International Fastener Expo 2023






October 9 – 11, 2023 | Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV

Attention fastener professionals! Get ready for an exhilarating and informative experience at the 2023 International Fastener Expo. IFE will offer attendees a series of informative and engaging sessions designed to provide fastener professionals with valuable knowledge and insights. The IFE 2023 agenda is packed with incredible sessions, and here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect:

Starting on Monday, October 9, the IFE 2023 will kick off with “Fastener Fundamentals – The Nuts and Bolts for Fastener Professionals,” a comprehensive class presented by the Fastener Training Institute with instructor Carmen Vertullo, Founder of Carver Engineering. This interactive session covers everything from the basics to advanced topics, providing you with a solid foundation and valuable take-home resources. Make sure to secure your spot by registering in advance.

On Tuesday, October 10, the morning will begin with a keynote presentation by Jake Hall, The Manufacturing Millennial. Jake will explore “The Future of Manufacturing: Technology and Workforce.” Discover how the industry is evolving, the challenges it faces, and how leveraging automation and engaging the new workforce can drive success.

Throughout the expo, you’ll have the opportunity to attend engaging panel discussions and fireside chats hosted by industry leaders and experts. IFE is introducing Fireside Chats this year, which will include sessions hosted by the Fastener Training Institute instructors in an insightful “Ask Me Anything” session, cloud considerations for fastener distributors, and trends in fastener finishings.

The knowledge-sharing continues on Wednesday, October 11, with thought-provoking panels and presentations. Gain valuable insights into the process and importance of planning for business succession in “Succession in the Fastener World,” led by industry business managers with personal experience in developing transition strategies.

Explore the transformative power of technology in the distribution landscape with “Three Sci-Fi Technologies That Are Ready for Distributors Now.” Discover how 3D computing, AI, and sensing technologies are reshaping the industry, unlocking new possibilities for efficiency and customer experiences.

Prepare for an unforgettable experience at the 2023 International Fastener Expo where you’ll expand your knowledge, network with industry professionals, and discover cutting-edge solutions. Mark your calendars, register for your favorite sessions in advance, and get ready for an awesome experience at the International Fastener Expo!

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Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be part of the most exciting fastener event of the year.

We can’t wait to see you there!

International Fastener Expo 2023


Monday, October 9

8:30AM – 4:30PM
Fastener Fundamentals – The Nuts and Bolts for Fastener Professionals
Instructor: Carmen Vertullo, Founder, Carver Engineering

In partnership with Fastener Training Institute, this one-day class will bring the basics of fasteners and beyond to industry professionals at the 2023 International Fastener Expo. This class includes the best of Fastener Training Institute’s Fastener Basic Training and Certified Specialist Training™ programs.

Carmen Vertullo has been teaching Fastener Training Institute programs and many others for over 20 years – and he has taught it all! This class is full of his favorite topics and must-knows for every fastener professional and is interactive with learning exercises, case studies, and valuable take-home resources.


  • Types and applications of various threaded and non-threaded fasteners
  • Fastener standards organizations
  • Your fastener technical library
  • Basics of fastener materials
  • Plating, coatings, and corrosion prevention for fasteners
  • Best methods for properly tightening fasteners – there’s more to tension than torque
  • Dealing with fastener customer complaints – from small screws to structural bolts
  • Fastener failure investigation – what you need to know to sleep at night
  • Ten things every fastener supplier can do to add value, reduce risk, and increase profits in the fastener supply transaction.

Registration required, reserve your seat.

Tuesday, October 10

8:30AM – 9:30AM
Keynote Presentation: The Future of Manufacturing: Technology and Workforce
Jake Hall, The Manufacturing Millennial

The industry is changing. Boomers are retiring from manufacturing, companies are scrambling to fill production demands, keep equipment running, and automate their organizations and processes. As a whole, we must work together to engage with the general public to change misconceptions of manufacturing and drive awareness to new solutions such as digitization, automation, and robotics. In this keynote, we will highlight how manufacturers are finding success in:

Leveraging automation in new ways to support manufacturers.

  • Adapting new types of automation from Industry 4.0
  • Engage the new workforce to attract and retain younger generations.

10:15AM – 11:00AM
Panel Discussion: Reducing Risk, Building Resilience and Adapting to Change in the Fastener Industry
Moderated by Lonni Kieffer, Co-Founder, Customer Success, SmartCert
Panelists include Carmen Vertullo, Founder, Carver Engineering; Kristy Irungaray, Senior Logistics Manager, INxSQL; Will Snyder, Co-Founder, WTC Services

In this session, we will explore strategies for identifying and mitigating risk, as well as best practices for building resilience and adapting to changing circumstances. We’ll also discuss how emerging technologies and trends may impact risk management in manufacturing and distribution.

