Roofing professionals seeking intensive, high-energy educational sessions that will take their business to the next level should plan to attend the 2009 International Roofing Expo, Feb. 3-5, in the Shoreline A&B Halls at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.



Roofing professionals seeking intensive, high-energy educational sessions that will take their business to the next level should plan to attend the 2009 International Roofing Expo, Feb. 3-5, in the Shoreline A&B Halls at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

The 48 in-depth sessions will cover eight educational tracks addressing key roofing segments including technical, workplace safety, leadership/management, green building, legal/HR, money matters, sales/ service and general business.

“Our educational conference program offers a unique curriculum designed to grow skills and enrich personal development,” said Donna Bellantone, Director of the International Roofing Expo. “There is no better opportunity for roofing professionals to learn the best practices in the industry.”

The target audience includes commercial/residential/metal contractors, owners/CEOs/general managers, superintendents/foremen, architects/designers/consultants, salesmen/estimators, manufacturers/ suppliers and building owners/facility managers. 

Of the 48 sessions, 92 percent feature new topics with six of last year’s most popular sessions back by demand. Also, 33 of the sessions involve issues relevant to the residential roofing professional, while the Spouse Program offers 28 sessions for the involved spouses who are looking for ways to help manage and grow their businesses.

With sustainability and environmental-friendly roofing growing in demand, the new green building track will teach attendees about energy efficiency, green roofs, solar energy and how the green movement affects the roofing industry.

“The educational conference features the most relevant topics taught by the industry's leading authorities,” said Bill Good, Executive Vice President of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “Each session offers educational content that is the best available.”

Continuing Education Opportunities

All 48 sessions have been approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) learning units (Lus) and the RCI, Inc. continuing education hours (CEHs).

In addition, 23 courses have been approved by Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Construction Industry Licensing Board (DBPR/CILB) (Education Provider No. 0003200).

Speakers

Top-notch industry leaders and innovators presenting cutting-edge sessions that will help attendees grow their company’s bottom line include Dave Harrison, Rick Davis, Monroe Porter, Paul Montelongo, Martin Gould, Leslie Shiner, Michael Morgan and Kevin Kennedy. Visit www.TheRoofingExpo.com to search the full conference schedule by track, title, date, time or speaker.     

Keynote Address

An additional highlight of the conference program is the inspirational Keynote Address, “Nothing but Net,” by NBA superstar Bill Walton. Held Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Walton will discuss the characteristics that create success in business, including focusing on teamwork, overcoming adversity, hard work, the fundamentals and a positive attitude. Taking place in the South Pacific Ballroom E, the Keynote is free to all show participants, but registration is required. United Solar Ovonic located in booth #1935 sponsors the Keynote Address.

Exhibit Hall

Complementing the educational conference is the product-filled show floor of nearly 500 exhibiting companies in 1,050 booths. Offering the newest, most advanced materials, equipment, tools, services and technology, the exhibitor base features manufacturers and distributors of all sizes representing the United States, Canada and abroad.  

Registration Savings

Attendees can save money by registering before Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009. Early-bird conference registration packages range from $205-$305 for a Day Pass and $355-$455 for a Super Pass. All conference packages provide free admission to the Exhibit Hall, Keynote and Welcome Party at TAO. NRCA members receive a discount on all packages. Space in educational sessions is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Online registration is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. For more information regarding registration, visit www.TheRoofingExpo.com or call 972-819-7606 or 866-860-1970.   

NRCA Annual Convention

The 122nd NRCA Annual Convention takes place during the Expo offering members a full slate of events, including educational classes, the NRCA Luncheon featuring Notre Dame’s Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, the NRCA Cocktail and Awards Reception, and the NRLRC Breakfast - as well as ROOFPAC’s golf tournament and Richard Petty Rookie Experience and High-Performance Kart Racing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.