Like you, TIA’s leadership has been watching the coronavirus situation with grave concern as it unfolds and becomes worse daily. As you know, TIA is more than just an association, we are a community and a family. Since the CDC and the WHO are strongly warning against large gatherings, numerous conferences cancelling, and the planned location of our 2020 TIA Convention in the state of California being placed under a state of emergency by its governor, we have no other option but to reconsider our plans. The health and safety of our members, exhibitors, attendees, and their families are our top concern.
Given all of this, and as was announced in the March 10th edition of the TIA Newsletter, TIA’s board of directors has declared that we must cancel this year’s convention due to a situation outside our control (“force majeure” circumstances) and move forward with scheduling at a new date and location in 2021. We have been working diligently on a very exciting new location for our next TIA Convention and will be making that announcement soon.
Additionally, we still plan to move forward with our TIA Tech and TIA Europe events this fall, both of which will feature some great factory tours this year – plus an exciting new Hands-On Tortilla Production training class later this summer - so please watch for additional details and announcements on those. If you have any questions in the meantime please feel free to e-mail Jim Kabbani jk[email protected] or Terri Owens [email protected]
We hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy as this crisis unfolds, and greatly appreciate your support and understanding during these times of unforeseen difficulty but assure you that we have much positive excitement to look forward to again soon!