A full registration is required to attend the Pre-Expo Conference. During each breakout time, attendees have the choice of 6 sessions and are free to move between session rooms throughout the day. Session categories include: Specialty Fabrics, Shade & Weather Protection, Business Operations and a variety of Advanced Textiles content specific to Aerospace, Smart Fabrics, Medical, Military, Safety & Protective, Testing and Fabric Advancements.

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 Testing sessions sponsored by:
Shade and Weather Protection
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Monday, October 15, 2018

7 – 8 am
Continental Breakfast sponsored by 
8 – 8:50 am

Faith Roberts, Banner Canvas
Room 302

Efficient knowledgeable sewing operators are essential to your manufacturing process. Learn tips and tricks that will save you time and increase accuracy and sewing production. Hear from an experienced, successful shop owner with sewing experience in marine, military, apparel, and more.

Marc Shellshear, IFM, MFC, Value Vinyls, Inc.
Room 301

What is the difference between Framed Structures versus Sails and how does that effect the engineering and design? What different types of shade cloth are available and why would you use one versus another? Why are shade structures different than awnings and how does the differences affect the design? What are best practices for building shade structures and what can I do so I don’t get bit by a mistake?

Carole Carey, C3-Carey Consultants, LLC
Room 309

Technological innovations in the textile industry, advanced research in electronic sensors embedded in health-monitoring fabrics, and other advances are changing the public health landscape with more personalized healthcare and rapidly emerging wearable devices. While smart fabrics can be used in wellness and health applications, medical devices will require regulatory control. Can a better understanding of regulatory considerations and use of industry standards improve the time to market? Attendees will acquire general knowledge on common pathways to market a medical device in the United States. Some examples will be used to demonstrate device classes and levels of regulatory controls.

1. Learn the definition of a medical device, an FDA-regulated product, from a general wellness product.
2. Gain an understanding that device classification defines the regulatory requirements for a device type.
3. Recognize that use of voluntary consensus standards for medical devices helps streamline the regulatory review process and reduce time to market.

Dr. Jan Pegram Ballard, NCSU, College of Textiles
Room 308

A number of factors affect the performance of textile goods. A series of three sessions (Fiber Testing, Yarn Testing Part 1 & 2 and Fabric Testing) will provide an overview of important properties of fibers, yarns, fabrics and garments, and how they are measured. Relevant ASTM and AATCC methods will be covered, and you will learn the application of basic test statistics to test reporting and decision making.

Testing sessions sponsored by:

H.Lee Wainwright, E-Textile Technology Consultant
Room 306

How does one navigate the road from creativity to arrive at fit, form, and functional utility of a finished E-Textile product? What are the reality check points that help to accelerate or slow down an E-Textile product entering the market today?

Attendees will be able to:
1. Identify and address fundamental design issues for incorporating electronics into fabric environments.
2. Properly determine safety requirements for E-Textile applications.
3. Understand how the past, present and future of E-Textiles will affect lives.
4. Create future E-Textile applications from an entirely new perspective less wires, power sources or metal components whatsoever.
5. Appraise the latest E-Textile categories, products and players entering the market.

Randy Westlund, Awning Tracker
Room 310

Small businesses in this industry all face similar productivity-related issues that cost time and money. Identifying weaknesses in key areas and implementing strategies for continual improvement are vital to maintaining a prospering small business in today’s competitive market.

This talk focuses on key areas such as communication, workflow management, knowing your costs, and effective leadership. Come learn how to:

1. Identify your company’s weak areas
2. Recognize the impact of mistakes on your bottom line
3. Implement strategies for doing better
4. Evaluate your company’s productivity regularly

9 – 9:50 am

Freddie Groce, FIL-TEC, INC.
Room 302

Understanding the nuances of thread performance in demanding sewing applications is the key to cost-savings and high-output production. During this session you will learn how the following key topics affect thread performance:
– The Basics of Thread Construction
– Solving Needle Heat Issues
– Understanding Thread Strength
– Eliminating Thread Breakage

Gary Barnes, Tropical J’s
Jordan Barnes, Tropical J’s
Timothy Akes, CAD Effects, LLC
Room 301

The primary difficulty was convincing a bunch of old navy “salts” how a modern tensile structure could work with an iconic 80-year-old battleship celebrated as the location of the end of World War II.
1) How do you sell a modern tensile fabric system to historical curator locked in 1940 naval construction?
2) Challenges of designing a relatively small but complex tensile structure with thirty-two attachment points.
3) Working around and with an important historical site. Ensuring that your design and installation process maintains the authenticity of the site and environment.
4) Challenges of setup and tear down of equipment daily to allow for tours during business hours. Working at alternate times (evenings / nights)
5) Importance of getting it right the first time.”

