Meet the Contractor Connect Speakers


Two weeks ago, Technology Publishing Company celebrated the success of its inaugural Contractor Connect event for commercial painting contractors, and today (Nov. 1) kicks off attendee check-in for the fourth annual industrial Contractor Connect.

The popular hosted buyer event is bringing together qualified buyers (contractors) and sellers (suppliers) for a variety of networking activities, educational sessions and prescheduled one-on-one meetings. The event takes place from Nov. 2-5 at the Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Palm Coast, Florida.

See the agenda here.

Meet CCI Event Speakers

Technology Publishing Company has brought together experts from throughout the protective and marine coatings sectors to discuss a variety of industry topics and ongoing issues during the event's educational sessions.

All sessions will be moderated by Jim McBrayer, CEO of McBrayer & Associates.

McBrayer started his career in outside sales for PPG Industries. His claim to fame as a salesperson is selling the largest account in the company’s history. Over 20 years he rose to Sales Director, responsible for 150 sales representatives and a dozen Regional Sales Managers, and was appointed to PPG’s Sales Leadership Team. In 2009, he left PPG to pursue his passion for helping sales teams optimize effectiveness, by launching his own sales training company, McBrayer & Associates. His first customer was his former employer, PPG.

For each session, panelists will lead the discussion on their respective topics and their relevance to the industry and contractors in 2022.

The first conference session, taking place on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. EST, will see the following panelists:

During this session, the above panelists will examine Coatings: Supply Chain Challenges, New Technologies, Customer Relationships and What to Expect in 2022.

On the same day, at 2 p.m. EST, the following panelists will come together to discuss abrasives:

In this session, the panelists will specifically look at solutions and industry and market trends.

On Thursday, Nov. 4 at 10:30 a.m. EST, the last education session will feature the following panelists:

  • John Lihwa, Business Development Manager, Graco, Inc.; and
  • Aaron Wimmer, Contractor Product Manager, Clemco.

During this session, the duo will cover Equipment: New Technology, Training & Customer Relationships.

Contractor Participation

This year's Contractor Connect has invited 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 oceanside setting of a world-class resort.

To be considered for future Connect Events, interested contracting companies must fill out the attached application here.

A list of previous contractor participants can be viewed here.


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