September  2002



NSDJA Convention in San Antonio Offers 
Face Time with Fellow Jobbers

by Samantha Carpenter

San Antonio is not only home to the infamous Alamo but also to this year’s National Sash and Door Jobbers Association (NSDJA) 39th Annual Convention, being held October 12-16, 2002.

This year’s convention—with a theme of Millwork Ole!—will have more than 170 exhibitors and will occupy 172,000 square feet of meeting space at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

“Meeting face to face with our colleagues provides the opportunity to regain focus and direction in our professional lives, rekindle relationships and maximize the power of a handshake and a good conversation,” said NSDJA executive director Linnea Johansson.

If you haven’t made arrangements for this year’s convention, the following information may come in handy.

Hotel Reservations
The Marriott Rivercenter Hotel (NSDJA headquarters) and the Marriott Riverwalk Hotel have been selected as the official hotels for the convention. All room reservations must be made through the NSDJA office on the registration form. To register online, go to or for a brochure call the NSDJA office at 800/786-7274.

Reservations are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. After initial reservations are made, all room changes must be made through the hotel.

Once the number of allotted rooms are filled, you will be advised on your NSDJA confirmation form, and you will be responsible for making your hotel reservations.

Both of the Marriott hotels are approximately 15 minutes from the San Antonio International Airport and within walking distance of the convention center. The most economical way to travel to either hotel is by taking the SATrans shuttle, which departs 10 and 40 minutes past the hour and is located outside the baggage claim. The fare is $9 one-way or $16 round trip. The evening prior to departure, you must contact SATrans at 210/281-9900 or at The average taxi fare is $16.

Exhibit Hall
The exhibit hall is located at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. There will be cash drawings in the hall for all attendees during most sessions. You must be present to win. You will receive one ticket for each exhibit hall session; deposit your ticket(s) at the NSDJA booth for drawings.

Exhibit Hall Schedule

Saturday, October 12
4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.              Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.              Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres

Sunday, October 13
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.              Exhibit Hall Open
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.            All Attendees Continental Breakfast
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.       All Attendees Luncheon

Monday, October 14
8 a.m. to Noon                    Exhibit Hall Open
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.              All Attendees Full Breakfast
Noon to 1 p.m.                   All Attendees Luncheon

Tuesday, October 15
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.           Exhibit Hall Open

Dress & Climate
The attire for the convention will be business casual with the exception of the exhibit hall grand opening, which is business attire. The average daily temperature for San Antonio for October is a high of 81° Fahrenheit and a low of 59° Fahrenheit.

TEXAS1 During your “down time” or if you have an extra day to spare, you may want to take in the sites of San Antonio. 

Of course any trip to San Antonio requires a trip to the Alamo, which is the famous spot where 189 defenders fell on March 6, 1836, after repeated attacks by Mexican General Santa Anna’s army. Mission San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo) was established in 1718 as the city’s first mission. The chapel, one of the most photographed facades in the nation and the Long Barracks are all that remain of the original fort.

Can’t make it to the Alamo? Then visit the San Antonio IMAX Theatre at Rivercenter. The IMAX screen is six stories tall, which is ten times larger than a conventional movie screen. You can watch the “Alamo—The Prince of Freedom”, which is a 45-minute docudrama about the 13-day siege and fall of the Alamo.

If you enjoy historic homes, stroll through the King William Historic Area. In the late 1880s, the King William District was the most elegant residential area in the city. Prominent German merchants originally settled the area.

Are you a shop-a-holic? If not, I bet you know someone who is. The River Walk, in the heart of downtown, is the pride of the city. Cobblestone walkways lead you to river-level restaurants and 

The Tower of the Americas offers a panoramic view of San Antonio and the surrounding area. Glass-walled elevators ascend more than 500 feet to the restaurant and observation level.

Eating Out
Your visit to San Antonio won’t be complete without eating some authentic Southwestern food. Here are a few restaurants you might want to try:

    Boudro's - A Texas Bistro
    421 E. Commerce
    210/ 224-8484

    Canyon Café
    255 E. Basse #600
    210/ 821-3738

    Zuni Grill
    511 River Walk
    210/ 227-0864

Make attending the NSDJA convention a priority for your company. Check out the October issue of SHELTER for extensive coverage of the show, including information on convention seminars and a special exhibitor product section. 


Samantha Carpenter is the editor of SHELTER.



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