This year’s Walls & Ceilings Convention Companion has changed due to the climate of COVID-19. The list attempts to keep our readers up-to-date on an expanding roster of trade shows and conventions serving our industry. This year’s events show a shift with in-person to virtual events. Many shows are attempting to resume pre-COVID conditions, hosting in-person events. However, other shows are completely embracing virtual experiences.

Notably absent from the typical listings to our Convention Companion are the CONSTRUCT/CSI Show, The Remodeling Show, and California’s WACA Awards Conference. Some shows have delayed their typical annual shows with other industry events in their place.

So, this year reflects a newer agenda that shows us dipping our feet back into the trade show and travel world, with some live and some virtual experiences. However you choose to participate in these events, hopefully this Convention Companion will guide you on the right and appropriate means to experience these respective events.

2021 Convention Companion Guide

April 26-29, virtual show

The Wall and Ceiling Convention & Trade Show

This year, NWCB introduces its Wall and Ceiling Campus App for its first ever virtual show.

The 2021 Wall and Ceiling Convention & Trade Show will be a virtual event and take place on April 26-29 on NWCB’s new Wall and Ceiling Campus. The bureau has rescheduled the 2021 in-person event planned at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach to 2023.

The Wall and Ceiling Campus is, according to the NWCB, the best option when people can’t safely get together in person. Attendees will have an opportunity to connect and talk with other professionals in the wall and ceiling industry, while one’s avatar moves around the meeting venue and participates in meetings, seminars, social events and the trade show.

Save the date and plan to attend the Virtual Wall and Ceiling Convention & Trade Show on April 26-29. Keep an eye on your inbox for an invitation to register and visit the event website for the latest information. Next year’s event is scheduled to take place at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz., May 5-7.

The Wall and Ceiling Conference  Trade Show formerly Northwest Wall and Ceiling Industries Annual Convention and Trade Show

June virtual event

AIA ’21

This year’s AIA show will be a new experience for the institute, its members and those that attend its annual conference. Instead of being held in Philadelphia as originally planned, this year shows AIA embracing technology and having the event turn virtual.

As of press time, not much is available on this year’s seminars, speakers or agenda.

It is Walls & Ceilings’ understanding that the event will resemble what the AIA has offered in the past of seminars, a (virtual) trade show, keynote speakers, and the lot.

For up to date information on this show, visit

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June 7-10, 2021, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas

World of Concrete

World of Concrete 2020 exceeded expectations across the board and concluded its 45th edition as the largest World of Concrete in over a decade. This year, one of North America’s largest trade shows will again return to Las Vegas, though this time in June as opposed to its typical January/February show.

World of Concrete offers Walls & Ceilings’ readers plenty: manufacturers of insulation, stucco/EIFS, ICFs/SIPs, hand and power tools, masonry, scaffolding and lift equipment all have a strong presence in the indoor and outdoor pavilions.

The Annual SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship always brings in the crowds, as regional masons compete for a new truck and bragging rights. Some 20-odd bricklaying teams travel from all over North America to compete for the title World’s Best Bricklayer. Past winners have walked away with $120,000 in cash and prizes, Ford F-250s, John Deere equipment and more.

Stucco LIVE! will again be located in the North Hall and will continue to showcase best practices for flashing, lathing and cement plaster applications for commercial and residential installations.

New for 2021, the Stucco Manufacturers Association will be hosting two classes:

Lather Training for Cement Stucco on Wednesday, June 9 from 1:30-3:00pm, and Plaster Training for Cement Stucco on Thursday, June 10 from 1:30-3:00pm. Both training classes will be held in the North Hall and registration for either class is $100.

Also new for 2021 is the Cement Product Pavilion in the North Hall which will feature the leaders of equipment and support services used in cement processing.

Las Vegas in June is very hot. Be sure to follow weather reports and hydrate. For more information, visit

World of Concrete

June 8-12, Austin

TLPCA Annual Convention

The Texas Lathing & Plastering Contractors Association Annual Convention and Trade Show will be held this year June 8-12 in Austin.

The Annual Convention & Trade Show will offer meetings, receptions, golf tournament, exhibitors trade show, educational program, Annual Design Awards Competition, spouses program, awards banquet, dinners and casino night entertainment.

All members and guests registered for the convention are welcome to attend the President’s Reception. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served. Network and visit with colleagues and friends and help kick off the convention.

Additional information on registration and sponsorship opportunities will be available at or call the association office at (817) 461-0676.


July 21-25, Orlando

FWCCA Annual Convention and Trade Show

The 2021 Florida Wall & Ceiling Contractors Association will hold its Southeastern Wall & Ceiling Annual Convention and Trade Show at the Gaylord Palms Resort, Orlando, Fla., July 21-25. This year’s show will feature approximately 100 exhibits from throughout the nation with many new as well as returning exhibitors.

The Annual Golf Tournament will take place on the Falcon's Fire Golf Course, July 23. There will be prizes, a raffle to benefit our scholarship program full of great golf items and exhibits on the golf course with member companies giving away great items to all players.

