Time is Running Out, Register Today!
Registration Deadline: March 19th
The GFA is looking forward to welcoming back members to the Spring 2021 Meeting
in Fort Myers, Florida! Attending the GFA’s semi-annual meetings is one of the most
valuable benefits of membership, and it provides priceless opportunities to connect with
top quality fabricators and suppliers, learn from industry experts, solve problems, and
have fun doing it. With meeting highlights, including the Supplier Expo, presentations,
and multiple discussion forums, attending GFA meetings is a must.

Note: The Quality Control and Compliance program originally scheduled for this meeting is being rescheduled for a future event.
Program Highlights
Presentations are open to all attendees, including spouses and guests.
Tuesday, April 20th
The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary 
Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE
Mark is the president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea lab for leadership development and turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. GlobalGurus.org lists Mark as one of the top leadership experts in the world.

In this inspiring presentation, Mark Sanborn will share four life-changing lessons he has learned from Fred, an extraordinary postal carrier. Based on his New York Times international bestseller, The Fred Factor, Mark will teach you how no one can be prevented from choosing to be exceptional.

You will learn to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary and the mundane into the magnificent in both your personal and professional lives.

Discover how to:
  • Build better relationships with customers and colleagues to improve overall work performance
  • Create new value for others without spending a dime
  • Elevate the customer experience for everyone
  • Stay motivated and engaged every day for maximum working life enjoyment
Wednesday, April 21st
Leading On Purpose: Levers & Lenses for Becoming the Leader You Mean to Be
Dr. Kevin Basik, Basik Insight, LLC
Former Air Force officer, behavioral scientist, award-winning instructor, and leadership development expert Dr. Kevin Basik takes you through a powerful examination of the psychology of human influence and the tools available to elevate performance for yourself and those you lead (including customers and peers). 

This fresh, entertaining, and undeniably relevant take on leadership development uses the lens of Behavioral Integrity to help leaders strengthen trust, commitment, engagement, and accountability in their professional and personal lives. The “Leading On Purpose” program energizes, enlightens, and equips attendees to sharpen their leadership identity in a way that brings values and commitments into alignment with action.

See why this session gets such high praise from corporate, military, and non-profit attendees around the world!

In this session, you will learn:
  • The “Big 5 ½ Levers” for leadership influence in any role 
  • The Trust Trifecta – you can’t get there without it
  • The Forgotten Leadership Lens: Impacting how followers see themselves
  • How to use Behavioral Integrity to shape a culture of excellence 
Discussion Sessions
Welcome Breakfast and Orientation
Tuesday morning will begin with a Welcome Breakfast and Orientation, open to all meeting attendees, to kick off a day of committee meetings and discussion sessions. New members and first-time attendees, along with their spouses, are encouraged to attend this orientation for a brief overview of the GFA, and for a chance to meet a few people before the general meeting. This session will also include a brief discussion of activity options for the next meeting.
CEO Luncheon
On Tuesday, we will again have a CEO Luncheon Meeting, featuring a roundtable discussion of items that would be of interest to CEOs. Attendance will be limited to CEOs and senior officers with P/L responsibility. A maximum of two people per member company may attend, provided that they both meet the provisions. There is a $55 per person fee in addition to the meeting registration fee to attend this session.
Fabricator Forum
Enjoy an opportunity to discuss the issues that are of specific interest to Fabricators and that are most relevant to you and your company with your peers in the industry. Pre-registration for the Tuesday afternoon session is required, but there is no additional fee. Attendance will be limited to Fabricator members of the GFA.
Breakfast Roundtable Discussion
On Wednesday morning, participate in a lively discussion of timely and relevant topics with other GFA members, and learn what they are doing to address the issues that are keeping them up at night. All attendees, including spouses and guests, are welcome!
Registration Fees

Member Registration Fee: $525 per person

Reduced Member Registration Fee: $275 per person
To be eligible for this rate, at least 2 other representatives from your company must be paying the full fee.

Spouse Registration Fee: $225 per person
Spouses who are full-time employees of GFA member companies must pay the full member registration fee.

Table Top Fee: $200
Meeting Location
The Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa is located approximately 20 miles (30-minute drive) from Southwest Florida International Airport.

17260 Harbour Pointe Drive
Fort Myers, Florida 33908

Located on the Gulf Coast of Florida, the resort provides a lush, tropical retreat that is just a short distance from Sanibel and Captiva Islands, home to beautiful beaches, world-class shelling, and top attractions.
COVID-19 Commitment
From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa’s focus has been, and continues to be, on the health and well-being of their associates, guests, and visitors. As part of Marriott International's family of brands, they have implemented a variety of new protocols and elevated practices in response to the pandemic, including requiring guests, visitors, vendors, and associates to wear face coverings while at any Marriott Property, and they have made numerous adjustments to their services, amenities, and facilities.

Hand sanitizing stations are available in all public areas of the resort, and other amenities, such as masks and hand wipes, are available to attendees upon request. 

Meeting spaces will be set up to allow adequate social distancing, and attendees will be spaced out enough to ensure safe and comfortable communication. Evening events will be held in outdoor settings as much as possible, and all equipment used during the meeting, in particular microphones, will be sanitized before and after use. 

Guest rooms are thoroughly cleaned daily with a focus on high-touch areas, and sanitization kits are available in each guest room. For those who wish for a contactless check-in, mobile check-in is available.

Local testing is available at the CenturyLink Stadium, which offers rapid testing. They accept appointments and walk-ups based on testing availability.

