2010 Annual Convention


September 18-21, 2010
J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge
Phoenix, AZ

Convention Recap

By Chris McCarty, 2010 Program Chair, Bullitt County Belting & Supply

The J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, AZ, welcomed more than 525 delegates and guests to the NIBA Annual Convention in September. Attendance was up approximately 20% from 2009, with over 65% of NIBA member companies represented.

Based on the attendee feedback, the highest ranked events were the Manufacturers Hospitality Night, Keynote Connie Podesta’s Business As Usual Is Over, the social activities including the tours and segway rides, The Elemental Welcome Reception (outdoors and indoors), Conference Booth Program, and the Golf Outing.

NIBA stayed true to its networking roots, with nearly 30% of attendees taking advantage of the hotel’s spacious property to network in the afternoons.

The NIBA office received a lot of helpful feedback on the 2010 Annual Convention. We look forward to a successful 2011 and another great Convention in Las Vegas. See the back cover for details.

On-site Materials

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Friday, September 17
3 pm – 6 pm – Registration

Saturday, September 18
7 am – 8 pm Registration
7 am – 12 pm Committee Breakfast/Meetings (D)(C)
5:30 – 6 pm New Member/First Timer’s Reception (D)(C) (by invitation only)
6 – 10 pm Elemental Welcome Reception & Dinner (D)(C)

Sunday, September 19
7 am – 2 pm Registration
7 – 8 am Breakfast (D)(C)
8 – 8:30 am Opening Ceremonies (D)(C)
8:30 – 11 am Opening Keynote: Connie Podesta (D)(C)
11 am – 12 pm NIBA Business/Committee Updates (D)(C)
12 – 1 pm Manufacturers Meeting (D)(C)
12 – 1 pm Everyone is on their own for lunch
1 – 5 pm Tours & Activities/Networking Afternoon (D)(C)
Evening Manufacturers Hospitality Night

Monday, September 20
7 am – 4 pm Registration
8 – 8:45 am Breakfast (D)(C)
8:45 – 10:15 am General Session: Bruce Tulgan (D)(C)
9:30 am Spouse/Companion Activities(C)
10:30 – 11:30 am General Session: Cary Mullen (D)(C)
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Box Lunch (outdoors) (D)(C)
1 pm Golf, Tours & Activities (D)(C)
4 – 7 pm Convention Booth Program Set-Up
Networking Evening

Tuesday, September 21
6 – 8 am Convention Booth Program Set-Up
7 am Fun Run/Walk (D)(C)
8 – 9 am Breakfast (D)(C)
9 am – 2 pm Convention Booth Program (D)(C)
(Lunch available during Booth Program)
9:30 am Spouse/Companion Activities (D)(C)
2 – 4 pm Convention Booth Program Tear-Down
2 – 3 pm General Session: Informational Session on Insurance (D)
5 – 9:45 pm Farewell Evening at University of Phoenix Stadium, Home of the Arizona Cardinals (D)(C)


Connie Podesta
Business as Usual is Over
Sunday, September 19, 2010

It certainly is a different world today. But YOU CAN survive in a highly competitive market IF you understand that business as usual is over. The game has changed. The rules are different. And change is happening at the click of a mouse. Yet these are exactly the times when the true character of a  person or an organization shows. Entertaining, yet insightful and always refreshingly candid, Connie Podesta gives you the tools needed to adapt to the demands of an “always on” world where the way it “used to be” may NOT be what works now. If you want to succeed in an environment where dramatic change, new business plan, and realignments are the norm, then you MUST out-perform the  competition, outthink old ideas, out-shine past performance and out-maneuver anyone who says it can’t be done. If there was ever a PERFECT time to stand out from the crowd and create an amazing future – it is NOW!


Cary Mullen
Building Momentum – The Champion Within
Monday, September 20, 2010

Cary Mullen propels his audiences to the top of the world’s most challenging mountains! He entertains right from the start gate. His energetic humor and style will take NIBA

attendees on a roller coaster ride of emotions – from the agony of defeat, to Olympic competition and World Cup victory. You will enjoy the spectacular live video footage of crashes plus Cary’s exciting ‘speed record run’ of 151 KM/H (97 MPH) down Kitzbuhel. NIBA will benefit from his specific strategies for getting better results – his Process for Success™. Attendees will take away concrete tools to assist them to become the best they can be – to excel in both their professional and personal life.


Bruce Tulgan
Bringing Out the Best in Young Talent –Not Everyone Gets a Trophy™: How to ManageGeneration Y
Monday, September 20, 2010

Based on more than a decade of research, this program reframes Generation Y (born between 1978-1990) for business leaders and managers at a time when the corporate world is struggling to understand and manage employees in this age group. Generation Y is the most high maintenance workforce in history, but they also have the potential to be the most high-performing workforce in history. Bruce debunks the most common myths about Generation Y in the workplace, and explains the key to winning the respect of this generation is strong highly-engaged leadership. To bring

out the best in GenYers, managers must carefully manage their expectations, never downplaying negative aspects of a job, always telling it like it is.


Saturday, September 18
Elemental Welcome Reception and Dinner
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Outdoor Reception
7:00 pm – Dinner and Entertainment

The four elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water will be well-represented in this year’s Welcome Reception.
Guests will enjoy fire dancing entertainment outdoors in the open air of the Ballroom Lawn, watch as a block of ice is transformed near the water’s edge, and shop through the metal and stones of the earth from jewelry dealer Silver Dream. Dinner will be indoors where elemental themed decor and serene sounds will set a balanced and pleasant mood for friends and colleagues to reconnect on opening night.

