Wild Bird Feeding Industry
Members Annual Meetings & Board of Directors

2016 annual meeting 

It's here! It's time to  register for the best networking and education event in the wild bird feeding industry! 
  • Tuesday, November 8: Board of Directors meeting from 8 am to 5 pm.
  • Wednesday, November 9: Board of Directors meeting from 8 am to noon. Members arrive at Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach FL (closest airport is Tampa, 30 minutes away) in time for the Opening Reception at 5:30 pm.
  • Thursday, November 10: General sessions begin at 8 am and recess for the day at 11 am. Here's what's on our Thursday agenda: 
7:30 Breakfast for Members and registered Spouse/Companions and speakers
8 - 8:45 WBFI Annual Member Meeting & Election of Officers and Directors
8:45 - 10:15 Crossing the Generational Divide: Unlocking the Power of Generations to Grow Your Business presented by Alicia                                    Rainwater, Center for Generational Kinetics
10:15 - 11:00 Seed Feeder Hygiene: What we Know and Where we Need to Go presented by Dr. Todd Underwood, Kutztown                                                  University

11:30 Fishing group - $185/person arranged with the assistance of Rob Mann, All Star Trading, departs the Sheraton at 11:30, returns at 4:30 pm.. Lunch will be provided.  All gear and fishing licenses will be provided.

12:00 Lunch for everyone not going fishing - Members, Spouse/Companions, and speakers.

1:00 - 4:30 WBFI is offering 2 activities - please select one in your registration:
Option 1Speed Boat Adventure - $170/person (limited to 10 people - will be offered on Friday afternoon also). 1:00 - 4:30 pm. A guided and narrated 15-mile tour of the St. Petersburg waterways and Tampa Bay. You navigate and captain your own speedboat for the entirety of the tour while following the trained guides. This 2-hour tour will take you by beautiful National Wildlife Refuges, near historic Fort De Soto Park, and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. You may see pods of bottle nose dolphins, manatees, gopher tortoises, and numerous varieties of birds! Each speed boat is 13 feet long and steers just like a car. You have a throttle at your side with 3 positions (forward, neutral, and reverse), and you can cruise as fast as a jet ski. NO EXPERIENCE OR BOATING LICENSE IS REQUIRED! WBFI reserves the right to cancel this activity if we don't get 10 people signed up.​
Option #2: Tarpon Springs - $90/person. 1:00 - 4:30 pm. This small community was settled in the early 1900's when sponges were discovered in the local waters. On our tour, our group will have the opportunity to explore the history of Tarpon Springs. On your way up there, learn how to shop for a sponge during our seminar that will tell you everything you need to know in order to select and care for that perfect sponge to take home from Tarpon Springs. The tour begins at the Tarpon Spring Cultural Center (price of the ticket is included in your WBFI registration) where you will view their current exhibit as well as a National Geographic film done on Tarpon Springs, its sponging industry and Greek community. Following the Cultural Center, sit back and enjoy a tour of Victorian homes along Spring Bayou followed by a visit to the Sponge Docks, where you'll have time to shop over 100 shops offering goods and merchandise from all over the world, sponge and curio shops, abundant Greek cuisine and bakeries, and even some Amish style fudge. Not a shopper? No problem! There are several attractions located in the area.
 
5:15 - 8:45 INOC Dinner. Gather in the hotel lobby at 5:15 to be transported to the Calypso Queen for dinner and networking. The 65-foot triple decked ship will stay in the bay for our INOC dinner.Your ticket for this event is included in your registration thanks to our very generous sponsors!  We will return to the Sheraton Sand Key by 8:45 pm.

Friday, November 11: General sessions begin at 8 am and conclude at 11:15 am, followed by the departure of the golfers.
7:30 Breakfast for Members, registered Spouse/Companions, and speakers
8:00 - 8:45 Weather Impacts on Birds presented by Dr. David Horn, Millikin University
8:45 - 9:15 2016 Consumer Market Research Update presented by the WBFI Research Foundation Trustees
9:15 - 10:00 FSMA Update presented by Preston Buff, Director of Regulatory Affairs, AFIA
10:00 - 11:15 Commodities update: Weather, China, Transportation, and More presented by Jay O'Neil, IGP Specialist at Kansas State University, Manhattan KS

12:00 - 4:30 WBFI Golf Tournament at Belleview Biltmore - $129/person includes tournament, green fees, 1/2 cart, range balls, lunch and round trip transportation. Rental clubs are available at your expense - contact Sue Hays to reserve a set. First tee time is at 12:30 pm. Bus departs at 11:30 am following conclusion of the WBFI General Sessions.

