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Ready to reconnect and unwind? Join your colleagues from around the belting industry in sunny Palm Springs. As we look forward to reuniting for the 2021 Annual Convention at the JW Marriott Desert Spring Resort & Spa, we are committed to delivering a healthy and safe meeting for all participants. To ensure a COVID-19 compliant event, we continue to monitor the local Palm Springs statutes and follow guidance from public health authorities. While the 2021 Convention may look different than previous years, we are committed to delivering a valuable Convention experience. Refer to the FAQs for the latest news and information. We look forward to welcoming you to Palm Springs!

Want a peek at who you'll meet at NIBA 2021? We've built a list of companies currently registered to join us in Palm Springs.

Thank You to the NIBA2021 Sponsors

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Frequently Asked Questions

The NIBA 2021 Annual Convention, September 20-23 in Palm Springs, California, is the premier place to network with belting industry leaders (owners, managers, CEOs and directors) representing over 250 companies.

And of course, there'll be plenty of time for fun and networking with the Golf Outing and other activities that will help you enjoy Palm Springs.

Before you register for the NIBA 2021 Annual Convention . . .

. . . Make sure your whole team is included in your company profile. Add anyone from your team to your company profile to give them access to all NIBA member benefits including the Annual Convention, online learning and belting resources. Click on the video image to the left to see how.

  1. Have the Primary Member Contact from your company log into NIBA.org. Not sure who that is? Contact the NIBA office at 608-310-7549 or staff@niba.org and a staff member will be happy to assist you.
  2. In the Info Hub, select "My Info"
  3. Select "Related Contacts" to see a list of your company's members
  4. Click on "Add Contact" to add more names
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Reserve Your Exhibit Space

One of the most valuable reasons to attend the NIBA Annual Convention is the Expo. In 2019 we had 90 NIBA member booths on the show floor offering valuable industry knowledge and a variety of products and services. The NIBA Expo is the place to be to meet with business leaders from all aspects of the belting industry!

Exhibit space is limited and available exclusively to NIBA members. Booth assignment is determined on a first-come first-served basis according to payment date, with priority given to NIBA Annual Convention Diamond, Platinum and Gold level sponsors.

NOTE: The announcement of Expo Booth assignments will be delayed until the end of July due to the recent hotel change.

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Sponsorships: Recognition For Your Company

Position your company as a leader in the belting community. Take advantage of a variety of sponsorship levels available exclusively to NIBA members. From mobile app to meals, there are plenty of options to enhance your participation and meet your budget. Couple them with opportunities outside the Convention, like promotional ads posted on NIBA's social media channels or sponsoring a webinar and you've got a winning formula for success!

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Convention Hotel

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

74-855 Country Club Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260

This refreshed, luxury hotel features superb service, redesigned venues, and family-friendly amenities. From the moment you arrive on the lush resort grounds, you will feel yourself relaxing.

You can now book your room at the JW Marriott Desert Springs using the online link or telephone (877-622-3140). Make sure to mention NIBA 2021 if you are calling in.

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NIBA Service Project - Comfort Kits for At-Risk Children through Olive Crest

NIBA will purchase materials to assemble care kits that children will receive before being placed into foster care. Each kit costs approximately $30 and will include items such as a coloring book, stuffed animal, a book, etc. The number of kits requiring assembly will be determined by the total donation amount. Attendees can donate through the online registration process and sign up to help assemble the kits onsite in Palm Springs. This project is a cooperative effort with Olive Crest, a non-profit that helps prevent abuse and neglect, stops the cycle of child abuse, and enables children and families to become healthy productive citizens.

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Palm Springs

Surrounded by four picturesque mountain ranges, Palm Springs is long sought-after by travelers for its inspiring scenery and sense of adventure. Greater Palm Springs is Southern California’s most storied resort oasis. It encompasses nine cities — Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella — each offering its own blend of experiences as endless as their blue skies.

Getting Here
Airport: Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)

Distance: Less than 7 miles
Estimated taxi fare: $24 USD each way
Valet parking is available for $25/night (+ tax). Self-parking is also available for $15/day (+ tax).

 

MORE AIRPORT OPTIONS CLOSE BY

If it is more convenient to fly into another Southern California destination, you have four major airport choices, all within an approximate two-hour drive or less from Greater Palm Springs. Ontario International Airport is a favorite choice, just over a one-hour drive away. The full-service airport offers nonstop commercial jet service from 18 major airports in the U.S., Mexico and Taiwan, and connecting service from many domestic and international destinations, averaging 64 daily departures offered by 8 air carriers.

ONT: Ontario International Airport (1 hour 15 minute drive)
SNA: John Wayne Airport – Orange County (1 hour 30 minute drive)
LAX: Los Angeles International Airport (2 hour drive)
SAN: San Diego International Airport [2 hour 15 minute drive]

Other regional airports include:
LAS: Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (4-hour drive)
PHX: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (4-hour drive)

Registration Fees

Nonmembers are encouraged to apply and attend as prospective members.
Complete this online form. If you qualify, we'll invite you to submit a full membership application. If your application is approved, you may register for the Convention as a prospective member. Applications must be received by August 1 for consideration for the NIBA 2021 Annual Convention. Please contact Jackie Fowler for any questions, jfowler@niba.org

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Silent Auction

The Silent Auction is back at NIBA 2021. Contributing to the Silent Auction is so much more than simply giving an item. You're directly supporting the NIBA Scholarship Fund. Every dollar your donation generates goes directly to students pursuing their academic dreams. And you'll add to the excitement at NIBA 2021 in the process.

