2014 Great Lakes Regional Workshop

Canvas Innovations
11276 E Lakewood Blvd
Holland, MI 49424-8601
616 393 4400

Online registration is now closed.

Please contact Brianna at blwatke@ifai.com if you would still like to register.

On site registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.


Recommended Hotel:
The Haworth Inn & Conference Center
225 College Avenue
Holland, Michigan 49423
616 395 7200


7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Registration, Coffee & Doughnuts

8:30 a.m. – 8: 40 a.m.

Opening Remarks
Chris Ritsema, Canvas Innovations

8:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Improve Your Design Concepts - Redesigning Techniques
Larry Wodzien, Grand Traverse Canvas Works
In this session, we will cover tips on how to redesign an enclosure from one style to another and improvements for function and appearance. Plus, you will learn easy ways to upsell for an increased profit.

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Business Techniques and Strategies of Running an Efficient Shop
Rob Kotowski, Lakeshore Boat Top Co. Inc.
During this seminar, participants will learn tips on how to manage stress during the busiest time of year and how to organize your time to be the most efficient with a small crew.

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.


1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Big Technology, Small Shop: Will it work for you?
Darren Arthur, Nautilux Custom Canvas LLC
Drew Thornton, Laser Products, IND
We will show you how to integrate technology in a three-man shop for efficiency and profitability by transferring data from traditional patterns into digital files. Be introduced to laser technology and a plotter cutter demo featuring: laser measuring, flattening, plotting and training. Also, minimize employee problems, time management and much more.

3:15 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.

Closing Remarks

3:25 p.m. – 5:25 p.m.

Table Top Displays

*Scheduled seminars and times shown are subject to change before the event.