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Expand your network. Enhance your business.

Networking that builds authentic connections? Exclusive opportunities to do business with leaders around the belting industry? Unforgettable moments shared with friends from around the world?

You'll find it all at NIBA 2024.

It's belting's best conference - where you'll discover essential contacts, the latest tools to make your business thrive, an inspiring keynote, and so much more.

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Agenda

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Executive Committee Meeting (Invitation only)

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Executive Committee & Committee Chairs Meeting (Invitation only)

7:00 am - 2:00 pm: Golf Outing to benefit the NIBA Scholarship Fund
The NIBA Golf Outing will take place at The Club at Starr Pass, on the Rattler (Gambler) and Coyote (Pioneer) courses. Breakfast will be available at 7am and golf will begin with an 8am shotgun start. 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. The additional $250 fee includes transportation to the course, golf tournament breakfast, two beverage cart vouchers, and trail mix snack. Golf club rental is $85 and includes a souvenir pouch and 6 balls. Optional onsite purchases to benefit the Scholarship Fund: Mulligans and One Throw.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Flexco Welcome Reception (Invitation only)

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm: International Attendee Reception
Get to know NIBA leadership and fellow members at our inaugural International Member Reception. Make global connections and learn about what to expect the rest of the week.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Committee Meetings (Invitation only)

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm: President's Reception (Invitation only)

8:00 am - 12:00 pm: Jeep Tour (optional)
Embark on an unforgettable journey through the stunning Tucson Mountains. You will be picked up from the resort in open-air Jeeps and head off on an adventure through the Southwestern desert ecosystem with expansive vistas and views. As you navigate through the natural beauty of the mighty saguaro and the "jumping" cholla, your guides will tell you about geology, local history, and any Southwestern "critters" you might come across. Additional fee applies.

(Closed-toe shoes & waivers required, sunscreen recommended; bottled water provided; Guests with neck or back injuries and women who are pregnant are advised to consult with their doctor before taking a Jeep Tour.)

11:00 am - 3:00 pm: City of Gastronomy Food Tour (optional)
Experience the best food samples in Tucson - the first city in the United States to be recognized as a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy. Eat, drink, and explore Downtown Tucson and the cuisine, culture, and history. Visit a restaurant that used to be a taxicab hub, another that was a funeral parlor, and the longest continuously run family-owned Mexican restaurant in the United States. Your local guide will point out architectural highlights, cultural sites, and great local shops along the way. Alcoholic beverages not included. Transportation included. Additional fee applies.
(Please wear closed-toe shoes or comfortable walking shoes, this is a walking tour. Sunscreen and/or hat recommended.)

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Women of NIBA Reception 
Join the female-only community of women leaders from around the belting industry. Included with all registration types, but please select for headcount. 

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Spouse/Guest Reception 
Mix and mingle with fellow spouses and develop new friendships in a welcoming setting.

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm: 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 Dinner 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. Included with all registration types.

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Opening Dinner Event
Kick off the 2024 NIBA Annual Convention with a toast to a successful Convention ahead. Included with all registration types.

9:00 pm - 10:30 pm: Young Professionals After Party
If you are 45 and under, you’re invited for a night full of fun and additional networking opportunities! Included with all registration types, but please select for headcount.

7:30 am - 8:30 am: Breakfast (open to all NIBA 2024 registrants)

8:30 am - 10:00 am: Annual Business Meeting
All NIBA members are welcome 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 be recognized.

10:00 am - 10:15 am: Coffee Break (open to all NIBA 2024 registrants)

10:15 am - 11:45 am: Keynote — Vision, Culture, Climate, and the Leadership that Binds Them 
Jimmy Blackmon
Jimmy Blackmon is among the most combat-experienced leaders of the modern era and has led high-risk missions all over the world. From achieving impressive results in the military and gaining experience as a consultant in businesses large and small, Jimmy understands how to navigate the complexities of the 21st Century. Experience the colorful, engaging storytelling ability that Jimmy is known for as he shares practical, pragmatic methods for casting an organizational vision, shaping culture, and setting a climate that is conducive to success. You’ll learn how leaders must employ a systematic approach to gain the trust and buy-in of their employees in order to reach their goals and fulfill their mission.

11:45 am - 12:45 pm: Lunch (open to all NIBA 2024 registrants)

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Service Project to benefit Casa de Los Niños (assemble beds for foster children)
Arizona, like many states, has a shortage of foster homes. Many children in foster care situations are placed in homes of families that are typically unprepared for an additional child. Oftentimes, children will sleep on the floor in sleeping bags or on couches, as the families do not have an additional bed prepared in advance. NIBA volunteers will build beds and dressers, and assemble bedding (including mattresses, sheets, blankets, and pillows) that will belong to the children they are donated to and help them to have a safe and familiar place to sleep and store their things for many years. By addressing the unique challenges faced by foster children, the NIBA community can contribute to creating a more stable and nurturing environment for these vulnerable youth.

NIBA attendees can donate funds in $50 increments or up to a full bed kit ($800 each) to cover the materials to assemble a bed, dresser, and related bedding that will be provided to a foster child. Attendees can donate through the online registration process and sign up to help assemble the beds and dresser on site in Tucson.

