The 2012 Concrete Decor Show in San Antonio got off to a great start last night with a rousing keynote address by Bob Harris, principal of the Decorative Concrete Institute in Temple, Ga. He talked about the industry, which might be considered new by some, but emphasized that he’s the third generation of his family who’s in it. His view of the industry’s future is enthusiastic. Another highlight was the induction of Joe Nasvic, senior editor of Concrete Construction magazine, into the Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame. A well-deserved recognition for someone who advanced the trade even before he got into editorial. The really unique aspect of this is that Joe could be considered a competitor by the folks putting on the show, Concrete Decor magazine. They also maintain the hall of fame. But this is one case where respect for the work wins out. That should be the rule.
Every trade show is different like every person is different: unique personality, strong attributes and a solid vibe make a show stand out. And that’s regardless of the location. Las Vegas has a lot of the big shows now, but each stands in contrast to the others — World of Concrete a wood show is not. I’m at the Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers show this week. The show started at 9 a.m. today and runs through Friday. I’ll be at the Bosch booth #4851. The first person to drop by the booth and mention my favorite baseball team — the St. Louis Cardinals — will receive a Joe the Pro accessory pack. See you in Las Vegas