Relax and recharge at the Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa with attentive service, casual style, and gracious hospitality. Settle into exceptional guest rooms, featuring luxurious bedding, high-tech amenities including 42" flat-panel TVs, spacious work desks, free high-speed internet, and private balconies with breathtaking gulf views.

Our room rate is $219 plus state and local taxes per night.

The check-in time is 4:00 pm and the check-out time is 11:00 am.
Recreational Activities
Water sports and outdoor activities are abundant near the resort, including nature trails, bike, and kayak rentals, along with the natural beauty on display at Sanibel Island Southern Beach and Bowman's Beach. For a shopping excursion, Times Square and Bell Tower Shops offer an eclectic range, while the Lee County Sports Complex is your go-to destination for events and games.
The Spa at Sanibel Harbour

Enjoy tranquil facials to renew the skin, as well as scrubs and couples massages to rejuvenate the body at The Spa at Sanibel Harbour. Promote inner balance, renewal and well-being with their luxurious spa treatments.

GFA members recieve a 20% discount on all spa services.

Spa Hours
7 Days a Week
8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Appointments Required
Fitness Center

Beauty is more than skin deep. It's strong bones and well-toned muscle, too. The resort's expansive fitness center, featuring state-of-the-art equipment and a staff of certified instructors, has everything you need to maintain your workout routine.

Fitness Center Hours
7 Days a Week, 24-Hour Resort Key Access
Tennis Clinics and Services

Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa offers a USPTA and USPTR-certified instructional staff ready to help guests improve their game. They offer daily clinics, private and group instruction, special events, tennis enhancement clinics, and matchmaking services that cater to players at all levels. Resort guests are provided unlimited court time, based on availability and at no additional charge. For more information about tennis clinics and services, please call 239-466-2156, extension 2296.
Optional Activities
Golf Tournament
Thursday, April 22nd at 9:00 am

The Golf Tournament will begin at 9:00 am on Thursday, April 22nd at Crown Colony Golf and Country Club, located just 20 minutes from the resort.

This 18 hole championship course, designed by world-renowned course architect Ron Garl, winds among 21 clear water lakes, protected natural wetlands, and is surrounded by mature pines and stately oaks.

Golfers will share a round with a gallery of birds and other wildlife on this Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Course.

Players of all levels will discover their own sweet spot from amongst the 8 sets of tees ranging from 4600 to 7000 yards.

Cost Per Person: $199*
Club Rental: $40*

*Price includes transportation to the course. The golf fees are non-refundable as of April 8th.
Swamp Buggy Tour
Thursday, April 22nd at 9:00 am

Join us for an exciting day of adventure and fun on Thursday, April 22nd beginning at 9:00 am.

Jump onboard a private swamp buggy eco-tour! Explore with us the natural wildlife of historic Babcock Ranch and travel through the Crescent B Ranch, a working cattle ranch, while learning about its history.

As you wander through Florida ecosystems, you will have the opportunity to see various local wildlife – like wild turkeys, caracara, softshell turtles, osprey, Sandhill cranes, and fox squirrels. In addition to wildlife sightings, the experienced and knowledgeable tour guide will give you the history of the ranch and 14,000 acres of pastured land.

Attendees will return to the hotel by 1:00 pm.

Cost Per Person: $85*

*The tour fee is non-refundable as of April 8th.
Activity Fees
CEO Luncheon: $55 per person*

Golf Tournament: $199 per person*

Golf Club Rental: $40 per person*

Swamp Buggy Tour: $85 per person*

*The activity fees are non-refundable as of April 8th.
Spouse Activities
The spouse registration fee includes admission to all sessions unless otherwise noted on the program. This includes all general sessions and presentations, continental breakfasts, lunch on Wednesday, and all cocktail receptions. Please note that spouses who are full-time employees of GFA member companies must pay the full member registration fee.
GFA Committees
All the committees will meet from 10:00 am to 11:30 am on Tuesday, April 20th. All attendees are welcome!

The Communications Committee considers enhancements to the GFA’s website, newsletter, social media program, and other tools to promote the GFA and deliver information to members.

The Membership Committee develops and implements initiatives for the recruitment of new members, reviews and recommends for approval the applications of potential members, and encourages participation in GFA activities.

The Program and Locations Committee selects future meeting programs, speakers, and locations for the GFA’s semi-annual meetings.

The Technical Committee develops technical content of interest to GFA members for delivery through webinars, newsletter articles, and meeting programs.
Ground Transportation
Hotel Parking: The hotel offers free on-site self-parking for GFA members. Valet parking is available at a rate of $20 daily.

Taxi: Taxi services are available at the hotel and the Southwest Florida International Airport. The estimated fare for a taxi from the airport to the Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa is $45 each way.

Luxury Car Service: Naples Tours and Transportation offers luxury roundtrip transportation to and from the airport.

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.
Frequently Asked Questions
May I go to the meetings?

Meetings are open to all attendees except as noted on the schedule.

Please note that Manufacturer Representatives are NOT permitted to attend any GFA functions.
What is the proper attire?

For all committee meetings and general sessions, the attire is casual. The cocktail receptions are informal.

Hotel policy states that a face covering must be worn in all indoor public areas. The covering may be removed once seated in a restaurant or event space, but must be worn at all times when away from your table.
What will the weather be like?

The daytime temperature in Fort Myers is expected to average about 82°F.

Evening temperatures are expected to average about 67°F.
If you have any questions, please contact Pete Lance or James Wolfington in the GFA office at 610-971-4850 or info@gasketfab.com