Annual Convention

Welcome to an exciting venue of events that will be unfolding for us from June 19 to June 22, 2018.
We will host the 114th Annual Convention at Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca Illinois. You can learn more about by logging on to their website at

All details about the convention can be found on this website as they progress.  The convention brochure will be online by the end of March 2018.  There is a link to it on the home page at the bottom.  Also voting for our Slate of Candidates will be done via email in April.  The online convention registration form has been updated and is ready for use or you can print out a form and send it to us.  Click here for a printable convention registration form.  Continue checking this website for new information and announcements about the 114th Annual Convention.

The schedule for 2018 is similar to that of 2016 at Oglebay.  Prior to the official opening of the convention, the annual golf tournament will be held at Eaglewood beginning at 12:00 pm with lunch at the course on Tuesday, June 19.  Pre-registration for golfers is a must to facilitate the start of the tournament.  Further information on the golf outing can be found under this section as well as our online brochure available in mid-March 2018.

The official opening of the convention will begin with Registration on Tuesday, June 19, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm with a cocktail Reception from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the Prairie River.  Again this year Buckman is sponsoring their golf swing analyzer, Larry Shaver, from 7 to 9 pm A dinner from 7 to 9 pm and conversations with old and new associates of the leather industry will complete the evening.

ALCA President David Peters will open the Technical Program at 9 am on Wednesday, June 20.  This year’s technical program is again being organized by Vice President Mike Bley and will offer a wide array of leather technologies coving tanning to finishing to environmental issues and can be viewed in the coming months under this section of our website.  The 59th John Arthur Wilson Lecture will feature Jonathan (Jon) Clark, CEO of PrimeAsia.  The technical sessions will end at 4:45 pm followed by the Fun Run at 5:30 pm.  A reception will be held from 6:30 to 7 at the Pavilion following by bowling, darts, pool and open bar from 8 to 11 pm at Kegler’s.

Technical papers will resume Thursday morning at 9 am with the Annual Business Meeting ending the morning sessions at 11:15 am.  At noon everyone is invited to attend the Activities Awards Luncheon in Burnham’s where prizes will e awarded for the Fun Run and golf outing.  Technical papers will resume in the afternoon at 1:30 to 4:15 pm with the Awards Banquet social Hour beginning at 6 pm in Linden Ballroom.  Dinner will follow at 7 pm with the awards presentations afterwards.  The convention will close out on Friday morning after breakfast from 7 to 10 am.

Please make plans now to join us for a wonderful time at Eaglewood!

Sarah Drayna
2018 Convention Chair