World of Concrete exhibitors will display their latest products, technologies, and innovations.
Fensty World of Concrete exhibitors will display their latest products, technologies, and innovations.

Katharine Hepburn holds the record for winning the most acting Academy Awards–4. Orchestral and operatic conductor Georg Solti’s 31 Grammys is a record. The most Tony Award wins is 21 by producer-director Harold Prince. Finally, Sesame Street has won the most Emmy Awards–108. If I had known that, I would have paid more attention while watching it when I was a youngster.

Why do I bring this up? Concrete polishing contractors can soon win their own awards. Actually, you should all win awards for keeping your chins up in a challenging economy and for making concrete a more popular flooring choice over the past decade or so. But I’m referring to the first Concrete Surfaces Polished Concrete Awards, which we will give out in 2011.

There are more than enough concrete floors being polished to warrant such an awards program. And there are more than enough finished projects and applications for us to have awards in several categories. These will include commercial, industrial, retail, institutional, and others. What’s in it for you? In addition to being congratulated for a job well done, this will be a great opportunity for you to talk about the honor with an architect or building owner who might be undecided about what floor treatment to specify or install for a project.

Look for further details on this new award at the Concrete Polishing Luncheon & Forum which will be held noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at World of Concrete. We plan to present the award at the annual International Concrete Polishing & Staining Conference in Atlanta in the fall. We will provide more details in future issues of Concrete Surfaces.

It’s showtime

Speaking of World of Concrete, I’m looking forward to meeting many readers at the Polishing Luncheon (see page 68 for more) and at the new Concrete Surfaces & Decorative Pavilion in front of the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. This area will be devoted solely to contractors who coat, repair, and polish concrete surfaces. Here, you also will find the stunning, creative, and most talked about concrete projects in the Artistry in Concrete area.

Finally, the Contractor Clinics were standing-room-only in their first year, so that area is moving inside the South Hall to allow more space. This is where exhibitors and industry professionals will showcase concrete surface treatment technologies, techniques, and products during live demonstrations. The South Hall, where many of these concrete surface exhibitors call home, has become one of the busiest areas at World of Concrete. A colleague put it best when he said this is the “value-added” part of the show.

There is more to do at World of Concrete than I have space to write. You can find more on the seminars, Concrete Industry Management Auction, GreenSite Luncheon, and Women in Concrete Luncheon at See you there.