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EXPO 2023



Sheraton Monarch Place, Springfield, Massachusetts

(Thursday, January 19th - Saturday, January 21st)

Thursday, January 19-

5:00 - 7:00 pm | Registration Table Open 2nd Floor

6:00 - 8:00 pm | Networking Evening Reception in the Worthy Room 2nd Floor 

Friday, January 20-

8:00 - 9:00 am | Breakfast in Mahogany Room 2nd Floor 

9:00 am - 4:50 pm  | Marine and Awning Seminars in Charles and Highland Rooms 2nd Floor (see full schedule below)

10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Registration Table Open 2nd Floor

12:00 - 1:00 pm | Lunch in Mahogany Room 2nd Floor 

12:00 - 6:00 pm | Exhibitor Set-Up in Ballroom 3rd Floor

2:00 - 4:00 pm | Registration Table Open 2nd Floor

6:00 - 9:00 pm | Party at the Sheraton - “Keeping you In Stitches” with headline comedian Ken Krantz in Mahogany Room 2nd Floor

Saturday, January 21- Expo Day: see who's exhibiting here

8:00 am - 2:00 pm | Registration Table Open 3rd Floor

8:00 - 9:00 am | Breakfast in Mahogany Room 2nd Floor (Full Conference, Friday Day, and Friday Dinner Pass Holders only)

8:30 - 9:00 am | NECPA Annual Board Meeting in Boardroom 3rd Floor (All are Welcome)

9:00 am - 2:00 pm | Expo Show Floor Featuring 40+ Vendors in Ballroom 3rd Floor

Thank you for your interest in the NECPA 2023 "In Stitches" EXPO! 

 Friday, January 19, 2023

Marine and Awning Seminars in Charles and Highland Rooms 2nd Floor

Marine Track – Powered by ATA MFA

(Charles Room 2nd Floor)


How-to session on Dodgers

Presenters: Katie Bradford, IFM, MFC, and Nick Olsen of Custom Marine Canvas (Nick is the stand in for Bob Mills of Wm J. Mills & Co)

In this how-to session on the design and fabrication of dodger covers, we’ll focus on these takeaways:

  • Design fundamentals: height, coverage, visibility.
  • Frame structure: radius, crown, grab rails, rigid supports and selecting the proper clear material.
  • Fine tuning your fabrication and finishing techniques.


There is more than one way to "Skin" an upholstery project!

Presenter: Tonya Ricketts, The Canvas Lady

Working with pre-purchased skins versus creating from scratch.


Intro Into the Digital World

Presenter: Jamie Marozzi, Bayview Canvas

Bayview Canvas will explain about their experiences of going digital and how they utilize PhotoModeler in their marine canvas shop.

Awning Track – Powered by ATA PAMA

(Highland Room 2nd Floor)

9:00–10:00 am

Equipment Technology in Your Shop

Presenters: Jason Damis, Miller Weldmaster, James Doherty, Autometrix, Mark Horton, Atlantic Awning

Preview equipment technology with experts in the industry and learn about best practices for incorporating technology. 


Tools Available to Sell and Use

Presenters: Brett Baird, Trivantage LLC on behalf of PAMA Board, Dan Lister, Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC on behalf of PAMA; John Tavano, Miami Corp., Mike Cornell, Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC, Todd Raskin, Sattler Corp.

Learn about tools and resources available to enhance awning product sales, including awning visualizing and composing tools, PAMA’s energy calculator and American Institute of Architects (AIA) course. Bring your questions and preview the following.

  • Awning Composer
  • Awning Visualizing Tools
  • PAMA Energy Calculator
  • PAMA AIA Course


Lunch is provided


Combined Sessions

(Highland Room 2nd Floor)

Powered by ATA MFA/PAMA


Interviewing and Hiring Best Practices for Small Businesses

Presenter:  Gary J. Convertino, Ed.D., SHRM-CP/PHR, CPC, Executive HR Consultant and Coach/ 3P HR Consulting & Coaching Description

This abridged “A to Z” presentation will help small business owners navigate the process of hiring and retaining an employee.  This easy-to-understand overview presentation covers:

  • What do you know about interviewing? Come find out!
  • Developing a job description and posting a job
  • The foundation of a good interview
  • Steps to ensure a legal, compliant, and sound interview process
  • Onboarding a new employee
  • They’re hired. Now what?
  • Q & A

In this session, you’ll come away with:

1.  Why is it important to follow hiring best practices when I have been doing it "my way" all this time?

2.  What are the ramifications if I don't follow best practices when hiring and interviewing?

3.  Why is it just as important to follow best practices in onboarding after a person is hired?


Get a Grip on Your Business: Six Keys to Getting What You Want from your Entrepreneurial Company

Presenter: Lisa Manning, EOS Trainer

Our businesses can benefit from a state-of-the-art operating system. Lisa will outline the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) model and how it can help you with simple, practical tools that you and your leadership team can use immediately for your business.  EOS is a great tool to manage the vision for your business, focus on priorities, get clear on issues and gain traction together as a healthier leadership team.

EOS helps you get clear on three areas: 

·        Vision: Get everyone in your organization 100% on the same page with where you are going and how you want to get there.

·        People: Surround yourself with great people who will help you achieve your vision.

·        Process: Identify and document your core processes to create consistency and scalability in your company.


Combined Session: Tools, Tips and Tricks

Share interesting tips and solutions that have helped you to work smarter and discover tricks of the trade in this interactive session.


Aceto, Bonner & Cole, P.C. Lobby Booth 2
Advanced Textiles Association Lobby Booth 1
Autometrix Booth 34
Awning Cleaning / Apco   Booth 35
Bainbridge Booths 29/32
Bruin Plastics Company Inc Booth 25
Challenge Sailcloth Booth 2
Continental  Booth 11
Cutting Edge TexStyles Booth 23
Datum Booth 5
Eastern Awning Systems, Inc Booth 13
Edward Segal Inc Booth 1
Ennis Fabrics Booth 9
Fabric Tattoo / Eqodry / Fabric Ingenuity Booth 17
Herculite                                                  Booth 20
Keyston Bros Booths 14/15
L.I.F.E. Booth 18
Lightweight Manufacturing, Inc.  Booth 10
Marlen Textiles Booth 7
Miami Corporation  Booths 27/30
Miller Weldmaster Booth 31
Quality Thread and Notions Booth 21
Sattler Booth 24
Serge Ferrari North America Booth 12
Sigma Engineering Systems Booth 36
Sloan Machinery Co Booth 6
Somfy Booth 19
Sonco Pipe and Tube Booths 3/4
SummerSpace-Futureguard Booth 8
Sunbrella Booths 33/37
Toff Industries Lobby Booth 3
Trivantage Booths 22/26
WeatherMAX Performance Fabrics  Booth 28

Whether you are a manufacturer, distributor, fabricator, retailer or service provider, the NECPA would love to have you join us! Find out more about our organization, or join today.
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