Registration Deadline: Friday, October 15, 2021
Please join us for the Cordage Institute’s Annual Conference and long-awaited 100th Anniversary (plus 1 year) Celebration on November 9-11, 2021 at one of the most historic hotels in the United States, The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

This celebratory conference will feature Technical Working Group Meetings, a Technical Committee Meeting, a Technical Seminar, the Annual Business Meeting, the Annual Gale Foster Memorial Golf Tournament, and plenty of opportunities to interact and connect with Cordage Institute members and industry professionals.

A very special 100th Anniversary Reception and Dinner will be held on Wednesday, November 10th. This black-tie optional, 1920s themed event will feature the presentation of the Gale Foster Award of Merit and The Richards Technical Contribution Awards, live entertainment, and several surprises.

You don’t want to miss this historic occasion celebrating the Cordage Institute’s 100 years of growth, innovation, and standards development!
Keynote Speaker
How to Get America Back on Track
Steven De Foer, Journalist and Author
General Business Session - Wednesday, November 10th

The United States is on the wrong track as a nation: That is what a large majority of respondents have been answering consistently for over a decade now. The Belgian journalist and author Steven De Foer does not disagree. In fact, his most recent book Amerikanen (Americans), a #1 non-fiction bestseller in his own country in June 2020, had a subheading “It could have been great.”

De Foer has been an acclaimed reporter and commentator for the leading Belgian newspaper De Standaard, and the author of highly praised non-fiction volumes about matters as diverse as the true identity of the Dutch (Among the Dutch, 2001), the origins and consequences of movie stardom (Hollywood Boulevard, 2016), and how Americans have never managed to entirely fulfill the promises of their nation. He often appears on Belgian and Dutch television and radio, mostly to talk about American society and politics.

De Foer covered the 9/11 attacks in New York, traveled to 34 American states, has interviewed Al Gore and John McCain, had tea with the National Director of the Ku Klux Klan, and visited some of the poorest areas of the US as well.

A magic wand he does not own, but he does have a few suggestions – some of which once used to be very popular in the US.
The Greenbrier
Address: 101 W Main St, White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986
Located amid the breathtaking Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, The Greenbrier is a National Historic Landmark and an award-winning resort that has been welcoming guests from around the world since 1778. The natural mineral springs that drew the first guests over 242 years ago continue to lure visitors to the 11,000 acre luxury retreat. With a guest list that includes 27 of 46 U.S. Presidents, the resort has long been a favorite destination of royalty, celebrities, and business leaders.

The Greenbrier combines the graciousness of the past with exquisite modern southern charm. Sprawling Colonial Revival architecture, meticulously manicured gardens, ballrooms, sweeping staircases, lavish décor, and uncompromising hospitality and service are all hallmarks of The Greenbrier experience.

Resort highlights include picturesque golf courses; a world-renowned spa offering a variety of massages, facials, and treatments; a dining collection of 20 restaurants, lounges, and bars; the elegant Casino Club, which was recently ranked the 18th Best Casino in America according to TripAdvisor reviews; an extensive retail collection with over 35 shops, boutiques, and galleries; over 55 indoor and outdoor activities; and the declassified Bunker at The Greenbrier, a must-see experience that takes you behind the scenes of an emergency Cold War fallout shelter that was once a top secret U.S. government relocation facility for Congress.
The Greenbrier Resort offers in-room amenities with the latest online technology and conveniences. The signature Dorothy Draper décor features vibrant colors, floral patterns, and bold contrasts unique to each room. For over 65 years, The Greenbrier has carefully maintained this distinctive look celebrating luxury, elegance, and history in every detail.

Our discounted group room rate for Traditional Rooms is $219 plus state and local taxes per night. There is an additional $25 per room, per night resort fee, which includes the following:

  • Resort-Wide Wireless Internet
  • Morning Coffee Service
  • Afternoon Tea and Concert
  • Nightly Movies in the Theatre
  • Historical Tours and Presentations
  • Fitness Equipment (at Tennis & Fitness Center)
  • Children's VIP Cards
  • Use of Indoor and Outdoor Pools
  • Champagne Toast in The Casino Club
  • On-Property Transportation
  • Hiking and Meditation Trails
  • Springhouse Entertainer Cabaret

The check-in time is 4:00pm and the check-out time is 11:00am.

The discounted group rate will be offered for up to 3 days prior to the start of 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.

