Producer: Engineering News-Record, part of McGraw-Hill Construction
What: The construction industry's third annual Top 1,000 Contractors Leadership Forum, which invites the top 400 contractors and the top 600 specialty contractors to discuss construction industry challenges and opportunities.
Date: June 21-22, 2004
Where: Renaissance Chicago Hotel, Chicago
Floor space: N/A
Floor space in 2003: N/A
No. of attendees: About 275
No. of attendees in 2003: About 250
No. of exhibitors: 17
No. of exhibitors in 2003: 17
Producer comment: "This year, [attendees] focused on a variety of issues that impact profitable business growth, and the feedback we received on new perspectives, contacts and information that they received was tremendous," said Dave Johnson, VP-marketing and business development at Engineering News Record. "That's one of the reasons the forum grows in stature and attendance year after year."
Exhibitor comment: "The topics and format have improved, especially over the past two years," said Steve Setzer, director of marketing and communications at Constructware, a provider of software for the construction industry. "The content of the show was very good, very substantive this year. ... For us, it's a high-value venue to tell our story."
Breakdown: ENR's forum has enjoyed steady performance in the past three years, thanks to a relatively small and targeted attendee list, and content that is closely aligned to Engineering News Record . This year, hot topics such as construction industry productivity were discussed in depth. Senior executives from companies such as Turner Construction, Haskell Construction, Gilbane, Skanska USA and Washington Group International participated in the panel discussions.