Tuesday, September 21
Farewell Evening at University of Phoenix Stadium, Home of the Arizona Cardinals
Busses depart at 5:15 pm
Arrival time is 6:00 pm
Final departure time is 9:00 pm

Reception, dinner and entertainment Close this year’s convention with an exciting and interactive night at the Cardinal’s Football Stadium. Beverages are welcome aboard the bus for the 40 minute trip, and busses will run continuous throughout the night with the last departing the stadium at 9:00 pm. Inside the stadium you’ll have the opportunity to tour,test your skills with the ol’ pigskin, be photographed with “Big Red”, the Cardinals mascot and some of their cheerleaders.


Wildfire Golf Club

Named as one of Travel & Leisure Golf ’s ‘2006 World’s Best Golf Resorts’ Wildfire Golf Club is the desert gem of Phoenix and Scottsdale’s golf courses; offering exciting play as well as an unparalleled Arizona getaway.

Wildfire is situated in the rugged Sonoran Desert of Northeast Phoenix, and features two picturesque 18-hole courses designed by two of golf ’s greatest legends–Arnold Palmer and Nick Faldo.

The Palmer Signature Course at Wildfire Golf Club offers scenic and expansive fairways allowing the ball to remain in play even on an errant shot. The Faldo Championship Course features generous fairways, large bent grass greens and tee boxes. Surrounding both courses are the majestic McDowell Mountains and century-old saguaro cacti, providing a spectacular setting for golfers. The two courses of Wildfire Golf Club are an integral part of the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort &Spa, voted one of the Top 75 Resorts in North America by Condé Nast readers.


Monday, September 20, 9:30 am

Advanced registration is required, but all activities excluding the Glass Workshop are complimentary.

Relaxing at the Pool
Cabanas will be reserved for NIBA spouses/companions near the pool so that guests can relax and experience three different and unique pools, the 1,600 foot lazy river and 89 foot waterslide. Enjoy a fun-filled sunny afternoon, sip a cocktail, grab a bite to eat with friends, or just relax in one of our soothing

Golf Clinic
Participate in a two-hour golf clinic demonstration and receive individualized instruction on your swing from the experienced staff at the Wildfire Golf Academy. The clinic will provide one instructor for every six participants so everyone will have ample time for personalized assistance.

Yoga Class
Reduce stress through a series of yoga poses, that will increase flexibility and enhance physical and mental focus in the Movement Studio at The Club.

Aqua Fitness
Using the water’s resistance you will improve cardiovascular fitness and muscle tone in the pool at the Revive Spa. (No swimming ability is necessary.)

Tuesday, September 21, 9:30 am

Advanced registration is required, but all activities excluding the Glass Workshop are complimentary.

Glass Workshop – $155/person
Learn about the process of fused glass and the hisotry of glasss as an art form from an acclaimed glass artist in her Cave Creek studio, then design and create a masterpiece of your own. Pieces will be shipped home after they are fired.

Author Presentation & Book Signing
Listen as local author Jan Cleere describes her most recent story: Amazing Girls of Arizona: True Stories of Young Pioneers. She will includes stories about young girls who, before the age of 18, left deep pioneering roots across Arizona, conquering the west in their own style. After her presentation she will sign books for the attendees. Visit her website to order books and learn more: www.JanCleere.com

Gently quiet your mind through guided meditation in the serene Botanical Gardens of the luxurious J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort.

Tai Chi
Breathing and movement exercises will be taught and practiced during this Tai Chi/Qi Gung class, as well as the instruction of the positive benefits they have on your health and well being.

Off-site Tours

Sunday, September 19, 1:00 pm

Advanced registration is required, additional fees apply.

River Float – $98/person
Paddle down the Salt River in the Sonora Desert on a relaxing and refreshing scenic float through towering saguaro cactus and shady mesquite groves. Guides will share knowledge and history of the native plants and animals. (sunscreen, hats and towels arerecommended)

Jeep Desert Tour – $118/person
Take a relaxing off-road excursion through the Sonora Desert in an open-air Jeep through the rugged desert terrain. Then embark on a nature walk led by a guide who will highlight the various species of cacti and wildlife in the world’s “greenest desert”. (closed toe shoes are required)

Hummer Desert Tour – $136/person
Upgrade the Jeep tour to a 4×4 Hummer and experience the trip in style. The vehicle has forward facing bucket seats in stadium/theater style tiered seating. (closed toe shoes are required)

Segway Ride – $75/person
Enjoy a seven-mile, 90-minute ride through the beautiful Arizona Desert departing right from the hotel. You will be trained on how to operate the segway, then traverse paved and off-road trails. (Helmets will be provided, closed toe shoes are required)

Monday, September 20, 1:00 pm
As an alternative to the NIBA Golf and Tennis tournaments, please consider thefollowing tours and activities. Advanced registration is required, additional fees apply.

Wine 101 & Bottling Event – $130/person
Bottle and label your own wine at the Su Vino Winery, a family owned and operated winery located in the Arts District of downtown Scottsdale. This event includes a tour of the winery as well as an informational session in which you will learn the intricacies of producing different varieties of wine.

Arizona State Capitol Museum Tour – $45/person

This guided tour takes you around the fascinating city of Phoenix. You will experience the Old West and the New West with sites to include historic sites, Senator Barry Goldwater’s home, Camelback Mountain, and the Wrigley Mansion. The highlight of the day is a private docent tour of the Arizona State Capitol Building.

Segway Ride – $75/person

Enjoy a seven-mile, 90-minute ride through the beautiful Arizona Desert departing right from the hotel. You will be trained on how to operate the segway, then traverse paved and off-road trails. (Helmets will be provided, closed toe shoes are required)