FAIRFAX, Va. – The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical resource to the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry, announced that author and Emmy Award-winning television personality Steve Thomas from PBS’s This Old House will be the keynote speaker for the Sprayfoam 2017 Convention and Expo. To be held Jan. 29 – Febr. 1 in Palm Springs, Calif., the official national convention of the Spray Polyurethane Foam industry will feature three full days of educational sessions, an 35,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a prestigious industry awards ceremony, professional certification programs, an annual golf tournament, and many other special events and features.
Steve Thomas will deliver the official Sprayfoam 2017 keynote address on Jan. 31 at 9:00 a.m. He is currently spokesman for Habitat for Humanity International, with a special emphasis on Builders Blitz and the ReStore. Steve Thomas completed three seasons hosting Planet Green’s Renovation Nation, a sustainable building show. During his 14 years as the well-known host of television’s most popular home improvement series – This Old House – he became known as the “ultimate home enthusiast” and helped catapult the show to the top of PBS’s most-watched ongoing series of all-time list. He also contributed to the successful debut of Ask This Old House, the series in which viewer questions are addressed on-air, as host during its first year. Steve was honored with a 1997 – 1998 Daytime Emmy Award and a total of nine nominations for “Outstanding Service Show Host.” He is a popular speaker, video producer, blogger, photographer, renovator and branding consultant. He also consults on sustainable building and renovation for clients across the United States and is currently writing a much-anticipated book.
“As a longtime sustainable building and renovation expert, Steve Thomas is a major coup for our annual event,” said Kurt Riesenberg, executive director of the (SPFA), the official organizer of the show. “His enthusiasm for quality craftsmanship in the built environment, as demonstrated in his hosting This Old House, and his high profile role with Habitat for Humanity, align with the Sprayfoam Convention & Expo’s goal of providing cutting-edge education and business insight to the industry.”
During his keynote Thomas will likely speak about his various experiences working with spray foam - both personally and professionally – as well as his current renovation efforts, while providing attendees a great perspective on the business that they will be able to bring back to their customers. He will utilize any remaining time to answer audience questions about his life-long passion for building, his time spent on This Old House and his highly anticipated book.
Sprayfoam 2017 Convention & Expo’s robust event agenda includes a bustling and energetic 35,000-square-foot exhibit hall showcasing booth displays from over 80 industry organizations, manufacturers, contractors, equipment providers, and many others; a three-day educational program including more than 30 break-out sessions; a general session with efficiency legend Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect, Building Technologies Office highlighting the Department of Energy’s Net Zero Initiatives; the 12th Annual Industry Excellence Awards Ceremony highlighting true innovation, best practices and excellence in the nation’s best SPF projects; SPFA Annual Member Awards, honoring members who have demonstrated significant dedication to the betterment of the organization and industry at-large; the Annual Golf Tournament; VIP events; member and contractor-only events; an entertainment filled Close-Out Reception and Networking Party.
“Sprayfoam 2017 is the spray foam event of the year,” said John Achille, president of the SPFA. “As the largest annual event serving our industry with exceptional education, onsite certification, networking opportunities and more, it is the place to be if you are part of the spray polyurethane foam marketplace.”
For more information, visit www.thesprayfoamshow.com.