2022 CLFMI Annual Meeting

The 2022 CLFMI Annual Meeting returns to the Sofitel Washington Hotel in  Washington, D.C., November 8-11, 2022.  The Hotel is just a few blocks from the White House and other major downtown landmarks and governmental agencies. The hotel is within walking distance of 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  $339.00. 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 8, 2022. Reserve your hotel rooms now! (Please take note of hotel cancellation policies, etc.) 

Room reservations can be made online at CLFMI 2022 Annual Meeting Room Reservations 

or you can call the Sofitel Washington


The Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, November 8

Early arrivals. No formal program, but if you are in town join the other early birds for an informal evening of watching the election returns and renewing friendships
Tuesday, November 8

Wednesday, November 9

Wednesday is the main Arrival day and Board Meeting Day. Members and guests are encouraged to arrive early and take advantage of our location to visit the hundreds of museums, historical landmarks, and other attractions.
Wednesday, November 9

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

CLFMI Board Meeting

6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Welcome Reception

Join the other CLFMI members and guests from North America for our Welcoming Reception, sponsored again this year by our friends at Fence News USA. After the reception, attendees are encouraged to take advantage of the many fine restaurants within 1-2 blocks of the hotel.

Thursday, November 10

8:00 am – 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

Thursday, November 10

8:30am – 11:45am

Members’ Business Meeting


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

    • A 3rd Quarter Statistical and Market Report and year-end projections
    • The election of two new Board Members
    • Committee meetings and reports
    • Establishment of 2023 Institute priorities
    • A preview of the 2023 Summer
      and Annual Meetings.

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Luncheon Program

The State of the Media – 2022




Enjoy lunch with one of Washington’s true media influencers. Get an insider’s opinion about the role the media plays in today’s society and what impact it may or may not have on the next Presidential election

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Special Event

Attendees will have a chance to visit one of Washington’s most impressive and important public buildings, one with a long history of secrecy and power.

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Reception & Dinner Keynote Speaker – Chief Tom Manger, U.S. Capitol Police

Protecting the Capitol.

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger, one of America’s most experienced and honored law enforcement officers, will take Annual Meeting participants behind the scenes of the agency which protects the U.S. government. Since taking over as Chief just over a year ago, Tom has also learned a lot more about security fencing!

Friday, November 11

8:45 am – 11:30 am

Political, Legislative, and Market Outlooks

Instant Analysis – 2022 Midterm Elections

Who knows? Even by Friday morning after the 2022 Midterm Elections, we may not know precisely what all the results are. That will not stop the media – and our CLFMI guest prognosticator – from analyzing the results and trends and talking about what the next two years (leading up to the Presidential election) will look like. There will also be a discussion about what the legislative and regulatory climate will look like for the business community during 2023-2024.

Market Reports

CLFMI members will get a review and analysis of the 3rd Quarter Statistical Report. This discussion will also look at the overall trends in the commercial, industrial, and residential chain link markets and projections for the top opportunities to expand the chain link market in 2023. 

Friday, November 11

Hotel & Travel Info

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 http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-3293-sofitel- washington-dc-lafayette-square/index.shtml.

PARKING 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 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 be cool, so bring appropriate sweaters/jackets.

What to Wear

Business attire is appropriate for all the Annual Meeting functions and events. Dress for Thursday afternoon’s Washington activity and dinner is business casual.


You need to make your own room reservations directly with the Sofitel Hotel at 202-730-8800
or room reservations can be made online at CLFMI 2022 Annual Meeting Room Reservations

Cut-off date to assure room rates is October 8, 2022.

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

  • Price: $717.91
    *Includes: Wednesday evening reception; Thursday Breakfast; Thursday Luncheon/Program; Thursday afternoon all-attendee activity; Thursday evening Dinner & /Program; Friday breakfast and program; all program materials.
  • Price: $612.85
    *Includes: Wednesday evening reception; Thursday Breakfast; Thursday Luncheon/Program; Thursday Spouse/Guest Program; Thursday afternoon all-attendee activity; Thursday evening Dinner & /Program; Friday breakfast and program; all program materials.
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