2014 Convention



September 25 – 27, 2014
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Seattle, Washington

Convention Recap

By Tom Pientok, 2014 Program Committee Chair, Apache Inc

The 2014 NIBA Convention was an exciting event on many fronts. It was the first time NIBA returned to an urban venue since 2007 and membership turned out in near record numbers. There were 609 attendees comprised of 201 distributor delegates, 274 manufacturing and affiliates and 130 spouse or companions, as well as 4 prospective and guest attendees. There were 115 international attendees representing 19 countries. The Expo once again sold out with 82 booths from 82 companies.

Seattle certainly did not disappoint! The city offered a host of networking, site-seeing and entertainment opportunities. Whether it was a stroll through Pike Place Market, a tour of the Underground or a stop at the Tap House, convention goers found plenty to do in and around the Seattle Sheraton Hotel. And, we all got a dose of typical Seattle weather with a little rain on Thursday followed by mostly sunny skies and pleasant temperatures for the remainder of the weekend.

In addition to returning to an urban venue, this year’s convention schedule was modified to offer more schedule flexibility and upfront networking opportunities. The convention kicked-off with golf and an all new event, the first ever NIBA table tennis tournament. While the weather was a little Seattle-like at the onset of the golf outing, it turned out to be a picturesque day. For those who participated or even stopped by to see the table tennis tournament, you experienced a new way to network at the annual convention. The opening reception later that evening offered convention delegates the opportunity to connect with industry friends at NIBA’s version of the Pike Place Market, complete with food vendors and entertainment with a local flare.

The annual business meeting was conducted Friday morning. All committee chairs gave an overview of the initiatives each committee is addressing. The morning concluded with the keynote address by former Speaker of the House, The Honorable Newt Gingrich. His message was based on his recent book, Breakout, where his primary focus is on ways to resolve many of our countries issues. However, in order for the issues to be resolved, the prison guards of the past must give way to the pioneers of the future. Speaker Gingrich linked these same principles to the way NIBA members can drive change and success in their businesses.

Friday evening was host to the annual manufacturer hospitality night. The highlight of the convention, once again, was the annual Expo held on Saturday morning. The convention concluded on Saturday evening with a slightly upscale closing reception held at the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum.

I will conclude by saying it was truly an honor to be able to lead the planning of the 2014 Annual Convention. The success of the 2014 convention is a result of the efforts of a wonderful Program Committee and the entire SAMI staff. None of this would happen without their work. So, team, again, many thanks for your work.

On-site Materials

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Member Welcome Letter

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Spouse Welcome Letter

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The attendee roster is available to members only.  For a copy of this file, please contact the NIBA office.

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Save the Date Postcard

Registration Brochure
2014 Brochure

All participants must be registered for the NIBA Annual Convention and have an official NIBA Convention badge. Badges are non-transferable. Guest manufacturers and nonmembers are not allowed to reserve a booth. No one under the age of 18 is allowed in the exposition space at any time.

It is recommended that participants with advanced displays utilize the set-up time on Friday so there’s enough time to react if an unexpected situation arises.

Friday, September 26th
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Set-up

Saturday, September 27th
6:00 am – 8:00 am: Set-up
8:00 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 am – 2:00 pm: Convention Expo
11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Tear-down

Please note: there are only two hours to dismantle and remove exhibits.

Booth Contents
Each base fee provides for a single 10’ deep by 10’ wide piped and draped space containing one 6’ skirted banquet table, two chairs and a wastebasket. (NOTE: This year vendors may only have one booth space.) Standard hotel carpeting and an identification sign will be provided.

Set-up assistance, special carpeting, and other equipment may be purchased through Freeman using their exhibitor kit that will be available mid-July.

All displays, signs, and product samples must fit within the 10’ by 10’ booth perimeter, and nothing in the booth shall exceed 8 feet in height.

Samples, souvenirs and promotional items are allowed to be distributed from your booth, however, NIBA policy states that raffles, lotteries, or other high value prize offers are not allowed.

Please be considerate of your neighbors and keep the volume on any electronic device at reasonable levels.

Display Guidelines
Per the description of your membership classification, only products manufactured by your company can be displayed. Products purchased from other manufacturers cannot be displayed.

Belting Manufacturer
A substantial portion of its business activity is the manufacture of conveyor and flat power transmission belting for sale primarily to distributor/fabricators

Component Manufacturer
Is engaged in the manufacture of material, parts, machinery, or equipment that comes in enhances/ changes belt, for sale primarily to distributor/ fabricators

As an exhibitor you have available to you a quarterpage space of advertising in the “Convention Issue” of the Belt Line. Ads are to be submitted as full-color, .pdf files measuring 3.75” wide by 5” tall to staff@niba.org by August 15.

