Commercial Connect Announces 'Save the Date'


Technology Publishing Company has recently announced the location and dates for its second annual Commercial Contractor Connect event, which will be hosted in conjunction with the Commercial Painting Industry Association’s Leadership Conference.

The hosted buyer event will bring together qualified buyers (commercial painting contractors) and sellers (coating suppliers) Oct. 10-13, at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa in Henderson, Nevada, through a variety of recreation, networking, education and prescheduled one-on-one meetings.

Western Location

The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa by Marriott Bonvoy is reported to offer dozens of recreational and relaxation opportunities. Located just minutes away from one of the most famous neon-soaked streets in the country, the Las Vegas Strip, the Westin Lake boasts an alternative atmosphere full of tranquility that makes its guests feel “a world away.”

Looking out from the resort, and from many guestrooms and suites within the complex, guests attending will be met with stunning views of Lake Las Vegas and the surrounding canyon.

Adjacent to the resort, guests will find the award-winning Reflection Bay Golf Club, which features a signature Jack Nicklaus-designed course. The resort offers several additional onsite amenities, including restaurant and bar options, numerous guest activities such as its full-service spa, fitness center, outdoor pools and beach access.

Reported to be one of Nevada’s most sought-after meeting locations, Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa boasts over 90,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, 25 state-of-the-art meeting rooms and 12 breakout rooms designed to spark creativity and inspire colleagues.

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

Celebrating CCC, CPIA in 2021

Last year, TPC and the CPIA launched their inaugural conferences at the Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Palm Coast, Florida. The co-hosted events ran Oct. 19-22, 2021.

On the opening day of the Leadership Conference and Commercial Contractor Connect, attendees got together for recreational group networking activities where they participated in oceanfront golf, deep sea fishing or an ecological kayaking tour. That night concluded with an outdoor icebreaker reception and dinner at the resort, sponsored by Sherwin-Williams.

The following morning, contractors and suppliers met for the Leadership Conference’s opening keynote address by Sean Snaith, Director of the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Forecasting.

This was followed by a presentation by Laurence Pearlman, Senior Vice President of Consulting Solutions at Marsh Advisory. In his session, Pearlman discussed the importance of risk mitigation and how to create a risk mitigation scorecard for your business. An article version of his presentation was later published in the fall issue of Commercial Painting.

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, followed the discussion with the first topic of his three-part series: DECIDE. During his talk, DeVille helped participants to envision where they saw themselves and their business five years from now.

After DeVille’s presentation, attendees broke for lunch sponsored by Sherwin-Williams. Following the break, participants came together for a roundtable discussion moderated by CPIA Co-founder, Aaron Moore. During the discussion, contractors and suppliers alike brought up what they believed were key issues in the commercial coatings industry and potential solutions.

DeVille followed the discussion with the second topic of his three-part series: DESIGN. In this second installation, DeVille helped attendees take the information they wrote down in their first session to develop a plan of action, or how they might be able to begin working to achieve those goals.

After a short break, select supplier representatives took to the stage for a Coatings Panel which was moderated by Jim McBrayer, CEO of McBrayer & Associates. Speakers for the session included Nate Wolff and Richard Pickering of Sherwin-Williams, Joseph Dellafave of Benjamin Moore, Paul Lavallee of Arkema, Sheldon Roth of PPG, Matt Waszkowski of Behr and Pat Noble of Uniflex.

Wednesday’s sessions concluded with a presentation on the CPIA today and in the future. This session was hosted by CPIA Co-founder Steve Hester, CPIA Marketing Director Mike Stanley and Commercial Painting Editor-in-Chief Destiny Johnson. That evening, attendees and guests enjoyed a Sherwin-Williams-sponsored dinner on the Grand Event Lawn of the Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa.

Photo courtesy of Emily Ung

Last year, TPC and the CPIA launched their inaugural conferences at the Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Palm Coast, Florida. The co-hosted events ran Oct. 19-22, 2021.

Thursday morning, the CPIA Leadership Conference portion of the event concluded with two final presentations and Commercial Contractor Connect launched with the start of its one-on-one meetings. Kicking off the morning was DeVille with the final portion of his three-part presentation. In discussing DO, he covered how contractors and suppliers would have to execute the work required by the goals and plans to best achieve their five-year plan.

In closing the leadership conference, McBrayer discussed how attendees should be working to win their next customers and what they can do to streamline achieving business opportunities and bids. This presentation was followed by a CCC instructional by Palmer.

Thursday evening, after the meetings wrapped up, attendees were taken to the Conservatory Clubhouse at Hammock Beach for a dinner and casino night, sponsored by PPG. The event concluded with cigars and cocktails back at the resort’s main campus.

In concluding the co-hosted events on Friday, several contractors and suppliers finished up with one-on-one meetings and Johnson announced the 2021 Elevation Awards. Winners of the 2021 awards program were published in the winter issue of Commercial Painting and in PaintSquare Daily News.


To maintain an intimate setting for the event, Commercial Contractor Connect selects a limited number of painting contractors with qualified buying power to connect with sponsoring suppliers who provide the products and services they need.

To be considered, interested contracting companies must fill out the attached application here.

Suppliers in the commercial coatings industry are offered exclusive opportunities 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.

Currently, the 2022 Platinum event sponsors include:

The 2022 Gold event sponsors include:

It has also been confirmed that PPG will be this year’s ancillary sponsor for the Casino Night event.

Ancillary Sponsorships are available to all companies interested in sponsoring the event. Available Ancillary Sponsorship opportunities can be found here.

Be on the lookout for event and schedule updates for this year’s Commercial Contractor Connect on PaintSquare Daily News.

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.

In total, the CPIA member companies represent over $1.4 billion in yearly commercial project work and are large buyers of products and services specific to the commercial coatings market.


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