Representing the cotton warehouse industry since 1937


2017 Annual Convention

The 80th Annual Convention of the Cotton Warehouse Association of America will be held  June 21 - 24, 2017 at the historic Benson Hotel in downtown Portland, OR

The convention is a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends in the industry and build new relationships with the members and guests of CWAA. Below is the outline of the preliminary schedule. Keep checking back to this page as we will be posting more details about the meeting as they are confirmed.

Registration will open April 18th, 2017


Lodging Information

Explore all Portland has to offer from one of the city’s most treasured historic landmarks. Founded in 1913, The Benson features elegant European design with a host of modern amenities. See why U.S. Presidents and CEOs have made The Benson their home away from home for a hundred years—and why The Oregonian voted them Best Portland Hotel in 2012.

The superb location puts you within walking distance to all of the shopping, dining, and entertainment of the Pearl District, Pioneer Square, and downtown. Famous boutiques, bookstores, breweries, and performing arts are just steps away.

Making Reservations

A room block has been negotiated with the Benson at a rate of $219/night for an Executive room or $269/night for an Executive Junior Suite. Reservations can be made online by following this link: Make a Reservation.

If you are planning on arriving prior to the meeting or staying after, you will need to contact the hotel directly to make those arrangements as the link will only allow you to book during the week of the convention. Contact the Reservations Department by phone at 1-888-523-6766.

Preliminary Schedule

 Wednesday, June 21, 2017    
  12:00 - 5:00pm  Registration 
   4:00 - 5:00pm Ways and Means Committee Meeting 
   6:00 - 7:00pm President's Welcome Reception 
 Thursday, June 22, 2017    
  8:00 - 11:00am  Committee Meetings (All attendees welcome) 
   1:00 - 6:00pm Cotton Classic Golf Tournament 
 Friday, June 23, 2017    
  8:00 - 11:00am Committee Meetings (All attendees welcome)  
   11:30 - 1:00pm Retiring Board of Directors Meeting 
   7:00 - 9:00pm Convention Banquet 
 Saturday, June 24, 2017

   8:30 - 10:00am Breakfast/General Session 
   10:00 - 11:00am Business Session 
   11:00 - 12:00pm New Board of Directors Meeting 

Cotton Classic Golf Tournament

This year's Cotton Classic Golf Tournament will be played at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club’s par-71, 6,839-yard Ghost Creek course. The layout was crafted by Bob Cupp in the “old” style, leaving the Portland wetlands terrain completely natural. The course is subtle and cunning, featuring a variety of distinct and equally memorable holes framed by lush stands of trees, dramatic mountain vistas and ragged wetlands. The phantom Ghost Creek materializes throughout the golf course, adding to the layout’s stunning beauty.

The tournament will be played in a four player scramble format with teams grouped evenly by handicap. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams, as well as individuals posting the longest drive and closest to the hole.


Getting There

The Benson is located right in the middle of downtown Portland at 309 Southwest Broadway. It is about 13 miles from Portland International Airport (PDX). There is a public rail line that is available and stops just a few blocks south of the Benson at the Pioneer Square station on the MAX blue line. Tickets are $2.50 each way. 

However, we would recommend renting a car if you intend to get out and explore the area. The beautiful Oregon Coast is about an hour and a half drive to the west and Mount Hood is an hour to the east.

PDX is serviced by American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta, Frontier, jetBlue, Southwest, United, and Virgin America airlines. 

Cotton Warehouse Association of America
316 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Suite 401
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-5875

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