SOURCE: Hanley Wood

May 09, 2008 13:53 ET

Coastal Contractor Summit Launches in Ft. Lauderdale

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - May 9, 2008) - Coastal builders face a host of challenges and only those who understand the current trends, best building techniques and latest product developments will thrive. Hanley Wood's 2008 Coastal Contractor Summit is the venue for builders and contractors to get up-to-date information on coastal building techniques and share best practices with leaders in the coastal building industry.

The 2008 Coastal Contractor Summit will be held in May 12-14, at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Ft. Lauderdale. Attendees will learn new building solutions based on current wind research, hear successful strategies to overcome moisture intrusion, discover new flood-resistant construction tactics and network with coastal builders, remodelers, architects, and engineers and code officials.

"We are very excited to have such distinguished group of industry experts gathered together in one place to discuss the important issues in coastal building," says Clayton DeKorne, editor of COASTAL CONTRACTOR Magazine. "We think that this conference can invigorate discussion about coastal building practices and help attendees to improve their businesses."

The summit program incorporates some of the top experts in the industry today and ends with a panel of all the speakers addressing questions from the audience. Speakers at the summit include:

--  Tim Reinhold, Ph.D., P.E., V.P. Engineering, Institute for Business
    and Home Safety (IBHS)
--  Christopher P. Jones, P.E., Author
--  Richard Reynolds, owner of RG Reynolds Homes, Bradenton, Florida
--  Stuart McDonald, V.P. Operations, Mercedes Homes
--  Forrest J. Masters, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Florida,
    Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering
--  David O. Prevatt, Ph.D., PE, Assistant Professor, University of
    Florida, Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering
--  Claudette H. Reichel, Ed.D., Professor, Louisiana State University,
    LaHouse Project Chair

Hanley Wood's COASTAL CONTRACTOR is the only publication written exclusively for remodelers, subcontractors, and custom home builders working in coastal states. COASTAL CONTRACTOR educates professional contractors on building codes, provides construction techniques, and supplies the latest information on building products designed to meet the needs of residential building in coastal areas.

For more information about the summit and its program, please visit

About Hanley Wood

Hanley Wood, LLC is the premier media and information company serving housing and construction. Through four operating divisions, the company produces award-winning magazines and Web sites, marquee trade shows and events, rich data and custom marketing solutions. The company also is North America's leading publisher of home plans. Hanley Wood Business Media (Washington, D.C.) publishes 36 award-winning residential and commercial construction titles, including BUILDER, REMODELING, ARCHITECT, CUSTOM HOME, CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION and RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECT. Hanley Wood Business Media also offers the construction industry's foremost collection of Web sites, including BUILDER ONLINE, REMODELING ONLINE, and ebuild, the comprehensive online guide to building products, as well as the largest collection of house plans online through and Dream Home Source.

Founded in 1976, Hanley Wood is a $250 million company owned by affiliates of JPMorgan Partners, LLC. CCMP Capital Advisors manages the Hanley Wood investment for JPMorgan Partners.