11:15AM – 11:45AM
Panel Discussion hosted by YFP More details coming soon!

11:20AM – 11:40AM
Fireside Chat: Ask Me Anything with FTI Instructors

Bring your questions and get ready to learn from the experts in this Ask Me Anything Fireside Chat session with Fastener Training Institute instructors. Hosted in the IFE Lounge in the Exhibit Hall.

1:30PM – 1:50PM
Fireside Chat: TBD More details coming soon!

2:00PM – 2:30PM
Embracing Rivet Nut Technologies
Adam Pratt, President, Sherex Fastening Solutions

An automotive tier in Michigan installing aluminum frames for a large electric vehicle truck manufacturer was facing problems on the assembly line with round body rivet nuts spinning out in its frames. Over half of the installations were spinning out when brackets were installed with high torque values. With 36 installations points combined in both rails, the OEM had a decision to make: Spend six-figures to redesign the application to accommodate a hex hole and switch to a full hex or half hex rivet nut or move to a costlier method of fastener or installation.

Sherex had a solution, but would the tier embrace it after the current solution wasn’t holding up? This presentation takes you through the steps Sherex, its distributor, and the OEM took to resolve the issue, how the supplier won its trust with the assembler, and how two new solutions helped save the tier money and keep the line moving.

Wednesday, October 11

10:30AM – 11:00AM
Panel Discussion: Succession in the Fastener World
Moderated by Gary Cravens, President, Advance Components
Panelists include Heidi Volltrauer, COO, President of Marketing Volt Plastics; Jon Queenin, COO, Specialty Bolt; Adam Derry, President, Field Fastener

Join this informative panel discussion, where attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the process and importance of planning for business succession. Led by industry business managers with personal experience in developing transition strategies, this presentation will explore the steps involved in a successful transition and provide attendees with practical strategies to ensure a smooth transfer of ownership.

Participants will learn the key factors that drive successful business succession planning, including understanding the different types of succession plans, how to identify and groom potential successors, and the importance of effective communication among stakeholders. Through real-life examples, participants will gain valuable insights into the potential pitfalls of inadequate planning and learn how to avoid common mistakes, providing attendees with a solid foundation for developing a comprehensive and effective succession plan.

At the end of the session, participants will leave with a clearer understanding of the critical components of a successful business succession plan and a roadmap for implementing these strategies within their own organizations. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain the knowledge and tools necessary to ensure the future success of your business!

11:15AM – 12:00PM
Three Sci-Fi Technologies That Are Ready for Distributors Now
Anders Green, Founder, ALOX ERP

The distribution landscape is changing rapidly, driven by the rise of new technologies such as 3D computing, AI, and sensing. These technologies are enabling new ways to design, manufacture, and deliver products to customers, with the potential to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and create new customer experiences.

This session will explore how these technologies are being used to transform the distribution industry. We will discuss examples of how 3D computing is being used to design products, AI is being used to optimize supply chains, and sensing is being used to track products in real time. We will also discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with these technologies, and how they are likely to impact the future of distribution.

11:20AM – 11:40AM
Fireside Chat: Cloud Considerations for Fastener Distributors
Todd Daubenberger, Senior Director – Sales and Strategic Alliances, EPICOR

Fastener Distributors are increasingly looking for ways to advance their business via technology, but at the same time concerned over the also increasing threats. Join for a discussion about how to leverage Cloud technology as part of their digital transformation while maintaining or increasing security via their ERP system.

Learning objectives:

1) How can the Cloud help my company’s digital transformation?

2) How can the Cloud help protect my company from cyber attacks?

3) What else should be considered for a modern Cloud-based ERP system?

1:15PM – 1:45PM
Cyber Security – The NEW normal has CHANGED!
Will Snyder, Co-Founder, WTC Services

Cyber security has become a legitimate business in other countries.  Their sole purpose for being in business is to hijack business networks for Ransome.  We will review the 6 key points to keeping your fastener business secure and keeping you off the radar of the criminals.  The landscape for cyber security is constantly changing to adapt to new threats and we will make sure you are aware of the new technologies and how simple they are to adopt.

1:30PM – 1:50PM
Fireside Chat: Trends in Fastener Finishings
Andrew Pfeifer, Business Manager – Corrosion Protection, ATOTECH USA LLC.

This Fireside Chat session will explore various fastener finishes and which ones would be most appropriate for each application.  Each industry has different requirements, which can utilize Phosphate, Zinc, Zinc Nickel or Zinc Flake.  We will also cover hybrid systems (combining Plating with Dip-Spin to achieve higher performance).

Don’t miss out on these fantastic sessions at the International Fastener Expo 2023.

Register now to secure your spot and expand your knowledge in the fastener industry!


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