Ethics. Education. Excellence

2016 Painting & Decorating Expo


 

LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER!

NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 9-12, 2016 

The dates are set and we are planning another fabulous PDCA Expo. We are excited to be back in New Orleans to not only, network and learn (most important), but to visit a city rich in history and traditions. We will enjoy peer to peer education, mouthwatering New Orleans style food and amazing music!!!! It has been ten years since Hurrican Katrina, and this city is as vibrant and hospitable as ever! They definitely know how to let the good times roll!

We hope to see all of you in New Orleans in March!  Stay tuned for updates on registration and schedules. 
 
REGISTRATION DATES: 
 
Early Bird OPENS October 1 - 31, 2015. Members only exclusive! Book early and receive $50 off  full Expo registration for members and member additional employees.

 

Regular Registration Opens November 1, 2015.

 
 
EXPO DATES: March 9-12, 2016 PLEASE NOTE NEW SCHEDULE
We shifted the Expo by a day facilitating travel and giving you the weekend to enjoy the Big Easy. 
 
SCHEDULE:
Wednesday, March 9: Classes begin 
 
Thursday, March 10:  Classes in the am with Trade Show starting at 10:30am. For exhibitior details about the trade show, please contact Marsha Bass via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Friday, March 11: Classes in the am and then the "official" end to the PDCA Expo with our own Paintball Celebration. But that doesn't mean the party is over.......
 
Saturday, March 12: Craftsmanship Forum Conference or Tours of the Big Easy! 
 
HOTEL INFORMATION
We are staying at the wonderful Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Reservation block opens on October 1, 2015.

Address: 
Two Poydras Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130, USA

Explore the best of New Orleans from the Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel in the heart of downtown. Unwind in a comfortable guest room that offers WiFi, a 37-inch flat-screen TV, mini-refrigerator, and work desk. Upgrade to a View room for amazing views of the Mississippi River or French Quarter. Choose an executive room to enjoy Executive Lounge access with complimentary breakfast, evening appetizers, complimentary in-room WiFi, and complimentary access to the Health Club by Hilton fitness facility.

Gather with colleagues over cocktails at Spirits bar, then head across the street for a night out at Harrah’s Casino. Savor local specialties at Drago’s Seafood. Catch up on work using the complimentary WiFi at River Blends Café or in the lobby. Start each day with breakfast at Le Croissant Express. Pick up snacks, quick meals and souvenirs from Crescent City Marketplace.

 
This downtown New Orleans hotel offers 90,000 sq. ft. of full-service health and fitness facilities. The Health Club by Hilton features a fitness center, exercise classes, and indoor tennis, squash and racquetball courts.
 
Reservations for the PDCA Expo will open on October 1. Please make sure to book within the block in order to get all the amenities we have secured. If you book through a third party vendor we will not be able to provide you the amenities that the other guests will receive.
 
FOR YOUR DINING CONVENIENCE
 
Crecent City Marketplace - Your "grocery store" while you're here, stocked with beer, wine, liquor, water, soda, fruit, snacks, Chef's "to go" creations, Starbuck's coffee and more. You'll also find unique New Orleans snacks and gifts, from local art, to Zapp's potato chips and Hubig's pies. 
       Seven days a week: 8:00am - 12:00am
 
Drago's Seafood Restuarant - home to the infamous charbroiled oysters(YUM!) 
       Cuisine: Seafood
       Atmosphere and Dress Code: Casual Sophistication
       Serving Style: a la Carte
       Hours: 11:00am - 10:00pm
       Phone: 504-888-9254
       Website: www.dragorestaurant.com
 
Le Croissant - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Delight in the sumptuous Hilton breakfast buffet and light menu a la carte options. 
       Cuisine: Breakfast
       Atmosphere: Casual
      Serving Style: a la Carte
      Seven days a week: 6:00am - 10:30am
 
 
River Blends Cafe - Enjoy a quick breakfast, a cup of coffee, espresso, or latte or a deli sandwich in River Blends Café, our on-site coffee house proudly serving Starbucks Coffee, conveniently located on the second floor adjacent to the main lobby. Free wireless internet is available
      Cuisine: Light Fare Breakfast & Lunch
      Atomosphere: Casual
      Serving Style: a la Carte
      Seven days a week: 6:00am - 5:00pm
 
FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT AND CONVENIENCE
 
Spirits Bar - New Orleans is a mecca for the senses. Taste, hear, see, feel the rhythm by embarking on your journey from the awe inspiring surroundings of SPIRITS. Excite your palate with mouth-watering New Orleans style samplings, or simply enjoy the "Delta Breeze" and the wide assortment of cocktails, wine, and beer Spirits has to offer. Spirits is open from 11:00am until Midnight daily.
      Cuisine: Extensive Bar Menu 
      Atomosphere: Casual
      Serving Style: a la Carte
     Seven days a week: 11:00am - 12:00am
 
Public Belt - Brand new cocktail lounge inspired by the iconic railroad brought to the city in the early 1900s. Located on the second floor, the piano bar will serve hand-crafted cocktails while alluding to the mystique of the prohibition era with intimate nooks and live jazz music.
 
FOR YOUR COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
 
Automated Teller (ATM)
Baggage Storage
Bar Area
Beauty Salon
Car Rental Desk
Concierge Desk
Electric Service Elevators
Gift Shop
Guest Activity/Recreation Desk
In-Room WiFi (3 levels)
Laundry/Valet Service
Local Area Transportation
Lounge
Luggage Hold
Multi-Lingual Staff
Room Service
Safety Deposit Box
Shoe Shine Stand
Snack Shop
Tour Desk
 
FOR YOUR FITNESS AND RECREATION CONVENIENCE - Please Note: Access to Fitness Center is part of the PDCA Room Block - if you register outside the block you will not have access
 
Basketball
Fitness Room - With Scheduled Classes Daily
Pool
Racquetball
Sight Seeing Tours
Squash
Tennis Court
 

FOR YOUR SHOPPING CONVENIENCE

The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk - Connected to the hotel and featuring over 75 retailers and restaurants on the bank of the majestic Mississippi River. The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk offers shoppers and diners an experience like no other.

Major national brands include Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio, Tommy Bahama Outlet, Forever 21, Coach, The PUMA Store, Hartstrings Kids Apparel Center, and Kenneth Cole. Center favorites, and original tenants from the beginning, also include The Fudgery, Gap Factory Store, Café Du Monde, Aerosoles, and Swim 'n Sport Outlet.

Guests can experience a guilt-free shopping trip through unbelievable discounts of 25% to 65% every day at the beloved designer brands. Savor the FASHION at The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, and INDULGE in the savings at the nation’s newest and most exciting shopping destination!
         Hours: Monday–Saturday 10:00AM – 9:00PM & Sunday 10:00AM – 7:00PM

 
AIRPORT INFORMATION
 
Louis Armstrong International Airport(MSY) is the major airport servicing the New Orleans area and is 13 miles from the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel approximately 25 minutes driving time.
Address: 900 Airline Drive in Kenner, Louisiana
 
Getting to the Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel from the Airport
    Airport Shuttle
  • Fee: One-way: $20 USD per person; Roundtrip: $38 USD per person.
  • Group of 5+ Fee: For groups of 5 or more riding together you can save $5/per person. Note, this discounted group reservation cannot be booked in advance - reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis at the airport
  • Hours: 24hrs.; Departures from Louis Armstrong Internation Airport and downtown New Orleans are offered 24 hours a day, every day.
  • Travel Time: 25 minutes

     Taxi:

  • Fee: $33.00 USD flat fee for up to 2 passengers.
  • Hours: 24hrs.
  • Travel Time: 20 - 25 minutes
 
NEW ORLEANS INFORMATION
 
NEW ORLEANS – WHAT TO DO? 
 
For the nighttime crowd, the night never has to end in New Orleans since bars and clubs are not required to close. To suggest that the party starts and ends on Bourbon Street sells the rest of the city short. New Orleans has many distinct neighborhoods that offer an abundance of music and food options. Don't just limit yourself to the French Quarter.