Idea Exchange

IDEA EXchange 2020

Embrace change and grow your business by learning from industry colleagues at the 2020 Idea Exchange! Take a tour of MSSA sign company member, Sign Pro Wholesale's facility and attend educational seminars in a hands-on enviroment.



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Registration - Click here

Registration Fee: $65.00

Group Rates: Register 4 employees & the 5th attends for free - contact MSSA (901) 452-6444.

Late registration fee after 2/5/20 | $75





Tricks of the Trade Competition - Submit yours HERE

Do you have a clever way of performing a task or technique which enhances your business’ performance? Consider sharing your method with MSSA and gain the possibility of winning a cash prize! Each participant will have an opportunity to describe/explain their Trick of Trade verbally and through photos or video to attendees during the Idea Exchange Conference in Meridian, MS on Saturday, February 22nd.



Demonstration of Vacuum-Forming Sign Faces | Kim Smiley, Shot in the Dark Thermoforming Specialties
  • Complete understanding of the polycarbonate thermoforming process

  • From flat reel stock to a completed face, obtain a firm understanding of materials,

    drying, heating, vacuum/atmospheric pressure and the actual forming process

  • Observe a thermoforming demonstration of a face from flat stock to completed sign face

Retrofitting Neon and Fluorescents to LEDs | Daryl Foreman, Principal LED, Senior VP

  • The mechanics of retrofitting

  • How to sell a retrofit

  • How to use an ROI calculator

  • Things to consider before doing a retrofit

  • The new UL and NEC requirements for retrofits

  • State, Federal Government, and Utility Companies incentives to go green and convert to LED

  • Q&A Session

Learning from the Regulators | Kenny Peskin, ISA, Industry Programs Director

  • Where do UL, Local Inspectors and OSHA find the greatest number of issues in the sign industry?

Sign Industry Education & Resources | MSSA Staff

  • Online Learning and Digital Badges

  • Sign Manufacturing Day

  • 2 Easy marketing ideas every sign company can use

  • What is SRF and its impact on the sign industry


Company Tour

Sign Pro Wholesale

Lunch provided by Reece Supply Company



Registration Fee: $50.00 / Transportation Included

Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX) Museum Tour + Dinner at Weidmann's

By shining the spotlight on Mississippi’s statewide contributions in arts and entertainment, The MAX will guide visitors to other towns and museums throughout the state, from Tupelo’s Elvis, to Indianola’s B. B. King, to Pascagoula’s Jimmy Buffett, to Jackson’s Eudora Welty, to Ocean Springs’ Walter Anderson, and many more. The MAX conveys the scope of the arts in Mississippi. It covers a broad spectrum from music, literature and art among others. Attendees may enjoy a glass of wine or beer before the walk to dinner at Meridian's Historic Weidmann's restaurant.


Hilton Garden Inn Meridian 109 US-11, Meridian, MS 39301

Reservation Line: (601) 485-3506

Rate: $115/night plus taxes & fees | Group Code: MSSA Idea Exchange

Reservation Deadline: 2/2/20, 5PM, CST