2015 Convention


September 16– 19, 2015
The Renaissance Indian Wells Resort &
Indian Wells, California






Convention Recap

By: Ron Schuring 2015 Convention Expo Chair Precision Pulley Idler

Once again we have set a new record! The number of companies displaying at the NIBA Convention Expo continues to grow! Eighty-five Manufacturer and Affiliate members will be displaying at the 2015 NIBA Convention Expo. The Expo is an ‘Oasis of Opportunity’ to see new products, meet with existing suppliers, establish new relationships or find that one product you have been searching for. The Expo will be held on Saturday, September 19th, from 9 am to 2 pm. Breakfast starts at 8 am so get there early and make plans to spend the entire time at the Expo. Lunch will be available so you won’t have to leave the Expo. This is the only venue where you have the opportunity to meet and visit such a large number of your suppliers in one location. New this year, we will be offering a printed Expo Guide. Containing contact information, representative names and ads for exhibitors, all organized by booth number, it is a great tool to use as you walk the show. Every NIBA member should use this Oasis of Opportunity while at the 2015 NIBA Convention and take full advantage of what the Expo has to offer.

See you at the Expo, Ron Schuring 2015 Convention Expo Chair Precision Pulley &Idler

On-site Materials

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Member Welcome Letter2015 welcome letter

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Convention Planner

2015 Convention Planner


Pocket Schedule
2015 Pocket Schedule

2015 Attendee Roster 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.

Thursday, September 16th
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Set-up

Friday, September 17th
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 quarter page 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 16th, 2015
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Poolside Relaxation (reserved area)
9:00 am – 11:30 am Committee Chairs &
Executive Committee Meetings
10:00 am Celebrity Homes Tour
11:00 am – 4:00 pm High-End Shopping – El Paseo
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Committee Recognition Lunch
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Committee Meetings
1:30 pm Celebrity Homes Tour
5:30 pm & 7:30 pm Dine Around 

Thursday, September 17th, 2015
8:30 am Golf Outing
8:30 am Tennis Tournament
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Poolside Relaxation (reserved area)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm San Andreas Fault Tour
10:00 am Celebrity Homes Tour
11:00 am – 4:00 pm High-End Shopping – El Paseo
1:30 pm Celebrity Homes Tour
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm New Member/First Timer Reception
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Oasis of Opportunity Welcome Reception & Dinner
9:30 pm – 12:00 am Next Gen After-Party
(for emerging leaders age 40 & under)

Friday, September 18th, 2015
7:00 am – 8:00 am Town Hall Meeting on Bylaws
8:00 am – 10:00 am Breakfast, Opening Ceremonies &
NIBA Business Meeting
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Poolside Relaxation (reserved area)
10:00 am – 11:00 am Keynote Speaker – Joe Theismann: Managing to Win!
11:00 am – 11:30 am Photo Opportunity & Autographs With Joe Theismann
11:30 am – 12:15 pm Lunch
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Business SessionDr.
Albert Bates: The Real Profit Drivers
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm San Andreas Fault Tour
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm High-End Shopping – El Paseo (no lunch)
1:30 pm Celebrity Homes Tour
1:30 pm Table Tennis
1:30 pm – 7:00 pm Expo Set-Up
Evening Manufacturers Hospitality Night

Saturday, September 19th, 2015
6:00 am – 8:00 am Expo Set-Up
7:15 am Fun Run/Walk
8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am – 2:00 pm Expo
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Poolside Relaxation (reserved area)
9:00 am – 2:00 pm Outlet Shopping (no lunch)
9:00 am – 10:00 am Fitness Class: Yoga
10:00 am Celebrity Homes Tour
10:00 am – 11:00 am Celebrity Make-Up Demo
10:15 am – 11:15 am Fitness Class: Pilates
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Celebrity Homes Tour
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Expo Tear-Down
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Supper Club Farewell Evening

Joe Thiesman
Managing to Win!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Description: In his charismatic and entertaining style, Joe Theismann draws parallels between his successful career as an NFL quarterback and YOU — the executive, manager, salesperson, group, or individual – with the goal of Managing to Win! He knows and understands that good management and effective leadership is not a game of follow the leader: It is about PEOPLE — listening to them… trusting them… and motivating individuals to take ownership of team goals. By example, Joe Theismann shows that an effective leader cares about and trusts subordinates and demonstrates it by empowering individuals to take risks in order to perform above levels that have become comfortable.

Joe Theismann is an entrepreneur and the former star quarterback for the Washington Redskins. He spent the last two decades working for ESPN on their NFL broadcast and the NFL Network. The former Washington Redskins quarterback joined ESPN in April 1988, reuniting with play-by-play voice, Mike Patrick. Theismann joined ESPN after spending two seasons as an NFL analyst for CBS Sports. A 12-year NFL veteran, Theismann played in 163 consecutive games from 1974-1985 and holds Redskins’ records for passing yardage (25,206), completions (2.044) and attempts (3,602). A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Theismann led Washington to a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII. Theismann was selected the NFL’s “Man of the Year” in 1982 for his community service and dedication to the health and welfare of children. He won the league’s 1983 “Most Valuable Player” Award for leading the Redskins to an NFL-recorded 541 points and a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance. His career ended abruptly in 1985 after sustaining a broken leg during a game against the New York Giants on national television. Theismann graduated in 1971 from the University of Notre Dame where he received All-America honors and led the Fighting Irish to consecutive Cotton Bowls and was runner-up to Jim Plunkett in the Heisman Trophy balloting. In 2003, Theismann was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Theismann began his career in 1971 with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, after being drafted by the Miami Dolphins and Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins. Theismann, a much sought after motivational speaker, also oversees a popular Washington, DC restaurant that bears his name. He is also the author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Understanding Football Like a Pro. Recently, Theismann was named the recipient of the 2013 Walter Camp Football Foundation “Distinguished American” Award.

Dr. Albert D. Bates
The Real Profit Divers
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Far too much of what is “known” about profitability is based upon anecdotes and urban legends. This session will review the largest sample of distributor profitability ever undertaken to reveal what actually drives profit across a wide range of industries. The presentation will shatter the conventional wisdom. The session will also lay out the sorts of actions that firms need to take to improve profitability, including sales growth, gross margin improvement and cost control. It will identify how much of an improvement is needed and how that improvement can be generated.

It is a session you will not want to miss. Dr. Albert D. Bates is founder and Chairman of the Profit Planning Group, a research and executive education firm headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. The firm works exclusively in the area of corporate financial planning. He makes approximately 100 presentations each year on topics such as Improving the Bottom Line, Getting Serious About Profit, Doing More with Less and Pricing for Profit. He also provides strategic direction for the firm’s investigation into profitability research for over seventy different trade associations. He has written extensively in both the professional and trade press, including the Harvard Business Review, the California Management Review and Business Horizons.

In addition, he writes the quarterly Profit Improvement Reports for the firm’s trade association clients. He is also the author of seven books. The latest, The Real Profit Drivers is devoted to separating fact from fiction regarding distributor profitability. Al received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and his MBA and doctorate from Indiana University. While at Indiana he was one of the first recipients of the Ford Foundation Fellowships in Business Education.