Convention Companion Guide - 2022
Convention Companion Guide - 2022

As of press time, it seems the industry is done with COVID-era cancellations of trade events. So we are happy to bring you our annual Convention Companion Guide that will take us into early next year. The list is a resource to keep our readers up-to-date on an expanding roster of trade shows and conventions serving our industry. Most organizations are once again hosting in-person events.

Notably absent from the typical listings to our Convention Companion are the CONSTRUCT/CSI Show and The Remodeling Show. Some shows have already taken place this year and do not have next year’s dates finalized. So stay tuned on for any updates regarding these events.

We look forward to reconnecting with you since our last encounter. Hopefully this Convention Companion will guide you on the right path to experience these industry events.

February 28-March 3, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas

SprayFoam 2022

SprayFoam 2022 will take place, as planned, as an in-person event. This event will follow all city, state and venue regulations regarding COVID-19 safeguards as described in SPFA’s Duty of Care Notice.  

The SprayFoam 2022 Convention and Expo will be will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center located at 900 E. Market Street in San Antonio, Texas. SPFA has all the pieces in place for another successful event.

For more information, visit


April 4-7, Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas

Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry Int’l. (AWCI)

After last year’s October cancellation in New Orleans, AWCI returns to Texas—this time, just north of Dallas in Grapevine.

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

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Safety Management Through the Lens of Technology
  • Critical Components for Leadership: Junior Leaders, Senior Staff
  • A Builder’s Guide to Applying Lean Tools to the Field
  • Developing Emotional Intelligence

One of the many highlights of the convention is the AWCI Opening Session and Awards Presentation Brunch. This year’s keynote speaker is Emmitt Smith, as well as Ben Nemtin.  

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


April 4-7, Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas

Ceiling & Interior Systems Construction Association (CISCA)

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 and interior contractors will provide a low-key, high-impact event in which you will be able to have discussions with attendees in a quiet, relaxed atmosphere.

Planned Events:

  • Golf Outing
  • Welcome Reception
  • Manufacturer Rep Meetings
  • Educational Sessions
  • Contractor Tours (off-site)
  • Membership Meetings
  • Awards Gala
  • Networking Breakfast
  • Meet The Vendors

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

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April 6-7, Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas


This year INTEX Expo will be held in the Lone Star state. The industry’s biggest trade show will feature ceilings, drywall related products, EIFS/stucco, steel framing, pumps/mixers, hand and power tools, building material cranes and lifts, insulation, software and plenty more. There are two days for you to get your time in chatting with loads of manufacturers, reps and colleagues.

INTEX Expo, which is managed by AWCI and co-sponsored by the CISCA, continues to be the largest wall and ceiling trade show (and gathering) in the industry. More than 140 exhibitors 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 booth 309 and meet our staff.


April 29-30, Kansas City, Mo.

2022 Insulation Career Fair & Training Expo

Employers, manufacturers, distributors, contractor services, and career seekers with entry-level to advanced experience are all invited to attend the 2022 Insulation Career Fair & Training Expo. HPIP is working with local workforce development entities in Kansas City, Department of Labor, and building science specialists from all corners of the industry to provide this one-of-a-kind training event. Registration is now open.


  • Get ready to train and interview:
  • Industry employers ready to interview and hire on the spot;
  • Hands-on installation training event;
  • Insulation and building science classroom education;
  • Live interview stations for insulation career job seekers.


HPIP announced the first event of its kind for the insulation industry and now it’s time to register to reserve a spot. The 2022 Insulation Career Fair is our hands-on solution to help solve the labor crisis.

HPIP invites workers to the insulation industry’s first-ever career fair. Its insulation credential is being utilized by job seekers and students in 27 cities across the U.S. but training isn’t enough. Now HPIP is working to place job seekers directly with insulation contractors.

Day 1—April 29:
Educational Sessions & Career Fair with exhibits from insulation manufacturers and other contractor services.

Day 2—April 30:
Hands-on insulation systems and installation demonstrations provided by event partners and exhibitors.

More events from HPIP are also scheduled throughout the year. For more information, visit


May 5-7, JW Marriott Cambelback Inn Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, Ariz.

The NWCB Wall and Ceiling Conference & Trade Show

This event marks the return of in-person learning, collaboration and networking for the signatory wall and ceiling industry after COVID-19. The conference features industry meetings, educational seminars, networking receptions and dinners and an industry golf tournament. At the center of the event is a trade show displaying the latest materials, tools and services to help the wall and ceiling contractor maximize their efficiency and profitability.

This year, the event offers two tracks of education. The Executive Track will cover subjects such as diversity, equity and inclusion—the hottest business topic today, and the Wall and Ceiling Track will present the latest how-to information on quality wall-and-ceiling construction.