Fitzroy Brown, Bard Peripheral Vascular OEM
Room 309

The medical textile market is rapidly growing, as medical-grade textiles have proven to provide the versatility and performance that medical device OEMs need to create implantable devices that best meet the needs of today’s medical applications. The incorporation of implantable textiles in vascular medical devices allows for increased flexibility and functionality in product design. Textiles can be developed in 2D and 3D implantable forms, with almost limitless configuration possibilities.

The proposed session will:
1. Provide a brief history of the evolution of surgical textiles.
2. Explore the growing opportunities to use them for vascular surgical applications, such as in heart valves and as cardiovascular patches.
3. Give attendees a better understanding of the structural advantages of incorporating textiles to promote tissue ingrowth and improve blood permeability.
4. Identify some of the critical factors a medical device OEM should consider when choosing a textile manufacturer.

Dr. Jan Pegram Ballard, NCSU, College of Textiles
Room 308

A number of factors affect the performance of textile goods. A series of three sessions (Fiber Testing, Yarn Testing Part 1 & 2 and Fabric Testing) will provide an overview of important properties of fibers, yarns, fabrics and garments, and how they are measured. Relevant ASTM and AATCC methods will be covered, and you will learn the application of basic test statistics to test reporting and decision making.

Testing sessions sponsored by:

Bill Babe, Liquid X Printed Metals
Room 306

For the first time, a reliable and conformal inkjet printing process has been developed for printing conductive layers onto uncoated textiles. By participating in this session, attendees will leave with the knowledge of being able to:

1. Understand the difference of particle-free inks and nanoparticle inks in the conformal coating of textiles.
2. Use of provel process for successful print results in their own facilities.
3. Adjust the process to meet performance requirements.
4. Protect conductive coatings from wash cycles and abrasion.

J.Karl Sherrill Jr., Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC
Room 310

Many researchers believe that for the first time in the history of generational research, five generations will be working together in the work force. This has distinct implications on how teams interact with each other and the need for new leadership models to support these groups. Explore the life experiences that shape each generation and discuss their traits. Hear recommendations on how to help your inter-generational teams not only get along but also appreciate the differences. Discover ways to match strengths with weaknesses and achieve new levels of success. Attendees will leave with knowledge to:

1. Increase understanding of current and future workplace dynamics
2. Enhance ability to lead intergenerational teams
3. Explore traits associated with each generation
4. Identify innovative methods to work and train
5. Challenged to thin differently in the future

9:50 – 10:10 am Morning Break sponsored by 
10:10 – 11 am

Phyllis Mitchell, Phyllis Mitchell Canvas
Room 302

This session will walk you through marine upholstery techniques that produced impressive results.

Jonathan Palmer, Autometrix, Inc.
Room 301

The advent of alternative funding platforms available to today’s creative people, along with the technology for developing ideas, has led to tremendous growth in the “Maker Movement”. Many of the ideas that turn into products are made with fabrics, and IFAI members have the skill sets needed to both prototype the ideas and to manufacture the end products. Come get an introduction to what the Maker Movement is all about, and learn:

1. Is your company in a position to capitalize on these opportunities when they arise?
2. Will the people with the ideas find your company with the Tools?
3. What active steps can you take right away to be a part of the Maker Movement?

Caroline Portoghese, Tamarack Habilitations Technologies, Inc. (GlideWear)
Johan Thiel, MIPS
Room 309

Learn how strategically adding an ultra-low friction textile technology can add protection to the body in a variety of sports and medical applications. The low-friction interface can protect the brain by reducing rotational motion by absorbing and redirecting rotational energies and forces transferred to the brain, reducing the risk for minor and severe brain injuries. It can also be incorporated into straps for gear or garments for skin protection. When integrated into apparel, strategic low friction technology, can protect anyone from people restricted to a wheelchair or bed from “bed sores,” to cyclists against from “saddle sores.”

