SUCCESS! SUCCESS! A big thanks to everyone who came, participated, planned, judged, tabulated, donated, sponsored, designed, served, cooked or in any way contributed to the success of this year’s “Look To The Future” NCSFA Convention. There are so many to thank if I omit someone please forgive me. Fantastic! Another convention year with no losses to the association. Next year, let’s shoot for a profit to our organization. When we make money, we can pass it on as Educational scholarships to help our members achieve the design success that they’re all shooting for.
This year’s convention came together fast. Without the help of some very talented and learned individuals, there may have been problems but overall it went over without a hitch. The program book was put together in 30 days and hopefully next year we can begin a few months early and have 100 pages. That would be a BIG bonus to the association because we do make approximately 65% profit after expenses on the program book.
Special thanks to the Convention chairpersons Lynn Wilkinson and Jim Tysinger, Lobby decorations by Steven Custer and the rocket in the hotel atrium by Cindy Tole, Friday night table decorations by GGFA , Competition Chairs and all contestants, all wholesalers for generous donations of product, all designers who participated in design shows, GTFA for sponsoring the Friday nite music, Barbour and Hinton for providing music Friday and sat night, new directors for serving, Maxcine Matier, Danny Hinton, and Stephanie Garrett for flowers and a touching memorial service, and GTFA for the gorgeous decorations at the Members Banquet. Especially Donna Pittman, Michael Whaley and Stephanie Garrett.
The Embassy Suites and staff were very helpful and appreciated. The Board of Directors and committees have done a great job this year. Treasurer Carol Mills, Secretary Susi Gordon, and 2nd VP Nelson Simpson have done a tremendous job keeping the Association going and steering the convention. Our webmaster has done a terrific job with the brand new website and I’d like to also thank his company, Wellnix Graphics, LLC, for the super job they did on the convention program book.
Please support our wholesalers, the allied associations and NCSFA! They and your support ARE our Future!!! A huge Thank you for my year as President and I am thoroughly looking forward to the 99th Convention with President Danny Hinton and our Centennial convention with President Nelson Simpson!
Donald E. Holmes, Outgoing President and Chairman of the Board Elect