The Keynote speakers are Kelly McDonald, one of the nation’s top experts in diversity, equity and inclusion, leadership, marketing and sales to people “not like you,” consumer trends, and customer experience; and and Yancy Wright, CEO of Alternavida Leadership and owner Casa Alternavida, well-being culture change wizard, and team-building/retreat facilitator.

Located at the base of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, about 20 minutes from the Phoenix Airport by car, the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa offers the guests with attentive service, luxurious accommodations, and amenities in a breathtaking desert setting. As always, all the conference events are open to families, and the resort and the Scottsdale area offer a multitude of fun, family-friendly activities and attractions.

Visit for the latest information and to register for the event, to book your guestroom and reserve your exhibit space.

The Wall and Ceiling Conference is a collaboration between the Northwest Wall and Ceiling Bureau, Western Wall and Ceiling Contractors Association, Wall and Ceiling Alliance and Walls & Ceilings.

For more information, visit

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May 10-12, Hyatt Regency Reston, Reston, Va.

Air Barrier Association of America

The 9th annual ABAA Annual Building Enclosure Conference will be held May 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency Reston. The show is the only conference that focuses on air barriers and building airtightness.

Come learn from some of the top minds in building science with expertise in building enclosures, moisture management, air barriers, sustainability and enclosure commissioning.

Why Attend?

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

In addition to this event, on May 9, the Rainscreen Association in North America (RAiNA) will hold its annual general meeting as part of the ABAA week.

For more information, visit


May 16-18, The Curtis – DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, Denver

Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute Expo

The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute brings back its 2022 CFSEI Expo. After two years, the expo returns to an in-person format that will include several educational sessions; announcements of the CFSEI Design Excellence and Creative Detail Award winners and the John P. Matsen Distinguished Service Award winner; and an exposition featuring state-of-the-art innovations, technologies and principles in cold-formed steel framing.

The CFSEI Expo is designed for architects, builders/contractors and engineers and is geared toward both skilled cold-formed steel framing professionals and newcomers. PDH credits are available. Expo activities will also include the annual CFSEI meeting and installation of 2022-2023 officers.

The hotel is offering a special rate of $229/night plus tax for Expo attendees. Reservations must be made by April 16. Guests must identify themselves as attendees of the 2022 CFSEI Expo to receive the rate.

For the first time, CFSEI is offering a stipend program for young engineers and professors/instructors. Up to five $1,200 stipends are available to engineers under 35 years old and to professors/instructors at universities with civil and structural engineering programs. The stipend can be used toward travel and lodging expenses related to the Expo and includes free registration. A preliminary expo schedule and information on registration are available at


May 16-20, Sheraton Grand Nashville, Nashville, Tenn.

FCIA Education & Committee Action Hybrid Conference

ECA ’22– the FCIA Education & Committee Action Hybrid Conference– is a two-and-a-half-day event focused on educating and engaging the firestop & effective compartmentation industry.

Filled with technical industry education, the FM & UL-ULC Firestop Exams, interactive FCIA Committee round table meetings, FCIA Contractor and Special Inspection Agency Members Only sessions, and the ability to participate either in-person or online, ECA ’22 is the ideal opportunity to expand your knowledge and contribute to the development of the firestop industry.

For more information and updates on the conference, visit


June 6-9, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston

National Fire Protection Association Conference & Expo

The National Fire Protection Association has announced that it will hold its 2022 NFPA Conference & Expo in Boston. The association celebrates 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.

This year’s show brings to life the products and services needed to help meet and maintain compliance with prevailing codes and standards in the design, construction, and operation of buildings and facilities of every kind.

The Anniversary Conference Series

The NFPA is in the process of creating the 2022 education program for Boston. The program will offer more than 110 live education sessions along with general sessions. The conference will offer topics such as:

  • Fire and Life Safety Education: Developing  Programs That Meet Community Needs and Reduce Risks
  • The Role of Consumer Product Safety Standards in Fire Safety
  • Identifying and Reducing Explosion Risks in Energy Storage Systems
  • Understanding the Cost and Impact of Fire Protection in Buildings
  • Analyzing Ignition Risks from Electrostatic Sources:  Practical Methods to Reduce Ignition Hazards
  • Fires in Buildings under Construction—Closing the Insurance and Fire Protection Gap
  • Fire Risks of Composite IBCs: Examining Past Incidents and Identifying New Strategies
  • NFPA 25, 2023 Edition Proposed Changes

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


June 8-10 at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio

TLPCA Annual Convention

The Texas Lathing & Plastering Contractors Association Annual Convention and Trade Show will be held this year June 8-10 at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio.

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.  


