NIBA Annual Convention
September 14 - 17, 2016
JW Marriott Indianapolis
3 Hotel Options
#1 - JW Indy
10 S West St
#2 - Courtyard
Connected to JW Marriott
601 W Washington St
#3 - Westin
50 S Capitol Ave
Hotel Deadline - August 12
2016-17 Program Committee Chair Bill Hornsby
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!
2016-17 Program Committee Chair
Photos and other information from past NIBA Conventions are available on the NIBA History Website.
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