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Top 5 Tradeshows to Attend in 2017


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We know a leader like you wants to stay competitive in the rapidly evolving construction industry.  A trade show could be the perfect opportunity for you to gain an audience with heavy hitters, network with thought leaders, and learn the latest trends to help you boost your career. 

We’ve compiled a list of our must attend trade-shows for 2017 that will help put yourself in a place that can open doors to your future. From green building to innovation in technology and everything in between, the variety on this list is top-notch. And, there's something for every professional:

AGC CONEXPO-CON/AGG - Las Vegas, Nevada - March 7-11, 2017

  • Hosted By: Associated General Contractors
  • Category: Materials, Technology
  • Size: 2,500+
  • Audience: Owners, General Contractors, Subcontractors, IT, Project Managers, Top ENR Companies
  • Cost: $
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  • Why You Should Attend: With a focus on construction, aggregates and ready mixed concrete, this event features 2,400 exhibitors showcasing the latest technologies, equipment, and products. Plus, 150 education sessions, 2,400 exhibitors, and a 75,000 square foot immersive showcase called The Tech Experience that sounds too cool to miss. The price tag is modest, and this once every three year event makes a great effort to make your visit hospitable. 

Groundbreak - Austin, Texas - March 29-31, 2017

  • Hosted By: Procore
  • Category: Project Management, Technology
  • Size:  2,000+ Attendees
  • Audience: Top ENR Companies, Owners, General Contractors, Project Managers, Students
  • Cost: $$
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  • Why You Should Attend: In 2017 Groundbreak will be the conference of innovation. The schedule is packed with 80 sessions exploring What Is, and What If, 35+ speakers igniting extraordinary ideas, 5 tracks of unique learning opportunities, and the industry’s biggest and only innovation lab. If you’re having trouble finding skilled workers, this is also the only conference on our list where all industry professionals and students alike can find value in attending. What truly sets this conference apart from the rest are the celebrity keynotes and entertainment. They just announced Apple Co-founder, Steve Wozniak, and host of Discovery’s hit TV show Dirty Jobs, Mike Rowe. Word on the block is, there’s even more entertainment on the ticket!

ENR FutureTech - San Francisco, California - May 30 - June 1, 2017

  • Hosted By: Engineering News Record
  • Category: Technology
  • Audience: Owners, General Contractors, IT Leaders, Top ENR Companies
  • Cost: $$
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  • Why You Should Attend: Construction is changing. If you don’t change with it, you’ll get left behind. That’s why leaders in architecture, engineering and construction come together to examine business and design issues driving technology at ENR FutureTech. Through a series of interactive sessions and intimate networking you will learn about today’s innovative applications of technology to improve project delivery, performance, and profit while gaining a competitive edge by embracing the technologies and ideas of tomorrow.

Greenbuild - Boston, Massachusetts - November 8-10, 2017

  • Hosted By: US Green Building Council
  • Category: Green building
  • Size:  20,000 registered attendees
  • Audience: Owners, General Contractors, IT Leaders, Top ENR Companies
  • Cost: $$
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  • Why You Should Attend: Like technology, green building is here to stay. If you’re interested in opening doors to projects that require green certification, then Greenbuild should be on your calendar in 2017. It is the world's largest conference dedicated to uniting industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals who focus on sustainable building in their everyday work. Unique to this conference, organizers select an annual “Legacy Project” that will continue to give back long after attendees leave town. In 2016,  the project was building an educational facility to help teach children about recycling and repurposing materials.

19th LCI Congress - TBD

  • Hosted By: Lean Construction Institute
  • Category: Project Management
  • Size: 1,000+
  • Audience: Owners, General Contractors, Designers
  • Cost: $$
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  • Why You Should Attend: Lean design and construction is rapidly becoming the standard for project planning across the U.S.. With over 20 training courses, the opportunity to participate in job site visits and deed dive education courses on ‘building people’, safety, scaling lean for enterprise companies and leading change in design and construction, this is a must-attend event. In our opinion, the networking and continuing education credits are what make this conference truly valuable – take advantage.

Here are some tips to take full advantage of what these events have to offer and build a stronger business in 2017. 

  • Send emails prior to arriving and let potential leads know you will be there

  • Come prepared with promotional materials to exchange while networking

  • Invest in a booth at the expo

  • Attend a continuing education certification session

  • Grow your reputation by arranging to give a speech

  • Utilize post-show attendee lists to send follow-ups after the event.

  • Bonus points: Track leads through your sales cycle to base whether or not to attend in 2018! 

In the end you’ll put faces to names, open doors to potential projects, gain knowledge and exposure to new trends, and competitive insights. In our opinion, the most valuable benefit is rekindling the motivation and enthusiasm that drew you to this great industry in the first place.

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