FRISCO, Texas — After nearly two years of virtual expos and events, roofing contractors and professionals expressed their excitement in returning to Dallas for the 17th Annual Best of Success Conference.
Like many other events in 2020, the pandemic caused Best of Success to go virtual in 2020 due to health concerns. This year, not only did the conference return to its traditional format, it returned to a familiar location.
More than 300 roofing professionals converged on the Omni Frisco Hotel, nestled in the 91-acre campus of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and practice facilities known as The Star. The campus has seen significant developments since it hosted Best of Success in 2018, creating an atmosphere of excitement and freshness for this year’s conference. RC Publisher Jill Bloom likened reuniting in person to seeing family again.
“The roofing industry is family,” said Bloom. "We want to help you build relationships that will change your lives and business, and that's what we're about at Best of Success."
Following a welcome reception held the evening of Sept. 19, attendees woke up bright and early the following morning, prepared to receive a plethora of information from a diverse range of speakers and presenters from the roofing industry over the next day-and-a-half. She also encouraged everyone to open their minds and embrace the camaraderie that Best of Success creates.
“People are so willing to share, even competitors,” Bloom told the audience. "It is our goal to leave a legacy of building relationships so in those moments of failure and success, you know exactly who to call. I'm asking every single person in this room to please let down your guard, share your knowledge, and ask the questions you need answers to."
The presentations on Monday started off with a bang, featuring 2018 Commercial Roofing Contractor of the Year Best Roofing’s President and CEO Gregg Wallick, Vice President of Construction Operations Ian Wallick and Zachary Wallick, founder/owner of Kairos Roofing. The father and sons spoke about the family dynamic often seen in the roofing industry and how they’ve overcome obstacles as a family in business together.
Other highlights from Monday’s sessions included 2020 Residential Contractor of the Year Letitia Hanke, CEO/President of ARS Roofing, Gutters & Solar, a panel on managing common credit problems, strategies for growing your business from Horch Roofing and Elite Roofing, and contract negotiation tips from Trent Cotney, CEO of Cotney Attorneys & Consultants. Many of these session were streamed on the conference’s Broadcasting Live and will be available for viewing following the conference.
"There's several events on the agenda I'm looking forward to hearing and I'm hoping to meet some new vendors," said Ted Hayes, owner of Chattanooga Roofing.
Also revealed during Monday’s presentations were the 2021 Contractors of the Year. Check back on roofingcontractor.com to see which contractors were named this year’s winners.
Check out the conference’s program and Broadcasting Live sessions at BestofSuccess.com.