Join us for the NAFA 2018 Annual Convention in beautiful north Lake Tahoe, September 25-27, to learn about advanced topics in air filtration and business. Connect with industry professionals at our welcome reception and annual awards banquet and make time to explore Lake Tahoe. Located in the Sierra Mountain Range, the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort is a stunning lakeside destination for this year’s convention!

Program Highlights

Make or Break Execution – The Core of Success
Dan Barnett, CEO/Owner, The Primavera Company

Make or Break Execution presents a highly effective approach for keeping your company’s performance on track to your vision. You’ll learn how to focus your company on the things that matter most – your “Make or Break.” And you’ll learn how to be in the middle of it all – actively linking together people, strategy, and operating detail – doing the job of an effective leader. Join us for an action-oriented presentation with hands-on participation where you will learn:

  • Learn about forward-facing Metrics
  • New processes for accountability
  • New ways to generate constant innovation
  • Fresh thinking ideas

You’ll leave with clarity of vision, strategy and more importantly, what matters most to achieve it – your Make or Break. In other words, the “Core of Success.”

The Organizational Tune-Up
Bruce Breier

“I’m feeling overwhelmed!” A common phrase heard from busy people lamenting how much they have to do and how little time there is to do it. This issue is not going away, and the need to tune-up systems and methods of organizational effectiveness seems to be greater than ever. Breier will offer practical suggestions to become more productive, effective, efficient, and organized within a relatively short period of time. The result is a culture that is more proactive and employees are thriving rather than just surviving.

Regulations for Improved IAQ – Current State and Future Opportunities
Phil Whitaker, President & CEO, AAF Flanders

In order to protect human health, nearly every product prepared for human consumption is subject to rigorous government regulation. Foods, beverages, and medications all face strictly enforced standards for cleanliness, and yet, even though we consume ~2,000x more air than we do food and water combined, the air we breath remains largely unregulated. In this session, Phil Whitaker will review recent research compiled on the current state of IAW regulation and what future regulatory opportunities may exist to raise the standards for clean indoor air.








Full Conference Schedule



NAFA Executive Officers Meeting

6:00 – 9:00 pm





9:30 am – 5:00 pm

NAFA Foundation Meeting

9:30 – 10:30 am

Optional Sales Training: You Can Always Sell More – Are You Ready to Get Even Better?





Jim Pancero, CSP, CPAE

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Welcome Remarks





Jay Reese, CAFS, NAFA President & Trey Fly, CAFS, NCTII, NAFA President-Elect

1:00 – 1:15 pm

Opening Keynote: We Need Arsonists…Not Firefighters!





Jim Pancero, CSP, CPAE

1:15 – 2:30 pm

Networking Break & Tabletop Exhibits

2:30 – 3:30 pm

Energy Efficiency and Air Filtration: A Roadmap for the Future





Geoff Crosby, Vice President, Strategic Marketing, Lydall Performance Materials, Inc.

3:30 – 4:15 pm

Making the Most of Your Membership: NAFA Guidelines





Roberta MacGillivray, B.G.E. Service & Supply Ltd., NAFA Board of Directors & Patrick Rosenthal, CAFS, TEX-AIR Filters, NAFA Board of Directors

4:15 – 4:45 pm

Young Professionals Reception

Up-Down KC

5:00 – 6:00 pm

NAFA Welcome Reception

6:00 – 7:30 pm





7:30 am – 1:00 pm


7:30 – 9:00 am

Education & Training Committee Meeting

7:30 – 9:00 am

Marketing & Membership Committee Meeting

7:30 – 9:00 am

Challenges and Opportunities with Filter Distribution and Service – A Distributor Panel





Moderated by: Jeff Holt, CAFS, NCT, Airflow Products Co., Inc.

