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Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
  Click on the link and proceed as follows:
1.  Opens directly to our Conference Registration Page;
2.  Enter arrival and departure dates;
3.  Next screen - select room rate of $129 for Earth Standard Room;
4.  Proceed with dates and nights required, etc.
Contracted Room Rate is $129 for standard room, plus tax/resort fee.
OR you must call directly to Mohegan Sun Reservations at 866-708-1340 and reference Group Code MATRA 17
Deadline to reserve your room is Thursday, October 12th, 2017.

2017 Conference Schedule                           Register for The Tent Show 2017


Sunday, November 5th

Tent Installations of Registration Tent (Losberger)
Tent Installation of Seminar Tent #1 (Fiesta)
Tent Installation of BilJax

Monday , November 6th


Day ONE, Tent Installations ( Tent Installs will be added as they register )
8:00 am     Anchor
8:30 am     Charnecke
9:00 am     GrandChamp
9:00 am     TopTec
9:00 am     Aztec
10:00 am   Fred's
10:00 am   Eureka
10:30 am   Rainier
10:30 am   Olympic
11:00 am    Shelter
11:30 am    Liri
12:00 pm    Ins'Tent
2:00 pm      Allstate
2:00 pm      TBD
2:00 pm      TBD

12:00 pm Registration Opens in Registration Tent (Losberger)

7:00 pm Annual Membership Meeting (Inside Hotel - TBA )

7:30 pm Monday Night Party with MATRA (no ticket required, Hosted by MATRA at Michael Jordan's Bar #23 inside Mohegan Sun )

Tuesday, November 7th     **NEW EDUCATION SCHEDULE**
The 2017 Tent Show Educational Seminars are all about you!  Our attendees are the perfect mix of installers, owners and managers.  With a maximum of two concurrent sessions, our education program is sculpted to give everyone a chance to perfect their craft or check out another side of the industry. 

8:00 am Registration Opens (Losberger) Continental Breakfast Sponsored by our Silver Level Sponsors

8:30 am to 9:30 am New Product Demo Time This session is for NOT PREVIOUSLY DEMONSTRATED NEW PRODUCTS ONLY Come out by the Registration Tent to see what's new and how it works. Product demo info to follow. Hands-On session.

9:30 am to 10:30 am Mobile Photography: The People’s Medium:  If you currently have a mobile device within reach AND are interested in expanding the base or reach of your business: This presentation is for you.  Professional photographer Tomas Flint will discuss the state of modern photography, and offer hands-on instruction that will help you harness the magic of mobile photography for your business.  Topics discussed will include camera basics, ‘seeing’ better pictures, photo editing, storage, FaceBook, Instagram, and more.
Presenter:  Tomas Flint (Seminar Tent)

9:30 am to 10:30 am The Winning Strategy:  As an owner, you are constantly looking for ways to win as a company and have the best business development plan.  Proactively planning how you will grow your sales comes down to planning and people.  This session will review ways to analyze your company's sales strategies, personnel, networking tactics, and buyer conversations to help you get more referrals and ultimately win more business.
Presenter:  Matt Blank

10:45 am to 11:45 am Staking, Ballasting & Wind Demo:  This session will include a demo of a wind machine and Dynamometer.
Presenters:  Nick Deninno & Pete McVey

10:45 am to 11:45 am 10 Mega Truths of Crisis Management:  Discussion will include crisis management from the installer perspective.
Presenter:  Frank Supovitz, Fast Traffic Events & Entertainment (Seminar Tent)

12: 00 - 1:15 pm Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm 10 Truths of Crisis Management:  Discussion will include crisis management from the installer perspective .
Presenter: Frank Supovitz, Fast Traffic Events & Entertainment (Seminar Tent)

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm Ten Effective Social Media Strategies to Build Your Business:  Are you overwhelmed with the idea of social media? During this session, learn 10 simple things you can do on social media to promote your business. Reviewed will be LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram and we will help you develop the right strategy for your success.
Presenter:  Jennifer Gardella (Seminar Tent)

2:45 pm to 3:45 pm Be the CEO of You, Inc. :  Even though you are an employee you still can find ways to be entrepreneurial to help our own career path within your company.  Being a leader and developing a personal brand will help you be more memorable to your vendor partners, your clients, your team, and most importantly...your boss.  This session will teach you ways to treat your career as you are the boss of you, to help you reach new levels of success.
Presenters:  Matt Blank  (Seminar Tent)

