remove the biases that we carry in our cultural DNA, our perception of strength has begun to shift. If we look at the historical evolution of architecture—from the massive pyramids of Egypt to the framed structures of Greek and Roman construction, to the lighter Gothic vaulting and eventually modern architecture of the twentieth century—we see a continuous, almost linear progression from solid mass construction to diaphanous skins of glass and steel. This is our historic journey from mass to membrane.

In Mass to Membrane, Nic Goldsmith—principal of FTL Design Engineering Studio—presents the continuing evolution of building materials, from heavy stone structures to luminous, lightweight, flexible, and environmentally responsible structures; timely since we are at the cusp of developing even lighter building technologies that will become more prevalent over the next generation.

4–4:45 pm
Presented by: Mike Erickson, Canvas Designers
Get an in depth view of an award winning project form the initial concept through the installation. Discover the obstacles our marine expert overcame, what he learned, and how he succeeded.
4:45–5:30 pm

David Callahan, Owner, Granite State Cover
David Callahan, Owner, Granite State Cover

Upselling is not just about increasing your bottom line. That final product is a reflection of your company and your work. Encouraging your clients to upgrade to better quality materials not only makes the end product look better and last longer for the client it also is your calling card for future referrals.

5 PM
5:30-7pm

Open to all Expo Plus attendees; After a day of education, relax with a drink and food while mingling with other Expo Plus attendees; A great way to cap off the day and continue to enhance your experience.

Presented By: J.M. Rodgers
Bar Sponsored By: Autometrix

Wednesday, September 27
7:30 am–5:30 pm Registration Open
8–9:30 am Advanced Textiles Conference  
9:30–11 am
IFAI Annual Meeting followed by keynote presentation
From Homeless Refuge to Living the American Dream

The nobility and power of Derreck Kayongo’s story and how he used it to arrive at his innovative Global Soap Project will leave audiences awe-inspired. Kayongo believes that not every bad experience in life has to end up horribly — sometimes bad experiences happen so they lead us to a problem we need to solve or to our true calling in life. Drawing on the hardships of his refugee experience, Kayongo shares how he went on to manufacture a solution to a global problem, the life lessons he learned along the way, and how they apply to one’s ability to stay relevant in today’s market.
11 am–5:30 pm
400+ Exhibits
New Products
Education Demonstrations
Campfire Sessions
Fabric Sourcing Center
Industry Awards Gallery
IFAI Hub / Membership Lounge
Advanced Textiles Lounge
Testing Demo Zone
Open Meetings
E-Textile Workshop
Mentor Meetings
Selfie Station
5:30–8 pm
Join the Second Line Parade and take a stroll from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to the IFAI Expo 2017 Opening Reception at The National World War II Museum. You’ll enjoy food and beverages while learning about the history of the war that changed the world.
Thursday, September 28
7:30 am–5:30 pm Registration Open
8-9:30 am
Traditional products in the electronics, textiles, and apparel sectors have well-established standards for performance and testing. But as electronic and other capabilities are integrated into textiles and apparel, it is recognized that existing standards need to be adapted to facilitate development and market acceptance of this new generation of products. This panel will explore the state of standards development in the smart fabrics space and where development of standards for smart fabrics is headed.
More info: IFAIexpo.com/Smart
9:30–11 am
Awards Ceremony followed by keynote presentation
The Future of Work Today: Insights from the New World of Work
We are entering the greatest period of business transformation the world has ever known. The constant state of disruption we are experiencing mandates a bold new approach to leadership. This program is designed to help leaders prepare to navigate a new business landscape where the pace of change is elevating and collaboration is the key ingredient to unleashing the innovation required to compete and win. Supported with cutting edge research and category leading case studies, Seth will prepare audience participants today for what is going to be required to compete and thrive tomorrow. Audiences will gain:
– Deep insights into what’s coming next in the new world of work for leaders at all levels
– Unique perspectives on the macro drivers of change and a deep understanding how employees attitudes and behaviors evolve
– A new framework to see beyond the fads and more clearly understand the trends certain to impact the business landscape over the coming decade
11 am–5:30 am
400+ Exhibits
New Products
Education Demonstrations
Campfire Sessions
Fabric Sourcing Center
Industry Awards Gallery
IFAI Hub / Membership Lounge
Advanced Textiles Lounge
Testing Demo Zone
Open Meetings
E-Textile Workshop
Mentor Meetings
Selfie Station
5:30–6:30 pm
40 or under? Gather with your peers at the complimentary Young Professionals Happy Hour. Enjoy drinks and eats all while making valuable connections.
Location:
Drago’s Seafood Restaurant (at Hilton New Orleans Riverside)
2 Poydras Street, New Orleans
Friday, September 29
8 am–2 pm Registration Open
9 am–2 pm
400+ Exhibits
New Products
Education Demonstrations
Campfire Sessions
Fabric Sourcing Center
Industry Awards Gallery
IFAI Hub / Membership Lounge
Advanced Textiles Lounge
Testing Demo Zone
Open Meetings
E-Textile Workshop
Mentor Meetings
Selfie Station
11:30 am–1 pm FREE LUNCH
Let’s Do Lunch on Friday, Our Treat! Free lunch on the show floor.

 

IFAI Disclaimer: Although every reasonable effort is made to provide the speakers, topics, and sessions listed, some changes or substitutions may occur. Speakers and sessions are subject to cancellation or change up to and including the day the session(s) are scheduled to be held. Changes or cancellations are made at the discretion of IFAI and may be done without notifying attendees. If sessions are changed or cancelled no refunds should be expected. Agreement to attend the IFAI Expo acknowledges acceptance of this provision.