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch for Members, registered Spouse/Companions, and those who are not golfing. **PLEASE NOTE** We are offering 2 activities on Friday afternoon - see below - and the Closing Reception that evening! More networking opportunities for you!

1:00 - 4:00 WBFI is offering 2 Friday afternoon activities in addition to golf.
​Option 1Speed Boat Adventure - $170/person (limited to 10 people). 1:00 - 4:30 pm  This is a guided and narrated 15-mile tour of the St. Petersburg waterways and Tampa Bay. You navigate and captain your own speedboat for the entirety of the tour while following the trained guides. This 2-hour tour will take you by beautiful National Wildlife Refuges, near historic Fort De Soto Park, and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. You may see pods of bottle nose dolphins, manatees, gopher tortoises, and numerous varieties of birds! Each speed boat is 13 feet long and steers just like a car. You have a throttle on your side with 3 positions (forward, neutral, and reverse), and you can cruise as fast as a jet ski. NO EXPERIENCE OR BOATING LICENSE IS REQUIRED! WBFI reserves the right to cancel this activity if we don't get 10 people signed up.
Option 2: Coach & Cocktails - $160/person. 1:00 - 5:00 pm. For those who remember Cocktails & Trolleys in Naples, we're going to do it again - Tampa-style! We'll start off our afternoon with a stop at the Dunedin Brewery, Florida's oldest microbrewery fermenting since 1996 and still going strong. All ales handcrafted from the Piper's Pale Ale to the Apricot Wheat. Brews are hand-crafted in small batches, 20 barrels at a time. Next stop will be Aspirations Winery, making Florida's best hand crafted low sulphite wines since 1993. While sampling wines, you can help yourself to a spread of food to nosh on.. Each person will taste at least five wines of your choice, and you'll take home a stemless wine glass and one full-sized bottle of wine of your choice. We'll end our afternoon with the Sterling Wine Tasting & Artisan Cheese Class at Sterling Wine. The artisan cheese will come from The Fleur De Lis Cheese Shop. Here, you'll learn how to pair wines with cheeses while enjoying a pair flight of wine and cheese. WBFI reserves the right to cancel this activity if we don't get 15 people signed up.

5:30 - 7:30 Informal "Wine Down" Closing Reception at the Sheraton Sand Key. An informal evening with food and beverages provided by our generous sponsors for Members, registered Spouse/Companions, and speakers. Be sure to join us for this informal networking event - the perfect way to close out your 2016 WBFI Annual Meeting experience!

Sheraton sand key resort information

Make your own hotel reservations at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. 
1160 Gulf Boulevard
Clearwater Beach FL 33767
Phone: 727-595-1611 and identify yourself as part of the Wild Bird Feeding Industry group (any problems, let Sue Hays know!)
​Sheraton Sand Key Website

An online system for reservations is available through Sheraton. Our WBFI link to this system is:
Link to Sheraton reservation system
A word of caution about using this system: You are not able to specify the type of room you want when you use this system, and it is not possible to get the system changed. It's Sheraton's system. If you have a room preference, like you need 2 queen beds or handicapped accessible, please call the hotel at 727-595-1611. Waiting until check in may be too late!

WBFI rate: $168/night single or double occupancy, plus 12% tax.

Complimentary for our WBFI group:
  • Parking for registered hotel guests and meeting attendees. 
  • Wifi in guest rooms and function space.
  • Fitness center access.
Reservation deadline: October 7, 2016
Reservations made after October 7 will be on a space available basis!
  • The WBFI rate is available 3 days before and 3 days after our meeting - just in case you want to come early or stay for the weekend!

election of officers and directors

Nominations for Board of Directors, President, and Vice-President are submitted to WBFI Headquarters during the nomination period. Nominations close on September 15, 2016,  45 days prior to the date of the annual meeting. The slate of proposed officers and directors is announced to the WBFI membership by member Broadcast email within the 30 day time frame prior to the date for the annual meeting. Elections take place at the annual meeting on Thursday, November 10. 

Board of Directors
​Director terms are 3 years (2016 - 2019) with the option for additional terms. The Nominating Committee pays special attention to the membership category of the Director whose seat is open to ensure the fair and equitable representation of the membership categories on the WBFI Board of Directors.

Treasurer and Secretary: 2-year term will be complete in 2017
Treasurer: Rob Mann, All Star Trading (Distributor/Multi-Regional)
Secretary: Sue Hays, Executive Director

Interested? Send an email to Sue Hays at WBFI Headquarters to place your name in nomination.