We're all smack dab in the middle of summer. To many people it means firing up the backyard barbecue and having friends and neighbors over.

To others it means flying to their favorite vacation spot. This often involves crowded beaches, congested roads, hotel rooms with inflated prices, and sunburn. Some people would have it no other way.

Yes, as one airline's advertising catch phrase says, it's time to fly.

Yet looking at the calendar, I see that it's already time to plan now for getaways that involve your businesses. For concrete polishers, the big one on the calendar is the upcoming International Concrete Polishing & Staining Conference (ICPSC). This event takes place Sept. 30-Oct. 3 in Duluth, Ga., just north of Atlanta. The timing is great. Family vacations should be over and the airports and hotels should be more hospitable and reasonable for business travelers like yourself.

Organizers say they reviewed the feedback and surveys from last year's conference and tailored the seminars to meet attendees' educational needs. The curriculum has always tried to strike a balance between theoretical understanding and direct jobsite application information. “When you add all the classes to the knowledge to be gained from networking with the world's best polishers, experiencing the equipment, tooling and chemistry on the demonstration slabs, and having the opportunity to interact with the gold standard of the manufacturers, all in one beautiful convention center, it's hard to believe anyone would miss it,” said Charles Griffasi, the ICPSC's founder.

I won't. CONCRETE SURFACES is the official publication of the event, and I look forward to seeing many of you there. CLICK HERE for more details.

Educational seminars are popular at the International Concrete Polishing & Staining Conference, which takes place Sept. 30-Oct. 3, in Duluth, Ga.
Educational seminars are popular at the International Concrete Polishing & Staining Conference, which takes place Sept. 30-Oct. 3, in Duluth, Ga.

World of Concrete

Speaking of travel, it's not too early to start thinking about World of Concrete in January. There will be no shortage of events and things to do for concrete contractors who treat surfaces. The show's organizers, along with CONCRETE SURFACES and CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION magazines, are introducing the Concrete Surfaces & Decorative Pavilion in front of the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Also, we are bringing back the Concrete Polishing Luncheon & Forum on Tuesday, Jan. 18. The response at this year's show was truly overwhelming, so I expect a great turn-out again. You can view this year's polishing luncheon at HERE.

2011 World of Concrete take place Jan. 18-21; seminars begin Jan. 17. Look for more details on these events on page 65, in future issues of CONCRETE SURFACES, or visit www.worldofconcrete.com.

Finally, Blastrac, the surface prep machine manufacturer in Oklahoma City, is searching for the oldest operating 1-10D shot blaster that is still in use. The company plans to prominently feature the machine at its booth. Visit www.blastrac.com for more information, or e-mail your submission with a brief description on what you use it for, how long you've owned it, and some photos to info@blastrac.com. The winning entrant receives round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations for three nights, and complimentary attendee entrance to the show. Deadline is Oct. 15.