2012 Convention



September 12-15, 2012
Walt Disney World Swan Resort
Lake Buena Vista, Florida


Convention Recap

By Tom Wujek, 2012 Program Chair, Flexco

The 2012 NIBA Convention in Orlando was one for the record books. We had the largest overall registered attendance of a NIBA convention with 584 attendees, including 144 companion attendees, 6 prospective members, and 78 children. NIBA continues to grow as a global conveyor belt trade association: 20% of the attendees to the 2012 convention were from outside the United States, representing a total of 13 countries. While a few raindrops threatened our opening luau, the party was a great opening to what proved to be a historic convention. Jim Abbott, author of The Five Aspects of Finding the Champion Within, shared his inspiring story and taught us the principles of ADAPT. The Convention Expo showcased the products and services of 66 manufacturer members, and again proved to be the most valuable part of the convention. And finally, who didn’t have fun at the closing evening, starting with pictures with Mickey, Minnie, Buzz, and Woody, and ending with the magical Illuminations fireworks show at Epcot.

Many thanks go out to the 2012 Program Committee who worked so hard to put this convention program together, and to the SAMI staff who handled every detail with Disney-level service!

Prepare to be amazed next year, as Program Chair John Shelton and the 2013 Program Committee are going to deliver an even bigger and better convention in San Antonio Hill Country… of course, everything is bigger in Texas! I look forward to seeing you there!

On-site Materials

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Grand Foyer Registration C
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
7:00 am – 7:00 pm Grand Foyer Registration C
7:00 am – 8:00 am Mockingbird 1 Committee Breakfast
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Various Committee Meetings
10:00 am – 10:30 am Foyer Committee Beverage Break
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Osprey New Member/First Timer Reception C
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Parrot Family Orientation C
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Parrot Child Care F (preregistration required)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Lake Terrace Welcome Luau Reception & Dinner C
Thursday, September 13, 2012
6:30 am – 12:00 pm Grand Foyer Registration C
7:00 am – 8:00 am Swan 1-4, 5-6A Breakfast C
7:00 am – 11:30 am Parrot Child Care F (preregistration required)
8:00 am – 9:30 am Swan 1-4, 5-6A Opening Ceremonies C
9:30 am – 10:00 am Swan Foyer Beverage Break C
10:00 am – 11:30 am Swan 1-4, 5-6A Opening Keynote: C
Jim Abbott: The Five Aspects
of Finding the Champion Within
12:00 pm Conv Ctr Doors Seaworld Departure F
1:00 pm Mockingbird 1 WineTasting C
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Parrot Child Care F (preregistration required)
Evening Manufacturers Hospitality Night C
Friday, September 14, 2012
7:00 am – 10:00 am Grand Foyer Registration C
7:30 am – 9:00 am Swan 1-4, 5-6A Breakfast C
8:00 am – 3:00 pm Celebration Golf Club Golf Outing C
9:00 am – 11:00 am Parrot Business Session C
Rick Lochner: Aligning Your
Business to New Possibilities
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Tennis Courts Tennis Tournament C
9:00 am – 10:00 am Crescent Lake Beach Yoga C
9:00 am Conv Ctr Doors Universal Studios & Kennedy
Space Center Departures F
9:00 am Swan Front Lobby Gatorland Departure F
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Fantasia Gardens Mini-Golf Tourney F
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm Swan 7-10B Convention Expo Set-Up
Evening Open Networking Evening
Saturday, September 15, 2012
6:00 am – 8:00 am Swan 7-10B Convention Expo Set-Up
7:15 am Dolphin Fountain Fun Run/Walk C
7:30 am – 2:00 pm Swan Foyer Registration C
8:00 am – 9:00 am Swan 1-4, 5-6A Breakfast C
9:00 am – 2:00 pm Swan 7-10B Convention Expo
9:00 am – 10:00 am Crescent Lake Beach Yoga C
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Swan 1-4, 5-6A Lunch C
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Swan 7-10B Convention Expo Tear-Down
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Swan 1-4, 5-6A Farewell Reception & Dinner F
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Epcot Dessert Reception & Fireworks F


Abbott_pitch ABBOTTThe Five Aspects on Finding the Champion Within
by Jim Abbott
Thursday, September 13th at 10:00 am

To continue to move towards our goals we must be willing to adapt. To change, and mold ourselves in order to meet the obstacles in our own way. Using ADAPT as an acronym you can put together a powerful set of words that stand alone in their significance, but they also string together like a chain in an amazing way.

