Five Reasons to Attend the CPIA, CCC Conferences


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.

Focusing solely on the commercial painting industry, the conferences promise 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.

Reason One: Expert Presentations

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:

  • Keynote: 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.

Reason Two: Roundtable & Panel Discussions

Throughout the conference, industry leaders and attendees will have the opportunity to discuss critical concerns in the commercial painting industry such as supply chain forecasting and the retention of high-performing employees.

Other potential topics for discussion include:

  • New products;
  • Coatings technology; and
  • Sales.

Reason Three: Oceanfront Setting

Located just minutes south of St. Augustine, Florida, the Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa is described as “an extraordinary treasure” nested on the Palm Coast beaches of the Atlantic Coast.

In looking out from the resort, guests attending the event will be met with unparalleled views of the ocean and its Jack Nicklaus-designed oceanfront golf course. Additionally, the resort features a second golf course as well: the Conservatory Course, designed by Tom Watson. Both courses are reported to have spectacular oceanfront views, dramatic rolling hills and challenging layouts.

Reported to be one of Florida’s most sought-after meeting locations, Hammock Beach Resort & Spa boasts over 16,000 square feet of indoor function space and over 40,000 square feet of flexible outdoor space.

Meeting rooms are noted to feature extensive audiovisual capabilities, which are serviced by the resort’s award-winning and professional event planning staff, offering a rare combination of natural beauty with modern conference facilities and luxury amenities.

Reason Four: Recreational Group Activities

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 also feature intense networking sessions.

Afternoon options include:

  • An oceanfront golf outing;
  • A kayaking ecotour; and
  • A Sport fishing excursion.

A mixture of contractor and vendor attendees will also be able to mix over additional activities, educational sessions, meals, cocktails and cigars, in addition to scheduled one-on-one meetings.

Reason Five: Industry Benefits

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.

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 is welcoming all commercial painting contractors and related professionals to register.

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 agenda page.

Be on the lookout for conference updates and scheduled activities!

For information about Commercial Contractor Connect event, click here.


Tagged categories: Commercial Contractor Connect; Commercial contractors; Commercial Painting Industry Association; Conferences; CPIA; CPIA Leadership Conference; Good Technical Practice; NA; North America; Technology Publishing Co.

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