There is still time to register for the 2017 MFA Conference in Jacksonville, Fla. The event, January 19-21, is designed to help marine fabricators cultivate industry connections while improving business efficiencies and revenue.
The 2016 conference had one of the best attendance records ever, and a similar turnout is expected for the 2017 conference. The vendor show floor, which sold out weeks ago, will feature new marine-related products and equipment innovations.
As always, three days of educational sessions are planned. Two great opportunities include sessions on using QuickBooks, which is accounting software for small businesses, and Rhino, which is software for CAD modeling. A sewing machine session will be hosted by the IFAI Equipment Division. Sessions on patterning and upholstery are also in development.
Tools, Tricks and Tips will be presented again, giving attendees numerous “a-ha” ideas to improve shop efficiencies. Charlene Clark of Signature CanvasMakers in Hampton, Va., will host the MFA Fabrication Excellence Awards, recognizing the best boat tops, covers, and interior and exterior upholstery.
Pirate-themed costumes are strongly encouraged at the welcome reception. For those who forget their costumes, threats of walking the plank have been issued by Christine Gerard, MFA division supervisor, and Barbara Connett, IFAI education and events manager. Don’t worry about the plank. Just be prepared to have some fun and learn about the latest in the marine fabrication industry.
Online registration is available at www.ifai.com/marineconference. For the best pricing, register by December 1. Rooms can be booked at the Jacksonville (Fla.) Marriott. Mention “MFA Conference” for the hotel discount.