Participation in this important industry event ensures effective utilization of the greatest, and most diverse network of tilt-up professionals on the planet. The connections made between attendees prove to be very beneficial. Post-event surveys conclude that 67% of participants make new connections that will help them grow professionally, 60% make new connections that their company or firm may collaborate with on future projects, and 73% make connections that could help troubleshoot issues on their next project. The events listed below are created to help maximize opportunities for networking.

 

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College of Fellow's Reception and Business Meeting

September 19, 2018 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Dallas Ballroom D3

This is a private reception for members of the TCA College of Fellows.

The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) College of Fellows, established in 2016, honors the rich tradition of service to the Association on behalf of the industry. The College of Fellows cultivates awareness for the community of professionals dedicated to the mission of the Association, and elevates the service of its members to the entire industry. Fellows establish this service through their organization’s commitment to membership and participation and are elected to fellowship by a jury of their peers.

Fellowship is one of the highest honors the TCA can bestow upon an individual. Elevation to Fellowship not only recognizes professional achievement but also significant contributions to the industry and the Association.

Tilt-Up Awards Gala Reception

September 19, 2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Grand Hall

The sixth annual Tilt-Up Awards Gala will be held on the first evening of the 2018 Tilt-Up Convention and Expo. The event, sponsored by Nox-Crete, will honor those organizations, people and projects that have successfully illustrated the variety, beauty and flexibility of tilt-up construction. The event kicks off at 6:00 pm with drinks and live music in the exhibit area.

President's After Party

September 19, 2018 from 9:00pm to 10:00pm

Grand Hall

Stick around for the President’s After Party following dinner for one more drink, more music and photos with your team.

Breakfast with Exhibitors

September 20, 2018 from 8:00am to 9:00am

Grand Hall


Lunch with Exhibitors

September 20, 2018 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Grand Hall


Interactive Solutions Sandbox

September 20, 2018 from 5:15pm to 8:00pm

Argos USA - 2835 W Commerce St. Dallas, TX 75201

Encouraging attendees upon arrival and throughout the evening to spend time at fourteen stations will be companies advancing the technology of tilt-up construction. Inspired by the success of Tilt-Up FutureThink, these Solution Sandboxes will engage small groups in 5-10 minute introductions to different solutions to key problems contractors face day in and day out on projects. Collect your token from each of the fourteen sandboxes to be entered into drawings from a basket of grand prizes announced throughout the evening.

Featured Group Demo

September 20, 2018 from 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Argos USA - 2835 W Commerce St. Dallas, TX 75201

Bringing together the latest reinforcement and cement technology, a live demonstration featuring a panel lift will take place during the evening. This panel to be erected, designed by Peak Engineering, has traditional steel reinforcement bars limited to 48-in. centers horizontally and vertically while the rest of the panel is reinforced with TSMR. A cement technology will also be on display as designed for construction projects on the planet Mars. The concrete placement will be simulcast during the Early Morning Roundtable moderated by Luke Pinkerton of Helix and Don Grieve of Peak Engineering. Then, while the assembly gathers in safe proximity to the 4.5-in. think panel, TAS Commercial Concrete will lift the panel to demonstrate the fast set and 3-d reinforcement technology.

Breakfast with Exhibitors

September 21, 2018 from 8:00am to 9:30am

Grand Hall


Lunch with Exhibitors

September 21, 2018 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm


International Reception

September 21, 2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Track highlight

LIVE MUSIC PROVIDED BY CMA OF TEXAS SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR, THOM SHEPHERD

Thom is an Austin, Texas-based touring artist who spent many years as a songwriter in Nashville. He performs constantly as a solo acoustic storyteller and as a duo with his artist/wife Coley McCabe.

Thom, and his Radio Margaritaville hit “Always Saturday Night,” are featured in “The Parrot Heads Documentary,” along with the legendary Jimmy Buffett. Thom is the writer of five #1 singles for other artists -  “Redneck Yacht Club,” recorded by Craig Morgan, “Riding with Private Malone” recorded by David Ball, Kyle Park’s “The Night Is Young,” Josh Abbott and Pat Green’s single, “My Texas,” and Kevin Fowler’s “Beer Season.”

In total Thom has had over 10 singles and over 100 songs recorded by artists including Easton Corbin, Pam Tillis, John Anderson, Lorrie Morgan, Colt Ford, Bucky Covington, George Jones, Trailer Choir, Montgomery Gentry, Buddy Jewell, and Cledus T. Judd.

After years of living in Nashville, Thom relocated to Texas in 2011 to pursue a full time touring career. “I’ve always written songs so that I could perform them live on stage,” he says. “It’s always exciting when someone else records one of my songs, but there is no greater feeling than connecting with an audience."

His music has taken him on 9 tours performing for our military in 17 different countries. "As songwriters, we have no idea how our songs are going to affect people," says Thom, "I met a soldier in Qatar who was on leave from Baghdad, and he told me he joined the military because of Private Malone. He asked me how that made me felt and I said Responsible! Then when we went to get our picture taken, he showed me the shattered LCD screen of his digital camera - shattered because it was in his shirt pocket behind his flack jacket when he took a round from an AK47. That camera saved his life. That is powerful stuff."

He was born in St. Louis, Missouri and spent his high school years in Stephens City, Virginia. He graduated from George Mason University and one week later moved to Nashville. He has written for 5 different music publishers over the years and is constantly on the road performing. He is a two time cancer survivor, a father of two, and co-owner of RedneckYachtClub.com.