Category Archives: METALCON Speakers

METALCON 2021 – Day 2

Video Recap of METALCON Day 2 | October 7, 2021

Yesterday, it was non-stop action at the second day of METALCON with attendees networking with exhibitors, taking advantage of education sessions, playing trivia games at the Solar Education Center, enjoying free beer at Oktoberfest, and more!

METALCON 2021 brought a lot of firsts to the show experience including immersive pavilions in the specialty interest areas of IMPs, Solar, and CONTECH, a Top Products Awards with the selection of the People’s Choice Top 3 on site at the show, The Architect’s Experience, Trivia Games, and the Metal in Architecture Gallery and Design Contest.


Participate in the METALCON Solar Trivia Games!

Given the immense growth solar has had in the rapidly growing energy sector in the U.S. and globally, METALCON will feature a NEW SOLAR EDUCATION CENTER on the show floor next week at our LIVE event in Tampa. The pavilion will feature a variety of companies exhibiting the latest in solar equipment along with a learning center, live demos and TRIVIA! Who doesn’t love a good trivia contest? Pre-register your team today of 3-5 members (or sign up on-site).

The games will take place in the pavilion on Wednesday at 4:00, Thursday at 4:00 with the final match taking place at noon on Friday. Daily prizes will be given out and increase in value as the stakes get higher, culminating in $100 Amazon cards for the members of the winning team.


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Florida Green Building Coalition Partners with METALCON


Sustainability and Solar Education at METALCON 2021

(Newton, Mass., – Sept. 14, 2021) METALCON, the only global event dedicated exclusively to the application of metal in design and construction, announces its partnership with the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) to engage the state’s A/E/C community in numerous sustainability and solar education programs at the Tampa Convention Center from Oct. 6–8, with pre-show workshops beginning on Oct. 5.

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Travel and Logistics Info for METALCON 2021

With less than 14 days to go, METALCON is back and better than ever! There is no better place for the number one tradeshow in metal design and construction to meet in than the home of the number one NFL football team – TAMPA! It’s not too late to make your plans to attend. Read on for all of the show details you need to know for a safe and successful tradeshow experience.


WHEN: October 6 – 8, 2021 (pre-show workshops take place on Tuesday, October 5)

WHERE: Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida

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Want to learn how to get an ROI at a trade show? How about understanding the importance of METALCON’s Architect Experience? And you won’t want to miss the panel of experts assembled to discuss “Cladding Safety for Fire Prevention” — METALCONLive! presents these important topics beginning tomorrow at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM EST and Wednesday at 1:00 pm.

Read on to learn more and to register for each.

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What do a Fisherman and an Economist Have in Common?

These accomplished individuals will bring a fascinating combination of motivation, inspiration and education in their keynote addresses at METALCON 2021, October 6 and 7, in beautiful Tampa, Florida! Despite their vastly different backgrounds, “Deadliest Catch” Captain Keith Colburn and Chief Economist Ken Simonson, will share valuable information and advice to help you grow your business and achieve financial success. We are less than 30 days from meeting back IN PERSON at the only global event dedicated to the application of metal in design and construction. Check out the METALCON DIGITAL SHOW GUIDE to start planning and REGISTER TODAY!

Magnificent Metal Monday — The Dalí

Chance to meet acclaimed architect Yann Weymouth at METALCON 2021

Constructed in steel and glass, the “Enigma,” is the focal point of The Dalí’s new state-of-the-art building designed by world-renowned architect Yann Weymouth. St. Petersburg, Florida, is home to The Dalí Museum and sits directly across the bay from the Tampa Convention Center, home of METALCON 2021. The Museum is recognized internationally by the Michelin Guide with a three-star rating, deemed “one of the top buildings to see in your lifetime” by AOL Travel News, and named one of the ten most interesting museums in the world by Architectural Digest.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – US Infrastructure Update

Photo Credit: Mario Tama via Getty Images

Construction Dive reported last week, “The U.S. is one step closer to a massive, much-needed infrastructure spending package.” The Senate voted last Wednesday to advance a bipartisan bill, which includes $550 billion in new federal funding for infrastructure. The bill will now enter a process of debates and amendments. Should the bill pass, it would inject funding into transportation, utilities and broadband spending. Senators voted to advance the package 67-32, with 17 Republicans joining all 48 Senate Democrats — and two Independents who caucus with the Democrats — in favor of advancing it.

