Thursday – 1/19

9am – 12pm
Rhino Software
Tim Akes, CAD Effects LLC

This session will address what it takes to get started using rhinoceros 3D as a CAD platform and how it can integrate into all aspects of the business, from sales presentations to help “win” the project through the final production of the fabric components.

9am – 12pm
Sewing Machine Workshop – Organized by the IFAI Equipment Division
Sam Sloan, Sloan Machinery; Doug Glenn, Consew Consolidated Sewing Machine Co. Inc.; Ron Russell, Groz-Beckert USA

This workshop will cover general maintenance for single needle and lockstitch machines in a small group environment. Learn how to properly thread your machine, adjust hook timing and tension and learn what needle works best for different applications.

12 – 1:30pm
Lunch and annual meeting

1:30 – 3:30pm
Advanced Upholstery
Jim Cowan, Premier Performance Interiors Inc.

This interactive session is designed to provide participants with knowledge of marine upholstery. Learn about seating, upholstery, pattern procedures, comparing materials, and much more.

1:30 – 3:30pm
QuickBooks Concepts and Deep Dive
Mario Nowogrodzki, Mendelson Consulting

Learn how to be more efficient with QuickBooks and make more money. For participants not yet using QuickBooks, an introduction to QuickBooks; learn about the QuickBooks product family and learn to choose the right edition; discover the advantages of using QuickBooks for business management. For participants already using QuickBooks, learn the ins and outs of working with estimates, including doing repeatable estimates; see how to track time in QuickBooks; get an inside look at job costing, including adding labor into projects; get insight into inventory and non-inventory tracking.

3:45 – 4:45pm
Tools Tips and Tricks
Moderated by: 
Bill McDaniel, Sunbrella, Kyle VanDamme, Marine Tops Unlimited

Join your peers for an interactive discussion of the newest tools and clever tips and tricks to make your job faster and easier. Submit your ideas online and vote for your favorites onsite.

6 – 9pm
Welcome Party
Raise the Jolly Roger, it’s a pirate party! Attendees are encouraged to don their swashbuckling gear and spend the evening networking with their colleagues. Food and beverage provided.


Friday – 1/20

9:00 – 10:50am
Patterning A-Z
Mitch Lemmen, Canvas Innovations, Rob Kotowski, Lake Shore Boat Top Company, Vince  Innocenzi, Chicago Marine Canvas

Come learn about different methods and techniques on patterning and building enclosure panels. We will demonstrate the patterning method we use and illustrate three different styles of windows: basic, mid-grade, and premium window panels. Learn a variety of styles that will reach your customer’s needs and cost points. Explore patterning a curved seat cover, one of the more challenging patterns. Examine various techniques for a traditional patterning process as well as utilizing technology. From obtaining patterns and completing the final product both ways are sure to impress your customers!

11:10am –1pm
Fundamentals and Custom Upholstery
Carol Racine, Racine Design

Find out why every shop should include upholstery services. Learn tips and tricks to make the jobs go smooth and show more profit. Projects from the basic cushions to complex designs.

1 – 2pm

2– 6pm
Exhibit Floor Open

4 – 6pm
Cocktail Reception on Show Floor

Dinner on your own


Saturday – 1/21

9 – 10:50am
Are you Making Money
Steven Malone, Iron Clad Consulting

An introduction to cost analysis, including labor rates, job costing, cost of goods sold and overhead. Explore the concept of “Above the Line” costs and expenses. Showing how job costing analysis can help business owners set the right price for their products and services.

11:10 –1pm
Rigid Enclosures
Canvas Designers and John Cavender, Boat Canvas University

In the first half of the session John Cavender will walk you through building a rigid enclosure panel from pattern to finish product.  He will discuss working out the pattern, cutting the acrylic and making all the canvas components.  He will also show how to properly bond the material to the acrylic for a perfect finish.

The second half will cover more depth in tracking and design along with details on how to apply technology to manufacturing rigid window products.  From digital patterning to CAD and CNC Canvas Designers will cover technological advancements and how they utilize them in their manufacturing process.

11:10 –12pm
Building Standards and Checklists Panel Discussion
Panel Members: Chandler Clark, Signature Canvasmakers LLC, Mark Peterson, Sugar House Awning, Chris Ritsema, Canvas Innovations

This seminar will be a collaborative panel discussion looking into the benefits of creating a map to the overall workflow of your entire shop. We will discuss systems and procedures as well as the importance of a standard training process. Along with these processes we will discuss how they affect the culture and increase profits.

Three panel members will discuss their individual journey to finding the right path and encourage audience participation along the way.

12 – 1pm
Order Management Software
Clint Halladay, Sewlong Custom Covers

Clint Halladay will go over the software solution that InTex developed over the last eight years. He will share the ins and outs of how it helps manage everything from work flow to inventory, estimates to pay roll and everything in between.

1 – 2pm

2 – 4pm

2D Photo Modeling
Carl Pellegrini, Sea Canvas LLC and Canvas Designers

Carl Pellegrini and a representative from Canvas Designers will explain the use of the photo model software system and comparing it to the use of drawing out patterns.

5:30 – 9pm
Awards Dinner
MC: Charlene Clark, Signature Canvasmakers LLC

Join us for cocktails, dinner and the annual awards program.


* subject to change