International Roofing Expo rolls out plans for 2014 event

A figure of international intrigue and a series of in-depth educational programs await visitors at the 2014 International Roofing Expo.

The annual event will be held February 26-28 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Frank Abagnale, the subject of the blockbuster book and movie, “Catch Me if You Can,” will be the keynote speaker. Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected authorities on the subjects of forgery, embezzlement and secure documents.  

Frank Abagnale

Frank Abagnale

After serving time in the French, Swedish and U.S. prison systems, Abagnale went on the straight and narrow, lecturing and consulting with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations and government agencies around the world.

He has been associated with the FBI for over 35 years. He lectures extensively at the FBI Academy and for the field offices of the FBI. He is a faculty member at the National Advocacy Center (NAC) which is operated by the Department of Justice, Executive Office for United States Attorneys. More than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies use his fraud prevention programs.

In 1998, he was selected as a distinguished member of “Pinnacle 400” by CNN Financial News. Today Mr. Abagnale is a member of the Board of Editors for Bank Fraud and IT Security, as well as the Financial Fraud Law Report.

Mr. Abagnale neither grants media interviews nor comments on ongoing criminal investigations. He believes that because punishment for fraud and recovery of stolen funds are so rare, prevention is the only viable course of action.

The Keynote is included free of charge in all registration packages, but advance registration is required.

Visit the Keynote page on our website to learn more about Abagnale’s career and family.

44 in-depth education sessions also offered at IRE

Roofing professionals seeking an educational program that addresses emerging techniques, issues and trends, should register to attend the 2014 IRE. Taking place Wednesday through Friday, 44 in-depth sessions will cover topics designed especially for contractors, owners, CEOs, general managers, building owners, facility managers, foremen, superintendents, architects, engineers, consultants, estimators, salesmen, manufacturers and suppliers.  
“Education is a vital component to growing your business and being profitable in today’s market,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, Director of the IRE. “To help attendees better confront roofing challenges today, attendees can choose from 44 knowledge-building sessions covering best practices, tactics and techniques.”
With 90% new topics, sessions will cover OSHA’s new regulatory update, Roofing Industry Update by NRCA’s Executive Director, Bill Good, Fall Recovery Procedures, Sales Boot Camp – and much more. 40% of the sessions are applicable for spouses who help manage and grow their businesses.
Sessions are 90 minutes in length, allowing attendees to schedule their time to derive the most value from the event and ample time on the show floor to find new products, services, technologies and innovations.  
Sessions cover eight educational tracks addressing key roofing segments including technical, workplace safety, leadership/management, green building, legal/HR, money matters, sales/service and general business.
All sessions have been submitted for approval by the RCI, Inc. [RCI] continuing education hours [CEHs] and Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Construction Industry Licensing Board [DBPR/CILB] [Education Provider No. 0003200].
“Not only does the International Roofing Expo showcase the industry’s latest roofing products, services and equipment, it is also where the industry turns for business solutions, education and networking,” said Bill Good, Executive Vice President of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor.  
Registration Savings
All educational sessions are ticketed events and require registration. Advanced pricing of conference registration packages range from $365 to $465 for a Super Pass, $215 to $315 for a Day Pass and $265 to $305 for a Spouse Pass. All conference packages include free admission to the Expo, the Keynote by Frank Abagnale and the Welcome Party at LIGHT Nightclub. NRCA members receive a discount on all packages. Space in sessions is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Online registration is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
For information about the Int’l Roofing Expo, please visit or call 972.536.6415 or 800.684.5761.

Additional show information can be found on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. Twitter users can follow the show using #RoofingExpo or @RoofingExpo.

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