2:45 pm to 3:45 pm Preparing for an OSHA Visit :  Learn first-hand from those who have experienced a surprise visit from OSHA.  What was their experience to correct the violations?  What are the top 10 OSHA violations and associated fines.  What can you do to minimize liability?
Presenters:  Mike Fitzwater, Matt Smith, Special Events Virginia   (Seminar Tent)

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Tent Talk *Team*:   This session will be led by a panel of your peers, each with years of experience in the tent industry.  Attend, ready to ask questions and share your knowledge with others.  Learn new methods, event trends and how to handle a variety of issues from work site safety, challenging venues, organization and practical application of tools and gadgets - just to name a few!.
Presenter:  Panel including Steve Belliveau, Steven Campbell, Sean McCarthy (Seminar Tent)

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm You Hired Who??: "Get ahead in business by finding the right people for the job". You hear that quite frequently and it seems obvious that once you know what you want in the job and in the person, that getting ahead in business would be easy, right?  Knowing what you want is just the start of that process. Understanding how to take defined steps to hire that right person is much more challenging. In this interactive course, you will learn how to use specific tools to find the right person for the right job.
Presenter:  Bobby Bradley, Texas Tent  (Seminar Tent)

7:00 pm-9:00 pm Vendor/Welcome Reception. Located in Margaritaville, inside Mohegan Sun.
Welcome Reception Ticket Required (MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE TO ATTEND)

Wednesday, November 8th    **NOTE** - NEW this year - TWO Exhibitor Set Up Times Available

8:00 am Registration Opens (Losberger) Continental Breakfast Sponsored by Silver Sponsors

8:00 am - 10 am - Exhibitor Set Up (*NEW TIMING**)
(Anchor, Charnecke, Grandchamps)

10:00 am Tour of the Tents (2 Tour Groups)

11:30 am Grilled Luncheon sponsored by Gold Level Sponsors

Noon - 2:00 p.m. - Exhibitor Set Up (**NEW TIMING**) (Anchor, Charnecke, Grandchamps)

12:30 pm MATRA Games (sign up at Registration - Losberger Tent)
All games take place simultaneously and will end promptly at 2:30 pm, so don’t wait to participate.
All participants must show their MATRA registration badge when signing up for a game. No Exceptions!
(1st, 2nd & 3rd Places. 1st Place over 40 overall. 1st Place Women’s Overall. Men’s Overall: 1st - Golden Sledgehammer, 2nd & 3rd Places)
1 man stake toss - sponsored by Eureka! Tents
1 man stake driving - sponsored by Pioneer Tool & Forge
1 man knot tying - sponsored by TopTec Products, LLC
1 man tent lacing - sponsored by Cornerstone Event Products
2 man stake driving - sponsored by Aztec Tents
2 man tent folding - sponsored by Fred's Tents
1 man tent toss  - sponsored by Anchor Industries
1 man table/chair - sponsored by Granite Industries
1 man sledgehammer throw - sponsored by PHP

2:30 pm - 7:00 pm Exhibits Open. **NEW EXHIBITOR TIMING** Food & Beverage from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm.
(Exhibitor Tents)

7:30 pm - 12:00 am Awards Dinner (Inside Mohegan Sun, Ballroom )
Dinner Ticket Required
Please join us as we pay tribute to our Diamond Anniversary!

Thursday, November 9th

8:30 am-10:00 am Exhibits Open
(Anchor, Charnecke and Grandchamps)
10:00 am-11:00 am  MATRA Breakfast with  Prizes-- Open to all attendees. (Fred's Tent)
Drawing for our  Diamond Ticket Raffle of two (2) Jackpot Prizes and three (3) Grand Prizes will be given out during this breakfast. **NEW BREAKFAST TIMING**

11:00 am Striking of Displays & Tents
. Volunteers are needed to help take down the tents and secure the area.
Please help if you can. **NEW STRIKE TIMING**


Contact Us

Manufacturers and Tent Renters Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 9826
Wilmington, DE 19809
Phone:302.765.3945 Ext 2
Fax: 302-241-2177

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Mission Statement

The mission of MATRA is to uphold safe practices and promote the professionalism and integrity of the tent rental industry, through education, networking and leadership development.