2018 KFIA Annual Meeting

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Join us at the KFIA 53rd Annual Meeting and find out what is happening not only in Kentucky but around the region.  The industry is recovering well and the meeting will focus on the restoration ahead and the most important issues that currently involve our industry.  Speakers will be covering updates on some hot topics including the log export activities, wildlife and forestry working together, and the white oak initiative.  In addition to the expert speakers in each field, the program is full of activities and provides excellent opportunities for networking and meeting with exhibitors.   

We will begin Tuesday, April 10 with the John C. Smith Invitational Golf Scramble scheduled for the Oxmoor Country Club.  The golf outing is a fun event that everyone enjoys and all golfers regardless of abilities are invited to play.  We will be glad to add you to a team or you can put together your own foursome.  The afternoon offers plenty of time to explore the many downtown activities available close to the hotel.  An evening Welcome Reception in the exhibit area will wrap up a busy day for those that want to get together for some fellowship and find out who came out on top in the golf scramble.

Wednesday, April 11 the exhibit area will be open all day long and the quarterly KFIA Board of Directors meeting will be held in the morning. Also a Break Out Session with the Kentucky Statewide Wood Energy Team (SWET), Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence will offer an opportunity to learn about current wood energy projects and funding.  The KFIA Business Meeting will be held in conjunction with the KFIA/KY Tree Farm Awards Luncheon where the new officers will be elected and outstanding individuals will be recognized for their achievements in the forest industry community.   We have a special guest speaker for the luncheon, Legendary College Coach Adolph Rupp will be providing the real scoop on college basketball. 

Following lunch the Communications/SFI committee meeting will have an open discussion on certification issues and funding of current projects by SFI members.  The afternoon will start kicking up with free time for attendees to visit the always popular Robinson Lumber & Van Meter Insurance Hospitality Suite and then return to the Exhibit Hall to wrap up the day’s events with an exhibitor reception.     

On Thursday, April 12 the last day of registration begins with breakfast in the exhibit area.  The General Session will start with an update on association and legislative activities at the state and national levels.  The rest of the morning will cover issues that directly affect the wood products and forestry community throughout the region.  The following experts will be the guest speakers for the General Session: Judd Johnson from Hardwood Market Report will give insight to the hardwood markets and log exporting activities, Jeff Stringer, UK Department of Forestry will give an update on the National White Oak Initiative, and Commissioner Greg Johnson, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife will discuss opportunities for bringing wildlife and forestry together. 

The Brown Hotel - convention rate of $140 per night (includes self parking). If you drive a larger vehicle that will not fit in the parking structure you will be parked about 1 block from hotel at NO additional charge.  If making reservations by phone, be sure to mention the KFIA Annual Meeting.  To make reservations by phone call 502-583-1234 or click on this link for online reservations.  https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?tps=fml&arrive=2018-4-9&depart=2018-4-13&adult=1&step=1&hotel=27195&shell=rSDFBH&chain=10237&template=rSDFBH&avcurrency=USD&group=040918KYFIA

To receive the membership rate please make sure your dues are paid up to date.  Companies who are non-members may attend by paying a non-member registration fee or paying one year’s membership to the association and receive the member registration fee.  Registration fee includes meeting expenses, receptions, and awards luncheon.  A limited number of exhibit spaces are available; if you are interested in exhibiting or need additional information, please call the office at 502/695-3979 or visit www.kfia.org.