Roofing contractors gathered in Columbus, Ohio last week for the 67th annual Midwest Roofing Contractors Association Expo. The event was held at the Hyatt Regency Columbus and the attached Columbus Convention Center, from Oct. 31 – Nov. 2.
Some highlights from this year’s convention included “Navigating the Future”, which focused on emerging technologies throughout the industry, as well as how to plan, implement and leverage those technologies in a way that benefits your business.
This year’s auction theme was Day of the Dead, and in addition to the in-person experience, folks also had the opportunity to bid online, allowing those who couldn’t physically attend, an opportunity to help out a great cause.
The event concluded with Chris Spielman’s keynote address. Spielman, a two-time All-American linebacker at The Ohio State University and a Lombardi Trophy winner, retired from the NFL following his wife Stefanie’s breast cancer diagnosis. His speech highlighted the struggles and triumphs faced throughout their journey, as well as the thriving charity he established in her honor, The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.
The 42nd annual Western Roofing Expo was the best yet in terms of attendance. More than 3,500 roofing contractors from throughout the region converged on Las Vegas last week for the Western Roofing Contractors Association’s signature annual event. That total well surpassed attendance figures for the 2015 Expo.
Highlights included innovative new product releases on the show floor, dozens of educational seminars, and formal and informal networking opportunities.
The Association also formally elected Brad Baker, owner of Professional Roofing in Bellevue, Idaho, the next president and named Michael Tory, of Tory’s Roofing & Waterproofing in Hawaii, immediate former president.
Roofing contractors, suppliers and manufacturers also helped raise money for the Davis Memorial Foundation, which provides academic scholarships to deserving college students across the western United States with the annual welcome party and silent auction, and golf tournament.
Roofing professionals from across the globe gathered in the ‘happiest city on earth’ for the 2016 International Roofing Expo(IRE) from Feb. 17-19. Show organizers said more than 9,500 people and 460 companies visited the IRE show floor, which covered 120,600 square feet of display space at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
The overall attendance and number of exhibit booths (1,206) increased slightly from last year’s show in New Orleans, but were substantially higher than the last time Orlando hosted the IRE in 2012, officials said.
Plans are already well underway for the 2017 IRE in Las Vegas, but before you start making your arrangements, the Roofing Contractor team invites you to take a look at our exclusive photo gallery highlights of this year’s show. See someone you know? Please let them know by sharing the link to this page.
The Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA) hosted the 33rd Annual Trade Show & Seminars from Jan. 21-22. Contractors and exhibitors from around the Midwest converged on the Windy City for high-quality educational seminars and to get a first-hand look at the latest products, services and technology influencing the roofing industry.
Roofing contractors from throughout America’s heartland converged on Kansas City, Mo., last week for the 66th annual Midwest Roofing Contractors Association Expo. Located in the center of downtown at the Kansas City Convention Center, the convention from Nov. 11-13 featured a variety of different events and speakers that appealed to a wide array of contractors, suppliers, manufacturers and everyone in between.
Attendees had several insightful educational sessions to choose from throughout the event, ranging from CERTA demonstrations to Cynthia Ryan’s presentation on the small mentoring groups she helped implement at Johns Manville. The show floor consisted of several dozens of exhibitors and special demonstrations of some of the latest products hitting the market.
Other highlights included: a community service day at the local Harvesters Community Food Network; a keynote address by former Kansas City Royal-turned roofing contractor Frank White, just a week after the city celebrated the 2015 World Series crown; and a “roaring 20’s” themed auction to benefit the MRCA Foundation’s professional development and industry research programs.
The 93rd FRSA Annual Convention and Expo was held July 16-18 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando and the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The convention consisted of three full days of education, networking, family fun, sports and friends along with two days of FRSA's trade show, the Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Expo.
The 41st annual Western Roofing Expo kicked off Sunday, June 14 with a welcome reception and lively silent auction. Hundreds of contractors, suppliers, manufacturers and consultants filled the Champagne Rooms at the Paris Las Vegas to bid on a variety of items from a drone and GoPro camera to fine jewelry and sports-event packages. The silent and live auction items raised more than $48,000 for the Davis Memorial Foundation, which provides academic scholarships to deserving college students across the western United States. Auction organizers said the total raised far surpassed last year’s event and could provide scholarships for 10 students.
The MRCA 65th Annual Conference was held Dec. 10-12, 2014 at the Gaylord Texan Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. The event allowed roofing professionals, manufacturers and suppliers the opportunity to connect face to face with industry leaders. This year’s conference featured a community service event; a welcome reception and foundation auction; a keynote address; educational seminars; a Young Contractors Council learning lab and reception; an exhibit hall; product demonstrations; and the launch of Women in Roofing. For more information, visit www.mrca.org.