1. Understand the damaging effect of shear forces on the body.
2. Assess how a low-friction interface can reduce shear forces strategically.
3. Identify a medical or sports application where ultra-low friction is beneficial.

Dr. Jan Pegram Ballard, NCSU, College of Textiles
Room 308

A number of factors affect the performance of textile goods. A series of three sessions (Fiber Testing, Yarn Testing Part 1 & 2 and Fabric Testing) will provide an overview of important properties of fibers, yarns, fabrics and garments, and how they are measured. Relevant ASTM and AATCC methods will be covered, and you will learn the application of basic test statistics to test reporting and decision making.

Testing sessions sponsored by:

Dr. Weifeng Liu, Flex
Jeff Lee, iST-Integrated Service Technology Inc.
Room 306

Do you consider launderability of e textiles one of the biggest challenges for wearable applications? The latest fundamental studies on e textile launderability will be shared during this session. Attendees of this session will:
1. Have a better understanding of the challenges and issues with e textile launderability.
2. Gain firsthand knowledge of how the conductive materials perform during laundry.
3. Obtain insight how different laundry factors affect the performance of e textile materials.
4. Learn how to improve the e textile launderability during its lifecycle.

Sable Badaki, SheWorks LLC
Room 310

This session is best suited for seasoned business owners with a proven business model in established markets with strong revenues.

Attendees can expect to learn:
– How to assess if their business is ready to go global.
– How to identify which products or services they currently have (or need to create) will perform best internationally.
– How to determine which markets will be the best fit for them.
– What the next steps are they’ll need to take in order to expand internationally.

11:10 am – Noon

Connie Huffa, Fabdesigns, Inc.
Room 302

There’ve been a lot of advances in our industry in recent decades regarding benchmarking best practices of producing products in better and in more efficient ways. Just when manufacturing seemed to be a well-oiled machine something happened.

– A new technology in the shape of a small rectangle with rounded edges and a flat black screen
crept into the pockets of what is now over 2.1 billon mobile phone users all over the world.
– Consumers are demanding change.
– Retail and how we make and sell things is changing.

As with everything in life, there are positives and trade-offs to technological advances. This session discusses how digitalization might disrupt the flat knitting corner of the industry in the next five to ten years.

Bill McSpadden, Capitol Awning
Room 301

– Get an overview of techniques and processes for any size shop.
– Learn the major mistakes that companies make and how to avoid them.
– Discover the ways that you can make money doing graphics.
– Uncover the potential, the problems, and the profitability of doing graphics in house no matter what size shop you are.

Dr. Kevin Nelson, TISSUEGEN, INC.
Room 309

The medical device industry has undergone significant evolution over the past several years—and drug delivery is moving to the forefront. With the rapid adoption of drug-eluting stents, the medical industry has recognized the value that drug delivery coupled with a medical device can bring to patient care. Enabling the controlled-release of pharmaceutical and biological agents within the body directly to the internal sites where they are needed has the potential to revolutionize spinal cord repair, nerve generation, tumor remediation and many more applications.

However, the types of drugs and therapeutic agents able to be successfully loaded to fibers for incorporation into implantable medical devices have traditionally been limited by the manufacturing process itself—typically melt extrusion. Now, the emergence of alternative extrusion methods that occur at room temperature is enabling drug-loading of a wider range of pharmaceutical and biological agents than ever before possible for use in biodegradable implantable devices for localized drug delivery within the body. The incorporation of these drug-loaded fibers into new or existing medical devices can result in faster healing, improved patient compliance, and lower negative outcomes at relatively low cost.

This presentation will explore the latest advancements in extrusion technology which are enabling the next generation of drug delivery. It will also explore some of the medical applications that stand to be most significantly impacted by this technological advancement.

1. Drug delivery from fiber allows for slow sustained release, avoids high toxic levels, may be site specific and aids patient compliance.
2. Novel extrusion methods for drug loading enable the broadest range of drugs for use in biodegradable implantable devices.
3. Drug delivery from fiber can be used in a variety of medical applications including: advanced drug delivery, nerve regeneration, tissue engineering and medical textiles.
4. Drug-loaded fibers are suitable for pharmaceuticals and biologically-derived agents.

