Opening Night Awards Party – Before and After

The 2nd Annual Fleet Excellence Awards Were A Hit!

Thank you for everyone who attended NAFA’s 2nd Annual Opening Night Awards Party on Tuesday, April 8 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. It was a great night, starting with the recognition of the FLEXY Award nominees and winners, followed by some food and drink, and ending with a concert by Minnesota’s hot cover band, Good for Gary. We hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we did!

For more information on the list of FLEXY winners and finalists, click here

Let’s Get The Party Started!

NAFA’s Annual Opening Night Awards Party celebrates the start of NAFA’s annual Institute & Expo. There is still a buzz surrounding last year’s event and the excitement of the ceremony evoked the type of magic long sought by the industry. More than 1,500 people packed the ballroom to honor the FLEXY award winners and party with friends!

NAFA will be hosting the event on Tuesday, April 8 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, after the education sessions end. The night will kick off with our Fleet Excellence Awards presentation (Flexy for short). For more information on the Awards and the 2014 finalists, click here

After the final award is presented, the party begins! There will be a reception of heavy hors d’ oeuvres, as well as an open bar, where everyone can relax, network, and enjoy the atmosphere. Then get ready to dance and party to one of Minnesota’s top bands, Good for Gary. Good for Gary is a Twin Cities cover band that specializes in playing current and past dance hits, focusing on the newest Top 40 songs.

To create the best possible atmosphere for NAFA’s Fleet Excellence Awards, we ask that all cell phones be turned off out of respect to the presenters and the award honorees. If you need to enter or exit the hall we ask that you do so at an appropriate moment. In addition, there will be no food or beverages served until the award presentations are over at 7:00 pm. Please note: you have the option to only attend the Fleet Excellence Awards from 6-7 pm, the Awards Reception from 7-8 pm, the Opening Night Party from 8-11 pm, or all three events.

Ticket Information

    • This is a ticketed event! You will not be able to enter without your ticket. No exceptions.
    • You will receive your ticket at the Registration Desk at the Minneapolis Convention Center when you check-in. Please bring that ticket with you to the event.
    • Tickets to the Opening Night Awards Party come free with most registration packages, including the 4-day pass, the Tuesday/Wednesday 2-day pass, and Tuesday’s 1-day pass. Exhibitors will have to purchase their tickets separately unless they have one of the full conference registrations.
    • Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.


See you there!