Keynote Speaker Steve Rizzo

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Join us for an exciting keynote to kick off your Expo experience!

A Hall of Fame speaker and former national headline comedian, Steve Rizzo knows how to captivate and inspire. He engages the audience with laughter as he gradually challenges them to SHIFT their way of thinking to discover Increased Productivity, Greater Joy and Enthusiasm and new levels of success. Open to all registrants. Tuesday, November 2, 8:30 – 9:45 am.

Expo Show Stoppers

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The Show Stopper program was created to recognize the best of the best on the show floor, everything from improved applications to revolutionary designs.

Show Stopper participants and winners will be featured in Expo media and highlighted in their booths exclusive Show Stopper promotion.

2021 winners will be announced in the fall. Check out Show Stopper entries dating back to 2015 here!

Opening Reception

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Get ready to celebrate IFAI Expo’s 100th anniversary!  Stick around after hours to keep the energy and conversations going in the concourse outside the Exhibit Halls.  The opening reception will feature drinks, networking, and great fun!  Tuesday, November 2, 5 – 6 pm.  Included with all registration types!

Industry Night

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Make your first night at Expo a lively, fun-filled experience!  Support a good cause and enjoy an evening of great food, great conversation and great music by IFAI’s house band, Hangin’ By a Thread!  Industry Night takes place at Martins Bar-B-Que Joint, a five minute walk from the Music City Center.

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) helps build your workforce, inspire innovation and foster the greater good.  Tuesday, November 2, 6:30 – 9 pm. Add-on purchase required.  Proceeds from Industry Night will go to IFF.

Demo Area

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The Demo Area is a hands-on demonstration and educational space for both makers and materials suppliers, brought to you by the Makers Division and Industrial Fabric Foundation. 


Tuesday, Nov. 2  
• Machine Setup and Prep (single needle, binding, and tacker machines) 11–11:45 am 
• Making Shoulder Straps 1–1:45 pm  

Wednesday, Nov. 3  
• Joining Fabric Pieces Symmetrically 11–11:45 am 
• Sewing Zipper into Bags 1–1:45 pm  

Thursday, Nov. 4  
• Binding Interior Seams 11–11:45 am 

Giving Back  

All manufactured backpacks will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee whose mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. 

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Makers Division Website

Industrial Fabrics Foundation Website



Fabric Structures Summit

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New for 2021!  

A half day to close out your IFAI Expo experience includes an engaging “State of the Industry” panel specific to fabric structures in architecture and an hour of roundtable discussions focused on critical issues in the industry.  Closes with a networking reception.  Add-on purchase is required.  Thursday, November 4, 1-5 pm.

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Awards and Networking Breakfast

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Mix and mingle with the winners of the 2021 IFAI Awards.  Enjoy breakfast, an awards presentation with lively emcees, and an awesome opportunity to network and celebrate outstanding work in the industrial fabrics industry.

Wednesday, November 3, 8-9:30 am.  Included in All Access and Expo Plus Registration; requires add-on purchase to a Show Floor Only Registration.

Division Connections

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Is your company a member of one of IFAI’s sixteen market divisions?  If not, are you interested in learning about how each division supports its members? 

Happening every hour during each day on the show floor, these informal meetings are a great way to acquaint yourself with the different groups IFAI Expo serves.

Downtown Nashville Fun Run

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IFAI’s annual Fun Run and Walk is back, with a twist! Participants will be split into small groups of 8-10 and taken on a morning fun run or walk through downtown Nashville, passing important cultural and tourist sites along the way.  Requires and add-on purchase.  Tuesday, November 2 at 6:45 am, begins at the Omni Nashville Hotel across the street from the Music City Center.

Pet a Puppy Fundraising Booth

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Support two great causes as the Industrial Fabrics Foundation and Nashville’s Agape Rescue join forces for an adorable show floor experience!

Adoptable dogs and puppies will be visiting IFAI Expo and cuddles are for sale.  All proceeds will go to support these two great organizations.