Dr. Jan Pegram Ballard, NCSU, College of Textiles
Room 308

A number of factors affect the performance of textile goods. A series of three sessions (Fiber Testing, Yarn Testing Part 1 & 2 and Fabric Testing) will provide an overview of important properties of fibers, yarns, fabrics and garments, and how they are measured. Relevant ASTM and AATCC methods will be covered, and you will learn the application of basic test statistics to test reporting and decision making.

Testing sessions sponsored by:

Panel Discussion:
Genevieve Dion, Drexel University
Shavati Karki-Pearl, Autometrix
Robin Valetutto, CPP, Tarrant County College
Samuel Alexander Jr., Concept2Consumption
Magda Ronningen, IFAI
Room 306

Discover how universities and colleges are partnering with industry in a national trend that is changing education and creating the next generation of Makers, manufacturers and innovators. Gain ideas on how develop a talent pipeline of innovative thinkers for your business by exploring educational models, expectations and programs.

Luke Gusman, Sta-Lok Inc.
Room 310

Should you even bother with social media? Yes you should. In this session you will understand, learn and develop your social media strategy regardless of your company’s size. The session will deomonstrate how you can create creative and professional content relevant to the fabric industry regardless of budget.

1. Understand the social media landscape and what platforms to use.
2. Learn how to create interesting and engaging content.
3. Develop your company’s social tone.
4. Develop tangible actions on how to keep growing your social media.

Noon – 1:15 pm
LEVEL 2 | Ballroom A

Enjoy a sit down lunch while conversing with others on hot topics in today’s Industrial Fabrics industry.

1:30 – 2:20 pm

Bob Rosania, Ehmke Manufacturing Co. Inc.
Room 302

Learn from successful sewing manufacturers of various sized operations, how to create lean efficiencies in sewing operations. Hear about successful ideas to streamline the manufacturing process and even individual sewing operations.

Hiroshi Aruga, AGC
Nic Goldsmith FAIA LEED AP, FTL Design Engineering Studio
Room 301

What makes a tensile structure successful? What makes them stand out from their competition? What areas of expertise are required to develop them from a sketch to completion? How do they fit with conventional buildings? How does different climates affect them? How do they work with the LEED design guidelines?

Attendees will be given a set of tools to approach tensile projects with an understanding of the basic building blocks, a basic understanding of the different structural types, a sense of the effects of climate on different material types, a basic understanding of acoustics and insulation and an appreciation of lighting these structures.

Clara Jimenez, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Louis Troilo, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Room 309

Identifying which innovations should be patented and where can be a difficult task to undertake. The presenters will provide an overview of what is considered patentable in the United States, Europe, Japan and China, and provide practical tips on developing a robust patent program.

Don Satchell Ph.D., Situ Biosciences LLC
Room 308

Enhanced material performance and durability encompasses a range of product performance attributes including resistance to microbiological challenges and a long-lasting product life cycle. How do you formulate and test for these performance attributes? Key elements of durable antimicrobial textile performance will be shared during this session.

Attendees will leave with the knowledge to:
1. Understand product design and development for durable antimicrobial textiles
2. Identify how to appropriately incorporate antimicrobial additives into textle applications
3. Understand product performance related to regulatory requirements and product claims

Testing sessions sponsored by:

Dr. Jan Beringer, Hohenstein Group
Room 306

The sources and pathways of micro plastic debris in freshwater environments and marine habitats, as well as effects on food chains, animal life, and human health, are not fully known to date. However, micro-sized synthetic fibers released from textile materials are known to contribute to the microplastic problem. Learn about the:

1. Limitations of current microplastic fiber detection methods
2. Materials, methods and approach for the current Hohenstein study on fiber emissions from laundry of workwear fabrics
3. Further market applications for these research results and analytical approach

Chandry Buck, Victory Awning
Elissa Decker, MOSS
William Morse, Ohio Awning and Manufacturing Co.
Jonathan Palmer, Autometrix, Inc.
Nick Rivera, MMI Textiles
Room 310

One of the best ways to be motivated and inspired about career paths and success in the industrial fabrics industry is to hear direct from young professionals who have worked their way to a leadership role within their organizations at a young age. This outstanding panel will share their resumes of experience and talk about how they made it to their current professional role. They will share advice on professional advancement, personal lessons learned and answer questions that are top of mind.

