Triumph amid adversity

The poor economy fails to dampen enthusiasm at NRCA's 123rd Annual Convention and the 2010 IRE

The struggling economy did nothing to dull the energy and excitement at NRCA's 123rd Annual Convention and the 2010 International Roofing Expo® (IRE), which took place Feb. 20-24. This year, nearly 7,000 attendees converged on New Orleans' Morial Convention Center to explore 91,000 net square feet of exhibit space and learn from 380 exhibiting companies.

Once again, the convention and trade show drew roofing professionals from all 50 states with most of this year's attendees coming from California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. The largest number of international attendees traveled from Australia, Canada, Columbia, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

A strong start

NRCA's convention events were off to a strong start Sunday, Feb. 21, as more than 100 attendees gathered for the National Roofing Legal Resource Center's annual breakfast.