Smashing success!

NRCA's 132nd Annual Convention and the 2019 International Roofing Expo® break records

Excitement ran high at NRCA's 132nd Annual Convention and Irving, Texas-based Informa's 2019 International Roofing Expo in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 9-13. A record-breaking crowd descended upon the Music City Center to network and learn about the latest industry products and trends at the largest trade show in the event's 65-year history.

"This year's show was a terrific success by any measure," says Reid Ribble, NRCA's CEO. "A record 14,295 roofing professionals attended, and I heard countless positive comments about being in Nashville. The 152,000-square-foot exhibit floor was the largest yet, and nearly 500 companies showcased their products and services in 1,520 booths, including 106 first-time exhibitors. As always, this 'must-attend' annual event exceeded everyone's expectations!"

The convention kicked off Saturday, Feb. 9, with NRCA's Executive Committee meeting, NRCA's Affiliate Executives Council meeting and NRCA's board of directors meeting at the Omni Nashville Hotel.

On Saturday afternoon, National Women in Roofing held a Building Better Together Education Day. During the event, 220 roofing professionals heard a keynote address given by Sherry Holmes, a contractor, designer and daughter of celebrity contractor Mike Holmes; networked with peers; and attended presentations about business development, mentoring and roofing technology. The event was sponsored by Johns Manville, Denver; the Roofing Alliance; SRS Distribution Inc., McKinney, Texas; TAMKO® Building Products Inc., Joplin, Mo.; and Tremco® Roofing & Building Maintenance, Beachwood, Ohio.