Several hundred members of the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA) returned from the annual PPFA Convention, held Jan. 25-28, 2015, at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, with new framing techniques and design ideas, marketing and business advice, connections with long-time friends and many new contacts from the worldwide framing community of retailers and suppliers.
For the fourth consecutive year, the PPFA Convention was hosted by the West Coast Art & Frame Expo/The National Conference, the largest annual show in the custom picture framing industry.
The PPFA Convention offered introductory to high-level educational sessions, with emphasis on framing techniques and designs to attract more customers. Networking events included the annual Welcome Reception & Vendor Showcase, a sneak peek of products offered at the trade expo.
Frame historian Suzanne Smeaton delivered a sparkling luncheon keynote address, as well as an education session; and was joined in the PPFA educator line up by several industry experts.
A major highlight of the event was the International OPEN and PRINT framing competition, with entries displayed on a gallery wall near the PPFA booth. Winners received checks and ribbons during the PPFA Member Meeting, an event that also included the Chapter Volunteer, Service, Leadership and Lifetime Achievement awards; introduction of the 2015-16 PPFA International Board of Directors; and recognition of many volunteer committee and task force members as well as outgoing board members.
Exams and courses for the Certified Picture Framer (CPF) and Master Certified Picture Framer (MCPF) designations were offered, along with a Recertification Course; and a course was held for those interested in becoming PPFA competition judges.
In addition, PPFA Chapter Leaders from chapters in the U.S., Canada and Australia/New Zealand enjoyed a half-day conference of their own.
Members also relaxed with social activities, including breakfast meetings, a Chinese dinner, and an evening of bowling.
“We’ve had wonderful feedback from our members, who agree this was our best Convention to date,” said PPFA President Robin Gentry, MCPF. “Our keynote speaker, Suzanne Smeaton, was excellent, our education sessions were top-notch, the competition entries were beautiful, and the always popular Welcome Reception & Vendor Showcase was another huge networking success. We all went home inspired, reconnected with our framing community and looking forward to a successful year ahead for our members.”
Plans for another outstanding PPFA Convention in 2016 are under way. PPFA also holds regional events throughout the year.