Hotel Reservation Cancellation Policy: The deposit, which is equal to one night’s room and tax, is refundable up to 14 days prior to arrival. 
With more than 55 indoor and outdoor activities available, The Greenbrier offers something for attendees of all interests.
Indoor Pool
For those who enjoy the warmth and refreshment of an indoor pool, The Greenbrier offers year-round recreation amidst lovely canopies and colorful furnishings. The 30-meter pool was remodeled in the late 1940s by Dorothy Draper and is adjacent to the spa.

Hours of operation: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Fitness Center
The Greenbrier offers a modern fitness center, as well as a wide variety of fitness classes staffed by certified physical trainers. The fitness center offers strength training equipment and cardiovascular machines including treadmills, Stairmasters, bicycles, and NordicTracks.

Hours of operation: 6:00am - 7:00pm
The Greenbrier Spa
Make an appointment at The Greenbrier Spa to enjoy the restorative properties of the award-winning spa. Combining native sulphur water spa treatments with state-of-the-art therapeutic experiences, The Greenbrier Spa treatments feature the finest products and stress-relief therapy anywhere. The Greenbrier Spa provides both soothing and curative treatments designed to ease sore muscles, improve skin composition, and revitalize overall health and well-being.

Reservations are required. The spa is expected to book up quickly so please make your reservations early by calling 855-453-4858.

Hours of operation: 8:30am - 5:00pm
The Casino Club

The Greenbrier Casino Club was recently ranked the 18th Best Casino in America according to TripAdvisor reviews.

Try your luck at 37 tables, and 320 different slot machines throughout The Casino Club.

Games Include:
1. Blackjack
2. Roulette
3. Three Card Poker
4. Texas Hold ‘em
5. Mini-Baccarat
6. Craps
Jeep Driving Adventure

Get behind the wheel of a specially equipped Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and explore the mountains of West Virginia. Highly trained Off Road Adventures guides will accompany and instruct up to three guests on advanced driving techniques necessary to traverse The Greenbrier's private 11,000 acre mountain preserve. The terrain will vary from modest unpaved roads to some of the most extreme on the East Coast. The thirty-mile course has rocks, ruts, creek crossings, steep hills, gulleys and mud pits.

Reservations are required.
Bowling Alley and Arcade

Strike up some fun at The Greenbrier's eight-lane bowling alley, one of the most popular indoor recreational activities!

Inside the bowling alley you'll find a freshly renovated arcade with all of your favorite games, including air hockey, billiards, basketball, pinball, Jurassic World, snowboarding, merchandise games, and more.

Reservations required for Group Play and Private Events only.
Horseback Riding

Explore various corners of The Greenbrier property on the back of a beautiful horse, trained to handle riders of all experience levels. Stay on the paved paths that surround the main resort property, or head to the woods for a more adventurous ride.

Reservations required.

Segway Tour

Explore The Greenbrier by self-balancing Segway - no previous experience required! Meet at the Segway practice area at the Dollhouse for 20 minutes of instruction. Then, head out with your group for a thrilling tour of The Greenbrier's majestic grounds at speeds up to 12mph!

Reservations required.
Bike Rentals

Biking through the scenic Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia is one of the fastest-growing recreational activities at The Greenbrier. Ride on The Greenbrier's many trails and enjoy the magnificent mountain landscape while taking part in healthy, aerobic recreation.
For a full list of all the activities available at The Greenbrier, click here.
Attendee Registration Fee

Companion Registration Fee
$700 per person

$275 per person
The registration fee includes admittance to all meetings and sessions, as well as breakfast and coffee breaks on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, lunch on Tuesday, and the 100th Anniversary celebration on Wednesday evening. The Welcome Reception and Dinner on Monday evening is sponsored by Cordage Institute Associate Members.
100th Anniversary
Reception and Dinner
$200 per person
This fee is for those who plan to attend only the 100th Anniversary Reception and Dinner on Wednesday, November 10th.
Separate fees apply for golf, The Greenbrier Bunker and History Tour, and the optional reception on Thursday, November 11th.

CI Registration Cancellation Policy: Fees are non-refundable after October 29th. Cancellations prior to that date will be refunded in full, less a $50 US per registration processing fee. 
The Annual Gale Foster Memorial Golf Tournament will begin at 1:00pm on Wednesday, November 10th. Casual golf on Thursday, November 11th will be consecutive tee times beginning at 1:00pm.

