Wednesday, April 28
NIA Member Orientation
At this invitation-only event, NIA’s Membership Committee and Committee Chairmen will welcome you and help you learn more about the programs, educational opportunities, resources, networking events, and participation opportunities available to NIA members. Membership Committee Chairman David Dzina will make a brief presentation and then open the floor to address any questions you have. Make the most of your membership and join us!
First-Timer and VIP Reception
First-time NIA Convention attendees should plan to join us for this invitation-only event, the perfect way to learn more about what you can expect at the NIA Convention. Network with NIA leaders and staff and ask any questions you may have about the annual convention, committees, or programs offered by NIA. This hosted cocktail reception is casual and immediately precedes the Welcome Reception. Make sure to check the "First Convention" box when registering.
Welcome Reception: All-American Fun and Games BBQ
Join us as we kick off convention with a fun, relaxed networking event! Put on your jeans or shorts for an evening of fun, food, and games, just like an old-fashioned family get-together. Enjoy the award-winning culinary team's take on traditional all-American foods while you have fun with colleagues you haven't seen since the last convention. Don't forget to test your skill in a variety of games, or grab a beer and cheer on the players.
Dessert Hospitality Suites
Immediately after the Welcome Reception, it's time for one of the highlights of convention: the Dessert Hospitality Suites! Embark on a journey of discovery through rooms filled with delicious desserts brought to you by a select group of NIA’s manufacturer members. Don't miss this annual favorite event to network with your hospitality suite hosts, NIA members, and industry friends.
Thursday, April 29
Appreciation Night: Private Dinner and the Festival of the Lion King Performance at Disney’s Animal Kingdom®
Why wait in long lines to see one of Walt Disney World® Resort's most popular shows when you can experience it during NIA's exclusive evening event? Harambe Village in Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park will come alive after the park closes for a fun-filled evening of networking, dining, and tribal celebration. You will be escorted through the exotic street bazaar, where you will dine among the rhythmic and percussive sounds of Africa.
Following dinner, experience a private viewing of the live, big-as-Broadway show, the Festival of the Lion King. This action-packed performance featuring up-beat music from the classic animated film, high-energy dancers, and all your favorite Lion King characters will have you on the edge of your seat and possibly even singing along! With each section of the theater portraying a different animal, the show offers loads of fun for everyone in the family.
Friday, April 30
Saturday, May 1
President's Gala Dinner and Dance
The President's Gala event always wraps up the NIA Convention in style, and this year the send-off will be one of a kind! Join us as we honor NIA's outgoing president, Larry Nelles, with a special presentation and evening of merriment.
This year we have a unique after-dinner performance featuring the popular musical group 42Five. Influenced by a street corner barbershop sound and drawing on funk, rock, jazz, and blues, 42Five is unlike any musical experience around, recreating an entire instrumental band with nothing but their five voices. 42Five brings timeless music to life with beautiful harmonies infused with humor and style all their own. You won't want to miss this unique musical experience!
Once the applause has died down, it's time to hit the dance floor as the DJ takes the stage. Don't pass up this chance to create one last fond memory of your time in Orlando along with your industry friends, old and new!