Conference Themes & Locations

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Independent Free Paper of America Conferences helped create the IFPA culture of volunteerism and sharing. For the first fourteen years IFPA conferences were held each Spring and Fall at the Airport Marriott in St. Louis. In the spring of 1994 the first conference on the road was held in Orlando. For the next 5 years IFPA returned to the St. Louis Airport Marriott each fall. From the spring 2003 semi annual conferences were held in a variety of locations across the U.S.

Past IFPA Conference Themes
The job Program Chair can be the most demanding volunteer job in IFPA. The program chair is assisted in planning and execution by a Conference Chair who usually had the position of Program Chair the previous year.

1981 Spring Meet Me In St Louis, Louis Chuck Hawken
1981 Fall Untitled Tim Lighter
1982 Spring SAU/ Legals/ IRS/ Sales/ Carrier Systems Jay Johnson
1982 Fall There's No Business Like Good Business Bob Wright, Jerry Wright
1983 Spring Improve Your Bottom Line Jerry Wright
1983 Fall Business Management Abe Mast, David Thompson
1984 Spring Time Management Ted Epps
1984 Fall 7 Roundtables & 4 Speakers Ted Epps
1985 Spring Strategic Selling Wayne Cox
1985 Fall Problem Solving Milt Helmer
1986 Spring Romance In Advertising Milt Helmer
1986 Fall Managing for Growth & Profit Dave Baragrey
1987 Spring The Best Keeps Getting Better Levor Oldham
1987 Fall Soar With The Eagles Deb McElhenny
1988 Spring Ya'll Come Mary Lou Horner
1988 Fall Selling 'Em & Keeping 'Em George Raymond
1989 Spring Pot Pourri Lots of This-Lots of That Bill Mitten
1989 Fall Peaches 'N Cream Charlene Phelps
1990 Spring The Great IFPA Get Together Carol Hoheisel
1990 Fall We've Come A Long Way Baby Jeff Wells
1991 Spring Now More Than Ever - IFPA Jeff Wells
1991 Fall The Working Conference Joe Nicastro
1992 Spring Your Passport to Success Heike Dobslaw
1992 Fall Discovery '92 John Jacobs
1993 Spring Drive For Excellence Bill Gibbon
1993 Fall The Future Is Now Tom Aird
1994 Spring Catch the Magic Blain Fowler/ Ron Pilger Orlando Airport Marriott
1994 Fall Gateway to Success Sal Paci St. Louis, Airport Marriott
1995 Spring It's a Small World Gary Rudy Orlando
1995 Fall Spirit of St. Louis Bob Munn St. Louis, Airport Marriott
1996 Spring Carnival of Knowledge Joe Pelegrino San Antonio
1996 Fall Let's Shine Some Light on Topics of Importance Joe Green St. Louis, Airport Marriott
1997 Spring Blueprint for Success Mary Nelson Orlando, Sheraton Plaza
1997 Fall We're Growing Stronger Valerie Stokes St. Louis, Airport Marriott
1998 Spring Navigating toward the 21st Century David Mannis San Diego, Kona Kai Resort & Marina
1998 Fall Investing in Your Future Ron Pileggi St. Louis, Airport Marriott
1999 Spring Creating Tomorrow's Opportunities Deborah Phillips Orlando, Adams Mark
1999 Fall Planting Seeds for Success Rick Heckman Kansas City, Double Tree Inn
2000 Spring Achieving Success in the 21st Century Joe Nicastro San Diego, Shelter Pointe Hotel & Marina
2000 Fall Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, Preparing for the Future Betty Lu Sharp Washington D.C., Renaissance Hotel
2001 Spring A 2001 Odyssey, Beachcombing For Dollars with the Industry Captains Dwight Bitikofer Clearwater, FL, Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort
2001 Fall Behold the Power of Free Bob Cole Minneapolis, Double Tree Hotel Mall of America
2002 Spring Free Paper Mardi Gras, A Carnival of Ideas Philip Shinn New Orleans, Hyatt Regency
2002 Fall Viva IFPA! Marc Mandt Las Vegas, Flamingo
2003 Spring The Future's So Bright. You Gotta Wear Shades Gregg Birkett Orlando, Adams Mark
2003 Fall The Super Conference Doug Fabian Orlando, Caribe Royal Suite Hotel
2004 Fall Meet Me in St. Louis! St. Louis, Marriott Pavilion Hotel
2005 Fall Championship Season Bill Bowman Minneapolis, Marriott at the Mall of America
2006 Fall You Win With People - David Aird, Hershey, PA, Hershey Lodge
2007 Cheeseburger in Paradise Boston, MA Barbara Perry - Hyatt Harborside
2008 Seattle, WA Brian Rushing - Hyatt Bellvue
2009 Chicago, IL Celia Weintrob - Westin Rosemont
2010 Nashville, TN Hilton downtown
2011 Reno, NV Peppermill Resort, Spa & Casino
2012 New Orleans, LA Marriot Canal Street
2013 Washington, D.C.
2014 Orlando, FL - Doug Fabian
2015 San Antonio, TX
2016 Orlando, FL - Eileen Curley
2017 New York- Joe Nicastro

IFPA Spring Training
In 2001 IFPA started another tradition when Sales Boot Camps were introduced. In 2004 IFPA began holding their annual meeting and a Conference each fall and Spring Training consisting of Sales Boot Camp, Managers' Camp and Advanced Sales Training in Orlando, Florida each spring.

2001 Sales Boot Camp - Alanta Geogria, Tom Aird
2001 Sales Boot Camp Minneapolis, July, Tom Aird
2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 Spring Training Orlando Blain Fowler
2006, 2007, 2005 Spring Training Orlando Valerie Stokes

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