About the GFA Fall Meeting


Attending the GFA’s semi-annual meetings is one of the most valuable benefits of membership, and it provides priceless opportunities to connect with top quality fabricators and suppliers, learn from industry experts, solve problems, and have fun doing it. With meeting highlights, including the Supplier Expo, presentations, and multiple discussion forums, attending GFA meetings is a must.

About the Gasketing/Converting Expo 2024


The Gasketing/Converting Expo (G/C Expo for short) is a biennial event presented by the GFA. It has become a highlight of our gathering schedule, and it provides a unique and valuable opportunity for fabricators and suppliers alike.

The GFA regularly provides top-tier networking and industry-related programming, and the G/C Expo lets us deliver all of that on the largest stage, with the biggest audience in a forum that attracts the best and brightest to create a valuable opportunity for everyone in the industry. Clear your calendar because the G/C Expo cannot be missed!

Registration Deadline: February 16, 2024

G/C Expo Brochure Registration Fees

Exhibit at the G/C Expo 2024


If you want access to top quality fabricators and converters, there is no better way than exhibiting at the G/C Expo. The cost-effective table top display format allows you to have unprecedented exposure to decision makers without having to arrange for elaborate displays and logistics.

Please note that if you exhibited in the past, you must be a member of the GFA, FSA, IADD, or ISD in order to exhibit at the G/C Expo 2024. Non-members are only permitted to exhibit one time.

Exhibit personnel for non-member exhibitors must be full-time employees of the company. Rep agencies are not eligible to exhibit.

Exhibitor Guidelines

Keynote Presentation


Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Get the Meeting No One Else Can – Intel Secrets to Find the Right Person, at the Right Time, with the Right Message
Sam Richter, SBR Worldwide/Know More

In today’s world, it’s no longer enough to be interesting. To succeed in sales, you must be interested. What’s important to the other person? How can you hyper-personalize your message so it gets noticed? When you know more, you’ll find the right opportunities, at the right time, with the right message to get meetings with decision-makers that others only dream about. In this dynamic program, you will discover:

  • A mathematically proven formula for revenue growth that reveals your best prospect companies, decision-makers, contact information, and ways to connect that generate positive responses.
  • Jaw-dropping tactics for finding online information in ways that 99% never thought possible, using the tools you use every day, plus custom Sam Richter-built AI and ChatGPT intel resources.
  • Techniques to identify opportunities using sales trigger events and powerful introductions so you’re calling on prospects who most likely need your product or solution right now.
  • How to transform the “R” in CRM into Relevance, to get past gatekeepers, make a great impression, gain permission to ask challenging questions, and provide long-term value.

This high-energy, motivating, incredibly high-content presentation has a huge “WOW” factor. You will be shocked at what you don’t know (but soon will) that you will immediately use to dramatically improve sales performance.

Sam Richter, founder and CEO of SBR Worldwide/Know More, is a distinguished Hall of Fame speaker renowned for his expertise in digital information. Sam is the only professional speaker who not only helps you discover the power of online intelligence, he also builds the AI and ChatGPT intel resources to ensure you experience immediate success. Throughout his career, he has crafted innovative programs and technology for both start-up companies and some of the world’s most recognized brands.

Special Presentations


Monday, March 18, 2024
2024–2025: Anticipating Business Cycle Changes
Jeremy Bess, ITR Economics

Conflicting trends characterized much of 2023. Some leading indicators were rising; others remained in decline. Interest rates remained perilously high, and people tended to make a certain assumption: “If nothing bad has happened by now…” Join us as we look at the trends for 2024, including a weakening economy, lower inflation, and a shift in consumer spending. We will also take a look at key domestic and global markets. With this presentation, you will have the time to develop tactics and strategies to beat the cycle and prepare for the inevitable business cycle rise ahead. Knowing what to watch for and the probable timing of the reversal to rise will give you confidence as you lay out your plans.

Jeremy Bess is a vital member of ITR Economics’ team of expert economists and consultants. With a decade of consulting experience, he lends his expertise to the production of client reports, forecast reviews and research, and frequent communications with clients.

Prior to joining ITR Economics, Jeremy got his start at an investment management and insurance advisory firm, researching economic and financial information to inform clients on investment strategies. From there, he held various positions at a business consulting and data analysis firm, working his way up to senior director of North America consulting services, a role in which he worked closely with C-suite executives to optimize business profitability.

 


Tuesday, March 19, 2024
The DRIVEN Champion: Accelerate Your Life & Business
Matt Clark, Mindset & Execution Strategist

Champions are built differently, they think differently, and they behave differently. Explore what it means to be D.R.I.V.E.N. in life and business. The D.R.I.V.E.N. Champion is more than motivational platitudes. Success has a price that most people aren’t willing to pay, yet they bemoan the fact that they are stalled out, their engine is down on horsepower, or they wrecked themselves on the race track of life. The tone of this presentation will be inspirationally challenging. Matt speaks from a coach’s viewpoint and he has a burning desire to help others achieve their own definition of success. Buckle up, it’s about to get real.

