Session Details







Showfloor Location


October 30, 2024

Start Time

11:45 AM

End Time

12:45 PM

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State of the Industry – Presented by the Metal Construction Association

Join leaders from the Metal Construction Association for a discussion about current and future opportunities and challenges facing metal construction. This session will cover recent technical developments, upcoming regulatory issues, metal construction’s resiliency in a turbulent building market, the superior sustainability of metal substrates and much more.  Discover new advancements in the industry and how each will affect the future of construction, and ultimately grow the usage of metal in future construction projects.  The Metal Construction Association, now in its 41st year, is comprised of leading manufacturers, metal forming equipment, accessories, and contractors devoted to the growth of the use of metal in construction.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover new and proposed changes to codes within the metal construction industry.
  • Understand new and upcoming regulations that will be affecting the construction and design industry.
  • Learn about sustainable metal products and how they compare to other construction materials.
  • Come away from this course with a better understanding of the opportunities for metal in construction and how they incorporate into modern design.
  • Discover new metal products coming to market.

Continuing Education Credits:


Jeff Henry

Executive Director, Metal Construction Association

Jeff Henry has served as executive director of the Metal Construction Association since June 2020. Henry previously served as MCA executive director from 2014-2016 and as director of strategic initiatives from 2012-2014. For the last 12 of his 39 years as an association professional, have been dedicated to trade associations in the construction industry. Over that time he has gained valuable knowledge and insight into the metal building component market. He served as President of the National Frame Building Association (NFBA) from 2011 to 2019, and the Synthetic Roof Underlayment Institute (SRUI). Jeff has also served as the Executive Director of the International Staple, Nail and Tool Association (ISANTA) since 2014. He holds BBAs and MBA degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Brian Partyka

Vice President, Carlisle Architectural Metals

Brian Partyka brings nearly 30 years of experience in the metal construction industry and is currently the Vice President of Business Development at Carlisle Companies. In this role, he plays a key part in Carlisle’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activities, which support Carlisle’s Vision 2030 strategy. Since selling his company, Drexel Metals, to Carlisle in 2017, Brian has also helped acquire Petersen Aluminum (PAC-CLAD) in 2019 and in 2024, MTL Holdings, a leader in perimeter edge metal systems. As the Chairman of the Metal Construction Association, he actively participates in several councils to promote industry growth. His significant contributions include numerous technical articles and white papers on metal roofing, and presentations on sustainable metal design across the nation. Notably, in 2001, he invented the Paint Pen, an air-dry Kynar touch-up system that has become the industry standard. Brian has received several awards for his dedication, including the MCA’s Patrick R. Bush Volunteer Service Award and the “Industry Champion of the Year,” which recognizes his effective advocacy and influence in the industry.

Paul Trombitas

Partner, FMI Global

Paul Trombitas is a partner with FMI’s strategy practice and leads the building products sector team. He brings FMI’s unique understanding and depth of experience in the construction industry to stakeholders in the building products space. Paul works with clients to develop market strategy and is responsible for leading multidiscipline teams to deliver strategic market research and insights. His deep construction industry relationships and extensive knowledge of the nuances of building products help his clients make data-driven decisions to position their organizations for success. Paul is responsible for FMI’s Building Products Market Overview. He is also a thought leader who has published extensively on the trends across various building products in articles around innovation in building products, the opportunity for design-build in the space, understanding embodied carbon and creating a customer-first culture to foster success. In his more than 10 years with FMI, Paul has developed expertise across various sectors of the built environment.

Chandler Barden

Cidan Machinery


Tom Seitz

In Seitz Strategies


Bob Zabcik

Consultant, Z-Tech Consulting

Bob Zabcik is general manager of the roofing business unit at Merlin Solar Technologies, a developer of innovative renewable energy technologies. He is a LEED accredited professional and a registered professional engineer with more than 25 years of experience. He is also an MCA board member as well as chair of the MCA Codes and Standards Committee. Merlin Solar Technologies develops and manufactures crystalline silicon based flexible and frameless solar modules with a patented gridding and interconnected system to extract more power compared to standard solar panels. These systems address demanding deployments on metal roofs and bulk storage tanks, auxiliary power for transportation, flush mounted residential solar and military applications through world class manufacturing partners, enabling customers to reduce their reliance on aluminum-framed, tempered-glass constructs for solar panels.