June 22-25, McCormick Place, Chicago

AIA ’22 Conference on Architecture

This year’s AIA Conference returns to an in-person event in the Windy City. For those unfamiliar with McCormick Place, the convention center is the largest Chicago offers and is near the city’s Loop district, as well as downtown.

More than 500 exhibiting companies representing software and technology, energy efficiency, building systems, finishes, lighting, stone and tile, restoration as well as manufacturers from the wall and ceiling industry. The materials and technologies of tomorrow featured in specialty product pavilions today.

AIA Convention on Architecture 2022 is one of the largest gatherings of architecture and design professionals in the world, and the expo floor is a hotspot of activity. It’s not just an exhibit hall—it’s also a temporary built environment packed with the first looks that will affect your business into the future.

There’s also live programming, expo credit courses, and longer dedicated expo-only hours to give you ample time to browse the floor with no scheduling conflicts.

For up to date information on this show, visit


June 30 at the Marriott San Jose

Wall and Ceiling Alliance

The Wall And Ceiling Alliance’s Construction Excellence Awards & Excellence in Safety Awards Show will be held June 30 at the Marriott San Jose. For information on sponsorships, please contact Carmen Valencia at (925) 523-3898 or visit    


July 6-9 at the Gaylord Palms Resort, Orlando, Fla

FWCCA Annual Convention and Trade Show

The Florida Wall & Ceiling Contractors Association will hold its 2022 Southeastern Wall & Ceiling Annual Convention and Trade Show at the Gaylord Palms Resort, Orlando, Fla., July 6-9. This year’s show will feature approximately 100 exhibitors from throughout the nation with many new, as well as returning exhibitors.

This marks a special one as the FWCCA celebrates its 40th Anniversary as a trade association. In honor of this event, the trade show’s theme is the 40th Ruby Jubilee Anniversary Celebration. The FWCCA has the entire event planned around the celebration of FWCCA's 40 great years of servicing the industry.

The Annual Golf Tournament will take place on the Falcon's Fire Golf Course, July 8. There will be prizes, a raffle to benefit the 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, call (407) 260-1313 or visit


Sept. 22-24, Sheraton Grand Wild Horse Pass, Phoenix

ICAA Convention & Trade Show

The ICAA Convention & Trade Show is your one-stop shop to learn, network, and discover the latest insulation industry products and services from the best in the business. 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. The star of the show, however, is the accompanying trade show, which features a lineup of the insulation industry’s leading suppliers and manufacturers.

For 2022, 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.

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


October 12-14, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis

METALCON International Conference and Exhibition

METALCON is the only event focused on metal construction products, technologies and solutions. As the show marks more than 30 years of achievement, it sets the pace for shaping the future with metal through an unbeatable blend of new product exhibits, a nationally recognized education conference, and live-action demos of field techniques. These integrated components demonstrate how innovative metal products and applications can form your business success, whether you currently use metal in architectural and structural applications or want to learn how.

Woven into all elements of the exhibition and conference are top-notch market insight and visionary concepts for the use of metal—a sustainable material recognized in the green building movement for its low maintenance, high durability and the ability to be fully recycled.

Join contractors, designers, developers, fabricators, and suppliers from across the globe who attend this annual event. You’ll meet experts from forward-thinking companies who exhibit their top products and technology, and are eager to share their knowledge with you.

The education continues in METALCON’s comprehensive conference program presented by leading industry experts. This is the only forum where the topics are focused totally on the best use of metal across a spectrum of applications. The program covers every aspect of building with metal from the basics to the latest materials, tools, techniques, building codes, applications, cold-formed steel framing, green building, alternative energy, business management and marketing.  Plus, the program offers continuing education credits.

For more information, please visit


Oct. 30-Nov. 1, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego

STAFDA Annual Convention & Trade Show

The Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association is open to members only. You must be a member to attend. This annual event will serve its core members of contractors, suppliers and manufacturers in the fastener industry.

This year’s Associate State-of-the-Industry Speaker will be Jude Nosek, vice president, Marketing and New Product Development, for Keson LLC, of Aurora, Ill. For over a decade, he worked in marketing for Anixter, a $10 billion company with 500 inside and 150 outside salespeople. He wrote hundreds of brochures, technical white papers, product sell sheets, and catalogs.

Also joining the fold is British extreme adventurer and wilderness survivalist, Bear Grylls, as the keynote speaker for the association’s General Session, October 31, discussing Resilience & Overcoming Obstacles.

Grylls first drew attention after embarking on a number of outdoor adventures then became widely known for his wilderness survival TV shows in the United Kingdom and America: The Island with Bear Grylls and Running Wild with Bear Grylls. For the latter, Grylls takes celebrities and professional athletes on a two-day trip into the wilderness where he pushes the boundaries on their physical capabilities and mental toughness.

