Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Q: Will the fall convention be a face to face convention?

A: ACI is moving forward as planned with the face to face convention in Raleigh, NC this fall. At this time, ACI is proceeding with all committee meetings, sessions, and special events. ACI continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and will respond as needed as more information becomes available.

Q: Will attendees be able to participate in the convention virtually?

A: ACI is currently investigating how to expand the convention virtually in addition to the face to face convention, however specific details are unavailable at this time.

Q: Where will convention events be held?

A: All convention events will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh Marriott City Center, and Sheraton Raleigh Hotel.

Q: Where can I check e-mail during the convention?

A: Check your e-mail at the ACI Cyber Café or bring your own laptop and use the FREE wireless internet in the exhibit area.

Q: I am a first-time convention attendee. Is there an orientation I should attend?

A: Yes, you are invited to attend the Convention Orientation Breakfast on Sunday, October 25, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Also, watch your e-mail for information on additional events to attend.

Q: Where will the ACI Store be located and what are the hours?

A: The ACI Store will be located in the exhibit area at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Saturday, October 24 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 25 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Monday, October 26 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 27 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 28 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Committee Meetings

Q: Can I attend committee meetings?

A: Yes, all registered convention attendees and exhibitors may attend open committee meetings listed in the convention program book.

Q: How do I join an ACI Technical Committee?

A: Visit this web page and complete the application.

Sessions

Q: Can I attend the technical sessions?

A: Yes, all registered convention attendees and exhibitors are encouraged to attend the sessions throughout the week.

Q: Are session handouts available?

A: Yes, session handouts will be available on the ACI website at the conclusion of the convention and will remain online for at least 4 weeks following the convention.

Q: Is a speaker-ready room available?

A: A speaker-ready room will be available to session moderators, speakers, and committee chairs.

Q: What are the hours of the speaker-ready room?

A: The speaker-ready room will be open the following hours:

Saturday, October 24 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 25 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Monday, October 26 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 27 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 28 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Q: Where is the speaker-ready room located?

A: The Speaker Ready Room will be located at the Raleigh Convention Center. 

Q: Does ACI offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for participation in sessions?

A: At this time, ACI is submitting session information to AIA for approval to offer CEUs for participation in convention sessions. Attend the entire duration of a participating session and record the codes given out during the session using the spaces provided next to the session listing in the program book. In most cases, one contact hour is equal to one Professional Development Hour (PDH). Check with your state board for acceptance criteria. ACI does not offer CEU's for attendance at committee meetings.

Networking/Social Events

Q: What networking opportunities are there during the convention?

A: There are numerous networking events during the convention, including the Opening Reception (Sunday 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.), Young Professional Networking Event (Sunday 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.), Women in ACI Reception (Monday 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.), Concrete Mixer (Tuesday 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.), and President's Reception (Wednesday 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.). Networking events are open to all registered convention attendees and guests.

Q: Can my children attend the networking events?

A: Only registered guests or attendees may attend convention events.

Exhibits

Q: What are the exhibit hours?

A: Exhibits will be open during the following hours:

Sunday, October 25 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday, October 26 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 27 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Q: What is the cost of an exhibit booth?

A: 10’ x 10’ = $2,000 and 10' x 20' = $4,000. Please contact Kim Spillane (kim.spillane@concrete.org or +1.248.848.3197) for more details.

Q: What are the benefits of exhibiting?

A: Two exhibitor registrations, giving access to committee meetings, sessions, and networking events, including the Concrete Mixer.
Company logo listed in convention preview (if confirmed by print date)
Company listed in convention program book (if confirmed by print date)
Company logo listed on ACI Convention website with link to company home page and mobile app
Company logo display on exhibitor banner during the convention (if confirmed by print date)
Pre- and post-convention registration list (those who have opted in to share information)
Recognition at the Opening Reception and Concrete Mixer
Company recognition in Concrete International
Opportunity to give a demonstration to convention attendees during a dedicated 30-minute time slot
Exposure to industry leaders and decision-makers

Q: How can my company become an exhibitor?

A: Fill out the exhibitor application located at

Destination

Registration

Q: What is included as part of my registration?

