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Registration for 2018 Institute of Fair Management Summit Now Open

The 2018 Institute of Fair Management Summit will be held May 7-9 in Louisville, KY Attendance at this event is limited to enrollees (current or past) of the Institute.




1:00 – 3:00 pm -- Registration

2:00 – 3:15 pm -- #303 Facility Contracts (elective) – Jim Tucker, Legal Counsel, IAFE

3:15 – 3:30 pm -- Break

3:30 – 5:15 pm -- #140 Guest Services – Rey O’Day

5:30 – 6:15 pm --  Hospitality – hosted bar

6:15 – 8:45 pm -- Planned Dinner and networking



7:00 – 8:00 am -- Breakfast – Buffet

8:15 – 10:15 am -- #114 Liability Issues – Jim Tucker, Legal Counsel, IAFE

10:15 – 10:30 am -- Break

10:30 – 12:00 Noon -- #141 Facilities Management – Ken Karns, CFE, OC Fair & Events Center, CA

12:00 Noon – 1:00 pm -- Lunch

1:15 – 3:15 pm -- #122 Crisis Communications – Debbie Evans, Communications Consultant

3:45 pm -- Travel to Churchill Downs

4:00 - 5:20 pm -- Tour Churchill Downs

5:20 pm -- Load busses and depart for Fairgrounds/Convention Center

5:30 – 6:15 pm -- Tour Fairgrounds/Convention Center

6:15 – 6:40 pm -- Hospitality

6:45 pm -- Load busses/depart for hotel

7:00 pm -- Dinner on your own (Fourth Street District)



7:30 – 8:15 am -- Breakfast – Buffet

8:30 – 10:30 am -- # 105 Ethics - Mike O'Neal, O'Neal Consulting

10:30 – 10:45 am -- Wrap-Up and Adjourn

Investment: Registration ($350 USD) includes all meals noted below and group bus transportation to planned off-site tours.

Lodging & Summit Location: Lodging has been secured at the Galt House -Waterfront https://www.galthouse.com/ at a reduced rate of $149.00 plus tax. This property is located on the Ohio River and in the heart of Bourbon Row! Room reservation information, for the Galt House, will be provided to all enrollees via registration confirmation email. Room reservation and registration deadline is April 9, 2018.

Culinary Experiences: Attendees will be treated to Louisville cuisine on Monday, May 7 – Dinner; Tuesday, May 8 - breakfast and lunch (dinner on your own on Bourbon Row); Wednesday, May 9 – breakfast.

Louisville Information: Louisville is the largest city in the commonwealth of Kentucky, so plan to say a few days to experience Louisville hospitality. Visit: https://gotolouisville.com to plan your extended stay.

General Summit Info: Each year the Institute of Fair Management holds The Summit--an intensive learning event just for Institute enrollees – no guests or spouses. Only current or graduate enrollees may attend. At The Summit, 5 or 6 required Institute courses will be offered and enrollees will have time to network with each other – a key element of the program. The location and dates of The Summit change each year. An enrollee must attend at least two Summits in order to graduate.

Note: The last day to cancel registration with a 100% refund is April 23. Cancellations after April 23 and before May 1 will receive 50% refund. After May 1 no refunds will be made. If you need to cancel, please do not forget to also cancel your hotel room. After a reservation has been made guests can cancel their reservation 48 hours prior to the check in date without a charge



Interested in attending? Here's what past attendees have said...


"Being in the Fair industry for only 7 years, this gave me the opportunity to network with fairs from Florida to Alaska! The structure of the Summit was perfect. It was extremely well organized with speakers, timeliness of the sessions and I could go on!"

Susan Szymanski, Erie County Fair, Hamburg, New York

"I couldn't have imagined the networking opportunities!!! The thought that went into the seating arrangements was awesome. My networking even carried over to the airport, as 10 of us sat at the same gate waiting for our connection. I though it far exceeded my expectations. Thank you."

Jackie Cammarano, Erie County Fair, Hamburg, New York

"The Summit was more than I had anticipated. A great deal of information was shared within those few days. And, there was a lot fun and laughter while networking and getting to know one another."

Carol Schumann, Goodhue County Fair