Contractor Connect Scheduled for November
It’s official: Technology’s Publishing Company’s popular hosted buyer event for the protective and marine coatings industry, Contractor Connect, has been added to the 2021 calendar!
Taking place over three days, the in-person event will bring together qualified buyers (contractors) and sellers (suppliers) for a variety of networking activities and prescheduled one-on-one meetings.
The event is slated to take place from Nov. 2-5, at the Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Palm Coast, Florida.
Four Years of Connecting Industry Players
Technology Publishing’s inaugural Contractor Connect event took place back in 2017 at the historic Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa in Point Clear, Alabama, on the shores of Mobile Bay.
During the event, attendees were given the opportunity to brush up on the latest developments in technology and regulations, attend private meetings, discuss business opportunities and enjoy group recreational activities that gave industry peers a chance to get to know each other better.
For its second installation, the event was hosted at Hammock Beach resort and had a roster of delegates that included executives from 21 painting contractors and 22 manufacturers and suppliers, in addition to other various major coatings companies and equipment manufacturers.
Similar to its debut, the conference boasted three panel discussions and a full day of one-on-one meetings.
In 2019, Contractor Connect traveled to the Southwest to the Omni Tucson National Resort in Tucson, Arizona. As in previous years, TPC CEO Brion Palmer reported that the event was another hit for all involved.
“The event was a great success, and it’s a perfect platform for us to connect contractors with the major suppliers in the industry,” he said at the time. “We take the responsibility of helping connect our two core audiences together seriously, and we take great pride in the continued growth and success of this unique event.”
Beyond creating connections, Contractor Connect upped its panel discussions, featuring five panels related to coatings, surface preparation equipment, painting project equipment and the current workforce. Networking activities were also a major hit, as attendees had the option of participating in a golf tournament, clay shooting, mesquite-smoked whiskey sampling, and a trip to the Desert Museum, among other opportunities.
In the wake of COVID-19 in 2020, Technology Publishing announced that it would instead be hosting a new virtual event, PaintSquare Connect. The virtual conference aimed to serve a broader audience through its curriculum tracks (Protective and Marine Coatings; Commercial Coatings and Solutions; Surface Preparation; and Equipment) and product pavilion featuring virtual booths.
PaintSquare Connect also featured a Connect Rewards Program, where attendees who accumulated the largest volume of points had the chance to win one of ten top prizes. Three $500 gift cards were also awarded throughout the conference’s registration period.
This year's Contractor Connect will invite a limited number of industrial painting contractors with qualified buying power to connect with sponsoring suppliers who provide the products and services they need—all in the beautiful ocean-side setting of a world-class resort.
To be considered, interested contracting companies must fill out the attached application here.
Previous contractor participants include: A & M Painting, A&S Industrial Coating, A-O Painting, Advanced Prep-Coat, Inc., AMP United, LLC, Axios Industrial Group, Barch Industries, Blastco (a TF Warren Company), Brace Integrated Services/Brace Industrial Group, Brock Industrial Services, Cal Sierra Construction, Carr Coatings, Coatings Unlimited, Inc, Cobalco Services, Inc, D&H Painting, DEM Enterpirses, Elite Industrial, Elite National Coatings & Inspection , Exceletech Coating & Application, F & H Insulation Sales and Services inc, Gateway Company of Utah, Gemstone, LLC, Global Coatings LLC, Gulf Atlantic Polymers, Heels & Hard Hats, HiTech Painting, I.K. Stoltzfus Service Company, Industrial Corrosion & Control, J.R. Stelzer Company, John B. Conomos, Inc, K2 Industrial/Mansfield Industrial, Kodiak Industrial Solutions, Long Painting Company, Marcom Services, Marine Tech Services, Marine Technical Services, Metalizing Technical Services, Mitchell Sandblasting, Nelson Industrial Coatings, New Kent Coatings, Niles Industrial Painting, Park Derochie CN, Park Derochie USA, Performance Painting, PMK of America, Revolution Industrial, Riley Industrial Services, Rocky Mountain Specialty, Seminole Equipment, Silverline Finishing, Southern Roadway and Bridge, Thomas Industrial, Thomas Industrial Coatings, Tower Maintenance, U.S. Tank Paintings, UCL, Inc. , Viking Industrial Painting, Vulcan Painters and WPI.
One of the key attributes of Contractor Connect is the intimacy of the event. Suppliers in the protective and marine coatings industry are offered exclusive opportunites to participate as sponsors, building relationships with current and prospective customers in fun and productive ways.
Interested suppliers will have the option of becoming a Platinum or Silver sponsor. Details regarding these supporting sponsorships and their benefits can be found here. Additional ancillary sponsorship opportunities (exclusive for Platinum and Silver sponsors until Sept. 1) can be found here. Following the September deadline, any unreserved ancillary sponsorship opportunities will be made available to sustaining sponsors—companies that are unable to send representatives to the event.
In 2019, Contractor Connect sponsors included Diamond Sponsors: Graco and The Sherwin-Williams Company; Platnium Sponsors: Abrasives, Inc., ADI, BrandSafway, Carboline, Clemco Industries, Ervin Industries, GMA Group, Greener Blast Technologies, Inc., Harsco Minerals, Induron Protective Coatings, International Paint/AkzoNobel, Marco, LMCI, PPG, Schmidt, SSPC, Titan and Tnemec; and Supporting: Axxiom Manufacturing/Schmidt, BlastOne, Borchers, Cleanwirx, HJ3 Composite Technologies, HoldTight Solutions, Minerals Research Inc., NACE International, Nationwide Overspray, NIICAP, Surface Prep Solutions and US Minerals.
Schedule and Updates
While the conference’s agenda and speakers are still being finalized, contractors who are registered or considering attending can stay updated by visiting the event’s homepage.
Be on the lookout for conference updates and scheduled activities!
For information about the corresponding Commercial Contractor Connect event, click here.
Editor's Note: This article was updated at 11:10 a.m. on July 30, 2021, to feature the full list of 2019 Contractor Connect sponsors.