A: Registration includes attendance at committee meetings, sessions, networking events, and exhibit area activities. Additionally, registration fees cover the cost of meeting room rental, audiovisual equipment, coffee breaks, cyber café and wireless hotspot equipment and fees, signs, pre-convention and on-site materials, registration staff, and materials.

Q: How do I register for special lunches and receptions?

A: It is highly recommended you pre-register for all ticketed lunches and receptions. Space is limited and these events are expected to sell out. You can register for these events online when filling out the registration form. You can also add a these events to your registration by contacting Customer Service at registrar@concrete.org

Q: If my guest is only attending the networking events, does he/she need to register?

A: Yes, he/she will need to register as a guest to attend any networking events, guest events, or tours.

Q: If I am only coming to make my presentation, do I need to register?

A: If you are a speaker only attending the session to make your presentation (and not participating in any other convention event), you do not need to register. Please note: You will NOT receive a name badge or other convention materials if you do not register. One day registrations are available.

Q: Where will registration be located on site?

A: In the Exhibit Hall at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Q: What are the hours of registration?

A: Registration will be open during the following hours:

Saturday, October 24 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 25 7:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Monday, October 26 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 27 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 28 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Hotel

Q: Does ACI have a group rate at the Raleigh Marriott City Center or the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel?

A: Yes, ACI has a group rate at both the Raleigh Marriott City Center and the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel. The rate at the Marriott hotel is $209 USD plus tax and the rate at the Sheraton hotel is $199 USD plus tax (based on a single or double occupancy).  

Q: Does ACI have government rate rooms?

A: Yes, ACI has a small block of government rate rooms at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel. More information on government rate rooms can be found here.

Q: Is there a charge for internet access in guest rooms at the Raleigh Marriott City Center or the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel?

A: The Marriott and Sheraton both offer complimentary internet in guest rooms.

Transportation

Q: How can I get from the airport to the Raleigh Marriott City Center and the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel?

A: Taxi cabs, Uber, Lyft, Wingz, and rental car centers are all available at the RDU airport

Q: Is there parking available at the Raleigh Marriott City Center and the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel?

A: Off-site parking at the Marriott is $3/hour and $15/daily; Valet parking is $30/daily and $18/day guests. Off-site parking at the Sheraton is $50/daily; On-site parking is $2/hourly and $25/daily; Valet parking is $30/daily.

Travel

Q: I need a letter of invitation to obtain a visa. Can you help me?

A: Request your letter of invitation from ACI Event Services. Provide your full name, mailing address, and e-mail address. E-mail us at conventions@concrete.org. Note: ACI is unable to provide financial assistance. Letters will only be given to registered convention attendees.

Q: How far in advance should I request a letter of invitation to obtain a visa?

A: ACI recommends requesting a letter of invitation six (6) months prior to each convention.

Q: Will ACI submit my letter of invitation directly to the consulate?

A: ACI will send all letters of invitation directly to the individual requesting the letter. Individuals must submit the letter to their consulate. ACI will not communicate with embassies or consulates on your behalf.

Q: Will ACI provide financial support?

A: Unfortunately, ACI is unable to provide financial assistance to attendees.

Q: What are the latest airport security guidelines?

A: For the latest airport security guidelines, visit https://www.tsa.gov/travel.

Don't See Your Question - Contact Us

Name Responsibility E-mail
Lauren E. Mentz, CMP Director, Event Services—Oversees Event Services Department; Convention & Event Operations, Host Chapter Relations +1.248.848.3799 lauren.mentz@concrete.org
Alexandria R. Prokic, CMP Event Planner—Food & Beverage Events; Meeting Scheduling; Opening Session; Onsite Operations +1.248.848.3785
alex.prokic@concrete.org
Bryce V. Barker, CMP Event Planner—Session and Speaker Coordination; Executive Committee Relations; Onsite Operations +1.248.848.3187
bryce.barker@concrete.org
Carole A. Berrelez Event Planner—Room Block Management; Exhibit Hall Activities; Host Chapter Coordination; Onsite Operations +1.248.848.3186
 carole.berrelez@concrete.org
Kim A. Spillane
Sales/Business Development Coordinator—Exhibits and Sponsorship Sales
+1.248.848.3197
kim.spillane@concrete.org
General Information +1.248.848.3795
alex.prokic@concrete.org

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