Don't Miss Out:  Fall Fest '19 -- 
November 16 & 17, Worcester, MA!
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NEFA Fall Fest '19 :  The Best Culture Wins
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NEFA's Fall Fest is moving to Worcester, MA on November 16 & 17. Once again,  NEFA has put  together a tremendous series of workshops that feature the best names in the industry -- and some of the most important topics you will hear on a local level.  

Keynote Speaker Demonstrates why
"The Best Culture Wins"

NEFA is bringing renowned Management Expert, Sean Abbas of Threads Culture to explore new and innovative ways evaluate, retain, and build a strong team.

The Best Culture Wins is a case study on how HR and management worked together to build the best culture in a competitive industry. Not only did their culture produce financial results in the top 1% for comparable companies, but they transformed the idea of how leaders define, measure and improve company culture.

"I get more questions about attracting and retaining employees," offered Peter Blake, "than any other topic.  It is hard to build a successful team.  Sean has an unique and proven prospective on effective employee management."

This is a critical topic and all business owners and managers need to participate.

About Sean Abbas

Sean Abbas is President of Threads, Inc. (, a software company he co-founded to help organizations review employees on culture.  He has over 25 years of real world experience managing people and leading companies.  Sean is passionate about authentic communication and challenging the status quo.  He enjoys using stories from his management experience to help leaders understand and improve culture in their own organizations.  Sean is also owner of a manufacturing company called Baird Mounting Systems and is a member of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Board of Directors.

Fall Fest Room Reservations Now Open:  The AC Hotel

NEFA has selected the AC Hotel in Worcester, MA as the new Fall Fest Headquarters.  The AC Hotel is located at 125 Front St and is a brand new, European designed hotel built in 2018. 

The facilities are well designed, the event space is perfect for our needs, and the location is in the heart of NEFA. Easily accessible for everyone. The entire downtown area has been renovated. There are some chic nightspots and unique dining opportunities. Everything from craft brew pubs to comedy clubs to high-end steak houses. 

NEFA has already locked in a special room rate of only $149/night based on double occupancy and reservations should be open by the end of the month. Call (774) 420- 7555 and mention NEFA when you call..  

"We are excited about the venue," offered Larry Fish, NEFA President.  "It is a great hotel -- and Worcester has become a fun town to spend a weekend in, and a trendy spot for dining.  We have top-notch speakers and a terrific program, and I really believe everyone needs to be there.  It is a "can't" miss event if you want to capitalize on your opportunities to succeed."

If you have trouble getting a reservation -- call Peter Blake at the NEFA Office:  603-635-0322.

 On behalf of the Officers and Directors of NEFA, I want to thank you for your support of NEFA, DLI and the Industry.  We are looking forward to many new changes, and are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.
All members are encouraged to call and set up an appointment, it would be great to visit!  We are always looking for ways to better serve our members and the industry as a whole, so please let us know if there are areas you feel we could assist you in.  Please either call us at 603-635-0322 or e-mail me at


Peter Blake,
NEFA Executive Vice President