For orders of only 2000 Watts or 20 Amps (w/power strip), service must be ordered through the onsite company using the enclosed PSAV Exhibitor Order form for $70 in advance ($85 onsite). Any requirements outside of this are to be arranged through Freeman using their exhibitor kit that will be available by mid-July.

Wireless internet connection in the exhibit space is available as shared bandwidth for $50 per user/ device. It must be ordered/arranged in advance using the enclosed PSAV Exhibit Order form. If you require dedicated bandwidth, please contact them directly for pricing.

Material Transport
There are multiple options for shipping materials to and from this year’s event. Those with large crates or display cases are required to ship through Freeman (the hotel has only limited ability to accept freight). Charges apply to all shipments, both to and from, whether the hotel or expo company is used. Even if you are shipping directly to an individual’s hotel room in their name, there will be a handling charge. Please see the detailed information enclosed from the Sheraton Hotel which details fees, hours, instructions on shipping/receiving your packages and precise address label requirements. Outbound shipment details will be provided for you at the Convention and in the confirmation materials, all arrangements are handled through the onsite FedEx office.

Booth Spaces
Booth assignments will be made after the July 15 registration deadline.

Booths will be assigned on a first-come, firstserved basis. The Convention Expo Chair and NIBA management staff, decide the location of all booths. Every effort will be made to keep competitors as widely spaced as possible and standard dividers will be provided between each booth.

Booth Cancellation Policy: You will receive a full refund, less a $100 administrative fee, if you cancel in writing before July 15. After that date, refunds cannot be guaranteed.


Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
9:00 am – 11:30 am Committee Chairs & Executive Committee Meetings

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Committee Recognition Lunch
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Committee Meetings
Evening Dine Around

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Morning Golf Outing & Tennis Tournament with a TWIST

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm New Member/First Timer’s Reception/Orientation
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Welcome Reception & Dinner NIBA Place Market

Friday, September 26th, 2014
8:00 am – 10:00 am Breakfast, Opening Ceremonies & NIBA Business

10:00 am – 11:00 am Keynote Speaker: Newt Gingrich
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Lunch
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Transportation to/from Pike Place Market
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Expo Set-Up
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Optional Business Session: Rick Lochner
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm Optional Tour: Seattle’s Underground
Evening Manufacturers Hospitality Night

Saturday, September 27th, 2014
6:00 am – 8:00 am Expo Set-Up Morning Fun Run/Walk

8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am – 2:00 pm Expo
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Transportation to/from Pike Place Market
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Expo Tear-Down
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Farewell Evening Seattle Soirée (Transportation to/from Seattle Center provided)

Sunday, September 28th, 2014
7:30 am – 12:00 pm Board Meeting during Working Breakfast


Newt Gingrich
The American Breakout – The Belting Industry, Too?
Friday, September 26th

Description: America is on the verge of a breakout! In his groundbreaking new book “Breakout”, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich discusses amazing breakthroughs that could cure many of our country’s toughest problems–breakthroughs in education, health, energy, transportation, and many other fields. It is both a prescription for escaping the “new normal” and a vision for reorienting our thinking. The belting industry can breakout, too! In his keynote presentation, Speaker Gingrich will discuss the need to look to new technologies and opportunities in order to propel the industry forward and keep your business Rising to the TOP!

Speaker Gingrich is well-known as the architect of the “Contract with America” that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. Under his leadership as Speaker of the House, Congress passed welfare reform, the first balanced budget in a generation and the first tax cut in 16 years. From May 2011 to May 2012, Speaker Gingrich was a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. The campaign was especially noted for its innovative policy agenda, including his $2.50 a gallon energy plan. Mr. Gingrich is the host of CNN’s political show Crossfire, which was restarted in the fall of 2013 after an eight-year hiatus. As an author, Speaker Gingrich has published 24 books including his most recent book, “Breakout”.

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Rick Lochner
Managing Multiple Generations
Friday, September 26th

With four generations in the workplace, communication and collaboration in the workplace take on new dimensions as each generation has their own way of working. In this presentation you will learn what motivates each generation and how to effectively work with each generation in order to achieve sustainable business success.

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 a myriad of leadership topics and the author of “The Missing Piece: Achieving Sustainable Success Through Business Alignment”.