Session Details



October 18, 2023

Start Time

03:45 PM

End Time

04:45 PM

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State of the Industry – Presented by the Metal Construction Association
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 40th 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

This session is FREE to attend and located in the Best Practices Learning Center inside the Expo Hall. Availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and space is limited.

Jeff Henry

Executive Director, Metal Construction Association (MCA)

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 is a 28-year veteran of the metal construction industry and is the Vice President of Carlisle Architectural Metals, a division of Carlisle Construction Materials, where he and his team are responsible for Carlisle’s metal businesses: Petersen Aluminum and Drexel Metals. Brian is the current Chairman of the Metal Construction Association, is actively involved in the industry, and sits on multiple councils to drive and advance the growth of the Metal Construction Industry. Brian has published and contributed to numerous technical trade articles/white papers relating to metal roofing products and presents nationally about sustainable design using metal. He invented the Paint Pen in 2001, an air-dry Kynar touch-up system, which today is the preferred touch-up method in the industry. Partyka is the winner of the MCA’s Patrick R. Bush Volunteer Service Award as an outstanding achiever in the metal construction industry and was named the “Industry Champion of the Year,” a peer-nominated award given to the individual that has advocated and who has had a significant overall impact on advancing our industry.

Paul Trombitas

Partner, FMI Consulting

Paul Trombitas leads FMI’s building products sector, focusing on delivering unparalleled strategic market insights to leaders in these industries. He brings FMI’s unique understanding and depth of experience in the construction industry to these stakeholders and serves as an advisor for those making strategic decisions. To achieve this, Paul leads multi-discipline teams that hone in on the unique strategic questions of his clients. Over the years, Paul has worked with many of the most notable manufacturers and portfolio companies in the industry.

Bob Zabcik

President, 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.

Tom Seitz

Executive Director, MCM Alliance, Metal Construction Association (MCA)

Tom Seitz serves as the Executive Director of the MCM Alliance at the Metal Construction Association (MCA). He is responsible for proactively bringing together industry-leading, MCM manufacturers, fabricators, and suppliers to collaborate and promote their technical expertise to architectural, engineering, and building owner markets. He partners with and supports MCM members as they accomplish their goals, make an impact, and drive the industry forward, faster. His goal is to lead the acceleration of MCM panel system market demand with clear and concise education. Seitz’s ability to lead and grow the MCM is fueled by his 45 years of experience in the architectural facade industry. He has expertise in sales and marketing with steel, aluminum, glass, and curtain wall materials in a variety of North American markets as well as management experience with companies including: E.G. Smith, Flour City Architectural Metals, H. H. Robertson Company and 3A Composites.

Earn Continuing Education Credit:
Approved for 1.0 AIA Health, Safety and Welfare Learning Unit