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2017 Annual Convention Schedule & Program

Monday, May 15, 2017

3:00pm - 6:00pm - Board of Directors Meeting and Scholarship Foundation Meeting

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

7:30am - 9:00am - Breakfast on your own
9:00am - 10:00am - Group Welcome
10:00am - 10:15am - Group Photo
10:15am - 11:00am - Active and Supporting Member Meetings
11:00am - 12:00pm - General Session
12:00pm - 1:30pm - Lunch on your own
1:30pm - 3:00pm - Seminar: " Moving Forward...What It Takes To Be Number One" presented by Tom Hudgin, President - Wilmington Quality Associates
3:00pm - 3:15pm - Break
3:15pm - 5:00pm - Ohio Tool
6:00pm - 8:00pm - Mississippi River Dinner Jazz Cruise (OPTIONAL)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

7:30pm - 8:00am - Breakfast on your own
8:00am - 8:30am - Opening Remarks
8:30am - 10:00am - Seminar: "Achieving High Performance Levels With the Millennial Generation" presented by Tom Hudgin, President - Wilmington Quality Associates
10:00am - 10:15am - Break
10:15am - 12:00pm - Aggressive Hydraulics
12:00pm - 1:30pm - Lunch
1:30pm - 3:00pm - Presentation
3:00pm - 3:15pm - Break
3:15pm - 4:15pm - Roundtable Discussions
4:15pm - 5:00pm - General Session and Closing Remarks
6:00pm - 10:00pm - Annual Banquet and Silent Auction

Thursday, May 18, 2017

9:00am - 4:00pm - Shop/Plant Tours
  • Mardi Gras World Tour
    Learn Mardi Gras history and culture, watch artists and sculptors create majestic floats, and take home a Mardi Gras experience you’ll never forget. Visit their website here.

  • National World War II Museum
    The National WWII Museum is a remarkable must-see attraction in New Orleans, Louisiana that illuminates the American experience during WWII. Ranked the #1 Attraction in New Orleans on Trip Advisor and recipient three years in a row of the Travelers’ Choice Award, the Museum brings history to life with moving personal stories and powerful interactive displays. Visit their website here.
Hotel & Reservation Information

Hotel Information:

Aster Crowne Plaza
739 Canal St. @ Bourbon St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Room Rate:

$119.00 per night plus taxes

To Make Reservations:

Deadline: May 5, 2017


The Astor Crowne Plaza is “The Place to Meet” in New Orleans. Situated at the gateway to the French Quarter, our prestigious address offers unrivaled luxuries and award-winning accommodations. Just outside, excitement awaits, pulsing with life and energy. We are only footsteps away from hundreds of great restaurants, entertainment and shopping. We also have the following amenities:
  • Complimentary access to our state-of-the-art Fitness Center
  • 24 hour in room dining
  • Rooftop Pool access
  • Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House Restaurant, one of the most popular dining establishments in New Orleans
  • In room safes in all guest rooms