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ISA ConvergeTM Schedule of Events

All Events Take Place at the Omni Louisville, Level 2 unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

12:30 pm – 6:30 pm


Golf Tournament
1:00 pm: Shotgun Start

11:15 am: Shuttles will run as needed after initial 11:15 am pick up. Shuttle leaves from the Onmi's main lobby.

Seneca Golf Course
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Kentucky Derby Museum Walking Tour
1:30 pm: Shuttles will depart from the Omni's main lobby.

Upon arrival, the group will enter the museum and watch the "Greatest Race," an 18-minute media experience that will make your heart race and emotions soar.

Afterwards, the group will go on a 30-minute, guided walking tour of historic Churchill Downs Racetrack. Learn about past Derby winners and the rich history of this location.

We will walk through the property to the paddock and out to the grandstand learning trivia and fun facts along the way. The group will make their way to the Pollard Gallery for an interactive Race Experience. Following this activity the group will have time to explore the exhibits.

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Opening Dinner
 Purchasing Dessert Hour 8-9PM each NSC will have a table.

Sponsored by GSG-Graphic Solutions Group & Principal LED
Olmstead 1/2/3/4 Prefunction


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

7:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
Sponsored by HP
Olmstead 1/2/3/4 Prefunction
8:00 am – 9:00 am Purchasing Power Hour Crescent Hill, Hikes Point, Butchertown and Hulu
9:10 am – 10:30 am Keynote Speaker: Ken Gronbach

Demographics is Human Analytics, Planning for What's Next

Sponsored by Nova Polymers

Come explore the common sense, but very counter-intuitive and fascinating realm of demography. Let Ken Gronbach bring you into his world of counting people.

Ken is a marketer who has immersed himself in 19 years of proprietary demographic research. His understanding of worldwide demographics, fertility, migration, aging, immigration and dying have enabled him to forecast societal, political, economic, cultural and commercial phenomena with uncanny accuracy.

What nations are demographically doomed? How will the workforces change? What is the future of
communications? How will our children’s children get their education? Will big data change marketing and branding forever? What is the fate of mass media? What countries and continents are demographically positioned to excel. Learn this and more from Ken Gronbach’s presentation. Don’t miss it!

Olmstead 1/2/3/4
10:40 am – 11:40 am

CEO Circle - Chat with Ken Gronbach
Sponsored by Nova Polymers

Exclusive to National Sign and Print Companies

Cherokee Triangle
10:40 am – 11:40 am

Purchasing Power Hour

Crescent Hill, Hikes Point, Butchertown and Hulu
11:45 am – 12:30 pm

ISA Update and Networking Lunch
Sponsored by Grimco/Hanley LED

Olmstead 1/2/3/4
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Purchasing Power Hour in Reverse
National Sign Companies select appointments with suppliers and distributors
Crescent Hill, Hikes Point, Butchertown and Hulu
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Offsite Company Tours
Glantz, ThinkSign, and Universal Woods
2:00 pm: Shuttles will depart from the Omni's main lobby

Please note: A survey will be emailed to all registered attendees on Thursday, June 6 requesting individuals to sign up to tour one of these three companies. Responses to the survey will be needed by Tuesday, June 11. Tour spots will be secured on a first come, first serve basis, so please complete the survey as early as you can to secure your first choice. All those who do not sign up for a tour will be asked to select one onsite, and will have the opportunity to select from the remaining available tours.

Glantz: “Get a behind the scenes look at Glantz Corporate Headquarters here in Louisville, KY. The tour begins with a brief overview of Glantz history, from our beginnings in 1906 as a one-man operation, to becoming the nationwide sign and graphics distributor you trust with all of your sign needs! During the tour you will see up-close demonstrations in our equipment demo room and get a full-tour of our Central Distribution Center. The event will end with drinks, light refreshments, and a Q&A with a panel of Glantz Experts.”

ThinkSIGN welcomes ISA Converge participants to Louisville KY! When you tour ThinkSIGN you meet all of our team members; engineering, operations, production, sales, marketing, and technical support. You will also see an entire ThinkSIGN EMC come to life from design, fabrication, assembly, wiring, and testing. After a tour of our hardware, we'll present the industries easiest to use software, and how to sell more EMCs. We'll have some local food and refreshments to enjoy as well. We look forward to sharing time and hosting you.

Universal Woods: Come join us for an exclusive inside look into the largest manufacturer of rigid dye sublimation products in the world. Our brands, ChromaLuxe and Unisub, are the global leaders in their respective markets for sublimatable blank substrates. This VIP tour will include time on the manufacturing floor along with insights from our New Products Team about exciting future products we are working on today.  We’ll also provide a look at how our current products are being used in the signage and graphic communications industries. Attendees will also see an actual demonstration of the dye sublimation printing process. After the tour, there will be refreshments and time for Q&A.

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Happy Hour at Falls City Market
Sponsored by Glantz
Falls City Market inside Omni Louisville
7:00 pm -  Open for You to Explore Louisville on Your Own

Thursday, June 20, 2019

7:30 am – 8:00 am Breakfast
Olmstead 1/2/3/4 Prefunction
8:00 am – 9:00 am

Keynote Speaker: Mike Allen 
Building a Business in an Uncertain Environment

Sponsored by Nova Polymers

When POLITICO was formed in 2006, it focused on creating a new and better way for readers to digest their daily news. While many saw publishing as a risky, dying industry, Allen saw opportunity.

Aiming to “drive the conversation” (rather than simply reporting the news), he disrupted the industry with a little bit of innovation and a fresh idea. He combined his unique perspective with a smart use of modern communication to reach the nation’s top decision-makers and political influencers, and as a result grew the publication into the powerhouse it is today and became a staple in the Washington political scene.

In presentations, he blends his signature Playbook style with his high energy and humor to share what leaders need to know about building a business in a challenging market and economy.

Olmstead 1/2/3
9:10 am- 10:10 am CEO Circle: Chat with Mike Allen
Sponsored by Nova Polymers

Exclusive to National Sign and Print Companies
Cherokee Triangle
9:20 am- 11:20 am Purchasing Power Hours
Crescent Hill, Hikes Point, Butchertown and Hulu
11:30 am- 12:30 pm Separate Supplier/Distributor Strategy Sessions with Lunch
Olmstead 1/2/3/4
11:30 am- 12:30 pm

Separate National Sign and Print Company Strategy Sessions with Lunch

Sponsored by Tubelite

Cherokee Triangle
12:30 pm Adjourn