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2009 Southern Metal Finishing Conference Lineup

October/September - 2009
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Celebrating its 6th year, the 2009 Southern Metal Finishing Conference lineup includes four intensive 2-day training workshops on Powder Coating, Industrial Parts Cleaning, Anodizing, and the internationally recognized Kushner Electroplating Course.

In addition to these well known workshops, the conference will also feature a half day tract of specialized technical sessions covering industry hot topics such as the lead free directives of WEEE and RoHS mixed in with various other helpful presentations like "Energy Conservation for Metal Finishing”. Conference attendees will all have the opportunity to discuss specific issues, and learn about new technologies from leading industry vendors in the two day exposition of exhibits, through several organized luncheons, and during the popular Opening Night Reception.

This year we will be hosting some familiar events that have become conference traditions, and throwing some new ones into the mix, as well. As always, we will be kicking off the conference with our Annual Swamp Fox Scramble Golf Tournament hosted by Finishing Market at Patriot's Point Links on the beautiful Charleston Harbor. Sunday evening we'll host an Opening Night Reception in the Exhibit Hall for an excellent night of networking. There will be an open bar for the first hour, and cash bar thereafter. During the reception there will also be a live filming of the popular metal finishing talk show, Finishing Talk Live. This is sure to be a fun and eventful evening, so plan on attending!

Monday and Tuesday will be focused on training, filled with workshops, one-on-one interaction with some fantastic exhibitors, and other traditional trade show activities. The annual keynote luncheon will be held Monday afternoon with our keynote speaker Jon Allen on "How to galvanize customer relationships in a challenging marketplace", and our most popular event, the Pub Crawl Scavenger Hunt, will take place that evening. If you stick it out till the end of the night, you'll have a chance to leave everyone else behind in the dust in the 2nd Annual "Rickshaw Race" back to the hotel.

Tuesday will feature an awards luncheon, for all attendees where the annual presentation of the Gebhardt Award will be made to the person who has made the largest impact on the metal finishing community. Also during this time we'll present certificates of completion to our students, and awards to the winners of the Finishing Market Swamp Fox Scramble golf tournament, the Pub Crawl Scavenger Hunt, the PF Online Fishing Tournament.

The conference wraps up around 4:00pm Tuesday afternoon, as students are dismissed from their respective technical classes. Check out the conference itinerary for class and event schedules.