2011 MFA National Convention a success

(24 February 2011 - Roseville, MN)—The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) held the 2011 MFA National Convention, Jan. 21-23, 2011, at the Paradise Point Resort in San Diego, CA. With over 95 fabricators and 30 suppliers, it was the largest turnout in the past three years.
The Paradise Point Resort was the perfect setting for a marine fabrication convention, surrounded by water and beautiful exotic foliage. The convention held educational sessions, hands-on demonstrations and visits to local canvas shops to make for a great variety of learning experiences.
The convention opened with keynote speaker Charlene Clark, of Signature Canvasmakers, discussing the mysteries of social media. Ms. Clark discussed the most popular varieties of social media while giving real examples of how a marine fabrication shop can use social media to grow their business.
Industry experts presented on a variety of topics such as yacht bedding, pillows and window treatments, high-end travel and storage covers, what's wrong with this design, foam selections and shaping, dodger varieties and designs, tools, tips and tricks, fabric selection - interior and exterior, and patterning exterior accessories. During the MFA annual meeting, it was announced that the association would be launching a new website in February 2011.
For more information on the 2011 MFA National Convention, contact Beth Hungiville, MFA Managing Director, 1801 County Road B West, Roseville, MN  55223; +1 651 225 6952; blhungiville@ifai.com; visit www.marinecanvas.com.
MFA is a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, a business trade association promoting the products and innovations of the specialty fabrics industry. It is comprised of more than 1,900 member companies in 54 countries. IFAI invests its membership dollars, publication and event revenue back into benefits for its worldwide membership. IFAI provides many products, services and programs through its seven niche market magazines, bookstore, information services and conferences. For more information about IFAI, please visit www.ifai.com.