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SSPC Coatings+ 2020 Kicks Off in Long Beach

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

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Sunshine and palm trees created the backdrop for the beginning of Coatings+ 2020, SSPC’s annual conference and exhibition, which opened Monday in Long Beach, California.

The first days of Coatings+ 2020 were marked by a slew of technical presentations, the annual awards luncheon, welcome receptions, a keynote session and the first in a series of town-hall meetings about the potential combined organization between SSPC and NACE International.

Welcome Reception

Monday evening (Feb. 3), SSPC treated attendees to the annual Welcome Reception, sponsored by Carboline.

This year’s reception featured hors d’oeuvres and beverages along with live music, life-sized board games and a beach display replete with surfboards and beach chairs for attendees to snap photos in front of upon entering the reception.

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The first days of Coatings+ 2020 were marked by a slew of technical presentations, the annual awards luncheon, welcome receptions, a keynote session and the first in a series of town-hall meetings about the potential combined organization between SSPC and NACE International. Pictured: SSPC Executive Director Bill Worms (left) and Darrin Andrews, Executive Vice President of Sales with Carboline.)

Darrin Andrews, Executive Vice President of Sales with Carboline, spoke at the reception, thanking attendees and extending best wishes for the week, and SSPC Executive Director Bill Worms joined Andrews onstage to cut birthday cake in celebration of SSPC’s 70th anniversary.

Keynote Speaker

Tuesday morning (Feb. 4), began with a keynote session from speaker Erik Qualman, who presented “Digital Leadership: The Five Simple Habits of Digital Leaders,” sponsored by Finishing First (LMCI).

In his talk, Qualman introduced the concept of “socialnomics,” which he equated to digital word-of-mouth, and how to use the speed and scale of online interactions to create our own “digital stamps.”

Tuesday morning began with a keynote session from speaker Erik Qualman, who presented “Digital Leadership: The Five Simple Habits of Digital Leaders,” sponsored by Finishing First (LMCI).

He laid out the five common traits for digital leaders today, which include simplifying, staying true to ourselves, taking action, setting a map for success and surrounding ourselves with the right people.

Qualman also encouraged the audience to “live like both the Jetsons and the Flintstones”—to embrace the technology and digital platforms of the future, while also keeping in mind the tried-and-true methods of our everyday, person-to-person interactions. “Technology changes every second, but human nature never does,” Qualman said.

Exhibit Hall Opening

Tuesday evening, the Coatings+ 2020 exhibit hall officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception, sponsored by The Sherwin-Williams Company. SSPC President Joe Walker gave welcoming remarks.

Surrounded by SSPC Board members, Walker, and Sherwin-Williams' Senior Vice President of Sales Doni Riddle cut the ribbon to the Coatings+ 2020 exhibit hall.

Tuesday evening, the Coatings+ 2020 exhibit hall officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception, sponsored by Sherwin-Williams. SSPC President Joe Walker gave welcoming remarks.

The Coatings+ 2020 exhibit hall includes almost 140 companies showcasing products and services. For the first year, the Coatings+ exhibit hall will feature a live demonstration stage, where companies will showcase their products in action.

Exhibit hall visitors can also experience the SSPC Activity Zone, which includes simulated surfing, a headshot photo booth and a museum display chronicling SSPC’s 70-year history.

   

Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Carboline; Coatings; Conferences; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Industry News; Latin America; NACE; North America; Paint; Program/Project Management; Protective Coatings; SSPC; SSPC Coatings+ 2020; SSPC NACE Merger; Z-Continents

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