2016 Annual Convention

 

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Our 2015 Convention in the Heart of America was a huge success!

 

 

Join us in Chicago, IL this year as we recognize that

It’s A Great Time

To Return to where it all began

To be a clockmaker

To be a watchmaker

For American Horological manufacturing

For education

For networking

For young, for old, for students

For a vendor fair

For a convention

Plan now for the 2016 Convention in Chicago, IL

September 29 – October 1, 2016

 

We have expanded this year’s convention. It will include:

14 Hours of Continuing Education

Breakfast, Lunch, and Awards Banquet included in registration price

Networking Opportunities, Vendors, and Manufacturers

Early Bird Registration begins May 1, 2016 through Aug 15, 2016

$649 

Our venue:

Single Occupancy Room $149 if booked before August 15th.

 

 

2016 Schedule (Subject to Change) 

September 26-27

8AM – 5PM

Continuing Education

High-End Decoration & Refinishing (2 CEUs)

Mr. Korpela will travel from Switzerland where he is the instructor at the K&H Competence Center in LeLocle to attend the AWCI convention and give a two-day seminar on high-end horological decoration and finishing. The course, which takes place just ahead of the AWCI Annual Convention is limited to 12 students. Topics covered will include black polishing (specular polishing) screws, round polishing screws, and bluing steeled components. If time allows, additional topics may include applying straight grain finishes and sablage (a matte finish with characteristics similar to sandblasting).

Chicago, IL

Instructor: Henrik Korpela, K&H Watchmakign Competence Center in LeLocle Switzerland

Member Price $595

 

 September 28

8AM – 5PM

 Continuing Education  Chronometer Club Seminar

 September 28

7PM – 9PM

 Continuing Education

 Micro Classes:

  • Writing for Horological Times
    • Donna Hardy, Editor
  • Independent Watchmaking in Switzerland
    • Henrik Korpela, K&H Competency Center

 September 29

8AM

 Keynote

Keynote Address: Michael Kobold, Kobold Expedition Tools

Michael will kick off our convention with a message about why It’s a great time to be an American Horological Manufacturer.

 

 September 29

8AM – 5PM

 Business  Board of Directors Meeting, IAB Meeting, REC Meeting, Affiliate Chapters

 September 29

7PM – 9PM

 Continuing Education

 Micro Classes:

  • Writing for Horological Times
    • Donna Hardy, Editor
  • New Advances in Battery Technology
    • Henry Kessler, Renata Batteries
  • Know Your Value: How to negotiate for a raise, even if you are your own boss
    • Michael Gainey, CC21
  • Independent Watchmaking in Switzerland
    • Henrik Korpela, K&H Competency Center

 September 30

8AM – 5PM

 Trade Show  Vendor Fair & American Showcase

 September 30

6PM

 Fundraiser

ELM Trust Fundraising Dinner

We invite you to help us raise money to support watchmaking education in the United States at our annual fundraising dinner. The ELM Trust Dinner is an evening of socializing with fellow watchmakers, clockmakers, collectors, and industry representatives while you enjoy great food and drinks and support a good cause.

 October 1

8AM – 12PM

Continuing Education 

Common Problems encountered in routine service of the ETA 7750

Instructor: Robert Flood, CW21 Breitling, USA

 

 October 1

1PM – 3PM

 Continuing Education 

TBD

Instructor: Russell Peddy, NAIOSW

 

 October 1

3PM – 5PM

 Continuing Education 

Not your grandfather’s screwdrivers: Care, maintenance and the latest technology including torque screwdrivers

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21 AWCI

 

 October 1

8AM – 10AM

 Continuing Education   TBD
 

 October 1

10AM – 12PM

 Continuing Education   TBD
 

 October 1

1PM – 5PM

 Continuing Education 

Clock Topics

Instructor: Michael Gainey, CC21

 October 1

6PM

 Event  President’s Reception

 October 1

7PM

 Event  Award’s Banquet

 October 2

10AM – 2PM

 Continuing Education

Technical Drawing for Horologists

Instructor: Stan McMahan, CW21 NAIOSW

 

 Watch the 2015 Keynote Address below