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Finishing Spotlight: Southern Metal Finishing 2009 Networking

October/September - 2009
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Conference Events


9/13: Swamp Fox Scramble Golf Tournament

The 6th Annual Swamp Fox Scramble, sponsored by Finishing Market, will be held on Sunday, September 13th at Patriot's Point Links golf course on Charleston Harbor. Overlooking Charleston Harbor, Fort Sumter and Shem Creek, Patriots Point Links is known for its excellent putting surfaces and challenging waterfront finishing holes. Companies interested in sponsoring may purchase a Golf Hole Sponsorship, where your company logo will be prominently displayed on a stake at one of the golf holes during the tournament. It will also be displayed on Tournament signs, and you will be listed as a sponsor in the Show Directory book.

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9/13: PF Online Fishing Tournament

Join us this year on Sunday, September 13th for our First Annual Southern Metal Finishing Fishing Tournament sponsored by PF Online. This offshore fishing charter will take you over 20 miles off shore and include fishing for species such as Wahoo, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Tuna, King Mackerel, Barracuda, and Amberjack.... just for starters. You will be on the water for a full day of some of the best fishing in South Carolina, departing from Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant, SC - just across the bridge and only 10 miles from our host hotel.

We'll be sending you out with some of the best offshore finishing guides in the Low Country for an engaging event that you'll not soon forget. We'll provide the tackle, boat, guides, and refreshments - but you should bring your own Dramamine. On Tuesday afternoon at the Awards and Appreciation Luncheon we will present awards for the largest and smallest catch per individual fisherman.


9/13: Opening Reception

This event is open to all registered attendees. It will take place Sunday evening at the Francis Marion Hotel, in and around the Exhibit Hall, where conference goers can take a sneak peak at some of our fine exhibitors while mingling with industry professionals in a casual setting. In addition to an open bar, will enjoy the unique live entertainment provided by the co-hosts of the popular online metal finishing show, Finishing Talk Live. A live recording of the most recent episode will take place during the reception, and attendees are invited to participate as audience members.

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9/14: Trade Show

The Southern Metal Finishing Conference Trade Show will take place at the Francis Marion hotel on Monday, September 14th. Exhibitors will have the chance to set up at 4pm on Sunday afternoon to get extra exposure during the Opening Night Reception, which takes place in the exhibit hall on Sunday night. Between 35 and 40 companies exhibit at our trade show each year, making it intimate enough for conference attendees to spend time at each booth, but big enough to keep things interesting. Visit our Sponsorship page for exhibiting information.

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9/14: Keynote Luncheon - "Galvanizing Customer Relationships in a Challenging Marketplace"

The  Keynote Speaker for the 6th Annual Conference will be Jon Allen, Sr. Vice President of RamQuest, who will speak on "Galvanizing customer relationships in a challenging marketplace".

Jon Allen - Keynote Speaker

The presentation will be an overview and discussion on the methods to build strong relationships through open communication, strategic service reviews, innovative business processes and leveraging new technologies. His presentation will no doubt prove to be a thought provoking discussion on new ways to think about your existing customer relationships, and how innovation can help solidify winning partnerships for your company, especially in strange new market conditions. Learn how to move beyond the traditional customer-vendor relationship model and become a strategic partner in business with your customers.

Mr. Allen has traveled around the world teaching business owners and decision makers how to make the most of new and existing customer relationships. Currently serving as the Senior Vice President of RamQuest Software, Inc. of Dallas, TX, in the past he has shared his expertise with such companies as Microsoft, HP, Oracle , Sprint and Nortel Networks where he lead teams to help these companies transition to new ways of doing business.


9/14: 4th Annual Scavenger Hunt & Pub Crawl

The Scavenger Hunt and Pub crawl has quickly become one of the most popular social events we put on during the conference - and it keeps growing every year! Participants split up into small teams, and are given a list of questions, tasks, objects, answer, complete, or find throughout downtown Charleston. In the mean time, participants will be hopping bars in search of clues and getting to know this historic city (and fellow industry members) a little better. The event culminates at Tommy Condon's Irish Pub & Seafood Restaurant for drinks, a late dinner or snack, and a chance for teams to finish their checklists. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams at the Award's Ceremony Luncheon on Tuesday, September 16th. In the past, prizes have included a most 'extreme crawler' award and I-Pod shuffles for winning team members. Register here to take part in the fun.

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9/15: Awards Ceremony & Luncheon

The Awards Ceremony Luncheon will take place on Tuesday, September 15th at the Francis Marion Hotel. During this luncheon, we will 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, and best Exhibits. Lunch will be served to all and additional gifts and door prizes will also be awarded to all attendees by raffel, so don't miss this one.

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