2:30 – 3:20 pm

Frank Henderson, Henderson Sewing Machine Co., Inc.
Room 302

Automation is one of the central, crucial elements of manufacturing and production and sewing automation continues to become more widespread and sophisticated. Attend this session and gain insight into sewing automation, where technology is currently and hear about the future outlook as a way for brands to be more agile, able to meet consumer specific demands in a real-time environment and reduce time to market.

Erika Burns, The Attachments Energy Rating Council (AERC)
Room 301

A newly-launched window attachment certification and labeling program from the Attachments Energy Rating Council (AERC) offers attachment and fabric manufacturers and retailers an opportunity to emphasize high-value and high-margin efficient products. In 2018, AERC introduced a residential energy rating program for roller shades, cellular shades, storm windows, blinds, solar screens, and pleated shades, with plans to add more product types (e.g. awnings) and a commercial program. Session attendees will be able to:

1. Explain the AERC certification program, including the role of attachment and fabric manufacturers and retailers.
2. Describe to customers the value-add of AERC certified products, including reliable performance data, energy benefits, and utility incentive program opportunities.
3. Evaluate the opportunity to gain a competitive edge, differentiate products, and increase sales through participation in the AERC certification program.
4. Engage with AERC to participate in the certification program and influence future certification program development.

Ron Houle, Pivot Step Consultants LLC
Room 309

We will witness a time of great change in defense resourcing and priorities now and in the near future. Get a comprehensive overview of what we may expect in the next 2-5 years.

Roger Barker, NC State University
Room 308

How can you develop advanced heat blocking fabric composites that increase thermal protective insulation in simulated wildfire exposures, by 2-3X in comparison to baseline shelter materials, without significantly increasing system weight? This session will:

1. Describe the thermal environments encountered by fire shelters in wildland fires.
2. Show how understanding he thermo-mechanical conditions associated with turbulent wind-driven flames can guide the development of heat blocking composites for fire shelters.
3. Compare bench-scale test methods for measuring the heat blocking ability of materials used in fire shelter constructions.
4. Show how developed advanced prototype fire shelters performed in flame exposures in full-scale lab tests and in prescribed burns conducted in the field.
5. Explain how the development of a NFPA consensus performance standard for wildland fire shelters would be beneficial.

Testing sessions sponsored by:

Dr. Thomas Stegmaier, German Institute of Textile Research and Fiber Engineering
Room 306

Why have constructions and surfaces in living nature so much potential for innovations with fiber based materials? Examples for successful bionic developments will be presented for:
– surface related developments
– solar thermal energy systems
– fog harvesting
– fiber reinforced structures
– water-oil filtration
– oil collection

Elsie Collins, U.S. Small Business Administrations
Eraina Perrin, FEMA Region 6
Room 310

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration will each provide a presentation highlighting the importance of disaster preparedness and insight into lessons learned from previous disasters. The session will also identify key resources available to business owners, including steps to take when disaster strikes and guidance on economic survival through recovery.​

3:20 – 3:40 pm Afternoon Break sponsored by 
3:40 – 4:30 pm

Ryan Derrick, Rainier Industries
Vince Hankins, Glen Raven
Bimal Kad, Ph.D., Enkad Sciences
Scott Massey, Awning Cleaning Industries
Room 301

In an effort to promote green practices in the specialty fabrics industry, many companies have started to implement green initiatives with success. Not only are they having success in reducing their waste imprint, but they are having success in creating a new product out of remnants. This session will share stories of how companies are recycling materials into a new element, share green business practices to save energy and provide insight into employee programs to stimulate green awareness and behavior.

Katie Bradford MFC, Custom Marine Canvas
Room 302

This session will cover a range of topics including boat bed trends, patterning a sunshade using rod holders, tools for cutting and sewing Makrolon and putting a lien on a boat.

