By: Davies Hood, Induron President
Hosted by Paint BidTracker & PaintSquare this three-day event assembled the owners of leading coatings contractors from all over the U.S. At the event, we met one-on-one with suppliers of critical equipment and materials, attended informative industry-specific panel discussions and learned from each other’s best practices. All of this occurred at a classic hotel that pre-dates the Civil War (part of the history of The Grand includes a cannon ball from the Battle of Mobile!) located on the serene waters of the Mobile Bay.
The event also offered less-formal social opportunities, including a golf tournament, an off-shore fishing excursion, informal dinners and a “Cigars by the Beach Bonfire” gathering. Induron proudly sponsored the cigar event, which even included genuine Cubans!
On a personal note, I particularly enjoyed this event for several reasons:
- Paint BidTracker & PaintSquare chose Induron’s home state (Alabama) as the inaugural location.
- I was lucky enough to catch one of the two winning fish and received recognition for the “Biggest Fish”—that 30” reef donkey (AKA an amberjack that fought like a sun-of-a-gun!).
- I genuinely enjoyed meeting one-on-one and learning from contractors in various niche markets from locations ranging from Georgia to Oregon to Virginia and the upper mid-west.
- And lastly, which may be the most important, I was able to celebrate my birthday at the event with a birthday cake and an awesome rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ sung by JPCL’s editor—she has some serious pipes! 😊
I look forward to actively participating in the Second Annual Contractor Connect, which is planned for November in Palm Coast, Florida. If you are a painting contractor that wants to grow your business, learn more about the markets you serve, and the equipment and materials that can better help you serve those markets, please join me! Learn more about the inaugural event here.