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More associations. More collaboration. More METROCON for 2017.

December 11, 2016

As the business of shaping the built environment demands enhanced teamwork and cross-disciplinary partnerships, so does the planning and execution of METROCON Expo & Conference.

We are thrilled to announce that the following associations have joined forces to bring you a more meaningful, expansive event for 2017: (in alphabetical order) ASID Texas Chapter, ASID Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, CSI Dallas Chapter, NEWH Dallas Chapter, and USGBC Texas Chapter.

CSI is a national association of more than 10,000 volunteers, including specifiers, architects, engineers, contractors, facility managers, product representatives, manufacturers, owners and others who are experts in building construction and the materials used therein. The active CSI Dallas Chapter focuses its energy on professional development, knowledge building, networking, and community outreach.

NEWH is the premier networking resource for the hospitality industry, providing scholarships, education, leadership development, recognition of excellence, and business development opportunities. The thriving NEWH Dallas Chapter is dedicated to scholarship and networking for its 500+ members working in the hospitality, foodservice, senior living and related industries.

USGBC is committed to transforming the way our buildings are designed, constructed and operated through LEED. With roughly 1,200 members working as architects, interior designers, landscape architects, engineers, consultants, and more, the diverse USGBC Texas Chapter helps to advance spaces that are better for the environment and healthier for all.

ASID is a community of 25,000+ designers, industry representatives, educators and students committed to all sectors and aspects of interior design. Combined, the energetic ASID Texas and ASID Texas Gulf Coast Chapters represent almost 3,000 members who strive to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives.

Each chapter is providing promotional support and volunteer leaders who are devoting their time to work together to bring value to their respective members and beyond.

METROCON Expo & Conference exists to offer the best in exhibitors and continuing education to the region’s built environment community, and this multi-association collaboration promises to expand the show’s reach geographically, attract a more diverse audience, and make for a richer, more valuable experience for all involved.

Kudos to our METROCON16 Ambassadors!

September 01, 2016

The Committee wants to give its heartfelt thanks to the following individuals who acted as Ambassadors for the 2016 show:


We appreciate your support and enthusiasm for this worthwhile event that makes our design community stronger and smarter!

Don’t Miss IFMA DFW’s FMexpo 2016

July 21, 2016

Before you join us for METROCON16 on August 11th & 12th in Dallas, be sure to attend 2016 FMexpo on Tuesday, August 9th just up the road at Frisco’s Convention Center.

The DFW Chapter of the International Facility Management Association has planned an event with everything to get building professionals current on the latest trends, products and services. You can tour the tradeshow floor and catch informative programs useful to your profession including:

  • “The Five Secrets to an Unstoppable Memory,”
  • “Biomimicry: Nature and the Hopeful City,”
  • “New Standards for Indoor Environments,”
  • and the “Internet of Things in Facility Management.”


See it all for $55 (luncheon, tradeshow and all programs) or $35 (tradeshow and three programs). GO HERE for more information and to register.

Download the New METROCON16 Mobile App

July 20, 2016

Enhance your show experience by downloading our new METROCON16 Mobile App available for all platforms. Why download the app? So you can…

  • have the show floor map at your fingertips;
  • receive exclusive updates and notifications;
  • search for specific exhibitors;
  • track which exhibitors you’ve already visited;
  • take notes directly on your mobile device about an exhibitor you visit or product you find;
  • read descriptions of all educational sessions;
  • take notes directly on your mobile device for sessions you attend;
  • email all of your notes to yourself or a colleague.
  • reference exhibitor and session details in the months after the show is over.


Don’t you want all these helpful planning tools in the palm of your hand? We thought you did.

An Even Happier Networking Happy Hour

May 31, 2016

It’s a sad fact, but our Committee realizes that some Dallas-Fort Worth employers will not allow time off for you to attend a full day - let alone two days - of METROCON. However, you can probably figure out a way to wiggle out of work a little early, right? If you can, then we have an opportunity for you to still network with your peers and keep your boss happy…

Show up to Dallas Market Hall with your business card during our Networking Happy Hour taking place between 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM on Thursday, August 11, and you can get into the Happy Hour without paying the $10 on-site fee and without registering. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s perfect for those of you who like to wait to the last minute to make a decision. A con is that if you decide you want to come back on Friday to walk the show, continue your conversations, and/or take some courses, then you’ll need to register on-site and pay the $10 fee after all.

