2017 CLFMI Annual Meeting

The 2017 CLFMI Annual Meeting returns to the Sofitel Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C. November 8-10, 2017.

The Hotel is located in the just a few blocks from the White House and other major downtown landmarks and governmental agencies. The hotel is within walking distance to major shopping outlets, historic monuments, government buildings, and tourist attractions.

CLFMI has a limited block of rooms reserved at the Sofitel at the group rate of $319.00. November is always an exciting and extremely busy time in Washington and we expect the Hotel to be completely full. Please note that the cut-off date for guaranteed sleeping rooms in the CLFMI block is October 15, 2017. Reserve your Hotel rooms now! (please take note of Hotel cancellation policies, etc.)

For room reservations call the Sofitel Washington directly at 202-730-8888
(note: Reservations number is available 8:00am to 7:00pm EDT)

Rooms may also be reserved online here –> Sofitel Washington


Wednesday, November 8

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Arrival of guests
Board of Directors meeting

7:00 pm – CLFMI Welcoming Reception

Sponsored by World Fence News.

Thursday, November 9

8:00 am – 8:30 am – Continental Breakfast
8:30 am – 11:30 am – Business Meeting

A panel of Washington experts will give members an important overview of the programs and issues that will impact the business community in 2018 and beyond. Speakers will include Congressional representatives, agency experts, hill staffers, and media influencers.

Our speakers will cover such topics as:

1) Antitrust and Other Regulatory Issues Under the Trump Administration
2) What to Expect from Congress in 2018
3) Infrastructure: Where Does It Stand a Year After the Elections?

Thursday, November 9

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Washington Insider Luncheon

As we have in the past, CLFMI will be presenting an intimate look at the Washington scene as viewed by one of the city’s top observers. It will be interesting to see if anyone can give a clear view of what’s happening in Washington in today’s chaotic political environment

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm – The Best of Washington Tour

Attendees will be able to visit some the city’s most popular attractions as this traditional CLFMI afternoon outing introduces members to parts of D.C. they may never otherwise see.

7:30 pm – Dinner/Program

Our Dinner Program will top off our government – focused day with a summary of the key issues that face the United States in 2018 and beyond. Our speaker will put a somewhat lighter spin on what’s happening and what will be happening.

Friday, November 10

8:00 am – 8:30 am –  Continental Breakfast

8:30 am – 11:30 am – 2017 CLFMI Annual Business Meeting

This year’s Business Meeting will be especially busy as members hear two special reports on current CLFMI program initiatives and then move into the planning for 2018.

Special Reports

3rd Quarter Market Report and 4th Quarter and 2018 Projections

Dr. Lynn Reaser, CLFMI Chief Economist

CLFMI Utility Industry Market Development Study Report

Representatives of the University of Maryland MBA/CLFMI market research program will be giving members a preliminary report on their utility industry market development project.

Business Meeting Topics

  • Election of 2018 Board of Directors
  • AFA/FenceTech ’18
  • Update Design Award Program
  • Technical Committee Report
  • Legal Counsel Report
  • Committee/Task Force Breakouts
  • 2018 Institute Priority Discussions
  • 2018 Meetings Previews


The Sofitel Washington Hotel is in the heart of Washington, D.C.  It is adjacent to Lafayette Square at 806 15th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20005. The hotel offers luxury accommodations with a European flair, highlighted by distinctive French style superb cuisine and incomparable service. For more information regarding the Sofitel and its amenities go to Sofitel Washington Hotel.


Spoiler Alert: Parking in the heart of Washington, D.C. is limited (and expensive). The Hotel offers valet parking only but there are several (less expensive) public lots very close by.


Washington is served by three major airports (Reagan National Airport is by far the closest at @ 10-20 minutes away). The Blue Line on the Metro system runs from Reagan Airport to McPherson Square, only 1 block from the Hotel


Washington weather in early November should be pleasant but cool. The evenings will definitely be cool, so bring appropriate sweaters/jackets.


Business attire (coat and tie for men) is appropriate for all of the Annual Meeting functions and events. Dress for Thursday afternoon’s Washington activity and dinner is business casual.


Wednesday, November 8

12:00 noon – 6:00 pm – Arrival and Check-in at the Sofitel Washington Hotel (note: official check-in time is 3:00 pm)

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Board of Directors Meeting

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm –Welcoming Reception Sponsored by World Fence News

Thursday, November 9

8:00 am – 8:30 amContinental Breakfast 8:30am-11:30am-Members Meeting

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Washington Insider Luncheon

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Best of Washington Activity

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Dinner and Program at the Sofitel

Friday, November 10

8:00 am – 8:30 am– Continental Breakfast

8:30 am – 11:45 am – CLFMI Annual Business Meeting

  • Economic Modeling Report
  • Utility Industry Market Study report
  • Election of Directors
  • Committee Meetings

11:45 am – Closing remarks


Sofitel Washington Hotel Washington, D.C.

You need to make your own room reservations directly with the Sofitel Hotel at 202-730-8888. Or online at

Sofitel Washington

The cut-off date to assure room rates is October 15, 2017.

(NOTE: PLEASE reserve your sleeping room right away. We expect the Hotel to be sold out over our meeting dates and we don’t want anyone to have to use an alternative Hotel.)