7F Annual Conference


Annual Conference May 15-19, 2017

La Cantera Resort & Spa
16641 La Cantera Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78256

2017 - La Cantera - Exterior 


7F Users Group, Inc. has grown dramatically since its first meeting in Baltimore, November 19-20, 1991, attended by 14 O&M personnel from four companies. The only 7F engine in service at that time was Virginia Electric & Power Co’s Chesterfield 7. It had been integrated with an existing steamer and new heat-recovery steam generator to configure a 1 x 1 combined cycle. Fast forward to today: The OEM has shipped to customers more than 1000 F-class gas turbines since Chesterfield 7 left the shop. the majority of these units are 7FAs.



Platinum Plus






Golf Tournament


Coming soon…

User registration link to attend the 2017 annual conference will open in January 2017.

User Fee
$425.00 (Registrations received by April 14, 2017)
$475.00 (Registrations received April 15, 2017 or later)

Register Now – User Conference


Definition of a User A person who is employed by a company that owns and/or operates combustion turbine generators. This person cannot, as part of their normal duties, provide services (parts, repairs, consulting) to any company other than the one he/she is employed.
Example of a User: A person who works in an office providing technical/operational oversight to the facilities his/her company owns and/or operates.
Example of a non-User: A person who works in an office providing technical/operational oversight to facilities that his/her company does not own and/or operate (the exception: if the person’s company has an operation/maintenance agreement in place with a company that owns a combustion turbine generator; then the person is considered a User as long as their department of employment is not involved with the sale of services to the company outside the agreement).

REGISTRATION MODIFICATIONS: If you need to process a name change or modify the RSVP’s within your registration, please return to the Conference Registration link and then click the link to modify a previously entered registration. Type in your email address and password. If you need any assistance regarding the online registration process or cancellation of your conference registration, please contact Kirsten Schutt at 678-357-9423, ext. 103 or K.Schutt@SV-Events.net)


  • Attendee must fit the definition of a User
  • Name changes are allowed if the attendee is from the same company and the initial payment is not modified.
  • Registration to participate in the 7F Users Group 2017 Annual Conference constitutes the participant’s full and unconditional agreement to be registered as a User on the PowerUsers.org website post conference.


  • Cancellations received by April 14, 2017 – Full conference fee refund
  • Cancellations received April 15, 2017 or later – No refund

Please check back for a detailed printable agenda

7F – Detailed Printable Agenda

2016 - La Cantera - King Room
2016 - La Cantera - Bar
2016 - La Cantera - City View Terrace


16641 La Cantera Pkwy
San Antonio, TX 78256
Hotel Phone: +1 (210)-558-6500

Group Rate: $162.00 + tax (single/double occupancy)
**Resort Fee is waived for everyone in group block**

  • There are two group blocks: “7F Users” and “7F Vendors”
  • The rates are the same. We have two blocks for tracking and future contracting purposes.
  • Last date to reserve rooms at group rate: 5:00 PM local time, Friday, July 29, 2016
  • Hotel will honor rate 3 days prior and 3 days following the conference dates based on availability.
  • Reserve rooms online using the appropriate link below
  • Reserve rooms by calling 855-499-2960 and ask for group rate in the “7F Users” block or “7F Vendors” block as applicable.

See standard hotel and room amenities by visiting https://www.destinationhotels.com/la-cantera-resort-and-spa

  • Guest rooms: Complimentary Wi-Fi in guestrooms (included in waived resort fee)
  • Public areas: Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas (excluding all meeting convention space)


  • Self Parking: $16.00 Daily
  • Valet Parking: All Day $20.00
  • Valet – Overnight Per Night $21.00


If you receive a call from anyone stating they are the booking company for the hotel rooms and offer you a discounted room rate, this is a SCAM! They are either asking for payment in full or the first night’s room deposit.
The Combined Conference has a discounted room rate negotiated directly with the hotel by SV Events. We do not use a rooms housing company, booking company, etc. You can make your room reservations by calling the hotel directly or by using the online reservation link located on the powerusers.org website.
Please contact Kirsten Schutt at 678-357-9423, ext 103 or K.Schutt@SV-Events.com if you have any questions.

