Session Details







Showfloor Location


October 18, 2023

Start Time

10:00 AM

End Time

11:00 AM

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HGTV’s Rico to the Rescue: Real Life Scenarios from Nightmares to Dreams Come True

Contractor and Denver business owner Rico León, HGTV host of “Rico to the Rescue”, joins us this year as METALCON’s keynote speaker on October 18 at 10:00 AM

A Puerto Rican raised in Pittsburgh, his blue-collar, East Coast hard-knock surroundings cultivated his enthusiastic work ethic and success. Driven by his parents’ past experience with a crooked contractor, Rico advocates for families and resolves conflicts between emotionally and financially stressed homeowners and their builders to turn renovation and construction nightmares into dream homes. Rico and his skilled team tour each home to assess the status of projects, try to resolve issues with the builder, and create a renovation and design plan to turn the construction nightmare into a beautiful home.

Rico has been on both ends — as a contractor and a homeowner — and he is not afraid to hold builders accountable. In his keynote, Rico will share some of his most unforgettable experiences and lessons learned from dealing with crooked contractors and helping families navigate the process—covering the good, the bad and the ugly about construction, the insurance industry, incompetent contractors and brutally honest advice to help everyday people.

Next, he will participate in a moderated discussion by Tony Bouquot of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association followed by audience Q & A along with a VIP meet and greet and an autograph signing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover how to manage a change in project contractor
  • Get tips and tricks on managing business relationships in emotional situations
  • Understand what it means to be a client advocate
  • Develop skills to be a conflict negotiator between clients and subcontractors

This session is FREE to attend and located in the Flack Global Metals Theatre at METALCON inside the Expo Hall

Premier Keynote Speaker:
Rico León

Host, HGTV’s Rico to the Rescue

Rico León is a successful realtor and construction/restoration consultant, taking over the beautiful melting pot that is Denver, Colorado. Hailing from the East Coast, in 2018 he was traveling to California when his car broke down in Denver. He loved the city so much that he decided to make it his home. A Puerto Rican raised in Pittsburgh PA, his blue-collar heavy surroundings cultivated his enthusiastic work ethic and success. With a background in construction and a passion for helping homeowners and business owners navigate the complexities of the industry, Rico is a sought-after resource in the Denver area. In January 2023, Rico added television host to his impressive resume with the premiere of “Rico to the Rescue” on HGTV. As the only Latino host on the channel, Rico is bringing much-needed diversity to the network and using his platform to advocate for homeowners who have been taken advantage of by contractors.

Tony Bouquot

General Manager, Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA)

Tony has been a leader in the building products industry for over 30 years. A talented and engaging presenter, Tony brings life to topics through his vast knowledge and enthusiasm for metal building systems.

Continuing Education Credits:
Earn 1 AIA Learning Unit

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