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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.
* Schedule at a Glance
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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||Military Session: Defense Logistics Agency – Clothing & Textiles
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||Military Session: Making (Some) Sense of the DoD Budget
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||Economic Update for 2018 and 2019
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||Synthetic Fiber Review
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||U.S. Trade Policy on Textiles and Apparel
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||Washington Update
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||A Timely Overview of the World Energy Markets
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