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Sprayfoam 2016 Kicks Off in Central Florida

ORLANDO, FL– February 11, 2016 –The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance’s (SPFA) 2016 Sprayfoam Convention & Expo got underway yesterday, and was on site covering and partaking in all the action. In order to stay up-to-date with the newest trends and latest advancements in the SPF trade, numerous industry members made their way to the Rosen Centre Hotel in sunny Orlando, Florida to attend the show. Regarded as the spray foam industry’s premier annual event, Sprayfoam 2016 presented two new benchmarks: a record high attendance, as well as the highest number of sponsors ever since the event’s inaugural installment. The convention actually had two days of pre-convention events, from February 8-9, that revolved around the SPFA Professional Certification Program (PCP). The events included exam preparations, written exams, and field exams. On February 9, there two additional, special events: a reception that recognized women's leadership in the SPF industry and a golf tournament, which was held at Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course. 

The attending crowd was welcomed by SPFA Executive Director Kurt Riesenberg, who emphasized the importance of the aforementioned growing number of SPFA Convention & Expo sponsors.
“The show has increased its reach and our sponsors made that happen,” said Riesenberg.“It is directly through them that we’ve achieved a record high attendance and grown our number of educational sessions.”

The General Session progressed with SPFA President Dennis Vandewater delivered his Welcome Address, in which he recognized the SPFA staff, and subsequently paid tribute to late former SPFA President Sig Hall. Vandewater ‘s address was followed by a special education session by Allison Bailes discussing the impact of closed-cell spray foam on the environment. The General Session came to a close with Richard Rawlings’ keynote speech. Rawlings, of Gas Monkey Garage and Discovery Channel’s Fast N’ Loud fame, addressed spray foam contractors, manufacturers, and suppliers alike by stating that a key to success lies in producing the best possible product that will stand the test of time.

SPFA Executive Director Welcoming the Crowd

The primary convention events began yesterday morning with the General Session, which interwove speakers from the SPFA and the convention’s sponsors, including Lapolla’s David Feitl, Graco’s Nick Pagano, PMC’s Michael Kolibas, Fomo’s Doug Caffoe, and Honeywell’s Laura Reinhard.

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