Convention Schedule

Friday, July 26, 2019

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

Saturday, July 27, 2019

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 – How to Make More Money
Ronald Nijdam, Quick Cobbler, Vancouver, BC
How to organize your time and work flow to maximize profits.

8 a.m. – Seminar – Tricks of the Trade
Larry Schupbach, Village Cobbler, Tucker GA
Tips on excellence in shoe repair from a Grand Silver Cup winner and a Silver Cup Judge.

9 a.m. – Seminar – The Art of Patina with Saphir
Emmanuel Farré
Emmanuel Farré is no stranger when it comes to colour. From creating beautiful patinas utilizing the combination of dyes and polish on leather goods, Emmanuel embodies his clients’ personality and style in all of aspects of his work. From his role as a Navigator in the French Navy to managing a restaurant, Emmanuel is no stranger when working with his hands. Whether it was the exposure to classic menswear from his father, to his mother’s love of antiques and colour, Emmanuel’s inspiration allowed him to share his creativity with the world.

Emmanuel Farré will be introducing his journey as a colourist, also known as a patina artist for the leather industry. Emmanuel’s journey includes the multiple roles that he has played and how it led him to find passion in re-creating the stories told on leather through the dyeing/restoration process.
As the leather market continues to see a niche following, the value found in such precious leathers give new meaning to patina artists like Emmanuel. From notable houses offering a range of colourful options in their handbags, to classic shoe makers adapting to a market where the colour of suits dictate the direction of what shoes would match.
Emmanuel continues to find his place in the market by servicing the traditional cobbler with assistance to unknown territory in leather dyes and restoration to stained or damaged leather goods.
During his ten years of trial and error on perfecting his craft, Emmanuel continues to rely on Saphir for all of his dyes, polishes, and creams to achieve such vibrant colours. As every piece of leather tells a different story, finding balance in the blemishes and stretches in the leather has given Emmanuel the instincts to find the right mix of ingredients for each item that he encounters.

9 a.m. – Seminar – Counter Intelligence
Randy Lipson, Cobblers Corner, Clayton, MO
What you can do at the counter to maximize ticket value.

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 – Craftsman’s Corner
Steve Doudaklian, Bedos Leatherworks, Falls Church, VA
Tips on craftsmanship from a Grand Silver Cup winner and one of the industry’s top craftsmen.

11:30 a.m. – Seminar –  Bonding Techniques
Rainer Bucholz, Renia, Cologne, Germany
How to make sure you have the proper adhesive for each material to make bonds that last.

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 28, 2019

8 a.m. – Seminar – Cup Soles and Rock Climbing Shoes
Dan Frappier, Heels-n-Soles, New Sudbury, ON

8 a.m. – Seminar – Getting in Step with Pedorthics
Guisseppe Lombardo, C.Ped., Lombardo’s Shoe Repair & Orthopedic, Ocala, FL

Pedorthics is the management and treatment of conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower extremities requiring fitting, fabricating, and adjusting of pedorthic devices. Pedorthics uses footwear to help ease and treat these foot-related problems.

What is a Pedorthist?
An individual who is trained in the management and treatment of conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower extremities requiring fitting, fabricating, and adjusting of pedorthic devices.

What does a pedorthist do?
Credentialed pedorthists select and modify footwear (or make it, if necessary) to help people maintain or regain as much mobility as possible. When your ability to walk is affected, everything that surrounds or touches your foot—whether it’s foot orthoses, shoes, boots, slippers, sandals, socks, hosiery, night splints, bandages, braces, partial-foot prosthetics, or other devices—interacts with your foot. That makes footwear a crucial part of your recommended treatment plan. Footwear adjustments can be made inside or outside a shoe.

Foot orthoses, also called orthotics, area an important component of footwear that can accommodate, support, or relieve specific conditions, as well as improve the foot’s function. In addition to designing and fabricating an appropriate orthotic, a credentialed pedorthist can provide you with personalized attention in selecting, fitting, and modifying shoes so that you can wear the orthotic effectively. Credentialed pedorthists follow up to make sure the footwear functions as your doctor prescribed. A footwear prescription, like any other prescription, takes into account your medical history, activities of daily living, and treatment goals.

9 a.m. – Seminar – Customer Service Excellence
Lisa Hubbs, Gagliardo’s Shoe Repair, St. Josephs, MI

9 a.m. – Seminar – Machinery Maintenance
Blase Knabl, Shoe Systems Plus, Goshen, NY

10am – Exposition hall opens to all.

2pm – Exposition Hall Closes / SSIA 115th 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.