Both golf outings will take place on the Old White TPC Course, which is located onsite, and is ranked the No. 2 TPC Course by Golf Digest. The course features dynamic green complexes, breathtaking mountain vistas, and The Greenbrier's signature stacked sod bunkers throughout.

Wednesday Golf Fee: $175 per person*
Thursday Golf Fee: $175 per person*
Club Rental Fee: $90 per set*

For more than 100 years, The Greenbrier has been synonymous with world class golf. With three picturesque resort courses, there's no better golf destination than The Greenbrier

*Golf fees will be charged to your room if you are staying at The Greenbrier. If you will be staying offsite, you will need to arrange payment in the Pro Shop prior to tee-off. 6% sales tax and a 6.5% Historic Preservation Fund fee will be added to all golf fees.
The Greenbrier Bunker and Historical Tour
Join us on Wednesday, November 10th for a two and a half hour tour of the declassified Bunker, and historical tour of The Greenbrier. A professional historian will take the group behind the scenes and through a fascinating period in American history.

Carved deep into the mountainside beneath the West Virginia Wing of The Greenbrier resort is an emergency Cold War fallout shelter. Once a top-secret U.S. government relocation facility for Congress, the Bunker is now open to anyone interested in reliving a legendary piece of The Greenbrier history.

After the tour of the Bunker, enjoy a walking tour through The Greenbrier’s over 240 years of history. You will learn about the elegant architecture and interior design of famed interior decorator Dorothy Draper and her successor, Carleton Varney, hear an informative lecture on the history and development of The Greenbrier, its cottages, and guest houses of the 19th century, and visit the Presidents' Cottage Museum and the art shops of the Alabama Row Art Colony.

Tour Fee: $98 per person
Fees are non-refundable after October 29th
The Greenbrier's state-of-the-art Tennis Club has five Har-Tru outdoor courts, five recently resurfaced Deco-Turf indoor courts and a modern pro shop.

Reservations are required.

If you would like to play tennis on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 10th, please indicate this when registering. If there is enough interest, courts will be reserved.

For those who wish to play on their own, courts can be rented for $46 per hour. Rackets can be rented for $10. Taxes and fees apply.

Hours of operation: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Optional Reception
Join us for an optional reception on Thursday, November 11th. The reception will feature an open bar, light hors d'oeuvres, and, as always, great conversations with industry peers.

Optional Reception Fee: $75 per person
Fees are non-refundable after October 29th
Proper Attire
The Greenbrier is proud of its time-honored traditions and impeccable standards. They require adherence to the dress code, which stipulates that gentlemen wear a jacket and tie for dinner in the Main Dining Room, a jacket in the Lobby Bar, the Casino Club (after 7:00pm), and Prime 44 West. Click here for a suggested packing list and the dress code requirements for each venue. 

For all meetings, the attire is casual.

The dress code for the Cordage Institute's 1920's themed 100th Anniversary Reception and Dinner is black tie optional. Tuxedo rentals are available through the Ralph Lauren shop at The Greenbrier. Click here for more information.

The daytime temperature in White Sulphur Springs is expected to average about 55°F. Evening temperatures are expected to average about 30°F.

Ground Transportation & Parking
Hotel Parking: The Greenbrier offers valet parking at a rate of $25 per night. There is complimentary self parking. Please note that the self parking lot is a 10 minute walk from the hotel lobby.

Hotel Shuttle: The Greenbrier provides paid shuttle services for the following airports:

Greenbrier Valley Airport – Lewisburg, WV (LWB) (13 miles from hotel)
SkyWest offers daily flights to and from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) and Washington Dulles (IAD) Airports.
Shuttle Service: $28.80 per person, per transfer
Private Transfers
1-3 Passengers: $122.40 per transfer
4-5 Passengers: $168 per transfer
6+ Passengers: $33.60 per person, per transfer

Roanoke Regional Airport – Roanoke, VA (ROA) (68 miles from hotel)
Private Transfers
1-3 Passengers: $300 per transfer
4-10 Passengers: $540 per transfer
11+ Passengers: $54 per person, per transfer

Yeager Airport – Charleston, WV (CRW) (120 miles from hotel)
Private Transfers
1-3 Passengers: $504 per transfer
4-10 Passengers: $706.80 per transfer
11+ Passengers: $70.80 per person, per transfer

Shuttle reservations can be made by calling +1-304-536-4954. Cancellations made within 24 hours or NO SHOWS the day of the transfer will be billed at the scheduled rate. For more information about shuttle transportation, click here.

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.

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