There are a number of events going on during the week of World of Concrete to keep any concrete professional busy. Check out what's happening, and make sure to plan on attending what interests you.

John Deere Load America Competition

Tues., Jan. 22-Thur., Jan. 24, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Gold Lot, front of North Hall

Are you a pre-certified driver? Demonstrate your operating and safety knowledge of front-end loaders. The competition consists of a series of activities designed to test contestants' skills including: figure-eight pattern driving, accurate rear-stops and more.

Mack Driving Skills Safety Challenge

Tues., Jan. 22-Thur., Jan. 24, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Orange Lot, between Central and South Halls

Qualified to drive a ready-mix truck? Bring your certification and visit the Orange Lot to test your skills or watch your peers compete. This competition allows contestants to demonstrate operating and safety knowledge of ready-mix trucks.

Artistry in Decorative Concrete

Tues., Jan. 22-Fri., Jan. 25
Silver Lot, front of South Hall

Concrete Construction will again host the sixth annual Artistry in Decorative Concrete Demonstrations. Visit the Silver Lot where leading artisans show the most popular decorative concrete applications and techniques available to professionals in the industry.

Pettibone Telehandler Skills Competition

Tues., Jan. 22-Fri., Jan. 25
Gold Lot, front of North Hall

Come test your driving skills or watch your peers compete in the Pettibone Telehandler Skills Competition. You won't want to miss the action as contestants navigate a course to bring masons their supplies.

The Concrete Producer's Economic Summit

Tues., Jan. 22, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
Room S219

This exclusive two-hour lunch program will focus on the overall U.S. economy and the outlook for the commercial, residential and public works construction sectors. Featured speakers will include the following:

  • Pierre Villere, managing partner of Allen-Villere Partners, will discuss how producers can be profitable while also concentrating on industry consolidation and strategies for buying or selling companies.
  • Ed Sullivan, chief economist from the Portland Cement Association, will give an overview of the U.S. economy and a construction outlook for 2008 and beyond.
  • Jonathan Dienhart, director of Published Research from Hanley Wood Market Intelligence, will address the residential construction outlook: where the markets are hot and how it impacts the concrete producer.

Sponsored by Allen-Villere Partners.

Women in Concrete Luncheon and Forum

Wed., Jan. 23, 12 p.m.–2 p.m.
Room S219

The annual Women in Concrete Luncheon and Forum, hosted by Concrete Construction and The Concrete Producer magazines, is an exclusive two-hour program that brings together women working in all segments of the concrete construction industry. It provides a unique opportunity to connect with peers and gain insight into the challenges specific to women in the industry.

This year the program consists of a panel of women discussing some of the "hot" industry trends. How is green concrete going to affect how you do business? Will pervious concrete be a part of your business in this next year? How will the trends and economics affect you next year? Join speakers Kristen Cooper Carter from California State University, Chico, Michelle Wilson at Portland Cement Association, and Shana Young from Smith's Ready Mix for this informative presentation followed with an open discussion.

Spec Mix Bricklayer 500® Competition

Wed., Jan. 23, 11:30 a.m.
Gold Lot, front of North Hall

Who is the world's best bricklayer? Visit the Gold Lot to find out. Twenty teams?one bricklayer and one tender—compete to lay a double-wythe, 26-foot wall in 60 minutes. This is the premier bricklaying competition in the world, with top masons from around the nation competing. The Toughest Tender® Competition, where mason tenders compete for the title of Toughest Tender®, will be held immediately preceding the Spec Mix Bricklayer 500®.

Concrete Polishing Luncheon and Forum

Thur., Jan. 24, 12 p.m.–2 p.m.
Room S219

Find out what it takes to LEED certify concrete polished floors from our panel of industry experts. Brought to you by Concrete Surfaces magazine, this two-hour luncheon and forum brings together concrete polishing professionals to gain an understanding of the steps that culminate in LEED certification for ground and polished concrete floors. Don't miss this chance to gain insight into the LEED process and network with peers.