This past DECEMBER of 2016, we held a very successful, three day conference in Pittsburgh, PA. We started out Wednesday evening with OUR funny christmas sweater themed DINNER AND our annual manufacturer auction. it was a huge success and we were able to raise over $2,000 for a local charity! LATER IN THE EVENING, WE HAD lots of laughs, WATCHing OUR ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE EVENING, an amazing magician, he definitely wowed OUR MEMBERS; which created a very FUN environment.
On Thursday, we enjoyed breakfast followed by a trip over to mt. lebanon AWNING to tour their facility. THEir shop had so many great tools and equipment that we all left with some wonderful new ideas! the round table discussion also helped a lot of our members learn from each other and gave great value to having us all together. After leaving there, we toured another amazing facility, tmi international. the tours were very educational and definitely well worth the trip. we would like to thank both companies for their time and efforts in making this possible. thursday afternoon, we had a lot of fun going on the 'burgh bits & bites food tour in pittsburgh's well know strip district market. we were able to learn a lot about the history of pittsburgh, while sampling some amazing restaurants and local fair.
Friday morning began with a very engaging PRESENTATION BY a few of our MANUFACTURer's, who offered a lot of advice from many years of experience ON HOW TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS with take down, cleaning, storage and service of existing awnings. these TIPS definitely helped our members learn HOW TO BE MORE PROFITABLE by offering these services and many more. Shortly thereafter, we enjoyed a wonderful lunch as our suppliers did an informal introduction forum. After lunch, our annual Market Day began and was a tremendous success! friday evening we held our president's semi formal dinner followed by our honored life presentation, honoring, len stielper, from the glen raven company. afterwards, the awards for our photo contest were presented and the members took home some great gifts from our raffle drawing, as well. we finished the night with a super hilarious comedian! it was fun to see the members relaxing and laughing while spending time together!
This conference was made possible with the help of our suppliers and the aid of your annual dues. We were pleased to receive a great amount of positive feedback and we look forward to repeating it this December 6TH -December 9th, 2017, in cincinnati, ohio. The details for this year’s event are still being organized and are soon to come, but will include a tour of queen city AWNING'S facility. Please keep checking our website for exciting updates to follow.
Thank you again, to all of the suppliers and manufacturers who participated at the 2016 conference. We hope you had a wonderful time! Be sure to save the date and thank you for supporting Zone 7!!
Wish you all a joyous, healthy & productive 2017!! Kindest regards,
Kisha Moldovan Secretary, Treasurer Canvas Products Association, Zone 7