Special Events 2023

1st Annual ITSEF Golf Tournament

Wednesday, October 4, 2023
8 am shotgun start
Champions Pointe Golf Club

The Inspector Training School Educational Foundation will host its 2023 Golf Classic in conjunction with the NHLA Convention at Champions Pointe Golf Club, a Fuzzy Zoeller Championship Golf Course. Please take part in aiding in the mission of the Inspector Training School Educational Foundation, which is to support the continued development and growth of the Inspector Training School and its graduates, “Building Future Leaders of the Hardwood Industry.”

You can register for this event when you register for the NHLA Convention.

Early Bird Player registration is $250 per person.
Regular Player registration is $275 per person.

*To sponsor this event, please CLICK HERE to see the Sponsorship Brochure.  

Learn more by clicking below.

Special Events 2023

Pre-Convention Education Session:
Sawmill Symposium

Wednesday, October 4, 2023
1 pm – 4 pm
Old Louisville Room at the Omni

Make more of your 2023 NHLA Annual Convention experience and register for pre-convention education!

The Sawmill Symposium will give participants an opportunity to increase their skill sets by delving deep into best practices for operational efficiency. The class will be taught by Benji Richards, NHLA Industry Services Sales Manager and National Inspector.

The Sawmill Symposium requires a separate $30 registration fee and is only available to people registered to attend the full convention.

Special Events 2023

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, October 4, 2023
6 pm – 7 pm
Olmstad Ballroom
Sponsored by Cascade

Celebrate the kickoff of the 2023 NHLA Annual Convention & Exhibit Showcase. Sharpen your networking skills while enjoying food, cocktails, and conversation as you catch up with friends and make new connections.

Admission to the Welcome Reception is included with your full convention registration. 

Special Events 2023

Spouse and Guest Event at Copper & Kings

Thursday, October 5, 2023
10 am – 2 pm
Copper and Kings

Experience a behind-the-scenes look at Kentucky’s only American Brandy and Absinthe distillery, Copper and Kings. Enjoy a one-hour private tour followed by a tasting experience, private lunch on the rooftop with one of the best views of the Louisville skyline, and shopping at Work the Metal.

*You can register for this event when completing convention registration.

Price: $85 per person (Note: this event is limited to the first 60 registrants)

Click HERE to learn more about Work the Metal

To learn more about Copper & Kings American Craft Brandy, click HERE.

Special Events 2023

NHLA Inspector Training School

alumni reception

Thursday, October 5, 2023
1 pm – 4 pm
Old Louisville Room at the Omni

If you are a graduate of NHLA Inspector Training School, this reception is just for you!  Join our alumni networking reception and enjoy free beer, wine, snacks, and good company as alumni gather together to reminisce and hear the latest news from the school!  

*This event is free with your Convention registration.

Special Events 2023

Bourbon, Bluegrass, & Banter Reception

Thursday, October 5, 2023
5 pm – 6:30 pm
Olmstad Ballroom

Join us for a fun evening of tasting Kentucky’s finest bourbons with a musical performance by the Bourbon Revival Band. Highly skilled bourbon hosts from Richie Michaels Whisky Tasting Experiences will narrate six different bourbon stations extending their knowledge and passion for bourbon to you.  Light snacks and an open bar will be provided. 

*This event is free with your Convention Registration.

Special Events 2023

Closing Party at the Kentucky Derby Museum

Friday, October 6
6 pm – 11 pm
Kentucky Derby Museum

It’s the next best thing to actually being at the Derby…a private buyout of the Kentucky Derby Museum! Join us for a night of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Museum, followed by a seated dinner in the Oak Terrace and live music performed by the Bourbon Revival Band in the Great Hall.

Space is limited to the first 350 guests.  Don’t miss out on this unique experience. 

*You can register for this event when you register for the NHLA Convention.

Tickets are just $80 with convention registration

and $160 for a guest without a convention registration

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