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METALCON Announces Keynote Speakers, Show Highlights and Major Sponsors for Tampa


METALCON Congratulates MBMA on 65 Years

As announced by DesignandBuildwithMetal, “The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) is celebrating 65 years of being the leader in the metal building systems industry throughout 2021. MBMA was founded in 1956 and serves manufacturers and suppliers by undertaking extensive technical research, promoting educational initiatives, publishing industry manuals and guidebooks, administering safety awareness programs, assisting with code development and much more.”

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[TODAY AT 1:00 PM EST] METALCON Live! Presents … Legal Updates in a Post-COVID World

METALCON Live! continues today as CEO of Cotney Law, Trent Cotney, provides contractors with an overview of how to manage legal issues in a post-COVID world. If you are involved on any live of a construction project, you won’t want to miss this important webinar to learn important steps to protect yourself from a dispute. What you learn today could potentially save you thousands or millions tomorrow.

In a 2020 report, Arcadis found that the average construction dispute was valued at $18.8 million in 2019 and took 17.6 months to resolve (Credit: Levelset). Construction law protects parties involved in a construction project including commercial and residential projects. Parties including project owners, general contractors, subcontractors, equipment suppliers, design professionals, project managers, construction lenders and others may all find themselves facing a construction dispute at some point. As a result, parties on either side of a dispute should know how to protect themselves if wrongdoing has been alleged, such as defective construction or breach of contract, but also what to do if they are experiencing construction defects or a party has breached a contract they are a party to.

The pandemic has caused almost all major industries to evolve how they operate. During this program, gain an understanding of material shortages, updates to contracts, and changes to OSHA standards.

Register Today and Earn 1 Free AIA LU!

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National Roofing Week Continues with a Focus on Employee Training

All this week, the NRCA is celebrating National Roofing Week. Today’s theme is employee training. How do you train your workers? Share your stories and photos to #NationalRoofingWeek. Check out one of the posts made by NRCA member Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal celebrating their training. Post yours today!

As a dedicated partner to the metal construction industry, METALCON offers year-round training opportunities through our virtual programming as well as on site at METALCON 2021, scheduled for October 6-8 in Tampa, Florida. This year, we launched three new programs: METALFOCUS® Safety Program, METALCON Business Academy “MBA” Program and Metal Architecture at METALCON Live!. In addition to this virtual programming, join us IN PERSON at METALCON 2021 to take advantage of a full schedule of education and training. As an added bonus, most of the sessions will qualify for Continuing Education Credits (Including: AIA, CSI,ICC and more). REGISTER TODAY!

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METALCON Live! Presents … Legal Updates in a Post-COVID World

Join us next week — Wednesday, June 16 at 1:00 pm EST — for our next METALCON Live! webinar as CEO of Cotney Law, Trent Cotney, provides contractors with an overview of how to manage legal issues in a post-COVID world. The pandemic has caused almost all major industries to evolve how they operate. During this program, gain an understanding of material shortages, updates to contracts, and changes to OSHA standards.

Register Today and Earn 1 free AIA LU!

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TODAY is the DAY for METALCON’s Business Academy “MBA” Program


By summertime, it’s common that many of your staff lose the initial energy they brought at the beginning of the season due to long days and drawn out work. With no end in sight, it’s easy for productivity to drop and for you as an owner to be left picking up the pieces. Before you go putting on the “proverbial tool belt,” learn unique solutions to breathe new life into a hard-working team. In this session, you will learn:

Course Details:

  • How to identify the performance gap causing an employee’s low productivity
  • A unique goal setting & review process to align your team toward a common goal
  • The key process for working with employees that have low skill, but high commitment

BONUS!  You’ll receive the downloadable templates and frameworks to implement these tools in your business right away.


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METALCON Business Academy “MBA” Program


Developed in partnership with the trades business experts at Breakthrough Academy, METALCON’s  first-ever “MBA” program focuses on the six most critical things every metal construction business must do to succeed in 2021, and beyond. This “breakthrough” program is available at NO COST to our metal construction community.

Take all 6 METALCON “MBA” courses and receive your diploma at METALCON 2021 in Tampa!