There will be a trade show as in year’s past, which will be followed by the association’s annual Industry Awards Luncheon and presentation on incoming officers and directors. Saturday night’s theme party will be another great event. In conjunction with the other festivities, there will be a silent auction throughout the evening to raise funds for the FWCCA Scholarship Program.

Management with the FWCCA have stated that there are still a few booths left for exhibitors. For more information on this and more, visit


September 21-23, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, Calif.
Live and Virtual Show

Greenbuild International Conference & Expo

Due to the success of last year’s virtual presentation, this year’s Greenbuild offers a truly unique experience: Attend in-person in San Diego or experience the show via your computer. Greenbuild is the place to be to get inspired and find yourself among other like-minded people in the sustainable building and construction industry. Planning for the 2021 event is still underway.

Given the popularity of the education, accessibility and expanded CE offerings, Greenbuild will produce several different events this year. This year’s event will showcase:

  • Three new summits

  • Three days of in-person education

  • Seventy-five plus sessions

  • Trade show floor to see manufacturers’ latest products

A lot of programming and planning is still in the works as Greenbuild fine tunes its excellent and large show. One of the highlights is a keynote speech from Atlanta’s Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Of course, loads of other speakers will be lined up as Greenbuild continues to finalize plans for this September.

Visit for all the up-to-date news, show and schedule information, hotel reservations and more.


September 23-25, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, San Antonio

ICAA Convention & Trade Show

The ICAA Convention & Trade Show will continue with its plans to host its annual show this year. Every year, ICAA builds an educational program based on attendee feedback and timely industry trends, including sessions that run the gamut from business operations to building science.

For 2021, ICAA is working on a carefully curated educational program and a schedule that takes into account social distancing, health and safety protocols, and additional safety measures—from check-in, to food and beverage service, to ICAA programming. The association encourages all previous vendors and exhibitors to shine up their booths and set up shop on the ICAA trade show floor.

The event is held at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, a 600-acre oasis with a striking landscape. The resort is a leader in safety protocols and has a wealth of outdoor experiences including hiking trails and on site golf.

Check the ICAA Convention webpage frequently for updates and details as they are released.


October 6-8, Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Fla.


METALCON, the metal construction industry’s global event for metal construction and design products, introduces its first advisory council to help shape the future of METALCON, ensuring it represents all factions of the metal construction industry and its major attendee groups.

METALCON has launched two new programs to help companies make safety and business management top priorities—METALFOCUS Safety Training and MBA. METALFOCUS Safety is half-way through its 10-course series but it’s not too late to register for this affordable training. Purchase the courses in any bundle or sign up for all ten (discount pricing available through April 1) and watch them “live” via Zoom or access them on demand. Learn from business expert and popular METALCON speaker, Danny Kerr, as he breaks down the six most critical items every metal construction business must do to succeed in 2021 and beyond. This program is made possible by METALCON and Breakthrough Academy and is being offered to the metal construction community at no charge.

For more convention information, visit


October 17-20, Hilton Riverside & Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans

Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry Int’l.

Originally scheduled for this spring, AWCI has moved its dates to the fall. As the schedule is still in the works, here is the information available now. As usual, all committee meetings will still occur, just at a later date.

In addition to networking opportunities and fundraising events, professional development includes the following education sessions:

  • uMap Sessions 1 & 2 (uMap is a performance management software platform used to understand employees at a deeper level.)

  • The Changing Landscape of Drug Screening Compliance: What Employers Need to Know

  • Tech-Know: Maximizing Contractors’ Software, Data and Mobile Tools for Profit

Additional education opportunities on the last day of the convention as AWCI presents its Gypsum—Doing It Right, Exterior Envelope—Doing It Right and Stucco—Doing It Right programs.

For information, call (703) 538-1600 or visit

Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry

October 17-20, Hilton Riverside & Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans

Ceilings & Interior Systems Construction Association Convention

CISCA promotes and supports the industry by providing a network of opportunities with industry leaders through education and a forum to allow the industry to interact, evolve and prosper. The premiere association for ceiling contractors again joins AWCI and co-hosts INTEX Expo to present the industry’s largest trade program with both parties holding their respective shows at the same time. This year’s show returns again to one of the most fun and vibrant cities in the country—New Orleans.

Because AWCI/CISCA/INTEX Expo had to reschedule from this spring, the association has not yet been able to finalize all the details for the October event. If past years are any indication of the schedule of events, attendees can expect:

  • Golf Outing

  • Welcome Reception

  • Manufacturer Rep Meetings

  • Educational Sessions

  • Independent Manufacturer Rep Meeting

  • Small Manufacturer Rep Meeting

  • Volunteer Reception (Invitation Only)

  • Awards Program

  • Committee Meetings

  • Board of Directors Meeting

  • Events Committee Meeting

For additional information on the CISCA convention, visit or call (630) 584-1919.

Ceilings  Interior Systems Construction Association

October 19-20 Hyatt Regency Reston, Reston, Va.

Air Barrier Association of America

The 9th annual ABAA Annual Building Enclosure Conference will be held October 19-20 at the Hyatt Regency Reston. The show is the only conference that focuses on air barriers and building airtightness.