Panelists: Kevin Delahunt, CAFS, B.G.E. Service & Supply Ltd.; Joe Fly, CAFS, DSA, Joe W. Fly Co., Inc.; Jeff Gradek, CAFS, NCT II, Filter Services, Inc.; & Steve Griffiths, CAFS, Independent Filter Service P/L

9:00 – 10:15 am

Networking Break

10:15 – 10:30 am

IoT for IAQ: Megatrends, Microtrends, and What it Means for the Future of Air Filtration





Jerry McGuire, Global Vice President, Marketing, AAF Flanders

10:30 – 11:15 am

Moving from Particle-Size to Mass-Based Filtration Metrics





Brent Stephens, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

11:15 am – 12:00 pm


12:00 – 1:00 pm

Topgolf – Foundation Event

1:30 – 5:30 pm





7:30 – 9:00 am

CAFS Q & A Breakfast

7:30 – 9:00 am

Guidelines Committee Meeting

7:30 – 9:00 am

Technical & Certification Committee Meeting

7:30 – 9:00 am

The Possibilities and Perils of the Indoor Air Quality Procedure – Panel Discussion





Moderated by: Paula Levasseur, CAFS, LMF Services, LLC

Panelists: Charles Seyffer, Camfil Americas & Marwa Zaatari, Ph.D., enVerid Systems

9:00 – 10:15 am

Networking Break

10:15 – 10:30 am

Regulations for Improved IAQ – Current State and Future Opportunities





Phil Whitaker, President & CEO, AAF Flanders

10:30 – 11:15 am

CAFS and NCT Testing

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

It’s a Wrap – Biggest Tech Seminar Takeaways and Upcoming Opportunities





Moderated by: Trey Fly, CAFS, NCTII, Joe W. Fly Co., Inc.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm

NAFA Board of Directors Meeting

12:00 – 3:00 pm







Your registration includes:

  • Access to all sessions
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Welcome Reception
  • Networking Lunch
  • Awards Banquet
  • Opportunity to participate in CAFS and NCT exams (additional fee required)
  • Opportunity to participate in the NAFA 2017 Golf Tournament (additional fee required)

Online registration deadline is September 17th, register before September 1st to save with early bird registration! Confirmed registrations must be canceled in writing by, September 1, 2018, to receive a full refund, less a $50 cancellation charge. No refunds shall be made for cancellations after September 1. Substitutions are allowed.

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino
111 Country Club Dr
Incline Village, NV 89451

Book online or call the hotel at 888-421-1442 toll free or 775-832-1234 to place your reservation. Be sure to mention you’re with NAFA to receive the discounted rate before August 24, 2018.

Room Rates: 
Single/double: $219

NAFA discounted room rates are available for two nights prior and three days post event. Room rates are subject to 13% state and local tax.

Reservation cut-off date: August 24, 2018
Check-in time: 4:00 pm; Check-out time: 11:00 am


Closest Airport: Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO)

North Lake Tahoe Express runs shuttle service to and from the Hyatt and Reno-Tahoe International Airport. For reservations and additional information on Lake Tahoe shuttle transportation, view their website.

Reno-Tahoe International Airport provides convenient access to nine different rental car agencies with rental car pick up available right outside the terminal building. All rental car counters are located in Baggage Claim.

For more information on Lake Tahoe transportation, visit the hotel info page or contact the Hyatt Concierge via email or phone at 775-832-1234.

Support the NAFA Scholarship Fund while enjoying 18 holes at Incline Village on the Championship Course, a classic Robert Trent Jones Sr. design. Completely renovated in 2003, this classic design golf course features distinctive design and the most beautiful views imaginable. Voted to the “Best in State” 2012 & 2013 list by Golf Digest magazine, “Best Courses to Play in 2011” and “Best State-by-State Courses” in 2016 by Golfweek magazine, this course deserves your attention. Transportation and a boxed lunch will be provided. Dress code: no denim; collared shirts required

Tuesday, September 25; 9:00am-1:00pm*

Wednesday, September 26; 9:00am-1:00pm*

Thursday, September 27; 9:00am-1:00pm*

*Times are approximate


To discuss sponsorship and reserve an opportunity, please contact Terry Driscoll at, or call 608-310-7542.

See a complete list of opportunities here

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!