2017 Convention

March 29 – April 1, 2017

Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

Phoenix, Arizona

Evening Events

NIA’s Convention schedule is designed to offer a variety of evening events and entertainment, as well as open time to allow attendees the opportunity to schedule their own meetings. In a survey of the 2016 Convention attendees, 80% made new business contacts, 97% indicated that networking with new customers met or exceeded their expectations, and 65% made new friends.

Wednesday, March 29

NIA Member Orientation

NIA members are paramount to the success and future of our organization, and it is important that first-time Convention attendees and new members are current on the benefits afforded to them through NIA membership. This invitation-only orientation includes an overview of how NIA serves its members and the mechanical insulation industry, and introduces our new members and first-time attendees to NIA’s staff, committee members, and association leaders. If you are a first-time Convention attendee, be sure to check the “First Convention” box when you register.

Convention First-Timer and VIP Reception

If this is your first NIA Convention, be sure to RSVP to this invitation-only cocktail reception where you'll have the opportunity to network with NIA leaders and staff, and learn more about NIA and the benefits of the Convention. Ask questions about the Convention, NIA's committees, our educational programs, or just enjoy getting to know members of NIA. Invitations are required. To ensure your invitation and space at this event, be sure to check the "First Convention" box when you register.

Welcome Reception: 5 Cs of Arizona

NIA’s welcome reception will kick off with tasty samplings representing the 5 Cs of Arizona, an open bar, and music by William Eaton and his custom harp guitar. Represented on the state’s official seal, the 5 Cs—Climate, Cotton, Cattle, Citrus, and Copper have played a significant role in Arizona’s history. Join your fellow Convention attendees as you mix and mingle with familiar faces and new friends!

Hosted Dessert Hospitality Suites

Immediately following the Welcome Reception is one of the highlights of NIA’s Convention—the Dessert Hospitality Suites. NIA’s Associate (Manufacturer) member companies will host rooms with unique and delicious treats and beverages. Plan to take advantage of this opportunity to extend your time networking with industry friends while enjoying the sweetest event of the week.

Thursday, March 30

Appreciation Night: Best of the West!

Grab your cowboy hat and boots and join us at NIA’s Appreciation Night: Best of the West! Enjoy an open bar, a full meal filled with western favorites, and a variety of cowboy-inspired games mixed with a little friendly competition. Make sure to stop by the themed photo booth and take home a memento from the evening, or sit and relax around one of the fire pits while you roast your own s’more.

Friday, March 31

Open Night―Enjoy Phoenix!

Saturday, April 1

President’s Dinner: Casino Night!

Join us for the finale of NIA’s Convention as you test your luck at your favorite Casino games—Texas Hold’em, Blackjack, Craps, and Roulette. The evening includes a cocktail reception, a 3-course meal with wine service, and an opportunity to celebrate our outgoing President, Steve Luse (Luse Thermal Technologies). The attire for this event is resort casual wear (for example, khaki pants for men, and capris or sundresses for women). Don’t miss out on the last opportunity to connect with friends and business colleagues before heading home.


All Convention sessions and evening events are casual—golf shirts and resort wear are recommended. The receptions on Wednesday and Thursday evening are outdoors, and since the nights can be cooler, a light sweater or jacket is suggested.

Wednesday Evening’s Welcome Reception: 5Cs of Arizona:
Casual resort wear is encouraged (for example, khaki pants for men, and capris or sundresses for women).

Thursday Evening’s Appreciation Night: Best of the West!
Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite western wear: cowboy hats, jeans, and boots are welcomed!

Saturday Evening’s President's Dinner: Casino Night!
Casual resort wear is encouraged (for example, khaki pants for men, and capris or sundresses for women).