2016 - LaCantera Golf - PalmerClubhouse 18
La Cantera Golf Club – Palmer Course
17865 Babcock Rd
San Antonio, TX 78255
Phone: (210)-558-.4653
4.0 miles from hotel; approx. 11 minutes

Monday, May 15, 2017
7:00am – 8:00am – Check-in (each player receives two drink tickets), Range practice and Grab N Go Breakfast
8:00am – Shotgun Start
Immediately following tournament: Light/Boxed Style Lunch and prize announcements

All players are eligible for prizes:
Closest to the Pin (donated by TBD)
Longest Drive (donated by TBD)
Straightest Drive (donated by TBD)
1st place team prize (donated by TBD)
2nd place team prize (donated by TBD)
3rd place team prize (donated by TBD)

Golf tournament registration link will open in Mid-February 2017.

Users: Tournament fee and rental clubs are complimentary; RSVP for golf through the User conference registration link

Transportation: LaCantera Hill Country Resort shuttle offers complimentary shuttle service to the Palmer Course

Tournament fee – Vendors: $128.00 (includes green fees, range balls, tax and service charges)
Rental clubs – Vendors: $45.00/set (includes tax and service charges)

NEW IN 2016: Golf fees have been increased for Vendors in an effort to encourage more Users to play in the tournament. Users will be allowed to play in the tournament and order rental clubs (as applicable) complimentary. We hope to have at least one User for each foursome.

DRESS CODE: Men are requested to wear shirts with sleeves and collars. Mock turtlenecks are permitted with a minimum 1″ collar. Tank tops, tee shirts, and fish net shirts are not permitted. Mid-length and Bermuda shorts are permitted. Shorts must have pockets. Cut-offs, jeans, bathing suits, and athletic shorts are not permitted. Women are requested to not wear halter tops, short shorts, cut-offs, jeans, or bathing suits. Shoes with metal or hard ceramic spikes are not permitted as we are a soft spike facility. Golf shoes are recommended. Tennis shoes and soft shoes are permitted. High heels, hard soles, and spikeless shoes without big rubber spikes are not permitted. Our dress code is mandatory for all players. If you are in doubt as to your attire, please check with our golf shop. Golfers not properly attired will not be permitted to play or use the practice facilities.


  • Golfers must be registered to attend the conference as a User or Vendor
  • Name changes are allowed if the initial payment is not modified.
  • While we do our best to have one User in each foursome, we cannot guarantee it. Pairings will be based on actual number of User registrations for the golf tournament.


  • Cancellations received by April 14, 2017 – Full refund
  • Cancellations received April 15, 2017 or later – No refund

Golf Tournament Sponsors


Airport code: SAT – San Antonio International Airport
9800 Airport Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78216
14.6 miles – approx. 18 minutes from hotel

Airport Transportation

For your convenience, the following transportation options can provide airport transportation to and from La Cantera Hill Country Resort:

  • Go Airport Shuttle
    GO Airport Shuttle is San Antonio International Airport’s authorized and single shared- ride shuttle service. Shuttles depart from 7 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. daily to downtown hotels every 15 minutes. Passengers may purchase tickets at the airport’s baggage claim area. Visit www.gosaairportshuttle.com or call 210-281-9900 for additional information.
  • Taxi
    Taxi cabs are available at the lower level curbside, outside of baggage claim, at Terminal A & B. For assistance, please contact the Airport Ground Transportation employee (wearing red shirt). Approximate cost to the La Cantera Hill Country Resort is $35 one-way.
  • Uber
    The ride-hailing app is allowed to operate at the San Antonio Airport for a fee of $1 per ride, the same as taxis.

General Directions to La Cantera Hill Country Resort

From San Antonio International Airport
Depart San Antonio International airport on Airport Boulevard toward the Airport Exit.
Take Interstate 410 west, then Exit 16 to merge onto Interstate 10 west / U.S. 87 north.
Exit La Cantera Parkway, Exit 555.
Turn left onto La Cantera Parkway.
La Cantera entrance is 0.75 miles ahead on the right.