Matt Clark is a speaker, coach, and expert team strategist. His experience as a NASCAR championship Pit Crew Coach for drivers Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson gives him a unique perspective on mindset and performance. Along with doing time as an on-air analyst for FOX Sports1, Matt has done a TEDx Talk and has shared his experience and insights with major organizations. His passion is to help high performers build a championship mindset, as well as to help business leaders develop teams that drive performance.

The Rosen Shingle Creek


The Rosen Shingle Creek is conveniently located on Universal Boulevard just off of the Beachline Expressway. This ideal location is also minutes away from Orlando’s world-famous attractions like Universal Orlando®, Wet ‘n Wild®, Sea World Orlando®, and others.

9939 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32819
Phone: 1-407-996-9939

Make Your Hotel Reservations

Accommodations


Hotel reservations are to be made directly with the Rosen Shingle Creek by calling 1-866-996-6338 or 1-407-996-6338.

Each guestroom includes a luxurious Creek Sleeper bed, 50″ flat screen TV, safe, plush robes, mini-refrigerator, and more. Complimentary wi-fi is available in guestrooms and public areas (excluding all meeting space).

Our room rate is $235 plus taxes. The resort fee has been waived exclusively for attendees.

The check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and the check-out time is 11:00 a.m. All gratuities are left to the discretion of the guest.

 

Fitness Studio


The fitness center is open daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is equipped with state of the art fitness equipment, as well as a cardio theatre with flat screen TVs. Attendees of the G/C Expo will have complimentary access to the fitness center.

 

The Spa at Shingle Creek


Guests have a number of services from which to choose, including massages, facials, saunas, whirlpools, nail and hair treatments, and more.

Resort Pools


Four heated outdoor pools, with two hot tubs and poolside amenities, are available.

 

Recreation Courts


Two lit tennis courts, a basketball court, and a sand volleyball court are available.

Ground Transportation/Parking


You may arrange transportation through Mears Transportation online at www.mearstransportation.com or by calling 1-407-423-5566. The cost is $106 for one-way transportation between the Orlando International Airport and Rosen Shingle Creek in a luxury sedan.

One-way taxi service between the airport and the hotel is approximately $60. Self-parking at the hotel is $28 plus tax per day, and valet parking is $40 plus tax per day.

Golf Tournament


The Golf Tournament will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Shingle Creek Golf Club, just a short walk from the hotel. This challenging yet playable course lies along historic Shingle Creek and features interconnected waterways, undulating fairways, and breathtaking 360° views. It presents challenges to players of all levels and has consistently been rated as one of Orlando’s best golf courses.

The tournament is a 4-person scramble so that golfers of all skill levels may participate.

The cost is $175* per person including taxes and fees. Club rental is $56* including taxes and fees. Please note that lunch is not included.

*Fee is non-refundable after Friday, February 16, 2024.

 

Florida Everglades Airboat Tour


The Florida Everglades Airboat Tour will leave the Rosen Shingle Creek at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday. A visit into the Florida Everglades will be the wildest adventure you experience in Central Florida!

What was once family fun on the weekends at a small fish camp on Lake Tohopekaliga is now a “must-see” airboat tour attraction. Enjoyed by everyone, this airboat experience will take guests through Everglades territory that remains unaltered and untouched. With the chance to see alligators, turtles, birds and more, all in their natural environment, you’ll feel like you’re flying through the wetlands on this backwoods Florida adventure!

The tour will return to the Rosen Shingle Creek at 4:30 p.m.

The cost is $190* per person. Please note that lunch is not included.

*Fee is non-refundable after Friday, February 16, 2024.

What People Have to Say


Hear from Past Attendees of the Gasketing/Coverting Expo

I can’t imagine there is any other event in our industry that allows a converter to gain so much valuable information in one day.

Chuck Keeley

CGR Products

Over a two or three day period, in one location, I come away with an invaluable number of contacts and potential new suppliers. It’s the best way to keep up on the goings-on in the gasket industry.

Gary Guzek

Sealing Devices Inc

The G/C Expo is a must attend for all! I’ve found so many mentors and learned so much – you can’t put a price on the experience.

Judette Savino

Adhesive Applications

Spouse/Companion Activities


The spouse/companion registration fee includes admission to all sessions unless otherwise noted on the program. This includes the breakfasts on Tuesday and Wednesday, the lunch on Tuesday, and all receptions.

Spouses/companions who are full-time employees of attending companies must pay the full registration fee.

Frequently Asked Questions


What events can I attend?

Attendees are invited to attend all sessions unless otherwise noted on the program.

What will the weather be like?

The daytime temperature is expected to average about 78°F. Evening temperatures are expected to average about 58°F.

What is the dress code?

For all meetings, speaker sessions, and the exhibit hall, the attire is casual. The evening receptions are informal.