Every day, 164 people move to Austin, Texas, making it one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country. It’s a perennial on “best city” lists, lauded for its job prospects and its friendliness to small business, its music and its barbecue and its breakfast tacos.
So when CONSTRUCT announced their annual show was heading deep in the heart of Texas, we couldn’t pack our boots fast enough. While we are always excited to meet and visit with clients and prospects, being in such a foodie city is a plus when we all go out to eat during the show.
Held in conjunction with the annual convention of the Construction Specifiers Institute (CSI), CONSTRUCT hit the ground running Wednesday, September 7 at the Austin Convention Center. We caught up with lots of our customers, met a few new ones and learned a lot about what is going on in the industry, the issues, and trends. In fact, one of the things we love most about CONSTRUCT is the educational component. It’s the only national trade show and educational conference designed specifically for the commercial building teams that spec and source building products.
For the second time in three years, we kicked off trade show season with a new booth, and it was a hit! A new front section engages customers immediately, letting people know exactly who we are and what we do. Many people came up to us and said “Let’s Talk Tape” which has never happened so it is working. The booth obviously showcased some of our products, but we streamlined things this year, keeping it focused and less cluttered. Plus the entire booth fits into a nice big crate which makes set up and break down so much easier. No more shrink filming palettes anymore!
Overall, our end goal at every trade show is to get customers and prospects talking to us about their applications and issues, and we’re happy to report that CONSTRUCT really delivered!
With just 72 hours in the Texas capital, we took our “off hours” seriously, noshing on everything from famous barbeque to funky food trucks and squeezing in as many sites as possible. We’re still talking about the amazing tacos at Tacodeli, the legendary Lamberts barbecue, Bangar’s Sausage House, incredible indian bites at Graj Majal and the eye-popping street art at Graffitti Park.
Of course, no summer evening in Austin is complete without taking in a show. A bat show, to be exact. Every night from March through November, more than 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats take flight from under the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. They say if you’re sitting nearby, you can feel the wind from their wings. We didn’t get that close, but it was still pretty amazing.