Industry Commends Contractor Connect Event
As the date nears closer for Technology Publishing Company’s hosted buyer event this fall, industry players reflect on last year’s Contractor Connect and experiences.
Taking place Oct. 25-28 at the Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Palm Coast, Florida, the hosted buyer event will bring together qualified buyers (contractors) and sellers (suppliers) through a variety of networking activities and prescheduled one-on-one meetings.
Returning for its fifth year, Contractor Connect boasts praise from its previously attended contractors and suppliers regarding the event’s priceless experiences and networking activities. Last year’s Contractor Connect held private one-on-one meetings, panel discussions and several special events for attendees.
“The one thing we really enjoy about Contractor Connect and that cannot be replicated anywhere is the time we get with the contractors,” said Trey Chandler, former CEO and founding member of CRW Consulting & Distribution. “Usually we go through our distributors. Sometimes you don’t hear the exact questions and concerns that you need to.
“The moment that we walk in the door with the contractors, for the entire 30 minutes we have with them, not only do we learn a lot, but we’re able to sell our product directly to the contractors and end-users that are going to be using the product.”
“This is my second Contractor Connect. One thing I like about this event is I get to network with some proper decision makers. I get to find projects through them that I get to focus on with them on a consulting basis,” said Lee Multack, National Sales Director, Niles Industrial Coatings, LLC, at Contractor Connect 2021.
“To me it’s a tremendous resource for gaining new business and earning new relationships with people. I really enjoy it; I think it’s a great event. The networking has been tremendous and the event has been tremendous.”
“The meetings were timely and well attended, meals and social activities were well planned out and lended to excellent additional conversations, contractors/customers were engaged and eater to talk, and scheduling was spot on for times,” said Paul J. Atzemis, Jr., Carboline Company.
“I know I said this many times, but we know when we give sponsorship dollars to you all, they are in good hands,” said Cory Brown and Chase Bean, Tnemec. “Thanks again for a great week.”
In a comment on LinkedIn to TPC’s Business Development Manager, Tracy Dunglinson, Induron President Davies Hood wrote, “Best Contractor Connect yet!” Hood has been an attendee of the event since its inaugural year. In his post, he continued, “The [TPC] crew also put together the best group of contractors yet. Everyone that we engaged with was interested in truly growing their business and learning more about the Industrial Coatings Market.”
On the contractor side of things, Lucy Giaculi of Brave Industrial Painting sent a nice email: “Our team at Brave Industrial Paint LLC. would like to thank you for inviting us to the Contractor Connect Event 2021! It was a wonderful, insightful, informative, and enjoyable experience which we are extremely honored to have been a part of!
“We greatly appreciate your efforts in making it possible for us to attend the event! Our most sincere thanks!”
To maintain an intimate setting for the event, Contractor Connect selects a limited number of industrial 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.
A list of previous contractor participants can be viewed here.
Suppliers in the protective and marine 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 Silver event sponsors include:
BlastOne International and KTA-Tator, Inc. are also Sustaining event sponsors for Contractor Connect 2022.
Additional ancillary sponsorship opportunities can be found here. Ancillary Sponsorships are available exclusively to Platinum and Silver Sponsors until Sept. 1. After this deadline, any unreserved Ancillary Sponsorships will be made available to Sustaining Sponsors — companies that are unable to send representatives to the event.
Ancillary event sponsors currently include:
Be on the lookout for event and schedule updates for this year’s Contractor Connect on PaintSquare Daily News.