What is your favorite thing about attending the PDCA Annual International Conference & Expo? Food, education, connections, entertainment? Each is exciting to look forward to every year. For some of us, it is all about the food. Maybe not so much about what we are eating but rather the people we are sharing the food experience with... When we define food at the conference like that, it is safe to say the food at our PDCA Annual Conference is outstanding. Think about who you met at the last PDCA Annual Conference. Did you meet John King, Scott Callaway, Larry Moore, Dale Biggers, Garland Likens, Silas Nichols, Steve Hall or someone else? Where did you go that evening? Did you laugh? Did you find the conversation leading to bigger ideas? The stories we bring with us to share at the conference all tie into beneficial industry cornerstones and pile driving history and will continue to shape the present and the future. Get excited to meet new members, exciting speakers and old friends at this year's 2019 conference in Orlando! Is education that outstanding component that excites and entices both members and non-members alike from across the world to attend? The PDCA Education Committee, led by a dedicated group of member educators, always creates an outstanding line-up of industry experts, who selflessly give their time and experiences to provide the PDCA membership a better grasp on what could be coming. In fact, many members have suggested that PDCA's educational presentations and panels are far superior to those of other industry events. This year's annual conference will be held July 9 to 12; mark your calendars! At the PDCA Annual Conference, presentations are given by engineers, associates and contractors that work with fellow PDCA members and industry experts alike. The presenters are vetted closely on topic and language and are chosen based on experience within the pile driving industry. This type of professional programming by the PDCA Education Committee is geared to help you answer questions you may have within your own organization/practice. Since PDCA represents the driven pile industry, there is no greater place to gather with like-minded supporters. Since 2018 saw the International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo, PDCA did not host its own annual conference last year. This means that this year's conference is extra special and filled with great content, valuable short courses and many more activities. We have some major catching up to do! The Awards Ceremony will be honoring two years of Project of the Year Awards 2018 and 2019 winners will be presented. Get excited to celebrate the winning projects, as well as several additional outstanding awards. PDCA will also be paying tribute to Steve Hall, former executive director, for his years of dedication to the organization. Let's send him off with a special PDCA driving force. Working to get PDCA's message out to the deep foundation construction industry, the PDCA Annual Conference is where the magic begins! Yes, you read correctly "magic," as PDCA is going to the Walt Disney World Resort, the most magical place on earth! You don't want to miss the excitement. We are looking forward to seeing you July 9 to 12, at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, for an outstanding conference! Register today by visiting PDCAexPEERience.com.
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