Pittsburgh Sports Icons to Make Keynote Presentations at METALCON

METALCON 2019 announced that the event’s keynote speakers will include two Pittsburgh sports icons: Rocky Bleier and Bryan Trottier. The keynote presentations are sponsored by longtime partners’ United States Steel Corporation (U.S. Steel) and PPG; both title sponsors are headquartered in Pittsburgh and have been actively involved with METALCON since its inception 29 years ago.

On Wednesday, October 16, U.S. Steel, a leading integrated steel producer and Fortune 250 company, is hosting special guest Rocky Bleier, a four-time NFL Super Bowl Champion and running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers in his keynote, “Leadership through Teamwork, Perseverance & Hope.”

After being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1968, Bleier was drafted by the U.S. Army to fight in Vietnam just one year later. Bleier was quickly thrust into combat, seriously wounded and told he would never walk again. He bravely rehabilitated himself to condition for re-entry into the NFL and regained his running back position.

With the same optimism, sense of humor and steadfast determination that were his trademarks as a running back, Bleier will take the audience from his early years through his professional career and talk about the hard lessons he learned early in life that helped him overcome adversity and reach his goals. Through his story of courage and determination, he defines what it takes to succeed in times of change, how to conquer insurmountable odds and become an extraordinary achiever.

In his keynote, Bleier will discuss why some organizations dominate and some lose, and he will define the ingredients for “real” success. He focuses on winning through perseverance, hope, commitment and trust. Framed through parallels to football and Bleier’s personal journey, he will explore both structural and emotional aspects necessary for individuals and organizations to reach their greatest potential. He will address how successful teams and organizations share four characteristics: leadership, people, vision and a shared belief system.

Furthermore, METALCON is partnering with a charity near and dear to Bleier, the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, for this year’s giving back program. Each year, METALCON gives back to the local community. This year’sprogram will raise money for essential housing, employment, and vital supportive services for eligible Pittsburgh-area veterans, service members, and their families to improve their self-sufficiency, sustainability, and quality of life.

PPG, a global supplier of paints, coatings and specialty materials, introduces former professional ice hockey center and seven-time Stanley Cup winner, Bryan Trottier, who played 18 seasons in the NHL for the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders. Named as one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players of all time, Trottier is ranked 17th all-time in NHL regular-season points and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997.

On Thursday, October 17, Trottier will share his life journey, including the challenges he overcame along the way and life lessons learned in “Finding Strength in Teamwork & Diversity.” He will cover the importance of leadership, the uniqueness of team and how it strengthens an organization, the importance of diversity in an organization–diversity of thought, perspective and experience. He will even share a few ice hockey stories. 

Growing up in the small, remote town of Val Marie, Saskatchewan, Canada, with a population of 200 and only one television channel, Trottier lived a simple life on the farm with his family. They had little money but were quite resourceful. They grew their own garden, milked their own cows and threw nothing away. To make extra money, the family formed a band in which Trottier joined as a young boy and performed in local events. He had tremendous support from his parents, despite their simple lifestyle.

Every year when winter would descend, his father, a powerfully built man and descendant from the Cree and Chippewa people, would head out to the creek across the road from their house. Machete in hand, his father would proceed to chop up the dam as if he were hacking up a woodpile, creating a makeshift skating rink. Out on that creek is where Trottier developed his style, skating over the lumps and frozen twigs. He also had to learn to fight, which did not come naturally to him as he was a quiet kid who loved school. At the age of 14, he had to quit school and leave home to pursue his ice hockey career.

Trottier faced bullying on the ice due to his small stature. He also faced discrimination and racism because of his native heritage. He struggled to navigate the path to his dream but sought out people who could help him along the way. He learned the value of being part of a team and found strength in his team. He gained life lessons from sport, music and work ethic. He learned how to lead by inspiration and by example. He’s learned that life is never going to be pretty nor happen the way you plan it. Sometimes you just have to go out to the beaver dam with a machete and start chopping wood.

“We are so excited to have these two local sports icons as our keynote speakers this year,” said METALCON Show Director, Claire Kilcoyne. “Their very personal stories are sure to inspire attendees.”

METALCON is produced by PSMJ Resources, Inc., and sponsored by The Metal Construction Association. This three-day eventtakes place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

For more information, visit www.metalcon.com

Tom Osborne to Provide Keynote Address at MRCA Conference and Expo

The Midwest Roofing Contractors Association (MRCA) announced that the 69th Annual Conference & Expo scheduled for October 24-26, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska, will be kicked off by former football player, coach, college athletics administrator, politician, and Nebraska icon Tom Osborne.

Osborne served as the head football coach of the University of Nebraska football team for 25 years, from 1973 to 1997. He was one of the most successful coaches in college football history, with a career record of 255-49-03, 13 conference championships, and three national championships. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1999.

Osborne was later elected U.S. Representative from Nebraska’s 3rd congressional district as a Republican. He served three terms from 2001 to 2007. In 2007, he returned to the University of Nebraska as athletic director (AD), retiring in January 2013. The Keynote Sponsor is ABC Supply.