From East
Take Interstate 10 West through San Antonio to La Cantera Parkway and turn left.
The resort entrance is 0.75 miles ahead on the right.

From North
Take Interstate 35 South to 1604 West.
Continue on 1604 West to La Cantera Parkway Exit.
Turn right onto La Cantera Parkway.
The resort entrance is 0.75 miles ahead on the left.

From West
Take Interstate 10 East to La Cantera Parkway and turn right.
The resort entrance is 0.75 miles ahead on the right.

From South
Take Interstate 37 North to Interstate 10 West.
Continue on Interstate 10 West to La Cantera Parkway and turn left.
The resort entrance is 0.75 miles ahead on the right.



Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (70 booths – different vendors each evening)
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (70 booths – different vendors each evening)

Vendor Fair Booth Pre-Registration Dates:
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 – Platinum Sponsors
Thursday, February 2, 2017 – Gold Sponsors
Friday, February 3, 2017 – Silver Sponsors
Monday, February 6, 2017 – Bronze Sponsors
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 – Golf Sponsors
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 – Presenters who are not sponsors

Helpful Hints:

  • If you hit the button at 11:59am, it will not go anywhere. It is set to open at 12:00pm Eastern.
  • You may choose only one booth on one day only.
  • The vendor fair booths are usually sold out within 24 hours…The Tuesday booths within minutes and the Wednesday booths within hours.
  • Print a copy of floor plan ahead of time so you can reference the location when seeing what is available during the registration process.
  • Review floor plan, pricing, inclusions, terms and conditions, etc. and get your questions answered and any approvals needed from your company prior to February 10th. I would hate to see you miss the opportunity to secure a booth because you are waiting for answers and/or approvals.
  • You must choose “Purchase a Booth” in order to see the booths and be allowed to purchase a booth. If you register as an additional booth representative and there are no booths remaining, you will not be able to attend the vendor fair.
  • If the registration system does not accept your credit card, change the form of payment to “check” and finish your registration. You can call us later to change the form of payment and we can figure out why the credit card wasn’t accepted. Many times it is a case of an incorrect billing address or card number entered incorrectly.
  • There are 66 booths each evening. By the time this link opens, there will only be 38 booths left on Tuesday and 59 booths available on Wednesday (sponsors and presenters were able to register early).
  • If you do not see booths listed when you click on Tuesday, that means we are sold out for Tuesday.
  • If you do not see booths listed when you click on Wednesday, that means we are sold out for Wednesday.
  • If all booths are sold out, I would highly recommend that you go back and immediately choose the registration type “Booth Waitlist”. In the past couple of years, we have been able to get a few Vendors a booth prior to the conference and we go in order from the time waitlist registrations are received.
  • Please do not call or send an email on 2/10/16 and expect an immediate response. All booths may be gone by the time we can get back to you. Reading all details on the Vendor Fair Exhibitors tab usually answers 95% of the questions we receive the day the link goes live.

IMPORTANT: Platinum and Gold sponsors will have the double booths and will exhibit both evenings. Everyone else will be in single booths as outlined below for one night only…either Tuesday or Wednesday. Cancellations for double booking booths will be charged a $75.00 administrative fee.


Once Vendors are confirmed in booths, this link may be used to register additional booth representatives. Vendors who were unable to confirm a booth may use this link to add your company to the waitlist.




10′ x 8′ = $1,450.00 Booth fee includes two booth representatives; Additional booth representatives @ $200.00 each…maximum of six representatives allowed in booth


Pipe and drape booth space – black drape, 6′ high in back and 3′ high on sides
One 6′ x 30″ table, white drape and black skirt *
Two chairs
One waste basket
One sign

If you require a different size table please see the exhibitor kit. You will need to order your preferred table a la carte at an additional cost.
The vendor fair is in a carpeted ballroom. You do not need to order carpet unless you prefer to have additional carpet.




