One of the two things that steered me in the direction I am going now is my involvement in IFAI. I find that with IFAI there is always something new to learn. That is why I come to the conferences. We moved from working in auto and furniture upholstery to marine upholstery, then marine canvas, awnings and now, lightweight structures. I’ve met quite a few people—young and old—who provided workshop seminars, and we would exchange ideas and learn from each other. At home I encourage people to come to the conferences. Nobody at home knew about the association before I started telling them. They would come into my shop and see my showroom, see the IFAI International Achievement Award plaques on the walls, and I would leave the Review out for them to read. There are so many new materials coming out and so many new technologies in everything we do. As a member of IFAI, MFA [Marine Fabricators Association] and FSA [Fabric Structures Association], I get new ideas and find the best materials and techniques so that our businesses can be on par with the best anywhere.