AWCI Spouse/Guest Lunch

Monday, October 18
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Misty Burnum Shea McAlpin

Catch up with old friends and make new friends at this complimentary welcome lunch hosted by AWCI first lady Misty Burnum and past first lady Shea McAlpin. Enter the raffle for a chance to win a door prize.

AWCI Spouse/Guest Optional "Ghosts of New Orleans" Walkiry Tour

Monday, October 18
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
$30 per person

Come along on a guided tour of the haunted side of the French Quarter, a neighborhood brimming with eerie secrets and supernatural activity. As you walk to some of the most haunted locations in the city, experience spooky stories and unexplained events! Be enthralled with stories of New Orleans’ ghostly past as well as eerie present-day events that still occur behind the very buildings you’ll pass during your time here.

Creepy Shadow Building Balcony with Ominus Street Lamp on the sidewalk

AWCI's Emerging Leaders Happy Hour*

Monday, October 18
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

(Immediately preceding AWCI’s President’s Welcome Reception)
Join AWCI’s board of directors and members of the Emerging Leaders Committee at a special invitation-only networking reception to welcome the next generation of industry leaders to AWCI’s Convention & INTEX Expo. Connect with mentors and peers, old friends and new, while enjoying your favorite beverage and learning about how AWCI is helping prepare today’s emerging leaders to become tomorrow’s CEOs.

Invitations will be emailed. Interested in learning more about AWCI’s Emerging Leaders Program? Contact Chris Williams at

AWCI President’s Welcome Reception

Monday, October 18
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Hosted by AWCI President Shawn Burnum and his wife Misty, this is your opportunity to network with colleagues and catch up with old friends. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served.

Shawn Burnum

Sponsored by ClarkDietrich and Hilti
Clark Dietrich Sponsor Hilti Sponsor

AWCI’s Opening Session and Brunch

Tuesday, October 19
9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

AWCI Awards Brunch speaker Ben Nemtin will teach the five steps to make the impossible possible as he shares from his bestselling book, “What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?”

The program includes the opening address presented by AWCI President Shawn Burnum, the State of the Association address, presentation of AWCI’s Pinnacle Award, the new Distinguished Service award, and passing of the gavel.

Meet Ben Nemtin following the Awards Brunch in USG booth #501 until 1 p.m. The first 50 people will receive an autographed copy of this book, “What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?”

Sponsored by USG

USG sponsor

AWCI’s Dinner, Awards and Foundation Fundraisers

Foundation Night at the Races and Silent Auction and Raffles

Tuesday, October 19
6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

AWCI’s Dinner includes presentation of AWCI’s Excellence in Construction Quality Awards, AWCI’s Excellence in Construction Safety Awards, and AWCI’s Excellence in Construction Innovation Award.

Time to race! You can feel the excitement in the air as the MC announces the first race is about to begin. But wait, where are our jockeys? Watch your AWCI friends as they ride hobby horses to victory. Place bets on the winners and benefit the Foundation of the Wall and Ceiling Industry at the same time.

The Foundation’s silent auction closes at 8 p.m. Later in the evening find out who will win the Foundation $5,000 and AWCI CARES jewelry raffles.

Business casual attire is appropriate along with your best "Kentucky Derby" style chapeau (hat). Sponsored by National Gypsum

National Gypsum Sponsor