METROCON19 Expo & Conference: Professional, Productive & Personal

This year’s event celebrated 17 years of industry collaboration benefiting the partnering associations’ members and beyond.

This year’s event celebrated 17 years of industry collaboration benefiting the partnering associations’ members and beyond.

Were you one of the 1,800+ members of the built environment who registered to attend METROCON19 Expo & Conference August 8 & 9 in Dallas? If not, then you missed out on an amazing opportunity to learn from and establish connections with regional interior designers, architects, engineers, consultants, students, representatives, contractors, etc. from over 900 firms, manufacturers, dealers, service providers, organizations, and academic institutions.

The event, which is the largest not-for-profit, self-produced, volunteer-driven, design specification-focused regional expo and conference in the USA, celebrated 17 years of industry collaboration, and for the third year in a row, five associations joined forces to plan and execute a more expansive event for their members and beyond: ASID Texas Chapter, ASID Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, CSI Dallas Chapter, NEWH Dallas Chapter, and USGBC Texas Chapter.


VITAL & RELEVANT EDUCATION

This year’s conference delivered 43 hours of premium education on timely topics presented by 69 industry experts. Offerings included two Student Programs, two outstanding Keynotes that doubled as CEUs, and 41 other continuing education courses. All CEUs were IDCEC-approved, 41 qualified as CEPHs to meet requirements for Registered Interior Designers and Architects for the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, and many also were approved by AIA, EDAC, and GBCI.

Keynote Addresses: We offered two outstanding Keynotes this year for extra inspiration.

Keynote Speaker  Paul Doherty  of the digit group, inc. spoke about his commitment to smart buildings and smart cities.

Keynote Speaker Paul Doherty of the digit group, inc. spoke about his commitment to smart buildings and smart cities.

• Thursday Keynote: “Smart Buildings, Smart Cities and their Effect on Design” presented by Paul Doherty, AIA, CDT, IFMA Fellow, President & CEO of TDG – the digit group, inc. | Paul’s visionary content generated several comments like “I didn’t really know what to expect but this session blew my mind. The speaker brought truly new and innovative ideas!”

Keynote Speaker  Jessica Rose Cooper  explained why building wellness into spaces is so critical.

Keynote Speaker Jessica Rose Cooper explained why building wellness into spaces is so critical.



• Friday Keynote: “WELLness is Universal” presented by Jessica Rose Cooper, WELL AP, NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C, Chief Commercial Officer of the International WELL Building Institute | Jessica’s engrossing style produced reactions like “Great speaker. She knew the material and engaged the audience. I knew little of WELL having only seen LEED, and this was very informative to a WELL beginner.”

Continuing Education: Although many CEUs received wonderful reviews, two highlights were:

• “With Creativity in Mind: Design Psychology for Innovation-Driven Environments” presented by Donald M. Rattner, AIA w/ Donald M. Rattner, Architect. The response of those who attended was overwhelmingly positive: “Hands down, the best CEU this year,” “ This was an amazing course,” and “Best presentation I have seen in years – loved it!”

• “Bringing Healing Environments Home: Bridging the Gap Between Residential and Healthcare Design” presented by Diane Alexander, ASID, EDAC, LEED AP w/ Making Sensory Design; Shundra Harris, ASID, RID w/ Shundra Harris Interiors; and Donna Vining, NCIDQ, FASID, IIDA, RID, CAPS, REGREEN Trained w/ Vining Design Associates. The panel received positive feedback like “This was an outstanding presentation!” and “The information was excellent and the best seminar I took at the conference.”

40 interior design students and new graduates were led on a tour of the trade show floor.

40 interior design students and new graduates were led on a tour of the trade show floor.

Student / New Graduate Programing: Realizing that they are the future of our industry, we again offered programming just for students and new graduates.

Trade Show Tour: On Thursday afternoon, burgeoning designers were taken on a tour around the expo floor to meet exhibitors for informal presentations and discussions. Students were given insight on how to evaluate products and why it is so critical to one’s success to make connections and establish strong vendor relationships throughout one’s career.

Meet & Greet: On Friday, students and new graduates were provided the opportunity to meet design professionals practicing in a variety of markets. Up-and-comers were able to bring their resumes and portfolios or just bring their questions for this casual, one-on-one gathering.


STELLAR SUPPORTERS

We wholeheartedly thank Landmark Sponsor Dallas Market Center, Media Sponsor Modern Luxury Interiors Texas, and the 40+ other METROCON19 Sponsors for their incredible support. Some Exhibitors stood out among the rest. Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 Pegasus Exhibitor Awards!

Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company won the Best of the Best Award in the 2019 Pegasus Exhibitor Awards.

Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company won the Best of the Best Award in the 2019 Pegasus Exhibitor Awards.

• Best of the Best Award – Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company
• People’s Choice Award – Interior Resources Group
• Lean & Green Award – TimberBlind MetroShade
• Allstar Award – SmithGroup [Workplace Vignette]
• Sizzle Award – GRAFF
• Instagram-Worthy Award – LDF Silk
• Mission Award – Gebesa

NEW IDEAS

From a more open trade show floor plan with expanded visibility and additional lounge areas to an altered show schedule to benefit both attendees and exhibitors, METROCON implemented many new ideas based on last year’s post-show survey feedback.

Mobile Event App: Again, for convenience and environmental reasons, instead of using paper surveys, attendees provided feedback on educational sessions directly on the app. Also, instead of using printed ballots, for the first time people used the app to vote on their favorite exhibits, including our new People’s Choice category and our new Design Vignettes.

Design Vignettes: For the first time ever, we selected area Architecture & Design firms to collaborate with their favorite vendors on market-specific vignettes as to celebrate the diversity of our profession and the impact we make on people’s lives. Participants were Studio 11 Design [Hospitality], SmithGroup [Workplace], and REES Associates [Healthcare], with the latter firm being voted the people’s favorite. REES Associates would like to thank the following companies for contributing to their vision: Architectural Lighting Alliance, Altro, Cornelius Signage, Design Within Reach, Kwalu, Patcraft, Remi, Swavelle, and Wolf Gordon.

Kick-Off Party: Though we’ve had Wednesday evening Kick-Off events before, this was the first year it was hosted by an Architecture & Design firm. Before the expo and conference got rolling, party-goers mixed-n-mingled in the newly expanded and renovated offices of Corgan. They enjoyed refreshing sips and snacks sponsored by Thorntree in and around rooftop patios, as well inside the stunning new space, all while doing a little pre-conference networking.

Design Crawl: On Thursday evening after our Happy Hour ended at Market Hall, the party wasn’t over! Crawlers sipped and noshed while experiencing even more new products and networking with colleagues in the impressive Design District showrooms of Allsteel, National Office Furniture, and Steelcase.

Community Involvement: During both days of the event, talented students painted a 10’ tall x 18’ long mural that will be permanently installed at the 9-1-1 Call Center at Dallas City Hall. Thanks to sponsor PSGI / P.S. Gerry, Inc. for donating the canvas and paint.

Bubbly Break: Mid-morning on Friday, for the first time we offered a fun pick-me-up in the form of champagne cocktails sponsored by Taymor.

VOLUNTEER POWER

Show Manager Laura McDonald Stewart, RID, FASID, IIDA, LEED AP, is extremely thankful to the entire Committee for their time and dedication to make this valuable event so successful for the entire region (listed in alphabetical order by first name):

Annette Mallard, ASID, RID – Past Presiding Chair
Brenda Reber – Committee Member Emeritus
Carl Bergauer – Committee Member Emeritus
Cindy Rosewell, NEWH, RID – Asst. Sponsor Liaison
Cody Johnson – Asst. Site & Logistics Chair
Courtney Engberg-Hulse, IIDA – Site & Logistics Chair
Dianne Etheredge, ASID, RID – Committee Member Emeritus
Erica Bish, AIA, NCARB, CSI – Asst. CE Coordinator
Isin King, Allied ASID – Committee Member Emeritus
John DuBard, IIDA, CHID, LEED AP – Asst. Program Coordinator
John Forest, RID, LEED GA, GREEN AP– Exhibitor Liaison
Jose Montoya, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M – Ambassador Liaison
Keegan Rae – Asst. Ambassador Liaison
Kenda Draper, ASID, RID, LEED AP ID+C – Chair
Marc Migliazzo, LEED GA – Asst. CE Coordinator
Melinda Crouch, ASID IP Representative – Volunteer Coordinator
Nick Cimms, PMP, CSI, NEWH– Program Coordinator
Rachel Polk, CSI – CE Coordinator
Rosemarie René, ASID, RID – Sponsor Liaison
Shundra Harris, ASID, RID – Asst. Ambassador Liaison
Stacia Pease, LEED AP – Co-Chair
Stacy Elliston, IIDA, LEED AP, RID – Asst. Exhibitor Liaison
Theresa Harrison, ASID IP Representative – Asst. Volunteer Coordinator

We also want to express our heartfelt gratitude to the many volunteers who donated their time on-site during the show to assemble attendee tote bags and speaker gift bags, guide attendees, introduce speakers, and monitor CEUs. This event could absolutely not happen without you!