Expo agenda to focus on how to address labor challenges and elevating a charitable initiative to rebuild homes in Dallas
Dallas, Texas — The International Roofing Expo, the largest North American roofing event organized by Informa Markets, has announced its full schedule of events and the speaker lineup for March 7-9, 2023, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
The IRE will showcase new and innovative products from more than 500 exhibitors from around the world, including Owens Corning, Polyglass, TennSmith and Tesla, aimed at addressing the growing industry, now estimated at $56.7 billion. The Exteriors Pavilion will host top manufacturers and suppliers like CertainTeed Siding, LP SmartSide Siding & Trim, Marvin Infinity Windows, the Vinyl Siding Institute and Westlake Royal Building Products.
The IRE is set to deliver more than 60 educational sessions taught by industry experts and has a full conference program featuring 45 sessions. Industry professionals can gain insight on material sourcing, business practices and other information beneficial for the roofing and exterior industries.
“The International Roofing Expo is an integral meeting place for industry professionals to come together to address the challenges and trends that the roofing and exteriors industries are currently facing,” says Rich Russo, IRE show director. “The roofing industry is a critical market in construction and the International Roofing Expo presents solutions to constant needs, including enhanced safety, sustainability and durability.”
A focal point of the IRE, the 14th annual Community Service Day project will be back in Dallas Monday, March 6, before the expo opens, to support the local community. IRE, in partnership with Rebuilding Together North Texas, repairs homes for those in need in the metropolitan Dallas area, ensuring the health and safety of the community. Community Service Day is sponsored by Carlisle, Centimark, GAF, OMG® Roofing Products, Roofing Supply Pro and Sika Sarnafil (primary sponsor).
“A key pillar of the International Roofing Expo is the annual Community Service Day that aims to serve local areas while also bringing together our roofing community,” says Kevin Thornton, senior vice president, construction for Informa Markets. “We invite professionals to volunteer their skills and expertise to rebuild homes, and there is a great turnout with palpable enthusiasm from the hard-working volunteers and dedicated sponsors who look forward to this each year.”
Speaker and author Chris Czarnik will deliver the keynote address Tuesday, March 7, at 9:30 a.m. Czarnik will outline real-world strategies around employee recruitment, engagement and retention, providing insight on overcoming current industry challenges stemming from the national labor shortage. The Associated Builders and Contractors reports scarcity of more than 650,000 construction professionals. Czarnik, a former military officer with more than 20 years of experience as a human resource manager, career services manager and job search adviser, will provide advice regarding innovative approaches to job searching.
A recent addition to IRE, the Exteriors Pavilion will return with demonstrations of new innovations and practices for exterior replacement projects. Educational sessions include:
- The Keys to Rapid Growth and Profitability for Siding, Replacement Window, and Roofing Contractor and How to Hire the Right Personnel-And Avoid the Wrong One, presented by Dave Yoho Associates
- The Basics of Vinyl Siding Installation and Tools of the Trade, presented by David W. Verbofsky and Rob Balfanz
- Vinyl Siding Institute, How to Leverage your Distributor as a Partner for Success in Today’s Environment presented by Greg Bloom, Erik Zadrozny
Register online at theroofingexpo.com to receive press credentials to meet with exhibitors of interest and report on the latest industry trends in roofing and exteriors. Press approved to attend the event with verified credentials are provided access to the Exhibit Hall, educational sessions and Community Service Day.
The International Roofing Expo® is the premier event for both the commercial and residential roofing and exterior construction industries. The IRE brings the professional community together to help them stay current on trending knowledge and see the largest selection of products and services. The event helps professionals improve their businesses through education, exhibitions and networking. The International Roofing Expo is owned and operated by Informa Markets. The official show sponsor is NRCA, and the official show publication is Roofing Contractor. For more information, please visit theroofingexpo.com.
Marketing Manager, International Roofing Expo
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Since 1886, the National Roofing Contractors Association has been the home for generations of entrepreneurial craftsmen and enterprises who shelter and protect America’s families and businesses and each other. Our vision is the recognition of our members as professionals and to unite the industry to that purpose. NRCA is one of the construction industry’s most respected trade associations and the voice of roofing professionals and leading authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technology and advocacy. It represents all segments of the roofing industry, including contractors; manufacturers; distributors; architects; consultants; engineers; building owners; and city, state and government agencies. For information about NRCA and its services and offerings, visit nrca.net.