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Manufacturer's Hospitality Suite Hub Happy Hour
The Hub is a dedicated social event for additional networking. Drinks will be provided. Open to all attendees. Potential Hub hosts can contact Amanda Stimart at astimart@niba.org to reserve your Hub Suite. Spaces are limited!

7:00 pm - 11:00 pm: Private Manufacturer Hospitality Suites*
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 can contact Amanda Stimart at astimart@niba.org to reserve your Hospitality Suite.

*Suite times may vary

6:30 am - 8:00 am: 5K Fun Run/Walk (optional)
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! During this friendly race you will wind through the resort property. Additional fee applies. (signed waiver required, sunscreen suggested)

8:00 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast (open to all NIBA 2024 registrants)

9:00 am - 1:00 pm: 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, Distributor/Fabricator, and Affiliate companies for short business meetings to inform, make decisions, and renew business relationships. No appointments are necessary.

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Board Meeting (invitation only)

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm: Closing Event
You're invited to gather to celebrate a memorable convention and bid farewell to your convention peers. Drinks and light bites will be provided. Included with all registration types, but please RSVP for guest count.

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What attendees are saying

"I loved having time to see customers throughout the resort and week. There was a nice variety of events, activities, and spaces to network."

"This was my first time attending NIBA. So with little to no expectations going into it, I had a great time. One of the things that stood out to me the most was the engineering of the schedule. There are enough planned events on the itinerary to maintain a scheduled routine flow but also ease of flexibility to allow for ample networking opportunities."

"I have attended over 30 conventions and this one rates in the top 5. I loved the schedule and the food was outstanding."

"Best all-around convention I have had in a long time."

"What an amazing experience. Very organized and fun!"

"All of the attendees were very professional. I had a great time getting to know other distributors that I had not dealt with before. I also enjoyed the time that I got to spend with some of my competitors."

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NIBA 2024 Pricing

Distributor / Fabricator Member

Early Registration (before June 30): $750

Regular Registration (on or before Aug. 09): $850

Late Registration (Aug. 10 or later): $950

Manufacturer Member

Early Registration (before June 30): $850

Regular Registration (on or before Aug. 09): $950

Late Registration (Aug. 10 and later): $1,050

Affiliate Member

Early Registration (before June 30): $850

Regular Registration (on or before Aug. 09): $950

Late Registration (Aug. 10 or later): $1,050

Spouse Participant

Early Registration (before June 30): $500

Regular Registration (on or before Aug. 09): $550

Late Registration (Aug. 10 or later): $600

Expo Booth

$1,000*

Booths are assigned by the Program Committee on a first-come, first-served basis according to payment date with priority given to NIBA 2024 sponsors.

*in addition to registration fee

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NIBA Expo

90% of attendees say the Expo is the top reason to attend NIBA's Annual Conventions.

Want to know why?

It's where business happens. Explore the latest products, meet business leaders, and create connections that move business forward.

 

Booth Assignments, Floor Plan, and Exhibitor Kit will be shared in July. 

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Get to Know Tuscon

More than just saguaros and Sonoran hot dogs, Tucson, AZ, is a cultural and natural hub where you can experience the Southwest as it was meant to be. This vibrant desert city was the first U.S. city to be recognized as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, highlighting and celebrating its overlap of Mexican, Native American, and Southwestern dishes.

Plan your trip today.

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JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass

Style and comfort intersect at this Mountain Park luxury hotel near downtown Tucson, AZ.

Be sure to secure your room reservation before the room block cut-off date of Thursday, August 15, 2024.

 

Parking:

  • Reduced Hotel Self-Parking Fee: $5.00
  • Daily Valet Parking: $35 + tax, per day, per vehicle.

Airport Information

The nearest airport is Tucson International Airport (TUS), conveniently located just 12 miles from the hotel.

  • Airport Location: 7250 S Tucson Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85756
  • Transportation Options: Taxis, ride share, and rental cars are available, and it's just a 22-minute drive from the airport to the hotel.

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Activities

Jeep Tour - $215
Wednesday – 8:00am – 12:00pm

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the stunning Tucson Mountains. You will be picked up from the resort in open-air Jeeps and head off on an adventure through the Southwestern desert ecosystem with expansive vistas and views. As you navigate through the natural beauty of the mighty saguaro and the "jumping" cholla, your guides will tell you about geology, local history, and any Southwestern "critters" you might come across.

(Closed-toe shoes & waivers required, sunscreen recommended; bottled water provided; Guests with neck or back injuries and women who are pregnant are advised to consult with their doctor before taking a Jeep Tour.)

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City of Gastronomy Food Tour - $260
Wednesday – 11:00am – 3:00pm

Experience the best food samples in Tucson - the first city in the United States to be recognized as a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy. Eat, drink and explore Downtown Tucson and the cuisine, culture, and history. Restaurants in the area include one that used to be a taxicab hub, another that was a funeral parlor, and the longest continuously run family-owned Mexican restaurant in the United States. Your local guide will point out architectural highlights, cultural sites, and great local shops along the way.

(Please wear closed-toe shoes or comfortable walking shoes, this is a walking tour. Sunscreen and/or a hat recommended.)

5K Fun Run/Walk - $35
Friday – 6:30am – 7:30am

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! During this friendly race you will wind through the resort property.

(signed waiver required, sunscreen suggested)

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2024 Sponsors