Trade Show Information
Welcome From the President
Dear RCI Members, Friends, and Colleagues:
The 30th Annual RCI International Convention & Trade Show will be held March 5-10, 2015, in San Antonio, Texas. This year’s event is titled “Three Decades of Building Innovation,” which gives us an opportunity to reflect on the incredible growth of RCI and the building envelope industry, as well as look forward to our exciting future. Please accept my invitation to attend and be part of this annual don’t-miss event.
The Convention will be held at the San Antonio Convention Center and Grand Hyatt Hotel, located on the famous River Walk in downtown San Antonio. The locale offers history, arts, and entertainment, which provide an outstanding backdrop for our convention activities.
The Convention Committee, under the leadership of Second Vice President Robért Hinojosa, has done an outstanding job of selecting educational programs and providing an impressive lineup of speakers and subjects. From Weather to Waterproofing to Wind Resistance, the variety of topics will challenge any interest. Twenty-two seminars will be available, and two Auxiliary Seminars will be offered for more in-depth analysis of current roofing and exterior wall issues.
The Convention kicks off with two Friday (March 6) activities – The President-Elect’s Golf Tournament, honoring President-Elect Jean-Guy Levaque; and a Sporting Clays Tournament. The golf tournament will be held at the Hyatt Hill Country Golf Club, while the clays competition will be at the National Shooting Complex, headquarters of the National Sporting Clays Association. Friday night will offer a reception for first-time attendees and emerging professionals.
Spouses and convention guests will also have opportunities to get together with a luncheon on Friday and special trips and tours on Saturday and Monday. Be sure to let your spouse or guest know about these activities, and register because they always fill up.
Our Opening Ceremony is Saturday, and I am excited to announce that Dr. Jerry Punch will be our keynote speaker. Dr. Punch is a former college football player, emergency medicine physician and chief-of-staff, ESPN college football and basketball announcer, and ESPN motor sports announcer and reporter for NASCAR and the Indy 500. A native of North Carolina, Dr. Punch earned degrees from NC State and Wake Forest Universities and was a recipient of the United States Air Force’s Outstanding Performance Award.
Our Trade Show begins Saturday and runs through Sunday. A record number of vendors are registered, and the show is always regarded as among the best in the industry. Frequent product demonstrations are scheduled, and Saturday night caps off with the exhibitors’ hospitality receptions, a great chance to meet friends and enjoy good times, refreshments and entertainment.
The RCI Foundations’ Reception and Auction on Sunday is a must event on your convention calendar. Bring your credit card or checkbook and support their efforts to advance the knowledge of the building envelope through funded publications, educational programs, and research grants.
The Annual Meeting on Monday will allow us to address the business side of RCI and the election of our officers and leaders. And please join me that evening for the President’s Reception and Banquet.
I expect this year’s convention to be one of our best, and I sincerely hope to see you there!
Message from the Executive Vice President and CEO
Dear RCI Members and Friends,
Thirty years ago, in 1984, RCI held A National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. According to historical records, there were about 100 attendees. From that great starting point, a lot has changed. I hope you are planning to join us in San Antonio as we celebrate 30 years of the RCI International Convention and Trade Show that has evolved.
Based on your feedback, and in an effort to continually improve the convention, we have made a few minor adjustments to the schedule. On Friday, in addition to the President elect’s golf tournament at the magnificent Hill Country golf course, there will be a sporting clays outing at the National Shooting Complex. The events are simultaneous, so be sure to pick your vice and sign up.
We will also be holding two auxiliary seminars on Friday--one on exterior concrete walls and one on design of vegetative roofs. Since our two largest registration examinations are now offered in computer-based format, it will not be necessary to hold them at the convention. We have filled that time by moving our auxiliary seminars from our typical Tuesday spot to Friday, potentially eliminating a day you have to be away from the office while taking advantage of these additional programs.
We will maintain the schedule change we implemented last year of beginning our Saturday program with morning educational offerings followed by the regional meetings with lunch. Following our keynote speaker, Dr. Jerry Punch, our trade show will be open from 3:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
I am extremely pleased to announce the return of Sunday morning trade show cash awards. All fully registered attendees will be given tickets for cash prizes drawings on Sunday morning during the trade show. You must be present to win. Be there early for those first cash drawings while visiting with our numerous supporting exhibitors. Please note that we have made a few minor changes to the Sunday schedule. We invite you to join our nondenominational religious service beginning at 7:45 a.m. The trade show will open at 8:45 a.m. with a full breakfast buffet—another reason to be there early!
We have also moved the beginning of the Sunday Foundations’ auction by one hour this year. The auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will conclude by 7:00 p.m. We received numerous requests to make a change that provides time for everyone to attend the auction and still join friends for dinner and networking. There should no longer be a conflict and, therefore, no excuse. So please join us at the Foundations auction and find that items or items that you cannot live without, while supporting the organizations that support you.
We have a lot planned for you. While you are encouraged to review the program carefully, also check out the new RCI Convention app for Apple and Droid smart devices, which will provide complete schedule details.
Your professional staff and volunteer leaders have worked hard to bring you the best possible annual convention, so please plan to join us in magnificent San Antonio. You will gain from the experience, and your RCI friends and colleagues will gain from your participation. San Antonio is a great place to visit, and your spouse will enjoy the experience of the River Walk area. We look forward to seeing you both!
Nos vemos en San Antonio.