By Evelyn Witterholt.
In a little over a month, roofing industry members from all over the world will be attending the 2023 International Roofing Expo (IRE), the year’s largest trade event. Not only will RoofersCoffeeShop® (RCS) be attending, but we are also dedicated to keeping you constantly updated about the event through our Countdown to IRE 2023 page, sponsored by CertainTeed. There, you can learn how to register for IRE, find a place to stay and what new events have been added to the show.
Here’s some important news about IRE you might have missed:
If it's your first time to IRE, what better way to celebrate than by attending the First-Time Attendees Reception, sponsored by RoofersCoffeeShop®! Join us on Tuesday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m. for a networking reception specially catered to those who haven't attended IRE before. The reception will be held at House of Blues in Dallas and shuttles are available for select hotels. The IRE Welcome Party will commence immediately after the reception, all the more reason to stop by! The reception is free for all first-time attendees.
During the show, the Roofing Alliance will be hosting their Construction Management Student Competition on Wednesday, March 8. There, teams of students from six schools will be presenting a proposal for a roofing project, this year’s project being the Globe Life Field in Dallas, Texas. The six schools competing are:
Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois
California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, California
Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Earlier in January, RCS hosted an episode of Coffee Conversations which was all about the upcoming show. We spoke with IRE keynote speaker Chris Czarnik as well as Kelly Van Winkle, president of Roofing Alliance, Luciano Perez, safety director at KPOST Roofing and Waterproofing and Jason Stanley, president of IB Roof Systems. On this episode, they discuss important events taking place at IRE, like the Student Competition and expanded Latino classes.
In January, the Roofing Alliance announced their 2022-23 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards finalists and honorable mention recipients. This annual award honors outstanding leaders in the roofing industry. The winner will be announced at the show during the National Roofing Contractors Association’s (NRCA) Awards Ceremony on March 8, 2023. You can see the full list of finalists, honorable mentions and nominees here.
Check out our Countdown to IRE 2023 page for regular updates.
Evelyn works as a writer for RoofersCoffeeShop, MetalCoffeeShop and AskARoofer. When she isn’t writing about roofing, she’s either at the gym lifting weights or curled up on the couch watching a movie.
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