Special EVENTS


First-Timer and New Member Reception
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Omaha Convention Center – Junior Ballroom Foyer

This reception offers new MRCA members and first-time attendees to the MRCA Annual Conference & Expo the opportunity to meet the MRCA Board as well as others who are attending the conference for the first time. It is also an opportunity to receive information about MRCA, general information about the 2018 Annual Meeting, and a sneak peek at what is to come in 2019.

Sponsored by: Iowa Roofing Contractors Association (IRCA)

Young Contractors Council (YCC) Fundraiser Welcome Party at “The Matt” – Monte Carlo Night!
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Old Mattress Factory Bar & Grill - 501 N 13th St., Omaha, NE 68102
(Separate Registration Required)

Registration includes food, access to our open bar, and some gambling money to get you started.  It also gets you a seat at any of our game tables for Texas Hold ‘Em, Black Jack, Craps, and Roulette.  Game tables will be hosted by professional dealers, and there will be trivia for those of you with mind skills.  The event will be held in a private room with a private outdoor area.  Cash in your chips at the end of the night for chances to win big in the bucket raffle.  Deal yourself a night to remember and register now!  The funds raised with your registration dollars will go directly to the MRCA Foundation’s Scholarship Program.

Sponsored by: Derbigum,  Malarkey,  Dataforma, Premier Claims


Keynote Address, McCawley Award Presentation, Membership Meeting, and Passing of the Gavel
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Omaha Convention Center – Junior Ballroom

MRCA is pleased to announce that the 69th Annual Conference & Expo scheduled for October 24-26, 2018 in Omaha, NE, will be kicked off by former American football player, coach, college athletics administrator, politician, and Nebraska icon, Tom Osborne. Tom served as the head football coach of the University of Nebraska football team for 25 years from 1973 to 1997. Osborne was one of the most successful coaches in American college football history, with a career record of 255-49-03, 13 conference championships, and three national championships. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1999. Osborne was later elected U.S. Representative from Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District as a Republican. He served three terms from 2001 to 2007. In 2007, he returned to the University of Nebraska as athletic director (AD) retiring in January 2013. You won’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear Tom speak about his life and experiences both on and off the field.

Prior to the Keynote, the Membership Meeting will feature the election of new Board Members and the Annual Passing of the Gavel Ceremony. Then we will recognize and celebrate the recipients of the prestigious James Q. McCawley Award.

All registered Attendees and Exhibitors are invited to attend.

Keynote Sponsored by: ABC Supply

The Gateway to the Wild West MRCA Reception & Foundation Auction
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm (7:00 pm Live Auction)
- 1001 Cass Street, Omaha, NE 68102 - Grand Central Ballroom

Looking to maximize your Conference experience? Make sure you are one of the hundreds of attendees living it up at this Annual Conference celebration! The Reception and Auction are always a highlight of conference activity, and this event IS FREE TO ALL

REGISTERED ATTENDEES AND EXHIBITORS. Enjoy the food, drinks, and online bidding while you see the faces you’ve looked forward to seeing since last year. The event finale will be the heart-pumping Live Auction. Big items, big dollars, and big smiles all to benefit the research and education efforts of the MRCA Foundation.

LIVE MUSIC performed by the Bel Airs!

Sponsored by: Sprague and Malarkey


Spouse and Guest Outing
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium - 3701 S 10th St, Omaha, NE 68107
(Separate Registration Required)

Consistently ranked one of the world’s best zoos, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is the ultimate interactive zoo experience and a biological park leading the nation’s conservation efforts.

The Omaha zoo redefines the term “zoo” by dedicating resources to saving and protecting species around the world. Each guest through the gate means another conservation story continues, and all 130-acres means families run wild so animals across the globe can run free.

Outside of a world-renowned conservation program, Omaha’s Zoo offers a variety of travel-worthy experiences. Walk through the world’s largest indoor desert and the largest indoor rainforest in North America. Explore exotic locations and underground caves to see thousands of animals from across the globe in their natural habitat. With more than 7 acres of indoor exhibits, Omaha’s Zoo is a year-round must-do.