Jackson, MI—The Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA), a PMA member association, will hold its annual conference, PPFA 2012, on January 29 through February 1, 2012, concurrent with the West Coast Art and Frame national conference and trade show. Both events will be at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Scheduled events include the PPFA International Framing Competition; certification programs, including the CPF exam, MCPF exam, recertification course and CPF preparation courses; the PPFA all-member meeting; Chapter Leader Conference; and the PPFA Vendor Tabletop Showcase/Reception. PPFA will also feature educational sessions as well as business and technical training.
“I am extremely happy and pleased to have PPFA and WCAF joining together for the benefit of the framing industry,” said PPFA’s president, Ken Link, CPF, of Picture This and More in Alton, Illinois. “By facilitating a gathering of the framing industry, including retailer framers, framing suppliers, educators, the framing industry trade magazine and the framing industry trade association at the framing industry’s only trade show is a strategic direction that will benefit all. The reuniting of the framing industry through this event will help strengthen our industry’s future in the near term and for years to come. This combined show will provide the best in education, certification, framing competitions, supplier/framer connections and overall networking opportunities within the framing community.”
“I am very excited with this announcement,” added Mark Klostermeyer, MCPF, Design Frames, Falls Church, Virginia, and PMA president-elect. “The framing industry’s only trade association working side by side with the industry’s leading magazine and trade show. The best convention, education, certification and trade show all in the same city, the same hotel on the same dates. It’s something the industry has wanted and something the industry needs as we prepare for the future.”
Serving the art and framing community worldwide, the Professional Picture Framers Association encourages artisans to hone the time-honored skill of custom framing. As the professional trade association for the custom framing industry, PPFA connects frame shops, art galleries and suppliers to a network of knowledge and support. PPFA builds on its 40-year history of establishing best practices for framing and providing programs and services essential for entrepreneurial success. Through education, certification, business services, industry research and events, it helps lead members to discover, understand and act on new business opportunities. pmai.org/ppfa