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Date: 03/08/2018

Contact: David Cooper                                   

Tel. 877-500-5759


2018 SMA Annual Conference to be Held in Santa Fe, NM

Stair Professionals Gather En Mass at the "Miraculous Staircase" of the Loretto Chapel

The Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association (SMA) will host its annual conference and 30-year anniversary celebration April 25-28, 2018, in Santa Fe, NM, in the shadow of the Loretto Chapel, home of the “Miraculous Staircase.”

This year’s SMA Conference will see an increase of over 40% in attendance and exhibitors and twice as many entries in the prestigious StairCraft awards. Photographs of all staircases entered will be on display during the conference, with the winners announced during the Awards Banquet on Friday, April 27, 2018.

 Architects and design professionals are signing up for the Stair Design and Engineering Symposium on April 26, where they will earn continuing education credits for sessions related to structural properties of stairs and balustrades, design criteria, and regulatory issues. 

 A welcome reception will be held April 26 at the Loretto Chapel, where attendees will get an up-close look at the Miraculous Staircase and learn about its construction from long-time curator Richard Lindsley. 

 Events on April 27-28 will include keynote presenter Chris Ramey, a noted expert in luxury marketing, as well as an energetic exhibit hall, code and standard development updates, breakout sessions with expert presenters, committee and annual business meetings, the StairCraft Awards Banquet and a special 30th anniversary “Sky’s the Limit” celebration and closing keynote. 

 The Loretto reception is free to the press.  Contact David Cooper for details on press passes.

The SMA is experiencing unprecedented growth in its membership, and the proof is in how large its conferences are over previous years.  Members of the stair industry are eager to learn and network in order to continue growing their business, and their attendance at the SMA Conferences is proof that business is good!

Registration is now open and complete details are available at

The SMA was founded in 1988 and is the only organization in the United States that represents dedicated professionals in the stairbuilding industry. The SMA provides educational opportunities for its members, architects, builders and building officials. 

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