5K Fun Run

Wednesday, October 2 | 6:30 to 8:30am
Location: Orange County Convention Center; South Concourse

Tickets required. $35 members, $35 nonmembers

Sponsored By:

New for 2019! Pack your running shoes. IFAI will host its inaugural 5K Fun Run/Walk during IFAI Expo! Don’t miss this fun opportunity for a morning workout with other members, exhibitors and sponsors. Participants will receive email communications with run details prior to the event.

Participants receive a Fun Run t-shirt.

Questions or for more information, contact Annie Kassel amkassel@ifai.com

Pre-Expo Tour
Behind the Scenes of Walt Disney (20 spots available)

Tuesday, October 1 | 8am to 3:30pm
Location: Walt Disney

Tickets required. $330 members, $360 nonmembers

Explore the inner workings of The American Adventure, the patriotic Audio-Animatronics extravaganza. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Creative Costuming workshop where costumes are created and magic is made for Disney Entertainment. Experience one of the world’s largest laundry facilities, Textile Services, complete with unique photo opportunity. Enjoy family-style barbecue lunch at Whispering Canyon Café – Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. See the skilled craftsmen who make dreams come true, from set pieces to attraction vehicles at Central Shops – our Engineering Services location. Go under Main Street U.S.A and navigate the legendary underground “utilidor” to see how they enable the unseen transport of Cast Members, and deliveries.

Tour includes transportation to and from Walt Disney World and lunch. Tour is delivered in English only. A translator is not provided. Theme park admission is not included. There is no photography allowed backstage. All attendees must wear closed toed / closed heel shoes for safety purposes.

Attendees will load shuttle at 7 am at the OCCC and return to the OCCC by 5 pm. Specific details will be emailed to registered attendees prior to the tour.

Note! All 20 spots must be filled for the tour to commence. If less than 20 spots are reserved by September 20, the tour will be canceled and a full refund for the tour will be issued to the original payment method. No other purchase will be refunded by IFAI (travel, hotel, Expo registration).

Questions or for more information, contact Annie Kassel amkassel@ifai.com

Industrial Fabrics Foundation Night

Tuesday, October 1 | 6:30 to 9:30pm
Location: Lafayette’s Music Room

Tickets required. $119 members, $169 nonmembers

The option to buy multiple tickets to invite colleagues or clients is also available.

Make your first night at Expo a lively, fun-filled experience! Support a good cause and enjoy an evening of great southern food, great conversation and our great industry band, Hangin’ by a Thread. The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) helps build your workforce, inspire innovation and foster the greater good. Join the partnership. Together we can transform the industry!


Questions or for more information, contact Jill Newman jmnewman@ifai.com

Keynote Thom Singer, CSP: “Connecting with People in a Social Media Crazy World”

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | 8:30 to 9:45am
Location: Level 2, S230, Ballroom ABC
IFAI Annual Meeting followed by Keynote Speaker

Included in all Registration packages; Open to all attendees and exhibitors

There is more to creating business relationships than a “like”, “link”, “share” or “follow”. While the popular social media tools can make it seem like we have countless friends and business associates, it is real human engagement that leads to opportunity. It takes objective analysis and evaluation to get back to the basics of establishing connections that will lead to more success in business, sales, and life. If you want more success, it is critical that you establish long-term and meaningful relationships. This is not just “networking” – but real human connection.

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Pet a Puppy Booth

Wednesday, October 2 and Thursday, October 3 | 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Friday, October 4 | 11 am – 1 pm
Location: Booth A831

Support two great causes as the Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) and the Pet Alliance of Orlando join forces for one adorable show floor experience! Adoptable dogs and puppies stop by the show floor where cuddles will be for sale! All proceeds will go to support these two great organizations.

Questions or for more information, contact Janelle Buerkley at jwbuerkley@ifai.com

IFAI Expo Opening Reception

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | 5 to 6:30pm
Location: Level 2, S230

Included in all Registration packages; Open to all attendees and exhibitors

After the show floor closes, keep the energy and conversations going at the Opening Reception onsite at the Orange County Convention Center. Before you start your evening in Orlando, join attendees and exhibitors for drinks and appetizers steps from the show floor.

Sponsored by:

Awards and Networking Breakfast

Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 8:30 to 9:45 am
Location: Level 2, S230, Ballroom ABC
Doors open at 8 am with program beginning at 8:30 am

Included in All Access and Expo Plus registration; requires add on purchase to a One Day and Show Floor registration

Member = $39
Nonmember = $59

Mix and mingle with the winners of the 2019 IFAI Awards. Enjoy breakfast, awards presentation, lively emcees and an awesome opportunity to network and celebrate outstanding work in the industrial fabrics industry.

Questions or for more information, contact Jill Newman jmnewman@ifai.com

Emerging Leaders Networking Hour

5 – 6 pm | Hilton Orlando, David’s Club Bar

Attendees who have 5 years or less experience in the industry or their careers are invited to attend. The Emerging Leaders Networking Hour offers a chance to make connections and network with those at similar points in their career. David’s Club Bar is located at the Hilton Orlando, walking distance from the OCCC. Stop by and make sure you wear your Expo name badge to attend.

Industry Leaders Panel

Friday, October 4, 2019 | 8:30 to 9:30 am
Location: Level 2, S230, Ballroom ABC

Included in all Registration packages; Open to all attendees and exhibitors

The last morning of Expo concludes with an engaging panel discussion of industry leaders offering thought leadership on today’s marketplace and important, top of mind issues. Moderated by Expo emcee and keynote speaker, Thom Singer, the panel of talented, experienced and passionate business leaders come together to offer insight, guidance and points of view that will contribute to more meaningful and purposeful ways to drive growth and nurture the industry.