Join us for the third-annual CPIA Leadership Conference at the Zachary Hotel in Chicago — just a baseball’s throw from the iconic Wrigley Field! This is a prime opportunity to network, improve your technical knowledge and share information with your peers — all in the Midwest’s most vibrant city. Whether you are already a CPIA member or eager to know more about the association and its many benefits, this is the event for you. We welcome commercial painting contractors and associated professionals, including architects, engineers, interior designers and asset owners. Here’s what a few past attendees had to say about the conference:

"I really enjoyed all the speakers and came up with different strategies for our business. It’s been a great experience." — Liz Perez-Lavin, President, Service Contracting Solutions

"Loved the networking — being able to meet companies from around the U.S., hearing about the similar issues they run into and learning from them." — Jeremy Barrett, Project Manager/Estimator, Siegner and Company

"I think the CPIA is the best paint organization out there — by far. My favorite activity was definitely the golf, and the networking was awesome!" — John Chisham, Director, gpac

Hotel Zachary at Gallagher Way, located in Wrigleyville, Chicago, is a boutique hotel with a unique neighborhood character that sets it apart from other hotels in the city. With a modern yet classic design inspired by renowned architect Zachary Taylor Davis, Hotel Zachary seamlessly blends history and style. Guests can enjoy locally sourced dining and signature cocktails as well as thoughtful amenities and artistic touches in every guest room. Whether you're a baseball fan, curious traveler, or local, you'll have an unforgettable stay. The hotel offers a friendly and personal level of service that will exceed your expectations. Experience the charm of Wrigleyville and the energy of Chicago in one unforgettable location. Check out for more information.

Join your peers to talk about the industry’s future, key issues for commercial painting contractors and recommended solutions. This is an opportunity to tap into a wealth of business and technical knowledge.

Sample Topics:
Panel Discussion on Coatings
Advances in Equipment: Robotics & Drones
Overcoming Supply Chain Issues
Growing Your Business: Things to Do & Things to Know
Cultivating Future Leaders
Quality Control and Maximizing Efficiency in Your Workforce

Hear from experts in business, technology, marketing, sales and more.
Watch this space for added presenters.

Jack Becker is a leadership, teamwork, human performance, safety, and process improvement professional whose years of expertise inspired him to found Flight Level Solutions, Inc. He adapted the skills that made him successful flying combat missions and serving as one of the Navy's top CRM instructors to help companies perform at Top Gun levels. He holds a B.S. in political science with an emphasis on organizational leadership from the U.S. Naval Academy.


Executive Member

$1299 [EB]  :  $1599 [ST]

Leadership Development Members

$1299 [EB]  :  $1599 [ST]

Basic Members

$1599 [EB]  :  $1899 [ST]

Registration & Basic Membership Combo

$1999 [EB]  :  $2299 [ST]

Member's Significant Other
(Does not include conference presentations and meetings)

$999 [EB]  :  $1299 [ST]

Asset Owners

$999 [EB]  :  $1299 [ST]


CPIA Premier Partners (Per Delegate)

$1199 [EB]  :  $1499 [ST]

CPIA Founding Partners (Per Delegate)

$1299 [EB]  :  $1599 [ST]

CPIA Gold Partners (Per Delegate)

$1599 [EB]  :  $1899 [ST]

CPIA Silver Partners (Per Delegate)

$1699 [EB]  :  $1999 [ST]

CPIA Influencer Partners (Per Delegate)

$2099 [EB]  :  $2399 [ST]

Industry Partner's Significant Other
(Does not include conference presentations and meetings)

$999 [EB]  :  $1299 [ST]

Industry Supplier (Non-partner Company)

$3699 [EB]  :  $3999 [ST]

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Reserve your rooms at the Hotel Zachary:

The special group rate is available until Friday, August 11, 2023.

$289 Nightly Rate + Taxes
Guest room, 1 King Neighborhood View
Guest room, 2 Queen(s), Neighborhood View
Neighborhood Suite, 1 Bedroom Suite, King Bed, Sofa Bed, Neighborhood View, Balcony

$309 Nightly Rate + Taxes
Guest room, 1 King, Wrigley Field View
Guest room, 2 Queen(s), Wrigley Field View

$589 Nightly Rate + Taxes
Ballpark Junior Suite, Junior Suite, 1 King, Sofa Bed, Wrigley Field View, Balcony

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Steve Hester, CPIA Co-Founder and President of Hester Painting & Decorating, is also a member of the Young President’s Organization and active in Chicagoland’s civic and philanthropic community. In addition to finance, legal and marketing know-how, Hester brings to The CPIA a vision for the future, based on the association’s goals for advancing the industry and its core values.
Aaron Moore, CPIA Co-Founder and Owner of Precision Painting & Decorating (PPD), Bellwood, Illinois, is passionate about entrepreneurship, values-driven leadership, family, community, the outdoors and golf ... not necessarily in that order. His company has been a recipient of the Inc. 5000 Award for the Fastest Growing Private Companies in the U.S. Moore also sits on numerous boards and is dedicated to supporting the commercial painting industry through his work with members of the CPIA.
Mike Stanley, CPIA Executive Director, comes to the association with a significant career in media, trade shows, events, research, and association management. Mike was the Publisher and Chief Executive of a number of magazines and brands that focused on commercial interior design and architecture and also was named Publishing Director of the American Society of Interior Designers magazine.
Brion D. Palmer is CEO of Technology Publishing Company, the business-to-business media organization that has served paint and coatings industry professionals since 1984. In addition to overseeing the company’s publishing and lead-generation businesses, he introduced the annual hosted buyer event, Contractor Connect, now four years strong. Last October, he welcomed invitees to the first commercial-only Contractor Connect, held in tandem with the CPIA Leadership Conference.


Sponsorships are still available. See updated opportunities here.


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In addition to attending the conference’s recreational and educational events, a selection of senior decision-makers from commercial contracting companies and C-suite executives from industry suppliers will be invited to attend TPC Connect: Commercial Painting (formerly Commercial Contractor Connect), an exclusive hosted buyer event. Co-located with the CPIA conference at Hotel Zachary & Wrigley Field, the Connect event’s pre-scheduled, private one-on-one meetings and related activities will take place September 14.