Exhibitor Central


IFAI Expo 2017 FAQs

Includes Pipe, Drape, Booth ID Sign Expo Guide Directory Listing and 3 Exhibitor badges per 100 square feet. Additional badges can be purchased for $50/badge. Pricing does not include carpet. Must have floor covering.

All IFAI Expo 2017 exhibitors can be found on the interactive floor plan. You can search via the Exhibitor List button on the top left of the page. 

Yes. As a standard requirement for our 2017 Expo, it will be necessary for you to carry general liability coverage from an insurance company in good standing with minimum policy limits of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 aggregate.

For those that do not have liability insurance, we have set up a program with Rainprotection Insurance through which you will be able to purchase the exact required insurance instantly online.

An Exhibitor Appointed Contractor (EAC) is any company hired by an exhibitor to perform trade show services independently of show management appointed contractors. (Freeman Glossary of Industry Terms)

Submit your Exhibitor Appointed Contractor Authorization Form by September 4, 2017.

IFAI Expo is the premier educational and trade show event for the specialty fabrics, advanced textiles and shade and weather protection arenas, featuring a host of opportunities to take your business and career to the next level.

Learn more here!

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA


Sept. 26-29, 2017
Programming Sept. 26-29 | Show Floor Sept. 27-29



Trade show hours
Wednesday, Sept. 27 | 11 am–5:30 pm
Thursday, Sept. 28 | 11 am–5:30 pm
Friday, Sept. 29 | 9 am–2 pm

Your IFAI Account Manager is always your best resource for any questions. 

General Exhibitor Questions
Katie Stuart, IFAI Exhibit Coordinator

Exhibiting and Sponsorship Opportunities
Mark Berriman, National Sales Manager

IFAI Expo features 3 show floor areas: Specialty Fabrics, Advanced Textiles and Shade & Weather Protection.

Specialty Fabrics: Traditional market suppliers from fabric, equipment and hardware to services needed to manufacture end products.

Advanced Textiles: Innovative suppliers highlight partnerships throughout the supply chain in technical textiles markets including medical, automotive, wearables, safety/protective, performance wear, and aerospace.
     *NOTE: companies must be pre-qualified to exhibit in this area.

     Questions? Contact Casey Strauch cmstrauch@ifai.com | 651-225-6904

Shade & Weather Protection: End products from retractable awning systems, shade structures and canopies to motorized shade and weather solutions. 
     *NOTE: companies must be pre-qualified to exhibit in this area.

     Questions? Contact Vivian Cowan vlcowan@ifai.com | 651-225-6961

Click here for more information about AT and Shade prequalification


IFAI is pleased to partner with Freeman, our 2017 Expo Official Service Contractor. Freeman brings more than 80 years of successful event experience to the table and we're excited to have them aboard.


Freeman Show Floor Contact:   
Steve Hagstette  
P: 504-731-1245
C: 702-208-0281
F: 504-731-1214

The on-line manual will be available via Freeman OnLine by July 2017.

Monday, Sept. 25 | 8 am–5 pm
Tuesday, Sept. 26 | 8 am–8 pm

Friday, Sept. 29 | 2–9 pm
Saturday, Sept. 30 | 8 am–5 pm

Not without prior Show Management approval. IFAI will be cracking down on early dismantle violators at IFAI Expo 2017. Packing up a booth before the close of the show deters from a successful show environment for all. 

Please note: Exhibitors who start dismantling displays before the close of the show will forfeit all space selection points accumulated and be subject to additional penalties as stated in the IFAI Rules and Regulations, Item 16.

Update your Booth Profile here: bit.ly/Expo17BoothProfile

Detailed instructions can be found here: bit.ly/Expo17ProfileGuide

Make the most out of your IFAI Expo exhibiting experience and enhance your brand with these FREE opportunites.

IFAI Expo offers various education, signage, digital, and print sponsorships to help expand your brand. Contact Mark Berriman, National Sales Manager at meberriman@ifai.com to learn more. 

All booth payment-related items can be found on the My Account page of your Exhibitor Central Account. Click the View/Print Invoice button for a receipt or click the Pay Invoice button to pay any remaining blances. 

Questions? Contact IFAI Accounting Department ar@ifai.com

Exhibitor invoices must be paid in full by April 3, 2017 or your company will be subject to late fees.

Housing Company: ConferenceDirect

*All reservations MUST be done through ConferenceDirect and cannot be made with the hotels directly

Hotel Options:

  • Sheraton New Orleans (HQ hotel)
  • New Orleans Marriott
  • JW Marriott New Orleans
  • Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Registration will be open this May. A link will be emailed to you and included in your Exhibitor Console.
3 exhibitor staff badges per 100 square feet. Badges over the amount above must pay an additional $50/badge.

Questions? Contact Katie Stuart, IFAI Exhibit Coordinator  |  kastuart@ifai.com  |  +1 651 225 6983