The International Roofing Expo® is billed as “your once-a-year opportunity to maximize your company’s productivity, efficiency and profitability,” and the innovative technology, educational sessions and networking opportunities available at the industry’s premier trade show promise to keep you on the cutting edge.
Held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, this year’s Texas-sized event features a larger trade show floor than last year in a city renowned for its history, culture, museums, art and architecture, as well as its crown jewel, the River Walk lined with restaurants, patios, galleries and shops.
“San Antonio is such a unique city within Texas and wonderful host city for the IRE,” said Lindsay Roberts, group director of the Expo. “The larger show floor, inspiring keynote address and all the other show features make this is a can’t-miss show.”
The trade show floor will feature an array of products, new value-added services and the most innovative ideas in roofing materials and technology from 430 exhibiting companies in more than 960 booths.
Highlights on the show floor include the Technology & Business Services Pavilion, sponsored by Dataforma, where attendees will find the latest products and services to boost sales and streamline operations. Meet the suppliers that will help you improve your business and catch up with the latest trends showcased in a series of 30-minute demonstrations.
The Product Showcase allows you will see, try and compare the latest and unique new, green and safety products. Visit the Metal Marketplace on the show floor to find cutting-edge manufacturers supplying creative and innovative metal products, designs, building concepts, tools and services. If metal is your specialty, you will find what you need here.The show floor is also the place for product demos, and OMG and Equipter will be presenting in-depth demonstrations their products, equipment and materials.
Other highlights today include the keynote address, given by astronaut and retired U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly. In his presentation titled “Endeavor to Succeed,” Kelly will discuss his experiences as a naval aviator and space shuttle pilot, and relive the events of January 2011, when his wife, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was gravely injured in an assassination attempt. The keynote address is sponsored by the NRCA.
After the show closes on opening day, head over to the Welcome Party at the historic Sunset Station, a National Historic Landmark known for its rich history and exquisite architecture, for an evening filled with good times, fun music and gambling.
Yesterday, attendees who arrived in South Texas a day early rolled up their sleeves and pitched in to help the San Antonio community by participating in the fourth annual Community Service Day, sponsored by Sika Sarnafil.
Through the exceptional educational conference, attendees can choose from 44 knowledge-building sessions in eight tracks where you will learn the best practices and the latest technologies designed to improve your skills and grow your business. With 42 new topics, sessions will cover new technology, sustainability requirements and ratings, OSHA updates, social media, green codes and standards, and building-integrated photovoltaics, as well the Contractor’s Sales Boot Camp, High Level Business Operations Forum, Asphalt Fumes Health Issues Update, Federal Legislative and Regulatory Outlook, Q&A with OSHA’s Directorate of Construction — and much more.
Held Tuesday through Thursday, classes are 90 minutes in length and do not overlap the exhibit hall hours, allowing you ample time on the show floor. Designed to help attendees advance their businesses and careers, many sessions have been approved by Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Construction Industry Licensing Board and RCI, Inc.
For more information regarding registration, visit www.TheRoofingExpo.com/attendee or call 972-819-7606 or 866-860-1970. To register on-site, proceed to the registration counter at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 200 East Market Street in San Antonio, Texas.