2017 Sunbelt Builders Show™ Schedule of Events

August 2-3 @ Hilton Anatole Dallas

 PDF of Schedule.




2 – 6 p.m.

Exhibitor Move-In





8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Exhibitor Move-In


10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Change Review Group Committee


10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Developer's Council


10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Texas Housing Hall of Honor Board of Governors


11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Finance Committee


1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Government Relations Committee


3:45 – 5 p.m.

HOMEPAC Trustees


6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

HOMEPAC FUNdango & Fourth Annual Statewide Washers Championship (ticketed event)





7:45 – 9:15 a.m.

Contracts Committee


7:45 – 9:15 a.m.

Membership Committee


7:45 – 9:15 a.m.

Attorney Council / Legal Affairs Committee


9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Darren Woodson (Dallas Cowboy, 1992-2004)
The Sunbelt Builders Show™ has signed three-time Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Champion Darren Woodson as the 2017 Opening Session Speaker. The three-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection will welcome Sunbelt attendees to the Show on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 9:30 a.m. inside the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. The former Cowboy safety played his entire career in Dallas (1992-2004). He was selected by the organization in the second round of the 1992 National Football League Draft (37th overall). Woodson was a member of all three Cowboys Super Bowl champion teams in the 1990s (Super Bowl’s XXVII, XXVIII and XXX) and became the eighth defensive player inducted into the Ring of Honor. read more


10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

TRADE SHOW FLOOR OPEN - Current Exhibitor List as of June 21, 2017 (PDF)

Trade Show Floor Education Sessions


11 – 11:45 a.m.

Construction Industry and Texas Taxes: Sales, Franchise, Motor Fuels, Audit Issues
Presented by Jimmy Martens, Martens, Todd, Leonard & Ahlrich

Learn the current Texas tax issues arising in the construction industry. This session will discuss the current issues involving the franchise tax, sales tax, and motor fuels tax for the construction industry. Identify potential issues and opportunities for construction industry companies under these Texas tax laws.


1:15 – 2 p.m.

Fickle Features and Finishes: Emerging Trends in Color and Design
Presented by Elizabeth Falconer, Position By Design

What to expect in your headlights, and what you will see in your rearview. The discussion will include the shift towards new finishes in residential design: shine on the decline and matt on the rise. Also, no trend discussion is complete without talking about the biggest housing hot buttons in kitchen and bath design.


2:15 – 3 p.m.

A Brave New World? - The Present and (Potential) Future of Mechanic’s Liens
Presented by Greg Harwell, Slates Harwell LLP

Greg Harwell is an attorney whose practice emphasizes commercial and residential construction litigation and transactions. With over 25 years of legal experience, Greg has been involved in almost every conceivable situation where the law and the construction industry intersect. Typical matters involve complaints of delay and disruption, allegations of design or construction errors, and suits involving mechanic’s liens.


3:15 – 4 p.m.

Air Tight Energy Code Solutions for Single-Family and Multifamily Builders
: Phil Crone, Executive Officer, Dallas Builders Association
Panelists: Ed Dryden, Building Official, City of Dallas; Montez Love, P.E., Love Engineering; James Rodriguez, Fox Energy Specialists; Sam Shallenberger, Morrison Supply; Keller Webster, KAW Construction

Rigorous air leakage requirements pose a challenge to complying with the 2015 energy code that was adopted statewide last year. Thanks to limitations imposed by both the code and state statute, multifamily builders in the Dallas-Fort Worth area found it particularly difficult, if not impossible, to meet the 3 Air Changes Per Hour threshold.

Thanks efforts from TAB, the Dallas BA, building performance specialists and emerging technology, significant relief is now available. This seminar will explore the trade-offs obtained for North Texas through the Council of Government and the Energy Systems Laboratory and discuss best practices and important considerations for all builders and general contractors when it comes to complying with the newly adopted 2015 energy code.


8 p.m.

Young Professionals Get Together (ticketed event)





7:45 – 9:15 a.m.

Credentials & Nominating Committee


7:45 – 9:15 a.m.

Association Planning Committee


7:45 – 9:15 a.m.

Codes & Standards Committee


9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

GENERAL SESSION SPEAKER - NATE HOLZAPFEL - Building. Business. Relationships.
Nate Holzapfel will serve as the 2017 General Session Speaker. Holzapfel will energize the crowd Thursday, Aug. 3 at 9:30 a.m. at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. Most people got their first look at Holzapfel’s relationship building expertise when he appeared on ABC's hit show, “Shark Tank,” where he blew the sharks away with his work ethic, common sense approach and his zest for life. His pitch not only landed him a deal in front of a national television audience, but also generated $1,000,000.00 within three weeks of the show’s first airing.  He is the co-founder of The Mission Belt Company which donates one dollar from every belt sold to help families feed themselves through interest free micro loans. To date, MBCo has given over one million dollars to help people all over the world.   


10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

TRADE SHOW FLOOR OPEN - Current Exhibitor List as of June 21, 2017 (PDF)


Trade Show Floor Education Sessions


11 – 11:45 a.m.

The Sales & Marketing Success Funnel: How to Attract, Close, and Retain Business
Presented by HOUZZ
Today’s “empowered client” is online 24/7, and well researched. With a strong online presence, you can begin cultivating a relationship with the “empowered client” before they reach out. This session will provide you with the tools to build positive working relationships with your clients — from their initial interaction with your business online, to your determining whether or not they are the right client for your business, to having a successful working relationship throughout the duration of their project. This session will also include specific best practices and examples of how professionals differentiate their brands online, successfully implement lead screening strategies, and positively handle difficult conversations with clients.


1 – 2:30 p.m.

TAB’s 2017 – 2019 Texas Residential Construction Contracts
Presented by James Rudnicki and Don Shelton

With the 2017 Regular Session of the Texas Legislature under our belts, TAB will release its contracts package for the 2017-2019 cycle on September 1, 2017. This is your opportunity to learn about revisions to the contracts package and to talk with two of the attorneys who have been instrumental in the writing and updating of TAB’s form contracts.


3 – 5:30 p.m.

Texas Builders Foundation Meeting


6 – 8:15 p.m.

Star Awards Reception and Presentations & Excellence under 45 Awards (ticketed event)


3 – 6 p.m.

Exhibitors Move Out





8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Exhibitors Move Out


7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

TAB Executive Committee


9:45 – 10 a.m.

TAB Board Sign In


10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

TAB Board of Directors Meeting


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