METROCON Expo & Conference
What do you get when you bring together 2,500+ designers, architects, interior design students, and other essential design industry members from all over Texas, Oklahoma, and beyond? METROCON, the largest not-for-profit, self-produced, interior design-related regional expo and conference in the USA.
METROCON15 took place on August 13 & 14 at Dallas Market Hall and attracted approximately 400 ASID practitioner, educator and student members, who took advantage of 54 hours of continuing education, programming for students and new graduates, and over 280 manufacturers catering to the corporate, education, healthcare, hospitality, institutional, multifamily, residential, and retail design fields.
If You Missed METROCON15
At the trade show | The latest and greatest in art, ceiling systems, chairs, desks, ergonomic solutions, flooring, glass, hardware, plumbing fixtures, signage, surfacing, storage, tables, technology, textiles, tile, wallcovering, and window coverings.
At the conference | 49 classes, including the following important topics: An ADA Case Study of Existing & Remodeled Interiors; Legal Issues Impacting Interior Designers; Luxury Kitchen Ventilation; Exiting: When to & How to Provide It; Senior Living Design; Specifying Wood Flooring in a Green Wasteland; The Workplace of the Future; and much, much more.
ASID Brought It To METROCON15
ASID National Chair Stephanie Clemons, FASID (Colorado), who helped the chapter celebrate the Society’s 40th anniversary the night before at the Legacy of Design Awards Celebration and Annual Meeting, attended the expo on Thursday along with ASID CEO Randy Fiser (Washington, DC). The two of them greeted members at the ASID Texas booth, as well as ventured out onto the show floor to thank our Industry Partners for their vital support and participation.
Three other ASID staff members – Director, Education and Engagement Matthew DeGeeter; Associate, Education and Engagement Tiffany Neumann; and Director, Strategic Partnerships and Sales Olga Odeide – attended METROCON, implementing two programs for students and new graduates on Friday, the second day of the show:
1] For the second year in a row, ASID brought its well-respected Career Exchange to METROCON. During the 90-minute session, 55 students and 26 recent graduates connected with 37 design professionals and industry representatives, learning about the interior design profession and/or receiving resume/portfolio critiques. Thank you to the professionals and companies that participated, as well as interior design programs who sent students.
|Portfolio & Resume Reviewers
• Laura Britt, ASID, RID of Laura Britt Design & Vervano
• Robin Burrill, ASID of Curb Appeal Renovations
• Patricia Crocker, ASID, RID of The Patricia Group
• Corey Allen Davey, Allied ASID of Gatti’s
• Kenda Draper, ASID, RID of SmithGroupJJR
• Tamie Glass, ASID, RID of The University of Texas
• Bruce Goff, FASID of Domus Design Group
• Allyson Humphries of Walker Zanger*
• Grayson Knight, Allied ASID of Dallas Design Group, Interiors
• Carlene Lower of PPG*
• Michelle Meredith, ASID, RID of Michelle Meredith & Associates
• Lisa Pope, ASID, RID of Lisa Pope Interiors LLC
• Andrea Ross, ASID, RID of Facilities Connection
• Debbie Rossler, ASID, RID of Allsteel
• Amanda Stephenson, Allied ASID of Design Studio 2010
• Stephanie Sullivan Whalon, Associate ASID of Stephanie Sullivan Interior Designs
Manufacturers & their Representatives
|xxxxx||Interior Design Programs Represented
• Abilene Christian University
• Arizona State University
• Bradley University
• Collin County Community College District
• El Centro College
• Harding University
• Houston Community College
• Lone Star College
• Louisiana State University
• MSA University
• New York Institute of Technology
• Northern Arizona University
• Sam Houston State University
• San Jacinto College
• Stephen F. Austin State University
• Texas State University
• The Art Institute of Austin
• The Art Institute of Dallas
• The Art Institute of Houston
• The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Online Division
• The University of Texas at Arlington
• The University of Texas at Austin
• Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon
• University of North Texas
*ASID Industry Partner
2] New for this year and exclusively for ASID student members, ASID also brought its new Student Roadmap program to METROCON. This hour-long program allowed aspiring designers to experience a curated tour of METROCON with professional designers, who helped the students navigate the trade show and meet with exhibitors in a less intimidating way. Kay Cosby, ASID, RID, Corey Davey, Allied ASID, and Sarah Marek, Allied ASID, each took small groups of students around the trade show floor, visiting the exhibit spaces of ASID Industry Partners Benjamin Moore, Cosentino, Crossville, Florida Tile, Hansgrohe, Sherwin-Williams, and Wilsonart.
As a precursor to the student programming on Friday, ASID Industry Partner Steelcase hosted a Student Mixer on Thursday evening in their Dallas showroom, allowing students to mix and mingle with designers and sales representatives, while exploring the newest product introductions from NeoCon.
