IFAI member company TCT&A Industries

My parents joined IFAI when I was three months old, and I’ve attended every Expo since 1991. I think the educational programs continue to get better every year, and the networking that occurs there has been invaluable.

I have found that in general people in the specialty fabrics industry are willing to share and talk with you about what works for them in business and what doesn’t. If you want to know what products are available and how to use them, most people will tell you. I love that about this industry. I’ve met people through IFAI and at the Expos who have helped me figure out ways to grow my business—and some of those people I now consider my closest friends.

Next year, IFAI will celebrate its 100th birthday, and as its newly elected chair, I’m committed to building on its solid foundation and making it even better.

Kevin Yonce, MFC, IFM, CPP, is the newly elected chairman of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and CEO of TCT&A Industries in Urbana, Ill. Read the full profile in the December 2011 Perspective from Specialty Fabrics Review.