For more information, visit www.mrca.org.

Steel Industry Icon to Deliver Keynote Address at METALCON 2018

Dan DiMicco, former CEO of Nucor Corporation and senior trade adviser to President Trump’s Campaign, will present “The Economic Plan for Growth and Global Competitiveness in the United States―Implications for Steel”in a keynote address at METALCON 2018 on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 11.00 a.m., in Charlotte, N.C.

DiMicco will provide an overview of the 30-year trade war, review section 232 of the U.S. Trade Expansion Act of 1962, examine the impact of tariffs on the metal construction industry and explain why Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs make sense.  He will also discuss the long-term sustainability of the steel industry.   Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in this informative Q & A session.

For former steel executive DiMicco, there’s no risk of the President’s tariffs sparking a trade war.  “We’ve already been in one for years,” said DiMicco.  “The only difference now is that we’re deciding to fight back.”

Trump’s proposal to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and 10 percent tariff on imports of aluminum has been met with opposition, but DiMicco is among those who think they’re putting the United States back on track.

DiMicco spent most of his career in steel and manufacturing.  He served as a senior trade and economic adviser to President Trump’s campaign and was the lead on the U.S. trade representative transition team.  He joined Nucor in 1982 and worked his way up to president and CEO in 2000.  Under his leadership, Nucor delivered dramatic growth in profits and shareholder returns. Today, Nucor is the United States’ largest producer of steel and also considered North America’s largest recycler.

Additionally, DiMicco proved himself an effective champion for domestic manufacturing and rules-based, rules-enforced free trade.  He has served on the board of the U.S. Manufacturing Council, the National Association of Manufacturers and the World Steel Association. Currently, DiMicco serves on the board for Duke Energy Corporation and continues to represent Nucor as chairman emeritus.

“Dan not only revived a major U.S. manufacturing firm during a recession, but helped galvanize the flagging domestic steel industry when many of his competitors were in bankruptcy or headed overseas,” said METALCON Show Director, Claire Kilcoyne.

DiMicco, author of American Made: Why Making Things Will Return Us to Greatness will be available for a book signing following his keynote addressIn his book,he tackles the false promise of green jobs and the hidden costs of outsourcing.  He shares lessons learned about good leadership, crisis management, the true meaning of innovation, and he paves a path forward to robust economic growth, middle-class prosperity and American competitiveness. 

“Given the controversy over this hot topic right now, Dan’s extensive knowledge and expertise in this area couldn’t come at a better time,” said Kilcoyne.  “We look forward to hearing his take on how tariffs are impacting the metal construction industry and our overall economy.”

For more information, visit www.metalcon.com.

 

International Roofing Expo Registration Is Open

Online registration is now open for the International Roofing Expo [IRE], taking place March 1-3, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
 
Online registration is available here. Show information is accessible 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
 
“We recommend that attendees register early for the International Roofing Expo to receive discounted registration rates,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, director of the IRE. “In addition, attendees have a better opportunity to secure availability in conference sessions, and will save time by not waiting in long registration lines.”
 

Registration Packages

  • The Super Pass includes conference sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, as well as admission to the expo, the keynote and the welcome party. Advance prices are $380 for NRCA members and $420 for non-members.
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  • The Day Pass includes conference sessions on Wednesday only, Thursday only or Friday only, as well as admission to the expo, the keynote and the welcome party. Advance prices are $230 for NRCA members and $275 for non-members.
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  • The Spouse Pass includes conference sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, as well as admission to the expo, the keynote and the welcome party. The advance price is $280 for NRCA members and non-members. The Spouse Pass is only available to spouses of a paid registrant. 
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  • The Expo Only option includes expo admission on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, as well as admission to the keynote. NRCA members and non-members pay $45 in advance. Admission to the welcome party is not included, but tickets may be purchased separately for $55 in advance.

 
Taking place prior to the show, additional educational opportunities are available from NRCA. Details and prices can be found here.      
 
“I encourage all of our members be proactive and register early for the IRE,” said Bill Good, CEO of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “Registering early not only saves you money but ensures you’ll be a part of the roofing industry’s event.”
 
For information about the IRE, please visit here or call 972.536.6415 or 800.684.5761.

Register for 2016 IRE; Dr. Beck Weathers to Keynote

Online registration is now open for the 2016 International Roofing Expo (IRE), taking place Feb. 17-19 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

“By registering early for the International Roofing Expo, attendees receive discounted registration rates and a better chance at securing availability in their preferred conference sessions,” says Tracy Garcia, CEM, IRE’s director. “In addition, attendees save time by not having to wait in long onsite registration lines.”

The Super Pass includes conference sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, as well as admission to the expo, keynote and welcome party at Cuba Libre.

The Day Pass includes conference sessions on Wednesday only, Thursday only or Friday only, as well as admission to the expo, keynote and welcome party.

The Spouse Pass includes conference sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, as well as admission to the expo, keynote and welcome party.

