March 27, 2019
By Stephanie Marie Chizik, CoatingsProEditor-in-Chief
NACE International’s annual conference and exposition—the world’s largest on corrosion—opened last night in apple pie order! The opening reception took place in the grand ballroom of Nashville’s Music City Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Cosponsored by Carboline and NACE International, the event kicked off with welcome speeches by NACE CEO Bob Chalker as well as Carboline’s VP of Marketing Melissa Molitor. The event offered attendees and exhibitors the chance to network over drinks and hors d’oeuvres. It also included a photo booth, complete with bales of hay and picturesque background, and a cowboy demonstrating his lassoing skills.
With a one-man guitarist setting the stage, the event was a crowd pleaser and a solid way to kick off the week’s events.
The city of Nashville,known as the “Country Music Capital of the World,” has a diverse and deeply-rooted history that began well before its official founding on Christmas Eve 1779. From its bustling music scene, southern hospitality, and eclectic food, Nashville welcomes over 15 million visitors a year and is home to some of the nation’s most recognizable landmarks.
Just as a rising tide lifts all ships, newfound support and awareness of the corrosion risk within the maritime industry should lead to greater demand for corrosion expertise.That’s the outlook from NACE International’s Chief Maritime Officer Buddy Reams, who called on attendees at CORROSION 2019 to become more engaged with the maritime sector in a Tuesday presentation at the Exhibit Hall’s Blue Theater.
As NACE International wraps up its 74th annual conference, corrosion professionals from around the world continued the momentum started by the 11 founding members in 1943 when almost 6,000 attendees from nearly 70 countries worldwide came together at the Nashville Music City Center and other area venues for CORROSION 2019.