METROCON Expo & Conference

ASID Meant Business at METROCON15 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
Allied Stone* – Matthew Collins
Arc-ComBobbi Fath
Chilewich ContractJoel Hill
Cosentino* – BJ Ries & Dusty Thornton
GunlockeMichael Banning
KorosealStacia Schueler
Legrand* – Amy Collier
Levantina* – Ashlea Orton & Terri Marchefski
LightArt/3-formSusan Judkins
Presidio Tile* – Michelle Toleos
ProSource* of Coppell – Eric Barnett & Theresa Harrison
Robert Allen* – James Campbell & Matthew Bryan
Sub-Zero/Wolf* – Theresa Collins
The Kitchen Source* – Ashley Keating
UltraMedia, Inc.* – Pat & Valerie Johnson
Vetro Glassblowing Studio and Gallery* – Shannon Shumate-Trolinder

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!

• Best Overall Exhibit – Clear Design
• Most Informative Exhibit – Cronan & Associates
• Best Promotional Campaign – Legrand (ASID Industry Partner)
• Best New Product – Hawa Americas Inc.

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):

Arizona Tile | Cosentino | Dallas Market Center | Dallas Rugs | Florida Tile | Hansgrohe | Haworth | Holiday Warehouse | Legrand | Paloma Creations LLC | Sherwin-Williams | Versteel | Wilsonart LLC

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

 

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