AWCI's Industry Executives' Conference and Committee Meetings

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Wednesday, Sept. 26, 10:15 a.m.—Noon

Heads Up logo

Get your game on in San Antonio! Heads Up! is a fun and hilarious game you can play with your AWCI CARES friends. From naming celebrities, to singing, to silly accents—guess the word on the card that’s on your head from your friends’ clues before the time runs out! The cost is $50 per person. All proceeds be used to support AWCI CARES. This event is open to guests of all ages.

AWCI IEC activities
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Spouse/Guest Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 12:30 p.m.—2 p.m.

AWCI first lady Kim Smith invites all spouses/guests to the president’s suite for a cool beverage and mouth-watering appetizers. Feeling lucky? You could win a door prize.

Rosie Sellers
Kim Smith

President's Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m.—7:30 p.m.

Join AWCI President Jerry Smith and first lady Kim Smith for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, meet new friends and catch up with old friends.

Sponsored by:
Lifetime Member
Jerry Smith
Jerry Smith


“Hidden Jewels” Tour of the Pearl District with Lunch

Thursday, Sept. 27, 11:15 a.m.—4 p.m.

$179 per person Deadline to register: August 24 (Minimum of 30 people required by this date)

There are lots of ways to think about the new Pearl District—it’s a new take on an old neighborhood; it’s a place to live and shop; it’s an extension of the River North project.

Tour of the Pearl District with Lunch

But there’s also the food! Food brings us together and helps us tell stories about who we are and where we come from. Home to the third U.S. campus of The Culinary Institute of America, the Pearl has a rich history that is added to and upheld by the many people who have ties to the place—the buildings, the river and the brewery since its founding in 1881. Pearl is also a place where we like to get together to share meals, to learn, to work, to live. With 15 restaurants and cafes, 13 retailers and 18 resident businesses, this neighborhood is always full of life and activity. Explore, dine, shop and play the San Antonio way. Lunch will be at the chef oriented Boiler House Restaurant with a menu of:

Mixed local lettuces with tomato, goat cheese, almonds, champagne vinaigrette

Choice Of Entree:
BH Burger—House blend patty, cheddar, fried egg, smoked bacon, tomato jam, lemon chive aioli, potato salad
Ratatouille Linguini—Grilled eggplant, red onions, mushrooms, zucchini, fresh torn basil and parmesan

White chocolate peach bread pudding, kraken rum, caramel sauce, sea salt

Soft drinks, water or iced tea. Wine and alcoholic beverages can be purchased.

Tour of the Pearl District with Lunch

After lunch, enjoy a brief tour of the unique Hotel Emma. Hotel Emma was just named #4 of the top 25 hotels in the United States by Tripadvisor and also boasts a AAA Five Diamond Award. The hotel is named in honor of Emma Koehler, a towering figure in Pearl history. Emma ran the brewery after her husband and Pearl president Otto Koehler died in 1914. She was an ingenious CEO who kept the brewery going during Prohibition by converting operations to dry cleaning and auto repair, and making near beer, ice cream and soda. While other breweries were shutting down, Emma kept her entire workforce employed. She turned over control of the company to a nephew in 1933 but was a formidable presence at the brewery until her death in 1943.

The Japanese Tea Gardens, located in Brackenridge Park, have recently been brought to its original splendor. The formal gardens, sweeping limestone cliffs and lush pathways are a delightful respite from the hustle and bustle of San Antonio. Once you walk up the stone steps, you are greeted by the covered gazebo and a breathtaking view of the garden and towering waterfall. Enjoy the ponds, quaint bridges and walkways that you can meander alongside and through.

Tour of the Pearl District with Lunch
Meet in the Hilton Lobby
12:15 p.m
Depart for Pearl District by bus
12:25 p.m.
Lunch at Boiler House Restaurant
1:30 p.m.
Depart for Japanese Tea Gardens
2:10 p.m.
Return to Pearl for walking tour, shopping, and exploring
3:15 p.m.
Board private barge for cruise back to hotel
4:30 p.m.
Arrive at the Hilton

Recommended Dress Attire:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Hat (suggested)
  • Sunscreen
  • Shorts & T-shirts

Foundation Golf Tournament

Thursday, Sept. 27, 12:15 p.m.—6:30 p.m.

At The Quarry Golf Course in San Antonio, you will be challenged and rewarded in many ways. The front nine plays in a links-style format and features rolling hills, native grasses and immaculate greens. The back nine lays out in a 100-year-old quarry pit. With elevated tee boxes and shots that will fly over large expanses, you will definitely enjoy your experience. Join your fellow golfers on this most unique destination!

The Quarry Golf Course is 15 minutes from the hotel. Lunch and transportation are included. Golfers will be back to the hotel in time for evening plans.

Tournament winners will be announced during the Final Night Reception. The cost to enter is $250 per player.

Foundation Golfers
Golf Course
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Foundation 50-50 Raffle

The Foundation of the Wall and Ceiling Industry holds a 50-50 raffle during the fall conference. Cash prizes will be awarded to three winners who will split half the net proceeds from the raffle ticket sales. The other half of the proceeds benefits the Foundation.

The cost to enter is $100 per ticket or five for $400. Tickets are available in advance or onsite. Winners will be selected during the Final Night Reception. You do not need to be present to win.

FWCI 50/50 Raffle

Final Night Reception

Friday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m.—7:30 p.m.

Are you the big winner of the Foundation’s 50-50 raffle? Find out while enjoying a cold beverage and saying goodbye until next year.

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Foundation Golf Tournament

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  • Lead Sponsor & Lifetime Member