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2018 Winter CFA Meeting: February 12-13 2018 - Austin, TX

  • 12 Feb 2018
  • 2:00 PM (CST)
  • 13 Feb 2018
  • 1:00 PM (CST)
  • Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos Street, Austin, Texas 78701


  • Must be an employee from a CFA member company to qualify for a free attendance. CFA limits companies to having 2 company employees attend as a portion of their dues.

    Spouses and significant others as well as employees above 2 will be charged $100. We will invoice you.

    A cancellation fee of $175 will apply for any and all registrations cancelled by Thursday, February 8 at Noon.
  • Sponsors are limited to 2 attendees.

    A cancellation fee of $175 will apply for any and all registrations cancelled by Thursday, February 8 at Noon.

Registration is closed


February 12-13, 2018


Historic Driskill Hotel
The Driskill Bar: recently chosen as the best cocktail bar in Austin

The registration deadline is February 2, 2018 for ALL conference registrations.

February 12-13, 2018 Meeting ● The Driskill Hotel
604 Brazo Street; Austin, TX 78701

Sunday, February 11, 2018 - Special Event
5:00 – 8:00 PM
~Hosted by Peddinghaus
2700 Esperanza Crossing; Austin, TX 78758


When it comes to the game itself, players hit micro-chipped golf balls that track each shot’s accuracy and distance while awarding points for hitting targets on the outfield. Whether you’re an aspiring golf pro or picking up a club for the first time, Topgolf is everyone’s game. It’s fun. It’s competitive. And it’s a unique way to entertain corporate clients and colleagues in a very non-corporate setting.

Peddinghaus provides another great welcoming event. Dinner will be Backyard BBQ style.
Transportation information to come.

Monday February 12, 2018
11:30 pm – 1:30 pm
CFA Board of Directors Meeting
Driskill Hotel; Citadel Club Room

2:00 PM – 5:00 pm  - Special 3 hour workshop
General Session
Driskill Hotel; Citadel Room

Business Bootcamp: How Successful Organizations are Increasing Engagement, Execution, and Earning

In many organizations today, team functionality is actually working against overall business success and efficiency. Organizations have become a slave to team models that are inefficient, unproductive, and bureaucratic. As well-intentioned leaders attempt to add the latest Continuous Improvement tool as a sign of forward thinking strategic commitment, sustainment and ownership is compromised due to ineffective teams.  Business acumen, execution skills, and scorecard driven communication cadences all form the proper “Run the Business” team infrastructure. Without non-negotiable systems, organizational leaders will never be able to truly “Transform the Business.”.  The ability to collectively harmonize often disparate functions and colleagues into a cohesive team tasked with driving and sustaining clarity of communication, connectivity and ownership of the metrics, and consistency of the daily rhythm of execution is no longer optional. Simply adding yet another tool (LEAN, 6S, Six Sigma) to a broken infrastructure only adds to the chaos.  This session will challenge attendees to examine their current operating system and team functionality, while providing proven and practical solutions for improvement:

At this Interactive Workshop:

  • Learn how to create process based business strategies and why they are effective and sustainable
  • Determine why your metrics don’t encourage employee engagement, personal accountability, and the business results that you expect
  • Discover how to increase weekly productivity from the board room to the floor
Shane Yount
Competitive Solutions, Inc.
This presentation has been recommended to us by a number of CFA members - this is not one to miss!

Monday February 12, 2018
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm   
Sponsor Dinner & Reception

Grill Restaurant @
The Driskill Hotel

Established in 1929, has been included in Zagat’s Top 25 Restaurants, secured the coveted Foder’s Choice Award.

Tuesday, February 13, 2017
7:30 am – 9:00 am
Fabricator Round Tables - Breakfast
Driskill Hotel; Citadel Club, Citadel I, Chisholm Trail Rooms;

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Large Group Discussion
Driskill Hotel; Citadel Club

Contact CFA with any topics you would like to see discussed via

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
PEER LEARNING GROUP Session (for committed members only)
Driskill Hotel; Citadel Club

  • There is an additional Annual fee to participate in the Peer Group. Unless you have paid this fee, please do not sign up for this portion of the meeting. Committed participants will receive a separate agenda and communication regarding the Peer Group session within the next week or so.
  • Committed companies can bring up to 2 participants
  • Lunch will be provided.
  • Please plan to attend the complete session until 1:00 pm

THE HOTEL ROOM BLOCK IS SOLD OUT - You can call the hotel directly and most likely get a room or there are many other hotels located downtown close to The Driskill. 

Just make your own room reservation and still attend the conference!

Central Fabricators Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 

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