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AWCI’s Convention Wrap-up

With attendance numbers rising above 2,000 and more booths than there have been in the last five years, AWCI’s Convention & INTEX Expo in New Orleans was a great success. Those in attendance heard inspiring words from retired Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré, who is best known for serving as commander of Joint Task Force Katrina responsible for coordinating military relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina-affected areas across the Gulf Coast, at the awards brunch. AWCI’s brunch also highlighted the industry’s best when it comes to quality construction, safety and innovation. (Those winners are featured on pages 38 through 49 of this magazine.)


The Mercedes-Benz Superdome housed more than 300 booths during the INTEX Expo, which featured innovative products and services for wall and ceiling contractors.


The Foundation of the Wall and Ceiling Industry hosted two raffles during AWCI’s Convention in addition to a silent auction. Proceeds from these fundraisers help support the Foundation’s mission to be an active, unbiased source of information and education to support the wall and ceiling industry.


Renée Cieslikowski and seven of her coworkers from National Gypsum in Charlotte, N.C., won the $5,000 raffle. This fundraiser generated $15,000 in donations for the Foundation, and it was sponsored by Grabber Construction Products.


Shawna Hinson of Marek in Coppell, Texas, won the David Yurman necklace in the AWCI CARES jewelry raffle, which raised more than $6,000. Richter System® of Griesheim, Germany, sponsored this raffle.


The silent auction was an array of items including electronics, tools and materials, travel packages, jewelry, artwork and a New England lobster bake. Thank you to all the supporters who sold tickets, donated items and to those attendees who purchased them.


Thanks also to our event sponsors. AWCI thanks these companies for their sponsorships at AWCI’s Convention:

Platinum Level

National Gypsum


Silver Level

Clark Dietrich Building Systems


Bronze Level

American Gypsum



Flex-Ability Concepts

Gypsum Association

Panel Rey

Many thanks to these companies for their sponsorship of the INTEX Expo:

Gold Level




Silver Level


Continental Building Products

Crane Composites


Hunter Panels

Johns Manville

National Gypsum


Bronze Level

American Gypsum

Award Metals

BIK Hydraulics

Castle Access Panels


Collis Crane Works

Custom Stud






L.D. Peters & Sons

Master Wall

On Center Software

Plastic Components

Plexxis Software

Project DocControl

Simpson Strong-Tie


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