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METALCON Live! TODAY @ 1PM EST – Rail-less Solar on Metal Roofs

Earn your CE certificate. NABCEP approved course – CEU 1.5 JTA & RE Elective
AIA – 1 LU|HSW Course #: MRIL2142
As solar mounting technologies evolve to improve installation efficiencies and reduce material and labor costs, some developers and installers on the job site often find it daunting to keep abreast of changing technologies and adapt their operating procedures accordingly. This seems evident by phobias some people have about rail-less PV mounting for metal roofs, while many others claim it is a piece of cake and saves a fortune. A few small shifts in thinking can produce huge savings in labor, material, and logistics, so it is worth a look. The shifts pertain to the mechanics of installation and a couple of other aspects of a project, such as wire management. This course will unpack metal roof installations with a brief overview of the various types of metal roofs and their advantages for PV. Wire management techniques will be presented along with other best practices and “how-to’s” for installing rail-less solar systems on metal roofs. Methods for installing various accessories from microinverters to home runs will also be covered.

Learn from experts in the field – Shelly Higgins AIA, CSI, IIBEC, NWiR
Architectural and National Accounts Director @S-5! and Mark Gies
Director of Solar Business @S-5!

Learning Objectives:
• Learn why a metal roof is a perfect solar platform.
• Define the advantages of rail-less solar PV mounting systems.
• Understand how solar on metal roofs prove to be the most economical and the most eco-friendly.
• Learn best practices for design and deployment of wire management.
• Describe best practices for installation techniques and other balance of system (BOS) components.
Register for FREE access to ‘Rail-less Solar on Metal Roofs’ happening LIVE today at 1:00 PM EST.

Short on Continuing Education Credits? Earn them at METALCON 2021

If you are a licensed designer, architect, builder or contractor, continuing education is a necessity. Have you earned all of your credit hours this year? METALCON can help! In addition to its ongoing credit-earning webinars, METALCON is returning as an “in-person” event this October and will offer a comprehensive education program with most of the sessions qualifying for AIA, CSI, and ICC credits. Consider the show a “one-stop” shop for all of your education needs, while also exploring an exhibit hall packed with a vast array of metal products, equipment and technology, and networking with the “Who’s Who” in metal in construction and design.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – RAiNA

Newly Formed RAiNA Offers Many Benefits to Construction Industry

Just over a year ago, the Rainscreen Association in North America (RAiNA), an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to serving the rainscreen market in North America, was founded, and is now the leading authority on rainscreen assemblies.

RAiNA provides a forum for designers, trades, test agencies, and material suppliers to gather to determine best practices, interpret and inform codes, as well as educate and address technical concerns in the industry.

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METALCON Exhibit Floor 2019

Do you offer game-changing metal construction and design solutions? Are your products and services ready to meet the pent-up demand of eager buyers seeking new innovations? Are you ready to get back to business with a SAFE return to in-person meetings?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time to exhibit at METALCON 2021! As vaccinations continue to roll out and concerns of the spread of the virus cautiously ease, in-person events are slowly resuming including trade shows. Recently, a trio of fashion shows was held in early February at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Trade Show News Network reported, “With the tactile nature of the fashion industry, many buyers and exhibitors were eager to move their networking and deal brokering back to an in-person format.” Not unlike the fashion industry, the metal construction industry has also thrived when buyers have the opportunity to see the products demonstrated in person.

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Do you Dream of Having a Rockstar Staff? Learn from the Pros TODAY at 1:00 pm

WHAT: “MBA” Course #2 – Attracting & Hiring Rockstar Staff

WHEN: TODAY, March 10 at 1:00 PM EST


WHO: YOU! Anyone on the business-side of the metal construction industry who is ready to become a more effective leader and/or increase performance, profitability, and productivity. 

COST: FREE! What would normally cost hundreds of dollars is available at NO COST!

Instructor, Danny Kerr, started Breakthrough Academy to help entrepreneurs in the trades grow their company’s profitability, while taking back control of their time. Currently, Breakthrough Academy works with over 300 trades business owners, managing over $900 million worth of revenue, and was named Canada’s 106th fastest growing company in the Globe and Mail’s 2020 Report on Business; the third consecutive year on a top growth list for the brand. Danny has been a presenter the past three years at METALCON and we look forward to welcoming him back this year in Tampa.


