Tint-Off and Conference to Return in 2011
Automotive Tinters Begin Prepfor September
by Katie Hodge
When the upcoming International Window Film Conference
and Tint-off slides into the “River City,” Memphis, Tenn., September 15-16,
2011, attendees and contestants can expect to experience more than just
barbeque, Elvis, and a taste of the blues. The event, sponsored by Window
Film magazine, brings the hands-on aspect of the industry right to you
when the best of the best vie once again for bragging rights and the title
of “World’s Best Tinter.” With 2011 right around the corner, mark your
calendars now for the International Window Film Expo, Conference and Tint-Off,
taking place as part of 2011 Auto Glass Week, which runs September 15-16,
2011. The Tint-Off is scheduled to take place Thursday, September 15,
from 4 to 7 p.m.
Let the Games Begin
The Tint-Off will bring automotive window film tinters from across the
country ready to compete for the winning title. This year the tint-off
will solely focus on automotive tinting while architectural installers
can expect to re-join the competition in upcoming years. Automotive tinters
will compete against other tinters in a competition that will test their
skills and their knowledge. Events such as this one acknowledge quality
work and recognize those who excel at their craft.
For those unfamiliar with the event, judges score tinters in five different
• Cleanliness of film;
• Cleanliness of vehicle;
• Light gaps and edge cuts;
• Quality of application; and
• Warranty card.
Judges will make deductions for different criteria that are not met to
determine each contestant’s final score. There will be one preliminary
round followed by the final round of competition and the announcement
of the winner. The competition will be open for spectators who want to
watch the action live and check out the talent.
Prizes will be awarded for the three finalists in the competition. First
place will be awarded $7,500. Second place will walk away with $1,000
and third place will be awarded with $500.
Following competition day, seminars will be held Friday, September 16
from 10:30 a.m. through 3 p.m. With a wide array of educational and hands-on
involvement, the week will have opportunities for everyone to take something
away from the event.
In addition, since the International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off
is happening in conjunction with 2011 Auto Glass Week, attendees will
have access to a great selection of additional seminars and programs that
will be sponsored by other groups taking part in the week’s events.
Home of the Blues
While one skilled tinter definitely won’t be singing the blues, there
are plenty of sites to see for those feeling bluesy. Memphis, known for
its exceptional barbeque, blues music and rock ‘n roll history, has plenty
of things to do when the competition ends. Attendees can take a stroll
down Beale Street, which honors many of Memphis’ most famous and influential
musicians, to take in the sights and sounds of this famous stretch of
restaurants, bars and stores. With close proximity to both shopping and
the Mississippi River, visitors will have the option to enjoy both indoor
and outdoor activities. Graceland, the home of the legendary Elvis Presley,
is just a short drive and almost anywhere you go in Memphis you can find
traditional Memphis barbeque.
Other local attractions include the nearby National Civil Rights Museum,
AutoZone Park and the FedEx Forum.
Shut-Eye in Memphis
The 2011 International Window Film Tint-Off will be taking place in the
heart of Memphis at the Memphis Marriott Downtown and the Memphis Cook
Convention Center. The hotel, which boasts the title of “largest hotel
in Memphis,” has spectacular views of the skyline and the convenience
of being just a few steps from the competition and seminars.
The 19-floor hotel and convention center are attached by a short skywalk
and feature a fitness center, indoor pool, coffee shop and a UPS store
for shipping needs. The hotel is located on the Memphis trolley line,
which provides attendees with easy transportation to restaurants, shopping
and other attractions.
Attendees can stay at the hotel for the low room rate of $99. Reserve
your room by contacting the Memphis Marriott Downtown at 901/527-7300.
For those interested in being a part of the 2011 International Window
Film Tint-Off contact Holly Biller at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 540/720-5584 x123.
Stayed tuned to Window Film magazine and windowfilmmag.com
for more updates as the Tint-Off approaches.
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