MSSA Presents "Idea Exchange" - Activities



Wednesday, February 21st
Holiday Inn Downtown - Alexandria, LA


5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

MSSA "Gathering"


Thursday, February 22nd
Holiday Inn Downtown - Alexandria, LA


1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
MSSA Board Meeting
Open to Registrants
New Orleans A & B


3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sneak Peek of New Sign Industry Products
Open to Registrants

Looking for ways to stay ahead of (or "sneak past") your competition? MSSA is offering YOU an opportunity to see sign industry products being introduced in 2018 - possibly before they are officially available during ISA Expo! Join MSSA and view presentations by ten merchants on their latest and greatest for 2018!
Lake Charles Meeting Room


6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
MSSA's First Ever Olympic Games ... Ridiculously FUN!
Cost $45

What our Olympics will and won't do for MSSA:

  • Will bring unity to a team,
  • Will make everyone laugh,
  • Will produce many one-liners,
  • Will not make someone a natural athlete overnight!

Performance enhancing drugs are banned in the MSSA Olympics. But performance debilitating drugs such as a Mars bar is accepted. Appropriate attire is recommended: tennis shoes, comfortable clothing, ladies - dresses may be deemed inappropriate.

Prediction: "Most of our MSSA athletes are very good people and will play fairly, but there are some that will show very poor sportsmanship by obstructing the other teams." Karen Warr, MSSA Executive Director

After games, our "Party Like a Champion" dinner is open to attendees with an extra cost of $45.

Lake Charles Meeting Room


Friday, February 23rd
Capital Signs & Awnings - 902 North West Main St., Bunkie, LA


7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Registration Open with Coffee / Orientation
Continental Breakfast provided by Tubelite Co. Inc

All Seminars are Open to Registrants


8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
American safety consulting and certification company will provide several new updates within their program.

  • Factory Inspection / Field Inspection / Field Evaluation
  • UL48 (Electric Signs) vs UL879a (Retrofit Sign Conversions)
  • A detailed look at the most common UL48 non-conformances (includes installation instructions)


David Nourie is a Lead Field Engineer with UL LLC, and has worked at UL for 11 years. Although he performs inspections on all UL Certified Products, his main role is the Primary Designated Field Engineer (PDFE) for UL Electric Signs. This role's responsibilities include the global education of UL customers and field staff on the requirements of the UL 48 Standard, and the ongoing development of UL's Electric Sign Program.


9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Seminar: Rethinking Interviewing and Hiring?

  • What type of candidate am I seeking?
  • How will I attract a top candidate?
  • How do I interview to find that top candidate?
  • But, ... how will I KNOW?
  • When I know, how do I keep my top team members?


Lisa Coleman is the Franchise Owner of Westaff with 7 offices located throughout Louisiana. She purchased her first staffing business in 1990 and grew the business from a small sole proprietorship to a multi-million-dollar human resource operation.


10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
COMPANY TOUR: VISIT Capital Signs & Awnings


11:45 a.m.
LUNCH Provided by Reece Supply


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