CPIA Announces Inaugural Leadership Conference


This October, the Commercial Painting Industry Association will host its inaugural CPIA Leadership Conference in conjunction with Technology Publishing Company’s hosted buyer event, Commercial Contractor Connect.

The Leadership Conference is slated to take place over three days, from Oct. 19-21 at the Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Palm Coast, Florida, while Commercial Contractor Connect will also occur at the resort from Oct. 21-22.

Conference Info

Whether registered or interested contractors and suppliers are CPIA members or are just eager to know more about the association and its many benefits, the CPIA welcomes all commercial painting contractors and related professionals, including architects, engineers, interior designers and asset owners to register.

The conference, which focuses solely on the commercial painting industry, promises three days of guaranteed face time with top commercial painting contractors, and meetings between leadership teams of some of the most successful commercial painting businesses in North America.

Specifically, the dual conference will bring together Commercial Contractor Connect Sponsors (suppliers) for private, one-on-one time with a curated selection of the country’s leading commercial painting contractors (buyers), as patterned from TPC’s already-established Contractor Connect events, which have paired industrial painting contractor attendees with sponsor vendors.

In addition to bringing together CPIA members and possible future members alike, as well as industry partners, experts and your TPC hosts, the commercial-focused event will feature intense networking and educational sessions regarding new products, technology, and sales.

To break down the event happenings:

  • On day one, a mixture of contractor and vendor attendees will be able to mix over activities, educational sessions, meals, cocktails and cigars;
  • Day two is slated to involve one-on-one meetings with contractors and additional networking activities; and
  • On the final day, attendees can expect additional meetings and networking opportunities over meals.

(Note: Meetings and activities will continue through Oct. 22 for those invited to remain for the Commercial Contractor Connect hosted buyer event. To be considered, apply here.)

Confirmed Speakers, Sponsors & Rates

As a current or aspiring industry leader, this conference is slated to be an opportunity to where attendees can share knowledge with their peers and learn from the event’s respected speakers. Confirmed speakers scheduled to present at the event include:

  • Sean Snaith, Director of the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Forecasting;
  • Dwain DeVille, CEO Coach, Founder of CEO Ride and author of The Biker’s Guide to Business: When Business and Life Meet at the Crossroads;
  • Jim McBrayer, CEO of McBrayer & Associates; and
  • Laurence Pearlman, Senior Vice President of Consulting Solutions at Marsh Advisory.

A few of the event’s current sponsors include The Sherwin-Williams Company, McBrayer & Associates, Benjamin Moore, Graco, Purdy Professional Painting Tools, The Wooster Brush Company, Titan, Uniflex and Wagner Estimating.

If your company is interested in purchasing an ancillary sponsorship or becoming a Platinum or Gold sponsor for the event, please reach out to Mike Stanley at mstanley@thecpia.com.

For registration information and rates, click here.

For information on how you can participate in the conference’s a la carte networking events, click here.

Schedule and Updates

While the conference’s agenda is 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 Commercial Contractor Connect event, click here.

About the CPIA

The Commercial Painting Industry Association is the first and only trade association created exclusively for commercial painting professionals. Its mission is to nurture a peer-based community of industry experts dedicated to learning and development through collaboration. CPIA members have access to all the relevant resources and guidance required for further business growth.

Created just a couple of years ago, the CPIA has grown to an epic group of some of the most important commercial painting organizations in North America. In total, the CPIA member companies represent over $150 million in yearly commercial project work and are large buyers of products and services specific to the commercial coatings market.

CPIA members, themselves, are the organization’s most valuable asset because their knowledge, expertise, and network form the very core of the association. They take a proactive role in the industry and elevate their business through membership opportunities and benefits.


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