METALCONLive! Metal Business Academy (MBA) Continues TOMORROW – REGISTER TODAY

WHAT: “MBA” Course #2 – Attracting & Hiring Rockstar Staff

WHEN: TOMORROW, March 10 at 1:00 PM EST


WHO: YOU! Anyone on the business-side of the metal construction industry who is ready to become a more effective leader and/or increase performance, profitability, and productivity. 

COST: FREE! What would normally cost hundreds of dollars is available at NO COST!

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Women in Construction Week

METALCON honors the magnificent women in our industry as this week marks Women in Construction Week (WIC) 2021! The focus is to highlight women as a viable component of the construction industry. WIC Week also provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities.

NAWIC members can expect a wide variety of WIC Week events this year, however most of the events will be held virtually due to ongoing COVID-19 safety restrictions.

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The METALCON BUSINESS ACADEMY (MBA) Program Returns Next Week: Attracting and Hiring Rockstar Staff – Register Today!

If you’ve been too busy to plan the next big moves for your business, you’re not alone. Now is the time to stop reacting and start investing in your business, your employees and yourself. Developed in partnership with the trades business experts at Breakthrough Academy, METALCON’s first-ever “MBA” program focuses on the six most critical things every metal construction business must do to succeed in 2021, and beyond.

BONUS! Take all 6 METALCON ‘MBA’ courses and receive your diploma at METALCON 2021 at the Tampa Convention Center!

Bringing on new team members is one of the most vital and misunderstood skills in business. We will be covering the key steps required to find, filter and hire the perfect team members, who give you the space and ability to grow your business to the next level. You will be given:

  • A proven system to have the top talent in your industry applying to work for you
  • A screening process to ensure you only spend your time with qualified applicants

BONUS! You’ll get all the templates and systems that you need to immediately to professionalize your hiring process.

Educational. Actionable. Manageable.
We know how busy you are. That’s why we’ve staggered these six courses over 12 months so you can plan to take the next step in your company’s growth while taking care of business.

  • Now on-demand! Building Your 2021 One-Page Strategic Plan
  • March 10, 2021 Attracting & Hiring Rockstar Staff
  • June 2, 2021 Increasing Staff Productivity Through Summer Production
  • September 1, 2021 Structuring Your Company for Maximum Productivity
  • October 6, 2021 Live at METALCON! Building A Resilient Contracting Business
  • October 7, 2021 Live at METALCON! Turning Your Strategic Plan into Measurable Action

Can’t make all of Danny’s “live” virtual classes on the above dates? No problem! All classes and resources will be available to registrants on demand.

NOW ON-DEMAND! Building Your 2021 One-Page Strategic Plan

Let us help you determine where your company needs to go in 2021 and show all your employees how you’re going to get there together. In this session, we will walk you through a proven, step-by-step approach to creating a simple, yet effective annual strategic plan. In the process, you will:

  • ESTABLISH your 2021 goals
  • LEARN how to put your company’s strategic plan on one simple-to-understand page
  • TRANSLATE your year-end goal into 3-5 key initiatives every employee can support
  • ACTIVATE ready-to-go systems to break initiatives down into a weekly focused routine that keeps you on track for the year


Watch the webinar ON DEMAND and take the survey at end to earn one AIA LU!

In last week’s METALCONLive! webinar, “Trends in Metal Construction & Design for Q2 and 2021,” Frank Stasiowski, Co-Founder of METALCON in partnership with the Metal Construction Association along with industry experts Tony Bouquot, General Manager, Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) and Alex Carrick, Chief Economist, ConstructConnect, discussed current market conditions in an effort to help the metal design and building community with strategic decisions for Q2 and 2021. Frank’s “half-full” glass, was often countered by Alex’s “half-empty” with Tony coming somewhere in the middle. The consensus, however, was that it is too early to truly know how the rest of the year will unfold but explained which markers to keep an eye on.

