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– Educational Programs
RCI’s premier annual event features over 25 hours of educational seminars, live product demonstrations, and a two‐day trade show with over 140 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.
A Welcome Message from the RCI, Inc. President
Dear RCI Members, Friends, and Colleagues:
I am extremely honored and excited to welcome you all to RCI’s 32nd Annual International Convention & Tradeshow! Every year our convention seems to evolve and grow, and this year is setting up to be another record-breaking year! RCI is known throughout the industry for its best-in-class educational programs and its industry-leading trade show. This year promises to be another exceptional event!
We are delighted to return to sunny Southern California to the beautiful Hilton Anaheim and Anaheim Convention Center. With its great weather, location, and proximity to Disneyland, this venue is a great attraction for RCI members and their families. Our theme of “Today’s Vision…Tomorrow’s Reality” is very appropriate for the state of RCI as we continue to grow as an organization, and look to position RCI for future generations to come. I am pleased to welcome you this year and invite you to take part in the varied programs available. The entire program, along with registrations, can be found online here.
The convention kicks off Friday, March 17, with the President-Elect’s Golf Tournament at the Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, CA. Friday night will offer a opening reception for first-time attendees and emerging professionals.
Spouses and convention guests will also have opportunities to get together for some exciting outings on Saturday and Monday. Be sure to let your spouse or guest know about these activities, and register early, because they always fill up.
I am elated that our keynote speaker this year will be sports and cultural icon Bill Walton, who will kick off our opening ceremonies on Saturday the 18th. Walton, a member of two NCAA championship teams at UCLA, which included a record 88-game winning streak, was the No. 1 overall pick in 1974 by the Portland Trailblazers.
After 15 years in the NBA, Walton retired and entered broadcasting. And then, in 2008, he suffered a catastrophic spinal collapse and endured risky back surgery to repair damage done early in his basketball career. Through it all, Walton’s determination carried him through. If you have not read his book Back from the Dead, I highly recommend it!
The Convention Committee and 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, 23 seminars will be available, and two Auxiliary Seminars will be offered for more in-depth analysis of current building envelope issues.
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 Auction on Sunday is a “must” event on your convention calendar. Bring your 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, following a record-setting attendance at last fall’s RCI Building Envelope Symposium held in Houston, Texas.
I sincerely hope to see you there!