Convention Schedule

Friday, July 20, 2018

12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Exhibitor Set-Up
Exhibitor personnel only.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

7 a.m. – Exhibitor Set-Up
In order to give exhibitors the proper time needed to set up, wholesalers, repairers, and retailers will not be permitted in the exposition hall during set-up. The SSIA thanks you in advance for your cooperation.

7 a.m. – Registration Desk Opens

8 a.m. – Seminar – Expand Your Profits
Ronald Nijdam, The Quick Cobbler
Learn strategies for making more money with your existing resources.

8 a.m. – Seminar – Silver Cup Success
Jim McFarland, McFarland’s Shoe Repair
Do you want to separate yourself from your competition? The best way to do that is with a Silver Cup award from SSIA. Pick up some tips for contest success from Jim McFarland, a past Grand Silver Cup winner and a current contest judge.

9 a.m. – Seminar – Machinery Maintenance
Blase Knabl, Shoe Systems Plus
If your machines aren’t working at peak efficiency, neither are you. Pick up some tips on how to keep your machines running smoothly from someone who has been doing it for decades.

9 a.m. – Seminar – Proper Bonding Techniques
Rainer Buccholz, Renia USA and Jim McFarland, McFarland’s Shoe Repair
Are you struggling with which adhesives work with which materials? Learn from the experts how to make bonds that stay bonded.

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – SSIA Annual Business Meeting
SSIA members only. If you are not an SSIA member, click here to join.

11:30 a.m. – Seminar – Leather Repair/Repair with Pink
Steve Doudaklian, Bedo’s Leatherworks
Pick up some tips on leatherworking from master craftsman Steve Doudaklian. Also, learn about the Repair with Pink program and how you can generate publicity and support breast cancer research.

12 p.m. – Wholesaler Exhibit Preview
In order to give manufacturers/suppliers the proper time needed to spend with your wholesalers, repairers will not be permitted in the exposition hall until 1 PM.

1 p.m. – Exposition Hall Opens to All.

5 p.m. – Exposition Hall Closes

5 p.m. – Supplier Meeting

5 p.m. – Wholesaler Meeting

5 p.m. – Repairers Meeting

7 p.m. SSIA Reception
SSIA members are invited to join us for food, drinks and networking courtesy of the sponsors listed on the right.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

8 a.m. – Seminar – Front Counter Excellence
Lisa Hubbs, Gagliardo Shoe Repair
Make your customers’ experience pleasant and reap the rewards.

8 a.m. – Seminar – Vibram Sole Factor
Michael Ellis, Gino Conti, Vibram Corporation
Learn about Sole Factor and how it impacts the shoe repair industry. Speakers will discuss our team and the “Tour” and how it impacts local repair shops. They will go over the mobile units showroom/equipment and have an open Q&A on our process/adhesives/ compounds etc.

9 a.m. – Seminar – Shoe Care with Tarrago and Saphir
Sergio Barangé, Tarrago
Learn how to make the best use of and profit from Tarrago and Saphir products.

9 a.m. – Seminar – Steam Cleaning as a Profit Center
Blase Knabl, Shoe Systems Plus
Take a look at the latest steam cleaner for shoes and learn how it can be a profit center for your shop.

10am – Exposition hall opens to all.

2pm – Exposition Hall Closes / SSIA 114th Annual Convention Ends

2pm – 6pm – Exhibitor Break Down

The SSIA reserves the right to change or cancel any seminar, presenter, or re schedule any other events without notice at the discretion of the SSIA board of directors.