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On May 16-18, 2023, the Cordage Institute held its Annual Conference and Technical Meeting at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The full conference program included a Technical Seminar, Business Meeting, Technical Subcommittee and Task Group meetings, as well as a meeting of the full Technical Committee. During the full Technical Committee Meeting, reports from each Subcommittee and Task Group were provided.
The Business Session included a keynote presentation by Bob Schumann from Plan & Act Pension Advisors, LLC.
The busy program for the Technical Seminar included the following presentations:
Additionally, a special presentation was given by Col. Cory Cooper from the United States Air Force Academy regarding the Fast Rope Insertion and Extraction System Technologies that were developed by students and professors.
The Annual Sim Whitehill Memorial Golf Tournament was a great success and participants looked stylish in custom-made bucket hats thanks to Beth Huntley. On Wednesday night, at the President’s Night Dinner, the CU Buffoons treated attendees to an a cappella performance to kick off the evening. The Richards Technical Contribution Award was presented to Greg D’Elia with Slingmax in recognition of his exceptional work on technical initiatives. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Gale Foster Award of Merit. Kandi Stirman received the award on Rollin Stirman’s behalf for his outstanding contributions to the organization and the industry. She shared Cordage Institute stories, his artwork, and his love for people.
We would like to extend a special thank you to the following conference sponsors:
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2023 Annual Conference Group Photo
Attendees networking before the Technical Seminar
Bob Schumann delivering his keynote address
Bill Putnam (right) presenting the Richards Technical Contribution Award to Greg D’Elia (left)
CU Buffoons performing during the President’s Night Dinner
Bill Putnam (left) presenting Amy Jenkins (right) with a plaque to honor her tenure as Chair of the Technical Committee
Bill Putnam (left) presenting Kandi Stirman (right) a plaque to honor Rollin Stirman with the Gale Foster Award of Merit.