Registration Deadline: Friday, April 7
Please join us for the Cordage Institute’s 2023 Annual Conference to enjoy plenty of opportunities to connect and network with members and industry professionals. The program will feature technical working group and committee meetings, technical and business speakers, member presentations, golf, and social activities.  
Keynote Presentation:
How to Thrive in an Economic Winter:
Take the Fear out of Finance
Bob Schumann, MA MBA MDiv CFP® AIFA® PPC®
General Business Session - Wednesday, May 17

The ascent of man to the top of the evolutionary ladder began with the recognition of four seasons and the organization of life around those seasons. Two thousand years of recent history, especially the last 500, suggest the world is entering the fourth and final stage of an economic pattern which matches the 84-year human lifecycle. This pattern predicted the beginning of an economic winter triggered by a banking crisis in 2006 (+/- couple years) and ending in 2027 with an economic spring and new world order. Bob will take the fear out of this once in a lifetime transition by using the 1986 Challenger disaster to illustrate the power of quantum forecasting. He will give a brief history of its evolution since the American Revolution and demonstrate how individuals and businesses can use this forecasting power to build the perfect, all-weather investment portfolio. Finally, he will close his address with a Q&A session through which the audience will experience how it feels to thrive in an economic winter. He says, “the only thing more powerful than a belief, is an experience.”

Bob is a financial coach, and provides training to corporations, small business owners, foundations, endowments, non-profits, retirement plan sponsors, and investment advisors who have been entrusted with the management of other people's money. For more information on Bob, click here.
Special Presentation:
Fast Rope Technology Development at
United States Air Force Academy
Col. Cory Cooper, United States Air Force Academy
Technical Seminar - Thursday, May 18

Col. Cooper is Permanent Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the United States Air Force Academy, where he manages the Academy’s largest research center, the $35M Center for Aircraft Structural Life Extension (CAStLE).

He is excited to present the process of how his team worked their way through problems of designing, building, and patenting several key technologies to replace the current Fast Rope Insertion and Extraction System (FRIES). These actions were undertaken by Air Force Academy cadets and faculty, and sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory. The team used a unique design approach to make the fast rope system safer, faster, lighter, and more mission responsive; and resulted in AFRL and DARPA innovation awards and multiple patents in the years since.

Additional presentations will be announced soon!
The Cheyenne Mountain Resort
3255 Broadmoor Valley Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
The Cheyenne Mountain Resort is a scenic 20-minute drive from the Colorado Springs Airport and sits at an elevation of 9,570 ft. above sea level. Enjoy the onsite lake, tennis, spa, and golf with awe-inspiring views of the Front Mountain Range. The 316 well-appointed guest rooms and suites are arranged in eight residential lodges across the resort.
The Cheyenne Mountain Resort offers in-room amenities and supreme comfort, and the understated Rocky Mountain–inspired décor create the ultimate escape. Unwind on your private balcony or patio looking out to the courtyard surrounded by a sweeping mountainscape and picturesque views.

Our discounted group room rate is $189 plus state and local taxes per night. There is an additional $14 per room, per night resort fee, which includes the following:

  • Complimentary self-parking
  • Unlimited personal Wi-Fi access
  • Unlimited local calls
  • Unlimited 800 calls
  • In-room coffee and tea
  • Free golf bag storage
  • Access to the Country Club of Colorado including the spa, fitness center, beach/lake, recreation courts, and fitness classes

The discounted group rate will be offered for up to 3 days before and 3 days after the conference. Availability is limited so we suggest that you reserve your accommodations as early as possible, particularly if you plan to extend your stay

The check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and the check-out time is noon.

Reserve your accommodations online here or call 833-798-4490 and mention that you are attending the Cordage Institute's Annual Conference.
Take a Swim
The Cheyenne Mountain Resort offers five pools, jacuzzies, a beachfront lake, and aqua cardio classes for those looking to develop swimming skills or participate in a low-impact workout. The resort gives guests ample reasons to jump in, whether it's playtime, swim time, or workout time.
The Alluvia Spa and Wellness Retreat
Welcome to a sanctuary amid the splendor of the Colorado Rockies. Alluvia Spa and Wellness Retreat is your full-service oasis for nurturing your mind, body, and soul. Experience a holistic approach to skincare, empowering your skin’s innate ability to heal itself, creating real, lasting results. Rest and relax with custom massages, including hot stone, deep tissue, and cupping therapy. Grab a manicure, pedicure, or transform your skin with an intensive full-body treatment designed to boost skin hydration and radiance.

Appointments can be made by calling 719-538-4071.
Fitness Center
The fitness facility offers your choice of 30 LifeFitness cardiovascular machines, strength machines, and free weights. Men's and women's locker rooms feature hot tubs and steam rooms.
Member Registration Fee

Companion Registration Fee
$725 per person

$350 per person
The registration fee includes admittance to all meetings and events, breakfast and coffee breaks on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, lunch on Tuesday, and the cocktail reception and dinner on Wednesday evening. The Welcome Reception and Dinner on Tuesday evening is sponsored by Cordage Institute Associate Members, and all are invited to attend.

Spouses/Companions who are full-time employees of Cordage Institute member companies must pay the full member registration fee.
Separate fees apply for golf, club rentals, and the Pikes Peak Cog Railway Adventure.

All fees are non-refundable after Friday, May 5. Cancellations prior to that date will be refunded in full, less a $50 US per registration processing fee. 
The annual Sim Whitehill Memorial Golf Tournament will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17. Casual golf on Thursday, May 18 will be consecutive tee times beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Both golf outings will take place on the same course at the Country Club of Colorado at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Enjoy the 18-hole course surrounded by the jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains. This Pete Dye-designed course was created to challenge golfers of all skill levels. Nearly 7,000 yards of immaculate greens, angled doglegs, and sprawling sand traps characterize this championship course.

Sim Whitehill Memorial Golf Tournament: $160 per person
Casual Golf Outing: $115 per person
Club Rentals: $75 per person, per day
Pikes Peak Cog Railway Adventure
On Wednesday, we have planned a round-trip ride on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the highest cog railroad in the world and the highest railroad in the United States. The journey, which will begin at the base station in Manitou Springs, will include an ascent through four different climate zones. Once at the 14,115-foot summit of the Rocky Mountains, there will be time to enjoy the stunning 360-degree views before the trip back down to the depot.
Adventurers will depart the resort at 12:20 p.m. and will return by approximately 5:00 p.m. Carpools will be organized in order to reduce transportation costs for attendees. 
Pikes Peak Cog Railway Adventure Fee: $90 per person
The Colorado Country Club at Cheyenne Mountain Resort offers 5 outdoor courts, 5 indoor courts, a pro shop, and 8 pickle ball courts.
Reservations are required.
If you would like to play tennis on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 17, please indicate this when registering. If there is enough interest, courts will be reserved.
Indoor courts can be rented for $44 per 90 minutes and outdoor courts can be rented for $15 per hour. Rackets can be rented for $15.
Proper Attire
For all meetings, the attire is casual. The cocktail receptions and dinners are informal.

The daytime temperature in Colorado Springs can vary widely between averages of 42°F-68°F. Due to the high elevation, it is suggested that you drink plenty of water and use sunscreen.

Ground Transportation & Parking
Hotel Parking: Onsite parking is free.

Uber/Lyft: The ride-sharing apps, Uber and Lyft, are available for local transportation and can be downloaded to your smart device via the app store on IOS and Android products. 

Taxi: The cost for one-way taxi service between the airport and the hotel is approximately $35.

If you have any questions, please contact Pete Lance or Dan Paschke in the Cordage Institute office at  +1-610-971-4854 or
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