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Summer CFA Meeting: August 6-7, 2018 - Chicago, IL

  • 06 Aug 2018
  • 4:00 PM (CDT)
  • 07 Aug 2018
  • 1:00 PM (CDT)
  • Chicago Athletic Assn., 12 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603


  • 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 / No Show fee of $175 will apply for any and all registrations cancelled by Thursday, August 2 at Noon.
  • Sponsors are limited to 2 attendees.

    A cancellation / No Show fee of $175 will apply for any and all registrations cancelled by Thursday, August 2 at Noon.

Registration is closed

August 6-7, 2018 Meeting

 Chicago Athletic Association Hotel 

The room block is sold out - if you have not received your room confirmation from us - then you will need to make your own arrangements for a hotel room

Chicago, IL

Monday, August 6, 2018

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

CFA Board of Directors Meeting
Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Evers Room

4:00 PM – 6:00 pm
Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, White City Ballroom


Want to be on the leading edge in your industry?

Don’t miss the August meeting and hear from both AISC and fellow member CFA panelists to learn how to leverage your position in the marketplace.

30 Minute Update
AISC will speak on 2 major topics that impact the future of fabrication.

AISC VP of Engineering and Research, Larry Kruth and VP of Certification, Mark Trimble will present:

SpeedCore building concepts may revolutionize multistory steel construction and significantly shrink overall building schedules to complete with concrete construction.

The responsibility for submitting a Certificate of Compliance may be a new concept for AISC and NON-AISC Certified fabricators. AISC will communicate possible language and requirements required per the IBC Building Code.


90 Minute Panel Discussion and Q & A
“Project Management and the Software” that we all rely on to keep up with the demands of today's “connected” fabrication world.

3 CFA member companies will provide insights to how they leverage their project management software platforms. The leaders in the industry, FabTrol, FabSuite and Strumis will be discussed as it pertains to “Pre-Fabrication”, “Fabrication” and “Post-Fabrication” project management systems and how they interact with everyday life in our steel fabrication offices and shop floors.

Sponsors are welcome and encouraged to attend the General Session

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Sponsor Dinner & Reception

834 W. Fulton Market.
Chicago, IL 60607

Aba is a BRAND NEW restaurant with a rooftop patio located in Chicago's historic Fulton Market District. This is Chef CJ Jacobson’s second restaurant with Lettuce Entertain You, and is an extension of Ēma (mother in Hebrew) in River North. Aba, meaning father in Hebrew, will incorporate Ēma’s style of cooking with a larger influence of steak, raw and chilled seafood. The beverage program is crafted by Wine Director Ryan Arnold and Mixologist Liz Pearce and showcases Mediterranean-inspired rare wines and spirits.

Transportation is on your own.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

8:00 am – 9:45 am
Breakfast Breakouts and Large Group Discussion
Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, White City Ballroom

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

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
PEER LEARNING GROUP Session (for committed members only)
Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, White City Ballroom

  •       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
  •        Please plan to attend the complete session until 1:00 pm
  •        Lunch will be served

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