HERE’S A TIP: If you can stand to plan ahead a little, then your better bet is to officially pre-register online between June 1-August 5, 2016, so that you can attend both days of the trade show for $0. Plus, pre-registering online will get you a badge and a complimentary drink ticket to use at the Happy Hour, while your business card will not. We're just sayin'.

Save the Date for METROCON17

May 16, 2016

It’s never too late to plan ahead, and the METROCON16 Committee of Volunteers has already started planning for METROCON17 Expo & Conference, which will feature a student charette, an even more diverse array of exhibitors and seminars, and a few surprises.

In fact, since there will be quite a few exciting new features in store for METROCON17, the Committee has decided to keep one thing constant: the show will be back at Dallas Market Hall for 2017.

So plan NOW to be in Dallas August 10 & 11, 2017, for incredible career- and business-building opportunities with members of our regional built environment.

Metrocon, Inc Appears in the Dallas Business Journal

March 08, 2016

In their March 4, 2016 issue, the Dallas Business Journal published a photo of some of the members from our volunteer Committee presenting $40,000 each to the ASID Texas Chapter and the IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter from the proceeds of the 2015 show.

Included in the photo (L to R): METROCON15 Co-Chair-Elect John DuBard, IIDA; IIDA TX OK Dallas City Center Director MaryAnn Hewitt, IIDA; METROCON15 Co-Chair Allen Hart, ASID; ASID TX President-Elect Hugh Scarbrough, ASID; ASID TX Financial Director Alex Hosseinnia, ASID IP Rep; ASID TX Professional Development Director Corey Davey, Allied ASID; ASID TX President Marissa Marmolejos, ASID; METROCON15 Chair Brenda Reber, Industry IIDA; ASID TX Communications Director Kay Cosby, ASID; ASID TX At-Large Director Julie Reynolds, ASID.

The chapters use the proceeds to fund special educational and recognition programs, as well as scholarships and charities earmarked by the individual organizations.

Best Wishes to IIDA TX OK after METROCON16

March 04, 2016

The METROCON16 Committee of Volunteers wishes the IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter all the best as they withdraw as a sponsoring organization from Metrocon, Inc. after the 2016 show.

We wish to assure all attendees, exhibitors, speakers and sponsors that METROCON16 – as the last of its kind – is moving forward to be the BEST EVER in the event’s 14-year history.

Please plan to join us in Dallas August 11 & 12, 2016 to help us CELEBRATE the collaborative contributions of the selfless volunteers who have made the show possible and created the largest self-produced interior design-related expo and conference in the nation!

No Excuses Not to Attend METROCON16

February 28, 2016

If our past $25 trade show attendance fee for those who were not members of ASID or IIDA has ever held you back from participating in the show, then you have no more excuses for not attending METROCON Expo & Conference on August 11 & 12, 2016.

The METROCON16 Committee of Volunteers is pleased to announce that it has waived the non-member trade show fee for this August’s 2016 show, so anyone and everyone can attend both days of the trade show for $0 as long as they pre-register online between June 1-August 5, 2016.

This means that members of AAHID, AGC, AIA, ARIDO, BIFMA, BOMA, CMG, CoreNet, CRE, CREW Network, CSI, IALD, ICAA, IDAL, IDC, IDEC, IDS, IDSA, IES, IFDA, IFMA, IREM, NAHB, NAR, NARI, NEWH, NKBA, NTFA, OFDA, TEXO, USGBC, WE, and more - as well as those working in the built environment who are not affiliated with any trade or professional group - are welcome to join us for industry networking, learning, and career building.

So help us spread the good news: tell your colleagues, co-workers, and collaborators. Looking forward to seeing you - and them - there!