Volume 16, Issue 5 - September/October 2012

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I’ll Have Another
The International Window Film Conference
and Tint-Off™ Returns to the South

Louisville, Ky., was buzzing on April 28, 2012 as the horses prepared to run, the gentleman placed their bets and the ladies donned their hats. The city was alive with the Kentucky Derby. When the day ended I’ll Have Another had been crowned victor and the city was once again known as a city of champions.

Fast forward five months later and the city is buzzing again except this time it is for the International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™. This gathering of the best tinters in the world as well as industry experts and old friends, will be found on September 20-22 in the great city of Louisville. The event is returning to the South this year and after the rousing success of an event last year, the industry is surely saying, “I’ll have another.”

Whether you are already preparing to attend the event or trying to decide at the last minute, details about the seminars, competitions, special events and the city of Louisville are all included within these pages. We hope to see YOU in September!

Welcome to Louisville
Upon arriving in Louisville, attendees can visit the registration desk to pick up their badges, ask questions and say hello to the Window Film magazine staff. The registration desk will be in two different locations, depending on when you are picking up your badge. The Louisville Marriott Downtown registration desk will be open on Thursday, September 20 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Friday, September 21 from 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. For those attendees looking to pick up their badge late Friday or Saturday, the Kentucky International Convention Center will be open on Friday, September 21 from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. and on Saturday, September 22 from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Louisville Marriott Downtown is directly connected to the Hyatt Regency Louisville via a parking garage. The Kentucky International Convention Center is also connected to both hotels through a temperature-controlled skywalk.

Be sure to keep your badge with you because your attendee badge makes you eligible for discounts throughout the city at different restaurants, museums, attractions, shops and more.

Sights to See
For those looking for some after-hours excitement, Louisville has plenty to offer. The city is the home of the Kentucky Derby, Louisville Slugger and Muhammad Ali. Attendees can receive discounts at a number of local establishments by presenting their badge. For a full list of participating businesses visit the registration desk. Also, be sure to check out the following sites:
Churchill Downs, America’s legendary racetrack and home of the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Derby Museum; The Louisville Slugger Bat Factory and Museum (Main Street), home of the legendary Louisville Slugger baseball bat; The Louisville Science Center and IMAX theater (Main Street) provides fun and discovery for inquiring minds of all ages; Fourth Street Live!, a $70 million downtown complex of restaurants, coffee shops, bars, nightclubs and other entertainment venues; Glassworks houses 50 glass artists who can be viewed creating their works of art; open daily for tours and special events; and so much more!

Visit Auto Glass Week™
Co-located with the International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ will be Auto Glass Week™ 2012. Auto Glass Week consists of educational seminars dedicated to the auto glass industry as well as AGRR™ magazine’s repair and replacement competitions. These competitions will be held on the Exhibition/Extravaganza floor September 21-22. Your attendee badge will get you into the auto glass seminars and access to view the competitions if you are looking to expand your business or gain more insight into the auto glass industry.

Competitive Edge
Returning again this year is the International Window Film?Tint-Off Automotive Division as well as the Architectural Division, which was last held in 2008. The International Window Film Tint-Off Architectural and Automotive Divisions are an opportunity for tinters from around the world to compete to tint an architectural frame or demonstrate their automotive tinting skills on a vehicle. Industry veterans judge the competitors’ tint installations in each division as well as their procedures, safety and cleanliness. It is also a chance for tinters to learn from other professionals, execute quality installations, pick up innovative techniques and of course compete for the chance to hold the title of “World’s Best Architectural Window Film Tinter,” and “World’s Best Automotive Window Film Tinter.”


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