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Jill Newman
Program & Events Specialist

Outlook Conference 2018

May 6-8, 2018
Chateau Elan Resort & Winery – Braselton, GA

Created by the United States Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) and the Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI), the Outlook Conference is a forum for industry leaders to discuss important issues and challenges ahead. Enhance your competitive edge, share your knowledge and help your business grow through networking opportunities, updates on important industry issues and expert educational seminars.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM  Chairman’s Golf Event

Legends Golf Course at Chateau Elan Golf Club

Monday, May 7, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Registration Open
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Donna Pointkouski, Strategic Material Sourcing Group

This session provides an overview of the Defense Logistics Agency, its mission, and details on the procurement of clothing, textile, and equipment items for the Department of Defense and other customers.

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM

Ron Houle, Pivot Step Consultants LLC

This and the coming years will be a time of great change in defense resourcing and priorities. Come to this session for a comprehensive overview of what we might expect in the next 2-5 years.

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM Military Session
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Lunch

Opening Remarks and Annual Meeting Updates

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

John E. Connaughton, UNC-Charlotte

This presentation will outline the impact that legislative changes will have on the economic outlook for the next 18 months. ​

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Education Session
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

Laura Murphy, PCI Wood Mackenzie

The presentation will review the global and local impacts of supply and demand on the synthetic fiber industry. We will also look at the influence of raw material pricing on synthetic fibers.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Bill Jackson, U.S. Trade Representative

An overview of key issues in U.S. trade policy regarding textiles by the official who leads for the United States in international negotiations on textiles trade.

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Reception
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Dinner and Keynote
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Sara Beatty, White Haven Trade
Lloyd Wood, Lloyd Wood Group

Update Congressional and Executive Branch policy activities. Topics covered will include defense, government procurement and trade-related issues impacting the bottom lines of IFAI members as well as USIFI and NFI activities in Washington, D.C. The presentation will conclude with information about how members can get more involved.

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Aubrey Hilliard, Texican

An update on how technologies are improving in every area of energy from drilling for hydrocarbons to carbon free applications that will fuel future growth. How your business can profit from understanding the direction of technological change.

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Keynote Presentation
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Closing Remarks
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM Annual Golf Tournament

Woodlands Golf Course at Chateau Elan Golf Club

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM Wine Education, Tasting and Tour Experience

Chateau Elan Winery

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Reception
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Dinner

*schedule subject to change