2019 CLFMI Annual Meeting




November 6 – 8, 2019 Sofitel Hotel Washington, D.C.

Registration Information – Meeting Highlights – Hotel Information


The 2019 CLFMI Annual Meeting returns to the Sofitel Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C., November 6-8, 2019. 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 7, 2019. 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)


Wednesday, November 6

Wednesday is arrival day and Board Meeting day. Members and guests are encouraged to arrive early and take advantage of our D.C. location to visit their Congressional delegations.

At 7:00pm join the other CLFMI members and guests for our Welcoming Reception, sponsored again this year by our friends at World Fence News.


Thursday, November 7


8:00am – 8:30am Continental Breakfast

8:30am – 11:45 am

Members’ Business Meeting

CLFMI members will conduct their Annual Business Meeting. Items on the agenda include:

  • A 3rd Quarter Report and year-end report/projection on CLFMI’s Economic Modeling Study presented by Dr. Lynn Reaser
  • A “tutorial” on CLFMI’s revised and updated website
  • The election of two new Board Members
  • Committee meetings and reports on 2019 activities
  • Establishment of 2020 priorities and programs
  • A preview of the 2020 Summer and Annual Meetings; CLFMI’s 60th Anniversary Year

Thursday, November 7

12:00noon-1:30pm Political Junkies’ Luncheon Program


Can anyone really claim to know what’s going on in today’s change-by-the-minute world of Washington politics? We’ll see, as a veteran of many years of Washington “insider information” tells us what to watch for in the next year leading up to a HUGE 2020 Presidential election year.

Thursday, November 7

2:30pm-5:00pmCLFMI Special: An Afternoon at D.C.’s Must-See Museum

CLFMI has arranged a group outing to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Since it opened in 2016, entrance to this Museum has been the toughest ticket in town.

The Museum is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.


Thursday, November 7

7:00pm-9:00pm Reception & Dinner

A Funny Thing Happened on the wat to the Election…

If you think nothing is funny in Washington any more, think again. After dinner you’ll meet one of Washington’s political commentators who really does try to see the lighter side of the Nation’s Capital.


Friday, November 8

8:00 am – 8:30am Breakfast

8:30 am – 11:45 am

Political, Legislative, and Market Outlooks

It only seems like nothing is getting done in D.C. Actually, there is a lot of legislation that affects the business community – from trade and international issues to transportation, infrastructure, and workforce issues – being negotiated all the time. We’ll have a key industry legislative expert tell members and guests what to expect in the upcoming election year. The discussion will also cover what can be expected from the regulatory (implementation) side of things.


Friday, November 8 

It’s never too soon to start thinking – and talking – about the next Presidential election year. By the time our Annual Meeting convenes we’ll be almost exactly one year away, and the candidates will really be honing in on issues and rivals. So will our guest speaker during this outlook.

Friday, November 8 

Market Report

In addition to Lynn Reaser’s economic analysis, we’ll have a representative from one of the U.S. government’s biggest chain link markets provide information and insight about how CLFMI members can get greater acceptance of more of their products. This session will talk about the decision-making process, the influencers, and the stakeholders in this part of the multi-billion -dollar government construction market.



The Hotel

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



REMINDER: 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.

What to Wear

Business casual attire is appropriate for all of the Annual Meeting functions and events. Dress for Thursday afternoon’s Museum tour is casual. 



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

                         Cut-off date to assure room rates is October 7, 2019.

(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.)