The Expo Only option includes expo admission on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, as well as admission to the keynote. Admission to the welcome party may be purchased separately in advance.

Taking place prior to the show, additional educational opportunities are available from NRCA. Details and prices can be found on IRE’s website.

Serving as keynote speaker is Dr. Beck Weathers, survivor of the 1996 Mount Everest tragedy. The keynote address will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 9:45 to 10:50 a.m.; it is sponsored by Malarkey Roofing Products, exhibiting in booth 1537.

The accomplished pathologist and amateur mountain climber will share how he was one of more than 30 climbers descending from Mount Everest’s summit in May 1996 when a violent storm hit the mountain with heavy snow, subzero temperatures and hurricane-force winds.

Universal Pictures has turned Weathers’ story into a biographical disaster drama and adventure thriller film, “Everest”, starring Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Robin Wright and Keira Knightley.

“Dr. Beck Weathers’ incredible story of survival has all the elements of a great adventure: heroism, bravery, human struggle against the forces of nature, physical and psychological challenges, and a triumph of the human spirit,” says Bill Good, CEO of the Rosemont, Ill.-based National Roofing Contractors Association, the show’s official sponsor. “Attendees and exhibitors will be so inspired by his harrowing tale of survival.”

The keynote is included free of charge in all registration packages but advance registration is required.

METALCON Keynote Address to Discuss the Harley-Davidson Brand’s Success

Do you ever consider how your customers perceive your business? You should and you should do it every day, all day long. Clyde Fessler, one-time vice president of business development at Harley-Davidson, is the scheduled keynote speaker at METALCON. He will present his methods of success at the Tampa Convention Center on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Fessler, often referred to as the man behind the brand, is credited with almost single-handedly rescuing the legendary motor company from near bankruptcy and turning the Harley-Davidson brand into the most sought after on the planet.

“Today I think Harley-Davidson quality and reputation is top notch, but it wasn’t always that way,” says Jay Smith, director of sales at Metl-Span, a manufacturer of insulated metal panels. “Harley-Davidson really struggled in the late ’60s to the early ’80s, but with major management changes and an outstanding marketing strategy, Harley-Davidson has become the premier motorcycle manufacturer in the world. Just ask one of the 350,000 people who bought a Harley worldwide last year.”

Smith owns two Harley-Davidson motorcycles, a 1997 Road King and a 2012 Ultra Classic Limited.

“I grew up mostly riding horses … and bulls, but I always wanted a Harley,” says Rob Haddock, founder and CEO at S-5!, the manufacturer of clamps designed to attach almost anything to standing seam roofing. “I didn’t get one until I was almost 50. It’s a Road King. Harley is iconic and always has been, but the iconic image changed over the years from one of bad-boy gang bikers with an occasional ‘biker bitch’ to just the classic motorcycle to own, which I believe really opened up their market to guys like me who didn’t necessarily want to associate with the bad-boy types.”

Harley-Davidson is the most recognizable motorcycle on the market. Fessler has presented his Harley-Davidson Turnaround Story to more than 100 corporations and international organizations in the past three years. At METALCON, Fessler will share the story of how he made it happen. His message focuses on success at all level, using the principal of The Five P’s: People, Passion, Product, Price and Promotion. Fessler will relate the message to anyone running a business in a competitive environment, looking to break out and become a market leader.

Would you like to build the brand of your business? Visit the METALCON website to register for METALCON and the Keynote Address, scheduled for 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 14.

Former Harley-Davidson Communications Director to Deliver IRE Keynote

KEN SCHMIDT, former director of communications at Harley-Davidson Motor Co., will provide the keynote address for the International Roofing Expo, which will be held Feb. 24-26, 2015, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Held immediately prior to the opening of the show, the keynote address will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 9:45 to 10:50 a.m. in The Great Hall at the Morial Convention Center. The keynote is sponsored by Portland, Ore.-based Malarkey Roofing Products, which will exhibit in booth no. 1133.

During the address—“Make Some Noise: Open the Throttle and Dominate Your Marketplace”—Schmidt will share his expertise on brand building, corporate positioning and customer relations.

“Ken Schmidt played a pivotal role in the famous turnaround of Harley-Davidson from the brink of bankruptcy,” says Tracy Garcia, CEM, IRE’s director. “Our attendees and exhibitors will love hearing his inspirational and motivating presentation.”

Schmidt will share his insight about how businesses of any size and scope can, like Harley-Davidson, create meaningful differentiation from competitors; maintain veteran customer relationships while innovatively pursuing new ones; improve sales through customer referrals; attract and retain employees; and revitalize corporate culture.

“Ken Schmidt is a brand visionary with proven ideas and concepts that can easily be applied to the roofing industry,” adds Bill Good, executive vice president of the Rosemont, Ill.-based NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “By attending, our members will learn innovative ideas on how to grow their businesses.”

The keynote is included free of charge in all registration packages, but advance registration is required. Online registration will be available beginning in late September.