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SPIDA 2018 Annual Meeting
April 19 - 21, 2018
International House
New Orleans, Louisiana

Special Thanks To

Our Diamond Sponsor:

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Jack Uldrich is a renowned global futurist and the best-­

selling author of eleven books. He is a frequent guest on

national media and regularly appears on the Science

Channel’s television program, “FutureScape” and the

Discovery Channel show “Inside Out.” He is a prolific

speaker on technology, change management and

leadership and has addressed Fortune 100 corporations,

venture capital firms, associations, not-­for-­profit

organizations and state and regional governments on five

continents. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife

and two children.


Thursday, April 19, 2018

2:30 am – 5:30 pm

6:30 pm


Friday, April 20, 2018

8:00 am – 9:00 am 

9:00 am – 9:15 am

9:15 am – 11:00 am 

11:00 am – 11:15 am

11:15 am – 11:45 am



11:45 am – 12:15 pm  

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm 


3:45 pm – 4:30 pm

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm  

Saturday, April 21, 2018

8:45 am or 10:45 am

Board Meeting (Meeting Room A)

Meet in lobby - walk to dinner on the Creole Queen River Cruise

(optional, RSVP required)

Registration / Breakfast (Entrepreneur's Row - 3rd Floor, Meeting Rooms A&B)

Welcome / Introductions (Entrepreneur's Row - 2nd Floor, Conference Room)

Keynote Presentation - “The Big AHA - How to Future Proof Your Business Against                                                Tomorrow’s Transformational Trends Today”


Update on SPIDA Business

Including update on SPIDA Website by Ryan Barnes | Sheet Metal Connectors, Inc.

Educational Presentation -- Anti-microbial coatings, options and strategies

Presented by: Scott Witherow | Design Polymerics


BUFFET LUNCH (Entrepreneur's Row - 3rd Floor, Meeting Rooms A&B)

Educational Presentation -- Update on Section 212 Steel Tariffs

Presented by: Chris Billman | Majestic Steel USA

Educational Presentation -- White Paper: Thermal and Acoustic Insulation

Presented by: Marcus Bianchi | Owens Corning


Roundtable Discussions


Roundtable Reports

Welcome Reception & Vendor Displays  (International House - 2nd Floor, Teutonia-Cosmo Rooms)


Gather in Hotel Lobby – Pick-up for Airboat Swamp Tour (optional, RSVP required)

**Boat tour is approximately 2 hours; estimated return to hotel at 12:30pm or 2:30pm


Dinner is on your own; we will be meeting at Pat O’Brien’s around 9:00pm for drinks and to wrap up a great weekend if you are interested in joining!

Photo credit: Wayne Moran Photography

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