Set-up/Tear-down Schedule:
8:00am – 2:00pm     Malone Convention Decorating, LLC will move in – All materials shipped to their warehouse and paid in full will be placed in applicable booths
2:00pm – 5:00pm     Vendors set-up exhibit materials
5:30pm – 8:30pm     Vendor fair
8:30pm – 11:30pm   Vendor tear-down and ship out exhibit materials; All exhibit materials must be removed from the ballroom by 11:30pm.

ADVERTISING IN USERS’ PRINTED CONFERENCE PROGRAM: The primary booth registrant will have the option to purchase ad space in the printed program during the registration process.



  • Exhibiting Companies may not share a booth with another company or invite a representative from another company without written approval from the Steering Committee. Booth sharing may be allowed if and only if:
    • Exhibiting Companies are owned by the same parent company, or
    • One of the companies in the booth space sells directly to the other company in lieu of sales to a User, such as a Distributor or Representative.
  • Booth assignments are provided on a first-come first-serve basis upon registration. Higher tier sponsorships receive higher priority.
  • If all booth space is sold out, the Steering Committee will maintain a waitlist for those companies that could not be initially accommodated in the order that booth requests have been received. Companies will be offered booth space in the event of any cancellations from this waitlist.  Companies that are offered exhibition booths off of the waitlist must submit payment no later than 2 business days after notification of booth availability.
  • Each 10’W x 8’D booth space is allowed a maximum of (6) six exhibiting company representatives.
  • Each 20’W x 8’D booth is allowed a maximum of (8) eight exhibiting company representatives.
  • Breakout session presenter(s) from an exhibiting company will be counted as an exhibiting company representative(s) if in the booth during the vendor fair.
  • Each exhibiting representative is expected to wear his/her own badge.
  • Exhibiting Companies are not allowed to schedule meetings or invite Users to functions during conference scheduled events.
  • The 7F Steering Committee reserves the right to make changes to booth assignments when required in its best judgment.
  • Exhibiting Companies who do not follow these Terms and Conditions will not be invited to attend any portion of the following year’s annual conference.
  • Payment for booth space must be received no later than 5:00pm Eastern on March 15, 2017.
  • Booth spaces in which full payment has not been received by 5:00pm Eastern on March 15, 2017 will be cancelled and offered to the next company on the waitlist.


  • Confirmation – March 15, 2017: Refundable with a $50.00 cancellation fee
  • March 16, 2017 or later: Non-refundable

The link to submit abstracts for vendor presentations will open in early November 2016.

Fee includes: 45-minute breakout session, LCD projector package (speaker must provide own laptop), one 6′ X 30″ table at the head of the room for materials, podium and wireless lavalier microphone

The deadline to submit an abstract for consideration to present at the 2017 7F Users Group annual conference is 5:00pm, Eastern on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.
All decisions regarding abstracts will be communicated by email on Friday, January 6, 2017.
Note: If you are selected to present, your abstract will be printed in the Users’ Conference Program. The abstract will serve as an introduction to the presentation topic. Vendors should use this opportunity to attract Users to their discussion.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Session 1 – 3:45pm – 4:30pm (3 spaces)
Session 2 – 4:45pm – 5:30pm (3 spaces)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Session 3 – 3:45pm – 4:30pm (3 spaces)
Session 4 – 4:45pm – 5:30pm (3 spaces)