Mary Lynn Landgraf, Landgraf Consulting
Room 309

The presentation will feature a panel of experts in the world of protective clothing for firefighters and military warriors. From oil rigs to special operations rescues, ChemBio, to signature reduction, our protectors are engaged in keeping the public safe, keeping industrial operations running safely and keeping themselves protected. Protective clothing is also being designed for individuals who have mobility, eyesight and hearing challenges, giving these innovations a second life in the mainstream commercial world. Come learn about these state-of-the-science developments and some surprising facts about protective clothing

Dr. Emiel DenHartog, NCSU, College of Textiles Faculty
Room 308

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Testing sessions sponsored by:

Shane McFarland, NASA Johnson Space Center/MEI
Room 306

Humankind will be going back to the Moon or onto Mars within the next several years. When the International Space Station is retired in the mid-2020s, the race will already be on to develop next-generation capabilities to facilitate lunar or Mars exploration. This work extends to the spacesuit, which will require advanced fabrics to optimize performance in harsh environments. Attendees will gain knowledge providing the ability to understand NASA’s advanced space suit architecture, be aware of ongoing work to refine and mature advanced space suits, and comprehend the gaps in performance and function that NASA needs to close for future exploration missions.

Angela Adams, American Society of Asset Protection (ASAP)
Room 310

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. From this lecture 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.

4:40 – 5:30 pm

Matt Rhoades, MatteLab
Room 302

Innovation is the cornerstone of American ingenuity and success. This presentation will focus on the process of design thinking and the new idea of “Disruptional Mapping” to expand your company’s need for an elevated competitive advantages through innovative thinking. This educational session will show how to push your creative process into spaces you never considered. Hear inspiring case studies and learn a unique creative process that can lead to “New Better, not New Different” product and material solutions from brands like Nike, Apple and Trek Bicycle. Matthew A. Rhoades (MBA), former Global Creative Director at Nike, current DeTao Master in Shanghai, and the Founder / Chief Creative at MatteLab in Portland, Oregon will inspire you to break out of the norm and take calculated risks to create truly innovative and creative product and business models.

Sebastian Collet, GuildWorks
Mar Ricketts, GuildWorks
Room 301

With 20 years in the event industry GuildWorks has a lot of experience in the temporary event and Festival industry. This line of work is very diverse and artistically expressive but not always easy to base a business on. Learn more about how GuildWorks has turned a passion for Art and the environment in to a successful business that works on very large temporary installations including what might be the worlds largest annual tension fabric installation. Attendees will gain:
– An understanding of the advantages and possibilities of using tension structures for events.
– Insight to working in the event industry.
– Inspiring stories of a company that constantly pushes the envelope.
– Case studies of GuildWorks unique design, engineering, production and installation techniques.

Brent Anderson, Aerospace Fabrication & Materials, LLC
Bud Weisbart, A&R Tarpaulins, Inc.
Room 309

Observing the ways two companies took their abilities to collaborate, develop and ultimately manufacture products for a diverse marketplace within the aerospace industry and other markets. This talk will help open the minds of attendees to diversify in other areas in which fabric can be applied, plus:

1. Learn about the pursuit of ISO and AS registration.
2. Creating the various resources to accomplish meeting the customer’s needs.
3. Opening the door to collaborate and partner within the industry.

Carole Carey, C3-Carey Consultants, LLC
Eileen Hill, International Trade Administration; U.S. Department of Commerce
Chris Jorgensen, IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries
Stephanie Rodgers, Apex Mills
Room 308

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.

Ben Mead, Hohenstein Institute America
Room 306

We need chemicals to make products. Whether to meet specific consumer demands, offer various performance features, meet price points or create innovative new products, the industry must use chemicals. Are some chemicals better than others? Yes. Can we substitute chemicals that are ‘greener’? You bet. Is there an easy way to chart a path toward greener chemistry? Absolutely.

We’ll discuss:
1. the needs and expectations of the industry
2. the direction industry initiatives are moving
3. how smart choices in chemical selection are made
4. why relying on safety data sheets and other technical documents may not be enough to reassure your customers
5. a practical solution for meeting customer requirements while protecting the proprietary information of your chemical suppliers

Angela Adams, American Society of Asset Protection (ASAP)
Room 310

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. From this lecture 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.

5:30 – 7 pm Networking Reception bar sponsored by


*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.