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METALCON’S SAFETY CERTIFICATION PROGRAM NOW APPROVED FOR 1 AIA LU CREDIT (Course 1 approved; remaining courses pending approval)

METALFOCUS® presents the latest metal safety rules, tools, trends and techniques to avoid costly or potentially fatal accidents―beyond traditional OSHA-10 safety training―and address situations unique to metal construction jobsites. Courses focus on increasing safety, reducing job site risks and lowering the risk of regulatory penalties, and include the following: 

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Unique Use of Steel in Design

Steel gives way for design to have a “majestic, yet sleek look.”

Photo Credit: Metal Architecture; Hemant Patil, Pune, Maharashtra, India

As featured in Metal Architecture, the Sailboat Pavilion is an iconic structure at a seaplane terminal in Maharashtra, India, and features a sloped roof with curved beams that soar above ground level. The structure is wrapped with perforated louver screens, giving it the appearance of a sailboat’s full sails. At the roof’s highest point, on the coast-facing side, three columns angle down to the ground and attach to a single point, forming a triangle, which resembles a boat anchor. The dramatic architecture is the vision of Nashik, India-based Rohan Deore Architects. To achieve the soaring composition with its curvilinear form, anchor and sails, the design specified hollow metal sections in the roof and a variety of other distinct details.

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Photo Credit: METALCON

How would you like to be part of a 30 year tradition and present at the ONLY global event devoted exclusively to the use of metal in design and construction? As we optimistically look ahead to meet in person at METALCON 2021, scheduled for October 6-8 in Tampa, we are seeking presenters for our robust education program. Read on to submit your topic today.

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TODAY AT 1:00 PM EST – METALCON Live! and the Metal Construction Association Presents: Demystifying Rain Screen Systems Utilizing Metal Wall Systems

This webinar qualifies for one AIA LU and its FREE!

The Metal Construction Association says, “Rainscreen wall systems are a hot topic, not just for MCM and IMP but for high-end single-skin architectural wall systems.” You won’t want to miss today’s LIVE webinar presented by industry expert David Weidl CSI, CDT, LEED AP BD+C, Architectural Business Development Manager with ATAS International, as he explains the often overused “rain screen” terminology found in today’s construction practices. David will cover:
– The various types of rain screens
– Identifying the importance and critical nature of air and water resistant barriers
– Importance of continuous insulation
– How to simplify energy efficiency of rain screens

This webinar qualifies for one AIA LU and its FREE! REGISTER NOW AND JOIN US AT 1:00 PM EST.

This course is designed to benefit anyone working in the AEC community, building owners as well as contractors to gain a better understanding of this growing use of metal in commercial and residential wall assemblies. 

If you can’t make it to the “live” event, REGISTER to receive an on-demand link following the broadcast.

To receive your one AIA LU credit, you must attend the full webinar and answer the post webinar survey (while including your AIA Membership #). Your credit will be submitted 2 weeks after the date of the webinar. Note: You will receive a downloadable certificate of participation upon completion of the survey.

METALCONLive! 2021 Webinars Jam-Packed with Industry Experts and Relevant Topics – Register Today!

As we ring in the New Year, we ring in new and robust virtual programming through our METALCONLive! channel! Check out the endless stream of live webinars featuring top industry experts presenting on relevant topics for the metal design and build industry. Here is a list of all upcoming programs – mark your calendar and register today!

Happening TOMORROW:

This webinar qualifies for one AIA LU and its FREE! Join industry expert, David Weidl CSI, CDT, LEED AP BD+C, Architecture Business Development Manager with ATAS International, as he explains the often overused “rain screen” terminology found in today’s construction practices. WEBINAR IS TOMORROW, JAN 27, AT 1:00 PM EST. REGISTER TODAY!

Read on for more events ….

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Construction Safety Training Saves Money and Lives

NEW Safety Training Program starting February 18 presented by METALCON

Is it worth your company’s time and money to invest in preventative safety training? The answer is a resounding YES!

According to the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), “The charts and summaries in the 2020 Safety Performance Report present the clearest picture yet of the remarkable impact that leading indicator use has on a company’s safety performance: fewer disrupted or lost lives and a safer, more productive jobsite regardless of the size of the company. In fact, companies that engage in leading indicator use are, statistically, considerably safer than their peers. The ABC created the report in 2015 to address the issue of not having sound data to prove the correlation between the use of measures companies can take to keep workers safe on jobsites and the number of incidents that occur.

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