Schedule of Events

Monday, September 20, 2021

12:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

Flexco Welcome Reception

2:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

Executive Committee Meeting

Invitation only

4:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m.

Executive Committee & Committee Chairs Meeting

Invitation only

6:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

Committee Meetings

Invitation only

8:00 p.m.

11:00 p.m.

President's Reception

Invitation only

Tuesday, September 21

8:30 a.m.

Breakfast

Open to all NIBA 2021 registrants

8:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Annual Business Meeting

All NIBA members are welcomed and encouraged to attend the NIBA Annual Business Meeting to catch up on the latest association news and strategic direction of the organization. New and outgoing volunteer leaders, as well as honorary members, and scholarship winners will also be recognized.

10:00 a.m.

10:15 a.m.

Break

Open to all NIBA 2021 registrants

10:15 a.m.

11:45 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Jesse Cole, Yellow Tux, Inc.

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Fans First: Turn Your Customers into Raving Fans

Keynote Speaker: Jesse Cole, Yellow Tux, Inc.

How to design the ultimate customer experience:

  • Evaluate your current customer map and customer journey.
  • Learn how to create Raving Fans that are loyal instead of customers that are transactional.
  • Using Raving Fans & Customer for Life techniques, you will learn to map the perfect customer journey with your company.
  • How to develop the Fans First mentality to create attention and word of mouth marketing from your biggest supporters.
  • Discover how to never lose a customer again with a step-by-step plan to Wow your customers even after the sale.

11:45 a.m.

12:15 p.m.

Bloody Mary break sponsored by Cambelt International, LLC

Open to all NIBA 2021 registrants

11:45 a.m.

12:45 p.m.

Lunch

Open to all NIBA 2021 registrants

12:30 p.m.

1:00 p.m,

Service Project: Comfort Kits for At-Risk Children through Olive Crest

Olive Crest fights every day to stop the cycle of child abuse, and to see to it that every child that comes into our care is nurtured in a strong and loving family. We believe every child, young adult and family is worthy of love, safety, and the opportunity to live a fulfilling life free from pain, fear, and isolation.

How can NIBA help? NIBA will purchase materials to assemble care kits children will receive before being placed into foster care. Each kit costs approximately $30 and will include items such as a coloring book, stuffed animal, a book, etc. The number of kits requiring assembly will be determined by the total donation amount. Attendees can donate through the online registration process and sign up to help assemble the kits onsite in Palm Springs.

6:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

New Member/First Timer Meet-Up

New NIBA members since the time of last year’s Convention and those attending this event for the first time are welcome to join NIBA’s Program Committee, Membership Committee and Board of Directors at a private reception before the Opening Event to learn more about the organization, how to become more involved, and to meet their mentors. If you’re a new member or first-time attendee be sure to RSVP in the online registration process. All members are asked to extend a warm welcome to new members and first-time attendees. Included with all registration types, but please select for headcount.

7:00 p.m.

9:00 p.m.

Opening Dinner Event

Kick off the 2021 NIBA Annual Convention with a toast to a successful Convention ahead. Included with all registration types, but please select for headcount.

9:00 p.m.

11:00 p.m.

Next Gen Party

If you are under 40, you are invited for a night full of fun and additional networking opportunities! ​Included with all registration types, but please select for headcount.

Wednesday, September 22

6:30 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

5K Fun Run/Walk

Whether you’re a walker, casual runner, or serious speed demon, NIBA’s Fun Run/Walk is a great way to kick-start your weekend! The 3.1 mile course will take you along the perimeter of the resort with mountain and golf course views. Additional $25 fee.

7:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

Breakfast

Open to all NIBA 2021 registrants

8:30 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

NIBA Expo

The Convention Expo is consistently rated as one of the most valuable reasons to attend the NIBA Annual Convention. In just four hours, you can connect with Manufacturer and Affiliate companies for short business meetings to inform, make decisions and renew business relationships. In 2019 we had 90 NIBA member booths on the show floor. No appointments are necessary.

12:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m.

Lunch

Open to all NIBA 2021 registrants

5:30 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

Manufacturer's Hospitality Suite Hub Happy Hour

The Hub is a dedicated area for distributor/fabricators to meet with manufacturers. Light appetizers and open bar will be available. Open to all attendees. Manufacturers: reserve your Hub Suite at www.niba.org/sponsoropps.

7:00 p.m.

11:00 p.m.

Private Manufacturer Hospitality Suites*

*Suite times may vary

In keeping with tradition, this is an exclusive opportunity for Manufacturer members to concurrently host networking receptions. Please note that access to some hospitality suites is by invitation only. Manufacturers: reserve your Hospitality Suite at www.niba.org/sponsoropps.

Thursday, September 23

6:30 a.m.

2:00 p.m.

Golf Outing

The NIBA golf outing will take place onsite at the Desert Springs Golf Club. The format has been expanded to attract all types of skill levels, as well as differentiate between recreational golfers and those who take the skill a bit more seriously. The NIBA tournament will offer two format options: regular scramble (Captain’s Choice) format or Stroke Play. Additional $250 fee includes golf, breakfast, lunch, and two beverage vouchers. Golf rental is $85.

1:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Board Meeting

Invite only

5:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

Closing Dinner Event

All attendees are invited to gather to celebrate a memorable convention and bid farewell to your convention peers. Included with all registration types, but please select for guest count.