Jim will present a 45-minute keynote session beginning at 10:00 am on Thursday, September 13th, followed by a 15-minute question and answer period. Between 11:00 am – 11:30 am he will sign autographs and pose for photographs.

ADJUSTABILITY – To achieve great things in this world you must be able to adjust to what is being asked. When you NEED something, you find a way.

DETERMINATION – Once you’ve found your way, you have to work to make it happen. Once you’ve found what you love, don’t let anything stand in your way. ACCOUNTABILITY – Accountability: the heart and soul of my ADAPT chain. Basically, accountability says that we are responsible for the abilities we’ve been given.

PERSEVERANCE – Sticking with it. Life is full of ups and downs and how we respond to adversity makes us who we are.

TRUST – Trust is my favorite and it is appropriate that it comes last. After you’ve found your way, after you have put the work in, after you have made the most of the abilities you were given, and stuck with it, it comes down to trust. Believing in the incredible amount of work you’ve done and knowing you are prepared for anything. When push comes to shove you draw your line in the sand and say, “This is who I am.”

Jim Abbott was born September 19, 1967, in Flint, Michigan without a right hand. He was an All-America hurler at Michigan; won the Sullivan Award in 1987; was the pitcher for the Gold Medal Olympic Team in 1988; and threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland (September 4, 1993). Jim played for 10 seasons on 4 different teams and ended his big league playing career in 1999.

Lochner2Aligning Your Business to New Possibilities
by Rick Lochner
Friday, September 14th at 9:00 am

World-class athletes align their training, diet and sleep to create optimal performance on the field of play. Manufacturing machinery and robotics are aligned and calibrated to produce optimal output. It stands to reason proper alignment of your business opens the doors to optimal performance and new possibilities of success. The challenge for the business is defining what proper alignment looks like and how is it done? Rick Lochner of RPC Leadership Associates, Inc. will take participants through the Business Alignment Model and equip them with the tools to find new possibilities within their existing business. They will learn where to find untapped potential in their employees, new capabilities in their systems and a renewed focus on their strategies. What is double digit growth worth to your business? Find out how effective business alignment will make that a possibility.

Rick Lochner is the President of RPC Leadership Associates, Inc. where he works with Business Owners, Corporate and Non-Profit Leadership Teams and Individual Professionals to help them “Make Leadership a Way of Life”. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Rick brings a unique array of Military, Fortune 100, Entrepreneurial and Academic experience to bear for his Leadership and Business Coaching clients. In addition to his coaching business, he is an experienced speaker on topics ranging from “Thinking Like a CEO” and “Leading Yourself to Success” to “What You Need to Know About Generational Diversity” and “Business Alignment”.

This session is being presented as an alternative for those attendees not planning to attend concurrent activities including the golf outing, tennis tournament and companion/ family tours and activities.


12_AC_LuauWelcoming Luau
Wednesday, September 12th from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Start this year’s Convention by saying Aloha! to fellow attendees on the beachfront of Crescent Lake at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort for NIBA’s Welcoming Luau. Become adorned with floral leis as you enjoy an array of tropical drinks, enjoy Hawaiian music and watch the performances by fire and hula dancers while you become reacquainted with your NIBA friends and colleagues.

Child care will be provided during this time.

3_IBC_FireworksDisney Departure
Saturday, September 15th

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Reception
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Dinner Presentation at approximately 7:00 pm.
8:00 pm – Depart (on foot) for Epcot
8:30 pm – Dessert (cash bar available)
9:00 pm – Firework performance
9:30 pm – Event concludes

All family members are invited to end this year’s Convention together at the closing dinner event. The official ceremonies will be less than 30-minutes, and will be preceded by dinner, parting gifts, and photo opportunities with Disney characters.

At 8:00 pm the group will walk over to NIBA’s designated viewing area on the Isle de France at Epcot to enjoy desserts and the 12-minute firework performance IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

All family members are invited, including children of all ages.


12_AC_MiniGolfFamily Mini-Golf Tournament
Friday, September 14th, 9:00 am start time (on property)

“Compete” with other NIBA family members in our very first mini-golf tournament at Fantasia Gardens located within walking distance of the Walt Disney World Swan Resort. The 3-par and 4-par 18-hole course is complete with music and interactive obstacles on holes ranging from 40-75’.

