2016 Convention


September 14th– 17th, 2016
JW Marriott Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana 





Convention Recap

By: Bill Hornsby 2016 Program Committee Chair Habasit America

The theme of this year’s Convention is “Driving for Success”. We all want to be successful in our professional and personal lives and this year’s event will provide opportunities to advance in both. The Program Committee has put together a Convention with a little something for everyone in the cool urban setting of Indianapolis. Thursday has been dubbed “Networking Day” with a number of options including: morning and afternoon seminars from University of Innovative Distributor speakers, tennis or other more casual networking opportunities with NIBA friends such as Segway tours, Kiss the Bricks tour of the Motor Speedway, Escape Room, Brew Bus (local micro brewery tours) or the Pickled Pedaler. Of course the NIBA Golf outing will again be one of the highlights of the day and will be held at the Brickyard Crossing which has four holes inside the racing track and the other fourteen adjacent to it.

NIBA welcomes former Racing Champion Derek Daly as the keynote speaker who will help us understand the difference between going fast and being fast within our companies. He will stick around for an afternoon session where he will drill down on implementation of the points made during the morning session. There will also be an alternative afternoon session from the UID. The Next Gen After-Hours gathering that started last year is back by popular demand. This year, networking for the group will be expanded to include an exclusive afternoon speaker from the UID who will be discussing “The Foundations of Leadership.” We are also holding a Welcome Reception for spouses so they will have an opportunity to get to know each other and make plans to do some of the tours previously mentioned or other unique events available. Since Indy is within driving distance for many in our group, we encourage you to bring your spouses to join in the activities and/or additional people within your company to take advantage of the educational opportunities and the Convention Expo which is always one of the highlights.

This year the Board has approved test marketing the concept of allowing Distributor / Fabricators, who meet established criteria for sales to distribution, to exhibit at the Expo, so we expect even more exhibitors than last year. “Driving” is an active word, and speaking of active, the Committee has planned an exciting opening ceremony at the Dallara Indy Car Factory where there will be race simulators, pit crew challenge, opportunities to take a ride in a street legal Indy or NASCAR vehicle as well as photo ops with a Indy Show Car decked out with NIBA and sponsors logos. The closing evening will conclude with a short walk from the JW, just across the street to an amphitheater in White River State Park, to enjoy the music of Josh Kaufman who is a local Indy artist and winner of Season 6 of “The Voice”. We are all excited about the Convention and look forward to seeing everyone in Indy in September. Here’s to working hard and playing hard!

On-site Materials

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Member Welcome Letter

Pocket Schedule

Convention Planner


Pocket Schedule

Attendee Roster

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

Drawing Ticket



Save the Date Postcard

Registration 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 non-members 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.

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, first served 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 14, 2016
11:00 am – 6:00 pm 306/309 Foyer Alcove Registration
9:00 am – 11:30 am 306 Committee Chairs & Executive Committee Meetings
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm White River C-D Committee Recognition Lunch
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 303-310 Individual Committee Meetings
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Indy Motor Speedway Kiss the Bricks Tour
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm 306/309 Foyer Alcove Committee Refreshment Break
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm 306 Committee Chairs Reconvene
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Event Center Drive Dine Around Departure

Thursday, September 15, 2016
7:00 am – 6:00 pm Prefunction/East Foyer Registration
8:15 am – 2:00 pm Brickyard Crossing Golf Outing (includes breakfast & lunch at course)
9:00 am – 10:30 am Indy Motor Speedway Kiss the Bricks Tour
10:00 am – 11:30 am Meet in JW Lobby Segway Tour – White River State Park
8:00 am – 11:30 am JW Grand #4 UID Workshop: Kathryn Newton
11:30 am – 12:30 pm JW Grand #4 UID Lunch
12:30 pm – 4:00 pm JW Grand #4 UID Workshop: J. Michael Marks
1:00 pm – 4:15 pm JW Lobby/Awning Brew Bus Tour
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Meet in JW Lobby The Escape Room
2:15 pm – 5:00 pm Event Center Drive Pickled Pedaler Tour
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm White River B Director-at-Large Orientation
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Osteria Pronto Spouse/Companion Welcome Reception
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm JW Grand #4 New Member/First Timer’s Reception
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Dallara IndyCar Factory Driving for Success: Welcome Reception & Dinner (Continuous bus service – Event Center Drive)
10:00 pm – 12:00 am Plat99 Emerging Leaders After-Party (Board correct bus at 10pm from Dallara!)

Friday, September 16, 2016
7:00 am – 3:00 pm Prefunction/East Foyer Registration
7:00 am – 7:45 am 309 & 310 Town Hall Meeting
8:00 am – 9:00 am JW Grand #5 Breakfast
9:00 am – 10:30 am JW Grand #5 Opening Ceremonies & Business Session
10:30 am – 11:30 am JW Grand #5 Keynote Speaker: Derek Daly
11:30 am – 12:15 pm JW Grand #5 Lunch
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm 304-06 Keynote Workshop: Derek Daly
12:15 pm – 2:30 pm 309 & 310 Emerging Leaders Workshop: Donna Mac
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Indy Motor Speedway Kiss the Bricks Tour
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Meet in JW Lobby Segway Tour – White River State Park
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm JW Grand #6-10 Convention Expo Set-Up Evening Various Locations Manufacturers Hospitality Night

Saturday, September 17, 2016
7:00 am – 10:00 am Prefunction/East Foyer Registration
6:00 am – 8:00 am JW Grand #6-10 Convention Expo Set-Up
7:15 am White River State Park Fun Run/Walk
7:30 am – 9:00 am JW Grand #1-4 Breakfast
8:30 am – 1:00 pm JW Grand #6-10 Convention Expo (includes lunch)
10:00 am – 11:30 am Meet in JW Lobby Segway Tour – White River State Park
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Meet in JW Lobby The Escape Room
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm JW Grand #1-4 Lunch
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm JW Grand #6-10 Convention Expo Tear-Down
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm JW Grand #1-4 Farewell Reception & Dinner the walk to park
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm Celebration Plaza Josh Kaufmann Closing Concert



Derek Daly

How Fast Can You Get Fast?

If the speed of doing business continues to increase in the next ten years, ask yourself, how fast can you get fast Derek takes you down the success road to understand the critical difference between going fast and being fast.  You will grasp how to remove the speed bumps that slow you down. You will learn how to achieve trailblazing performance and why corporations sometimes struggle to emulate these valuable traits.

After lunch, Derek will drill down further in our breakout session this is your chance to get into the details of implementing the great ideas he shared in the morning.

Derek Daly is a World Class Formula One and Indy 500 Driver, Master of Fast, Entrepreneur, Best-Selling Author and 25-year network television analyst.

Donna Mac

Communication is the Foundation of Leadership

A great leader continues to gain influence throughout his/her career with stellar communication skills. In this session, you’ll learn how to create conditions that open the lines of communication with peers, employees, and superiors. We’ll assess your current communication strengths and vulnerabilities and provide you with tools that help you become more confident and persuasive. You’ll be introduced to The Six Pillars of Effective Communication, the system that will support you whether you’re preparing for a formal presentation or one of many challenging conversations you’ll encounter during your career.

Donna Mac is a veteran female broadcaster, working on stations in Boston and Providence for more than 25 years.