We'll See You at the Trade Show!

A robust product showcase, the latest construction industry innovations and more await you at the annual Orange County Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute Trade Show.  This is an invitation only event.  Please contact one of our exhibitors if you have not received an invitation.


April 10, 2024 | Elks Club | 1751 S Elk Lane | Santa Ana, California

Key Note Speaker: Colonel Charles J. Quilter II USMC(Ret), PhD

The Orange County Chapter of CSI is pleased to announce that our keynote speaker for our April 10th Trade Show is Colonel Charles J. Quilter II USMC(Ret), PhD. Colonel Quilter will speak about the Tustin Hangars located at the former Marine Corps Air Station in Tustin. For more than 80 years, the two hangars reaching 17 stories high have been part of Orange County’s military history. The wooden structures once housed military helicopters and blimps armed with machine guns and bombs. The two structures were designed and built in 1942, during wartime. Sadly, one of the two blimp buildings was destroyed by fire in 2023.

Colonel Charles J. Quilter II USMC(Ret), PhD grew up in a Marine family and enlisted as a private in the Marine Corps Reserve at age 17 while still attending Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. After studies in Japan, he graduated in East Asian History from Cal Berkeley and was commissioned a second lieutenant. He won aviator wings in 1965, and his first deployment was as an F-4B Phantom pilot with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 531 (VMFA-531) to Puerto Rico near the end of the Dominican Republic Crisis. In Vietnam, he flew 252 combat missions with VMFA-323 rising to flight commander. Ironically, despite his aircraft being hit a number of times, his only injury there came on the ground during a mortar attack.

Returning to El Toro, he became operations officer of VMFA-531 and helped develop new fighter tactics for the Phantom against more agile enemy fighters. Returning to the Reserve, he flew OV-10A Broncos with Marine Observation Squadron 8 (VMO-8) and then A-4F Super Skyhawks with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA-134), becoming commander of VMFA-134 for two years when the squadron transitioned to Phantoms at El Toro. For six years as a colonel, he commanded all the Corps’ field historians and led detachments to Desert Shield/Storm, the Bosnia Conflict and, lastly, was recalled from retirement for Iraqi Freedom at age 61 while working on his doctorate in history at UCI. That deployment rounded out over 43 years of his combined active and reserve service.

As a historian, he has written a number of books on Marine Corps history. His military awards include the Legion of Merit and seventeen Air Medals as well as two each of the Presidential and Navy Unit Citation. As a pilot, he has flown over 23,000 hours. He is a Life Member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and served many years as the president of the annual Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade. In the 1980’s at El Toro, he was a founding board member of what became the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation. Today, he is on its board again, working to return the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum to a large, historic hangar at the site of former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro.

Exhibitor and Sponsor Packages

Exhibit Tabletop (35+ available) $1,150. each 5 dinners each
Sponsorship Packages (2 SOLD) $2,500. each 10 dinners each

Trade Show 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Dinner 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Keynote Speaker: 7:00 to 8:00 pm

All Sponsors and Exhibitors receive:

  • Your company’s name and products in front of attendees – decision-makers, including architects, specifiers, contractors and construction and design professionals.
  •  1/4 size ad in the ORANGE PEAL for one year and on the website.
  • A two-hour tradeshow and networking event.
  • Appetizers and a no-host bar with plenty of time to socialize and sell your firm and your products.
  • Ability to distribute your marketing materials, collect leads, network and make new contacts for your company.
  • Event admissions, allowing you to host important clients at the show and invite them to join you for a gourmet meal.
  • One-on-one dinner time conversation with your invited guests, allowing you to cultivate and build your relationship with important clients.
  • A world-class keynote presentation.

Exhibitors receive the benefits above, plus:

  • One 6-foot exhibit table;
  • One shared banquet table with dinner for 5

SOLD – Be one of our 2 Sponsors and add these additional benefits:

  • One 8-foot exhibit table;
  • One banquet table with dinner for 10;
  • Priority choice of exhibit and banquet table locations;
  • Your company logo on all event marketing material and the OCCCSI website;
  • Your company profile in the chapter’s ORANGE PEAL newsletter;
  • A half-size ad in the ORANGE PEAL and website for one year; and
  • Recognition and thanks at the event.

Ensure your target market attends. All exhibit tables are packaged with a set number of dinners. Once an exhibit table is registered, the exhibitor can invite guests to join them for the evening. Exhibitors register their guests online for ease and convenience. Offer your guests a pleasant experience. They can share cocktails and appetizers with exhibitors as they peruse the tabletop exhibits. Afterwards, they will enjoy a delicious meal while listening to the keynote speaker.


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