There is no cost to play, but advanced registration is required.

tennisTennis Tournament
Friday, September 14th, 9:00 am start time (on property)

Join fellow NIBA players for an exhilarating round-robin style tournament

$50 – includes tennis balls, racquet rental, court access and tournament coordination by on-site tennis professional

golf_1Golf Tournament
Friday, September 14th, 8:30 am departure, 9:00 am Shotgun Start

Join your NIBA associates at Disney’s Celebration Golf Club for an afternoon of fun and friendly competition. In co-designing the course, Robert Trent Jones Senior and Junior combined talents created a course unlike any other in the nation. The design delivers a golfing experience that can challenge the pros and yet offer a rewarding time for juniors and those just learning the game.

$125 Includes green fees, cart, range balls, lunch taxes & prizes. Rental clubs are an additional $35. 5th

Annual Fun Run/Walk
Saturday, September 15th at 7:15 am
Distance: Run = 3 miles / Walk = 1 mile

Walk, run, stroll or sprint – this early morning warm up is a great way to start your day!

You are invited to be part of the 5th Annual NIBA 5K Run or 3K Walk sponsored by Veyance Technologies Inc./Goodyear Engineered Products. This friendly race will take you through a scenic route that offers breathe taking views of the Swan and Dolphin Resort; the Yacht Beach Club as well as the boardwalk area.

The course is simple enough to allow for your personal best and the views are spectacular to begin your day.

Lace ‘em up – “On Your Mark…”

Price: Included with registration – all participants receive a gift.

Spouses/Companions & Children

12_AC_Spa$50 Spa Voucher

Monday, September 10th through Sunday, September 16th

Located in the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, this 12,000-square-foot, Bali-themed spa is a luxurious retreat for those who truly want to get away from it all. Lie back and indulge among ornate wood-carved furnishings and 2 restful interior gardens as you enjoy such signature treatments as nourishing body wraps, cellulite reduction, teeth whitening and the Elemis Visible Brilliance Facial. Mandara Spa uses premium Elemis aromatherapy products containing plant essential oils and marine extracts that soothe your senses. Several massages are available, including couples’ and in-room treatments.

NIBA is providing a $50 spa voucher provided to each pre-registered companion. In addition, all attendees will receive a $20 discount off each $100+ service for the duration of their visit, and a 20% discount on retail purchases.


Friday, September 14th and Saturday, September 15th at 9:00 am

Awake your mind, body and spirit by joining NIBA members for a relaxing and refreshing session of yoga.

Classes are complimentary

Saturday, September 15th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Average temperatures between 75-90°F

NIBA members planning some down-time are encouraged to enjoy Saturday morning together on the white-sand beach located between the Grotto Pool and Crescent Lake. Relaxing in the sand, joining a friendly game of volleyball, watching the little ones play on the fully-equipped 24-hour playground, or renting one of the electric boats or flotation devices to take a spin around the lake are just some of the many activities available.

12_AC_WineWine Tasting Experience
Thursday, September 13th at 1:00 pm

The Walt Disney World Swan’s certified Sommeliers will introduce a variety of red and white wines (along with international cheeses and artisan breads) in a interactive “station” type of reception.

This will be complimentary, but space is limited. Advance registration is required, and requests will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Off-site Tours

12_AC_Gatorland 12_AC_KennedySpaceCenter 12_AC_Legoland 12_AC_Seaworld 12_AC_UniversalStudiosFor attendees who pre-register for transportation, shuttles will be provided for the following venues outside the Disney property during these times as scheduled NIBA tours. Only transportation will be provided. This allows attendees the opportunity to do their own research on the best deals on tickets and admission for their family.

Thursday, September 13th
12:00 pm departure, return around 5:00 pm

  • Seaworld (approximate 15-minute one-way trip)

Friday, September 14th
9:00 am departure, return around 5:00 pm

  • Universal Studios (approximate 20-minute one-way trip)
  • Gatorland (approximate 20-minute one-way trip)
  • Legoland (approximate 45-minute one-way trip)
  • Kennedy Space Center (approximate one hour one-way trip)


Complimentary transportation is available one hour prior to opening, and after closing, to and from all Disney theme and water parks for all Walt Disney World Swan Resort guests. Additionally, buses operate until 2:00 am from the Downtown Disney area.