  1. Presentations must be technical in nature – addressing design issues, improving performances, troubleshooting, results from RCA studies, etc. Selling and other related activities are limited to the vendor fair only.
  2. Presentations must focus on currently available technology/processes/systems/components. Presentation attendees shall not be utilized as a makeshift focus group for future product development…that’s for the vendor fair if you choose.
  3. Abstracts will only be accepted through the attached link on this page. The 7F Steering Committee reserves the right to approve or deny any abstract.
  4. Multiple abstracts may be submitted. While this does not guarantee your company will be chosen to present, it can certainly increase your odds of submitting a hot topic of interest for the upcoming conference. No more than one per company can be chosen.
  5. Presentation topics may not be changed once chosen by the 7F Steering Committee. If a topic change is absolutely necessary the 7F Steering Committee reserves the right to cancel your topic and fill the space with another Vendor’s topic. Cancellation policy will apply.
  6. The 7F Steering Committee will assign presentation dates, times, and meeting rooms.
  7. While the 7F Steering Committee has created an agenda to give the Presenters the undivided attention of the Users, we cannot control or guarantee attendance at your presentation. Presentation fees will not be refunded based on lack of attendance.
  8. Presentations are limited to 45 minutes. The 15-minute buffer between presentations is for set-up and tear down…not overtime.
  9. The $400.00 presentation fee is separate from the exhibit booth fee and covers the additional audio/visual costs for the two days of presentations. Presentation fees will be charged upon confirmation as a Presenter. Booth fees will be charged when booth registration opens. See “Vendor Fair Exhibitors” tab on the Annual Conference page of the 7F Users Group website for all booth details.
  10. The 7F Steering Committee reserves the right to cancel the presentation space for vendors whose presentation fees are not paid in full by Friday, March 15, 2017.
  11. All Presenters must be registered and paid exhibitors at the 7F Users Group vendor fair on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 or Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Please keep your assigned date and time in mind when you register for your booth.
  12. Presenters who are not sponsors will have booth registration priority after sponsor booth registration and prior to open booth registration for all vendors…estimated for mid-February 2017. See “Vendor Fair Exhibitors” tab on the Annual Conference page of the 7F Users Group website for booth registration schedule.
  13. All chosen presenters must submit the final presentation in .pdf format, max size of 2MB, to Events@PowerUsers.org no later than Friday, April 7, 2017. Please indicate if this document may be added to the 7F Users Group website. If presenter needs to submit a modified version for the website, the second file name should include the word “website” to avoid confusion.
  14. Only employees of the presenting company will be allowed to attend the presentation unless authorization is expressed to the 7F Steering Committee.


  • Confirmation – March 15, 2017: $350.00 refundable with a $50.00 cancellation fee
  • March 16, 2017 or later: Non-refundable



  • Platinum: $18,000**
  • Gold: $15,000**
  • Silver Plus: $5,000*
  • Silver: $2,500
  • Bronze: $1,000
  • Golf: $500*


Exhibit Booth:

  • Priority booth registration before it goes live to all vendors. See booth priority registration schedule on the Vendor Fair Exhibitors page

Complimentary Logo Advertisement:

  • Power Users website conference page with link to your home page
  • Sponsorship page in Users’ conference printed program
  • Sponsorship signage at conference

Complimentary Advertisement in Users’ Conference Program:

  • Platinum Sponsors – 2-page spread
  • Gold Sponsors– full page
  • Silver Plus and Silver Sponsors – half page
  • Bronze Sponsors – quarter page

*Additional Benefits for Silver Plus and Golf Sponsors:

  • Golf sponsors – sponsorship signage at golf tournament
  • Silver Plus sponsor – logo on attendee gift

**Additional Benefits for Platinum and Gold Sponsors:

  • Exhibit both evenings
  • Premium booth size (20′W x 8′D) as noted on the vendor fair floor plan
  • Booth fee and registration fee for up to eight booth representatives are included in sponsorship
  • Platinum Sponsors – invited to attend welcome reception with Users
  • Gold Sponsors – invited to attend either one of the breakfasts with Users or one of the lunches with Users


  • Sponsorships are non-refundable

Mission Statement of the GE7FA Users Group

7F Users Group, Inc. is organized to provide an open forum through conferences and technological aids to the Owners/Operators of 7F Combustion Turbine generator systems for effective communication, discussion, and information dissemination regarding the operation, maintenance, inspection, troubleshooting, and repair of such systems to maximize equipment performance and reliability. These purposes will be achieved through providing an opportunity at meetings, conferences, company email, and website for the open exchange of ideas between owner / operators and owner / operators with vendors. This site is managed by Users for Users!

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