Again this year, our good friends and fellow members in the ASID Texas Gulf Coast Chapter chartered a bus from Houston, bringing approximately 30 students and designers to Dallas to experience the trade show and participate in the student programming.
Congratulations Are In Order
Kudos to the following exhibitors that were the recipients of the 2015 Pegasus Exhibitor Awards!
Please help us congratulate the 2015 Booth Bingo Winners, each of whom received a $100 Visa Gift Card in the mail after the show!
• Tanya Mathison of Linfield Design Associates in Austin
• Melissa Martinez, Student ASID, of The Art Institute of San Antonio
It Takes A Village
So many people and companies contribute to this annual event’s success, and we want to recognize them here:
Event Sponsors | One of the many reasons that METROCON’s event fees are so low is the support of a variety of sponsors, including 2015 Landmark Sponsor, Business Interiors by STAPLES, and 2015 Media Sponsor, ASID Industry Partner Modern Luxury Interiors Texas. Please join us in thanking the long list of ASID Industry Partners who exhibited at the show, as well as the following IPs who sponsored this year (listed in alphabetical order):
ASID Texas Booth | Please join us in a round of applause for those who helped create a space for our members to rally, rest and reconnect: ASID Industry Partner Dallas Rugs (carpet); The Ginger Grant Group / Sonya Odell, FASID, RID (furniture); ASID Industry Partner Robert-Lawrence Designs (floral); Oscar and Rosemarie René, ASID, RID (booth storage, delivery, set up and dismantling).
Pegasus Awards Judging | Please help us thank Cheryl Van Duyne, ASID, RID and Terri Pastor, Allied ASID, for devoting several hours during the show to being the two ASID representatives on the Pegasus Exhibitor Awards judging team. You made some great choices!
On-Site Volunteers | Many, many thanks to the dozens of on-site volunteers who donated their time during the show to guide attendees, introduce speakers, and monitor CEUs. Your willingness to help was invaluable to the event specifically and the design community as a whole.
Without Them, There Would Be No METROCON
As this year’s Co-Chair representing the ASID Texas Chapter, Allen Hart, ASID, RID, wants to express his sincere gratitude to the following people instrumental in making METROCON15 successfully materialize. They worked throughout the year to bring the region’s design community the best event possible:
ASID Members on the Volunteer Committee (listed in alphabetical order) | Volunteer Coordinator Melinda Crouch, ASID IP Rep; Asst. Catering Chair Dianne Etheredge, ASID, RID; Past Presiding Chair Isin King, Allied ASID; Sponsor Liaison Rosemarie René, ASID, RID; Catering Chair Shawn Shannon, Allied ASID; Asst. Exhibitor Liaison Denise Warhurst, Allied ASID; Asst. Volunteer Coordinator Tessica Wooten, ASID IP Rep.
Staff | Bookkeeper Tara Murphy; Show Manager & Promoter Laura McDonald Stewart, ASID, IIDA, LEED AP, RID.
METROCON16 EXPO & CONFERENCE: PLAN ON IT!
Never been to our show? Then visit the Press page to find links to view photos from the 2015 event, and visit the Home page to sign up to receive exhibitor and attendee notifications in order to stay informed about METROCON16, which will take place in Dallas on August 11 & 12, 2016. For developments throughout the year, follow us at facebook.com/METROCONexpo & twitter.com/METROCONexpo.
Whether you are an Industry Partner, Practitioner, Educator or Student, there is something at METROCON for you, so plan on joining us for the event of the year. We look forward at greeting you on August 11 & 12, 2016!
MILESTONE DATES FOR 2016’S EXPO & CONFERENCE
Interested in presenting, sponsoring, exhibiting or attending METROCON16? Then add the following key dates to your calendar, and be sure to make METROCON your primary venue for new products, continuing education and industry connections!
|Oct 1, 2015||2015 Sponsorship Opportunities posted online|
|Nov 1, 2015||2015 Floor Plan posted online|
|Dec 30, 2015||DEADLINE: Written Proposals for possible new Sponsorships due|
|Dec 30, 2015||DEADLINE: 2016 Promissory Agreements due (only for 2015 Sponsors reclaiming for 2016)|
|Jan 4, 2016||CEU Presentation Submissions Open | online|
|Jan 20, 2016||Sponsorship Soirée | Dallas – location TBD (date subject to change)|
|Mar 4, 2016||DEADLINE: CEU Presentation Submissions | online|
|Apr 1, 2016||Exhibitor Booth Sales Open | online|
|Jun 1, 2016||Attendee Pre-Registration Open | online|
|Jun 17, 2016||Exhibitor Booth Sales Close (if not sold out already) | online|
|Jul 27, 2016||Attendee / Exhibitor Badge Pre-Registration Closes | online|
|Aug 11-12, 2016xxx||METROCON16 Expo & Conference | Dallas Market Hall|