In February, more than 7,400 roofing professionals flocked to the dazzling city of Las Vegas to attend NRCA's 122nd Annual Convention and Dallas-based Hanley Wood Exhibitions' 2009 International Roofing Expo® (IRE). There, surrounded by booths featuring products, services and ideas presented by 359 exhibiting companies, participants were able to share invaluable wisdom and explore the roofing industry's latest trends.
The current economic downturn didn't significantly reduce the events' number of attendees. According to Hanley Wood, there were only 367 fewer attendees at this year's IRE than at the 2008 expo. And the events successfully brought together professionals from all roofing industry segments and all 50 states, as well as numerous international attendees from Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Canada, Columbia, China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia and the Philippines.
Convention events began Monday, Feb. 2, with the National Roofing Legal Resource Center's annual breakfast during which Mark Graham, NRCA's associate executive director of technical services, and Stephen Phillips, a partner with the Atlanta-based law firm Hendrick, Phillips, Salzman & Flatt, discussed roofing industry technical issues that pose liability risks to roofing contracting companies.