STAFDA’s San Diego Convention Registration opens on June 27.

For more information on the STAFDA Convention & Trade Show or membership, please contact Catherine Usher at This show is only open to its members.


October 31-November 4, Omni Amelia Island, Amelia Island, FL

FCIA Firestop Industry Conference & Trade Show

FIC ’22, 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. FIC ’22 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, please visit the link below.

For more information and updates on the conference, visit


November 1-3, Moscone Center, San Francisco, Calif.

Greenbuild International Conference & Expo

Greenbuild 2022 is now accepting proposals and session reviewers from industry experts eager to share their knowledge and expertise. This is your opportunity to shape the content of Greenbuild’s education sessions.

Your expertise helps us create the most relevant educational experience for our industry. Reviewers are by volunteer and eligible to present at Greenbuild. All reviewers are eligible to receive a $100 registration discount.

Educational Opportunities

Last year, thousands of attendees tuned in to the Greenbuild virtual event series. 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:

  • New summits
  • Three days of in-person education
  • Seventy-five plus sessions
  • Trade show floor to see manufacturers’ latest products

Continuing Education Hours for Education Sessions

  • Live Virtual Education Sessions: Earn 1 GBCI and AIA hour per hour of education. Attendees must attend at least 80 percent of the session to receive credit.
  • On-Demand Education Sessions: Earn 1 GBCI hour per hour of education. Attendees must watch the entire video recording from start to finish and complete the survey linked in the session description within 10 minutes after viewing.
  • Keynotes: Earn 1 GBCI and AIA hour per event.
  • Virtual Expo Hall Education Labs: Earn 1 GBCI and AIA hour per hour of education.

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

Green Build

January 16-19, 2023, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas

World of Concrete 2023

World of Concrete 2022 exceeded expectations across the board and concluded as the largest World of Concrete in over a decade. This signature annual event for the international concrete and masonry industries continues to draw the largest crowds for the plastering, concrete and masonry trades in the country.

Highlights of the 2022 edition included the Bob Weatherton Award established by World of Concrete to honor his contributions to the concrete industry. The award includes a $2,500 scholarship and was presented at the CIM National Board Meeting at WOC.  

The Annual SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship brought in crowds of spectators. More than 25 bricklaying teams traveled from all over North America to Las Vegas to compete for the title World’s Best Bricklayer.

This year, Stucco LIVE! also returned. This event, in part hosted by W&C’s Mark Fowler, continued to showcase best practices for flashing, lathing, and cement plaster applications for residential and commercial installations.

In this area, attendees interact with instructors, product experts and designers to learn the most current trends in stucco applications. Stucco LIVE! is sponsored by the Stucco Manufacturers Association. SMA members and affiliated associations will also introduce new products and assemblies that meet current energy code standards and high-performance trends.

For more information, visit

World of Concrete

Jan. 31-Feb. 2, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas

NAHB International Builders’ Show

More than 67,000 home building professionals from around the world filled the exhibit halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center as NAHB hosted International Builders’ Show this winter.

IBS drew a total of more than 100,000 attendees. There weremany wall and ceiling contractors in attendance at this event.

Exhibit space for IBS also expanded from last year’s 583,000 square feet to more than 608,000 square feet, where nearly 1,500 exhibitors displayed the latest in building products and technology.

This year’s show brought out many companies from the industry, including those that represent drywall, trims and molding, steel framing, insulation, waterproofing products and so much more.

“The experience during the three days of the show has been great. It’s been very busy and a lot of fun interacting with so many builders, contractors and other vendors,” said Blake R. Edwards, a senior product marketing manager for Lennox. “We’re getting a lot of good insights from those who came here, and we’re also giving them a lot of valuable feedback in return.”

In addition to meeting suppliers and seeing product demos throughout the three-day show, attendees networked with peers and attended any of more than 130 education sessions led by experts on a wide range of industry topics.

Next year, IBS will return to Las Vegas, Jan. 31-Feb. 2. For more information, visit



EIMA 2023

This year, EIMA celebrated its 42nd year. As of press time, no dates have been determined yet for EIMA 2023.  

The 2022 EIMA Annual Meeting provided seminars, a trade show floor for manufacturers/distributors, entertainment and more.

The annual meeting is always a great place to network, make new contacts, and to learn about the most current issues affecting the Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems industry.

Throughout the (usually) three-day event, meeting attendees will learn what’s in store to move the EIFS industry forward. The program is structured to encourage interaction among all who attend. Networking opportunities remain a hallmark of EIMA annual meetings, and include the popular Members Dinner, EIFS Hero Awards Ceremony and the annual Duncan Crowther Memorial Golf Tournament.

The meeting provided a wide range of events that contractors can use to better position themselves in business.   

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

For more information, visit


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