The conference provides two full days of comprehensive learning tracks specific to design professionals, consultants, general contractors, subcontractors and others interested in the air barrier industry.

Exhibitors will include air barrier materials manufacturers, application equipment, testing labs and building enclosure consulting companies.

  • Network with the leading experts in building science.

  • Obtain AIA CEU’s (HSW)

  • Receive comprehensive education on air barriers and building airtightness

  • Meet with the leading air barrier manufacturers and service providers nationwide

For more information, visit

Air Barrier Association of America

October 19-20, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans


The industry’s biggest trade show will feature new ceilings, drywall related products, EIFS/stucco, steel framing, pumps/mixers, hand and power tools, building material cranes and lifts, insulation and plenty more. More than 140 exhibitors in more than 270 booths are eager to share their latest innovations with their key buyers.

Exhibitors will be on hand to offer new technologies, products and tools to enhance your productivity and strategies to give you the competitive edge in your market. Meet with the manufacturers face-to-face to discuss their new product lines and company events.

This annual event is held in conjunction with AWCI and CISCA’s respective conferences and events.

Visit for a complete list of exhibitors and more information.

Visit Walls & Ceilings’ at our booth and meet the staff.


October 24-26, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.


The Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association is relocating its 2021 Annual Convention & Trade Show from Charlotte, N.C., to Orlando, Fla. The Charlotte dates were November 7-9 and the new Orlando dates are October 24-26.

STAFDA’s Convention & Trade Show will be held in the South Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center. The show will be in South Hall SA2, the General Session in South Hall SA1, and STAFDA’s educational workshops will take place on the South 200 and 300 Levels.

The three host hotels for STAFDA attendees will be the Hyatt Regency Orlando, Hilton Orlando, and Rosen Centre. Both the Hyatt and Hilton have raised walkways to the South Concourse and the Rosen Centre is directly across International Drive from the South Concourse.

More details on STAFDA’s Orlando convention will be forthcoming on the association’s website and in the monthly newsletter.

STAFDA’s Orlando Convention registration opens June 28 from the members-only section of

For more information, contact

The Specialty Tools  Fasteners Distributors Association

November 2-5, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego

FCIA Firestop Industry Conference & Trade Show

FIC ’21, the FCIA Firestop Industry Hybrid Conference & Trade Show, brings together industry leaders and change-makers for three immersive days focused on developing and improving the firestop industry. Whether attending in-person or attending online, FIC ’21 is the place for solutions-driven learning.

The event features:

  • FCIA Firestop Education for the Firestop Exams

  • FM & UL-ULC Firestop Exams

  • Technical Education tailored to cultivate expertise

  • FCIA Memorial Golf Tournament

  • FCIA Awards Dinner

  • Other various activities

The FCIA also offers online courses and learning sessions throughout the year. For a list of these, visit the link below.

For more information and updates on the conference, visit

FIC 21



This year, EIMA celebrates its 40th year. In case you haven’t heard the history, please visit to hear the association’s Scott Robinson discuss its history in a quick and concise manner from early March.

The 2021 EIMA Annual Meeting is still in the works and its staff are fleshing out the plans, but stay tuned for its final destination in weeks to come.

As always, EIMA will provide seminars, a trade show floor for manufacturers/distributors, entertainment and more.

The meeting will provide a wide range of events in which contractors can use the information to better position themselves in business. The program is structured to encourage interaction among all who attend. Networking opportunities continue to expand and remain a hallmark of EIMA annual meetings. The annual Duncan Crowther Golf Tournament will be a major part of the meeting, while non-golfers will have a fun event as well.

The annual EIFS Hero Awards Ceremony will take place at the traditional EIMA Members Dinner, and will showcase and honor outstanding EIFS projects.

Anyone in the EIFS industry is cordially invited to attend, EIMA members and non-members alike.

For more information, visit



National Fire Protection Association, Conference & Expo

The National Fire Protection Association has announced that it will not hold its 2021 NFPA Conference & Expo. The association says it plans to hold its next in-person show in Boston in 2022.

In place of the Conference & Expo, the association will celebrate its 125th anniversary this year by creating a “new experience” that promises to live up to those high expectations and one where everyone can safely attend and participate.

The Anniversary Conference Series

The NFPA is not only going virtual—it’s leveraging technologies to create a year-long, unique education series that will be a continuous lineup of comprehensive education and novel elements.

What does the virtual conference series look like?

  • Education series throughout the entire year (and stretching into 2022) to celebrate and commemorate 125 years of NFPA

  • Targeted virtual events for individual audiences to focus on what matters most to you

  • Expanded networking opportunities through group chats and one-on-one virtual meetings

  • Meeting with sponsors and product demonstrations

Even before everyone began to “go digital,” NFPA was developing virtual solutions. With digital products—including its NFPA LiNK information delivery platform and online learning opportunities—the association is positioned to launch a focused virtual experience this year.

For more information and a list of the various webinars and other virtual products, visit

National Fire Protection Association

April 2021 | Volume 84 | Issue 4

The Voice of the Industry since 1938

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