33rd RCI International Convention & Trade Show March 22-27, 2018 | Houston, Texas
Marriott Marquis Houston | George R. Brown Convention Center
RCI’s premier annual event features over 25 hours of educational seminars, live product demonstrations, and a two‐day trade show with over 130 exhibitors.
It’s a great opportunity to meet with fellow members, discover the newest developments in building envelope technology, and earn a full year’s worth of continuing education credit — all at one event.
Introduction From the RCI President
Dear RCI Members, Friends, and Colleagues:
I am truly honored and excited to welcome you to RCI’s 33rd Annual International Convention and Trade Show in warm and sunny Houston, Texas. The convention is being held at the fabulous Marriott Marquis Houston, and the trade show is at the adjacent George R. Brown Convention Center.
The hotel is a destination in itself, and families will love the amazing Texas-shaped lazy river and rooftop infinity pool. The event is located in downtown Houston with lots of restaurants, shopping, music, and activities within walking distance.
The theme for this year’s convention is Envision the Future, which is very appropriate for everything RCI is doing to help shape the future of our industry. This would be a great opportunity to meet and get to know our dynamic new CEO Lionel van der Walt, staff, the board, and the committee members working hard for the future of the organization.
The convention gets better every year, and this year is setting up to be another record-breaking event. RCI provides the best educational programs in the building envelope environment and hosts an industry-leading trade show. This year promises to be exceptional.
The convention kicks off Friday, March 23, with the President-Elect’s Golf Tournament at the Wildcat Golf Course. Two excellent Auxiliary Seminars on Litigation Support Services for Building Envelope Experts and Stucco and Exterior Finish Cladding Systems will be offered for more in-depth analysis of current building envelope issues.
Friday night will offer an opening reception. Spouses and convention guests will also have opportunities to get together for some exciting outings on Friday and Monday. Be sure to let your spouse or guest know about these activities and register early, because they always fill up. The educational sessions begin Saturday and run through Monday, so come get your CEUs.
I am excited that our keynote speaker this year will be Gary Heil, an internationally recognized expert on service and leadership. He helps organizations see things as they really are—not as people wish they were—in order to create lasting change. With all the changes coming to RCI and the industry, this is an important message, and I highly recommend it!
The Annual Convention Committee and the professional staff have done an outstanding job of selecting educational programs and providing an impressive lineup of speakers and subjects. The variety of topics will challenge any interest. The committee reviewed numerous abstracts, and as a result, 25 seminars will be available. Our industry trade show begins Saturday and runs through Sunday. The show is always regarded as among the best in the industry, where the quality of connections is paramount. Frequent product demonstrations are scheduled, and Saturday night is capped off with the exhibitors’ hospitality receptions—great opportunities to meet friends and enjoy good times, refreshments, and entertainment.
The RCI Foundations’ Reception and Event “Everything is BIGGER in Texas” on Sunday is a “must” event on your convention calendar. Bring your cash, credit card, or checkbook and support the Foundations’ efforts to advance the knowledge of the building envelope through funded publications, educational programs, and research grants. The Annual Meeting of the Members on Monday will allow us to address the business side of RCI and the election of our officers and leaders. And please join me that evening for the President’s Reception and Banquet. I expect this year’s convention to be one of our best, building upon the success of the November 2017 Building Envelope Technology Symposium held in Orlando, Florida.
I sincerely hope to see you there!