Phil McCoy (yours truly) and Mike RowePhil McCoy (yours truly) and Mike Rowe
Everybody came to see Mike Rowe.Everybody came to see Mike Rowe.
Mike made a fine impression at our kickoff dinner the night before the show opened.Mike made a fine impression at our kickoff dinner the night before the show opened.
Crystal, with her pink hard hat, helped us assemble the booth just in time for the show but couldn't keep a straight face around Mike.Crystal, with her pink hard hat, helped us assemble the booth just in time for the show but couldn't keep a straight face around Mike.
Dion, my friend and colleague, provided tremendous support throughout the show.Dion, my friend and colleague, provided tremendous support throughout the show.
Steve, the best security guy ever.Steve, the best security guy ever.
(L to R) Debbie, Judy (she booked Mike for us and was his right hand at the show), me and Colleen.(L to R) Debbie, Judy (she booked Mike for us and was his right hand at the show), me and Colleen.
Mike did many things for our customers including photos like this one. He talked on the phone with kids and girlfriends who couldn't be at the show, tirelessly signed tons of autographs and took untold quantities of photos that we quickly emailed to each recipient.Mike did many things for our customers including photos like this one. He talked on the phone with kids and girlfriends who couldn't be at the show, tirelessly signed tons of autographs and took untold quantities of photos that we quickly emailed to each recipient.
Here I am with a young fan on deck with a question during one of Mike's Q&A sessions.Here I am with a young fan on deck with a question during one of Mike's Q&A sessions.
We worked with a crack AV team. Here you can see the stage and the giant LED screen that let people see Mike all the way across the gold lot.We worked with a crack AV team. Here you can see the stage and the giant LED screen that let people see Mike all the way across the gold lot.
We were absolutely overwhelmed by the volume of fans that wanted to see Mike and get autographs and photos.We were absolutely overwhelmed by the volume of fans that wanted to see Mike and get autographs and photos.
Another young fan gets a photo with Mike.Another young fan gets a photo with Mike.
Kevin, Mike and Rudy talk about cranes.Kevin, Mike and Rudy talk about cranes.
Rudy is from Germany and has never seen Mike's show. His exchanges with Mike were hilarious as the two worked to bridge the culture gap.Rudy is from Germany and has never seen Mike's show. His exchanges with Mike were hilarious as the two worked to bridge the culture gap.
Fred and Mike are talking about roadbuilding.Fred and Mike are talking about roadbuilding.
Mike's friend, Captain Phil Harris from another popular TV show, Deadliest Catch popped in to say hello during a Q&A session.Mike's friend, Captain Phil Harris from another popular TV show, Deadliest Catch popped in to say hello during a Q&A session.
Everyday the crowds got bigger.Everyday the crowds got bigger.
Mike and Kevin kickin' it before the next show.Mike and Kevin kickin' it before the next show.
Thursday night at our customer party, there was somewhere close to 5,000 people running around a gigantic ballroom at The Mirage wooping it up. Rabid Mike Rowe fans were everywhere. The expression on Mike's face is priceless.Thursday night at our customer party, there was somewhere close to 5,000 people running around a gigantic ballroom at The Mirage wooping it up. Rabid Mike Rowe fans were everywhere. The expression on Mike's face is priceless.
Mike and Ron, our CEO, exchanging thanks and congratulations before Lionel Richie came out to play for the audience. (See my blog post under GOOD TIMES; Good Friends, Lionel Richie, ConExpo.)Mike and Ron, our CEO, exchanging thanks and congratulations before Lionel Richie came out to play for the audience. (See my blog post under GOOD TIMES; Good Friends, Lionel Richie, ConExpo.)
  • Phil McCoy (yours truly) and Mike Rowe
  • Everybody came to see Mike Rowe.
  • Mike made a fine impression at our kickoff dinner the night before the show opened.
  • Crystal, with her pink hard hat, helped us assemble the booth just in time for the show but couldn't keep a straight face around Mike.
  • Dion, my friend and colleague, provided tremendous support throughout the show.
  • Steve, the best security guy ever.
  • (L to R) Debbie, Judy (she booked Mike for us and was his right hand at the show), me and Colleen.
  • Mike did many things for our customers including photos like this one. He talked on the phone with kids and girlfriends who couldn't be at the show, tirelessly signed tons of autographs and took untold quantities of photos that we quickly emailed to each recipient.
  • Here I am with a young fan on deck with a question during one of Mike's Q&A sessions.
  • We worked with a crack AV team. Here you can see the stage and the giant LED screen that let people see Mike all the way across the gold lot.
  • We were absolutely overwhelmed by the volume of fans that wanted to see Mike and get autographs and photos.
  • Another young fan gets a photo with Mike.
  • Kevin, Mike and Rudy talk about cranes.
  • Rudy is from Germany and has never seen Mike's show. His exchanges with Mike were hilarious as the two worked to bridge the culture gap.
  • Fred and Mike are talking about roadbuilding.
  • Mike's friend, Captain Phil Harris from another popular TV show, Deadliest Catch popped in to say hello during a Q&A session.
  • Everyday the crowds got bigger.
  • Mike and Kevin kickin' it before the next show.
  • Thursday night at our customer party, there was somewhere close to 5,000 people running around a gigantic ballroom at The Mirage wooping it up. Rabid Mike Rowe fans were everywhere. The expression on Mike's face is priceless.
  • Mike and Ron, our CEO, exchanging thanks and congratulations before Lionel Richie came out to play for the audience. (See my blog post under GOOD TIMES; Good Friends, Lionel Richie, ConExpo.)

Mike Rowe, host of the Discovery Channel’s hit show Dirty Jobs accepted my employer’s invitation to join us in Las Vegas and participate in what we affectionately called our dirtiest job of the year, the ConExpo trade show. For three days, March 11 through 13, Mike helped us create a unique experience for our customers by sharing humorous tales from his Dirty Jobs experience. He signed autographs talked with his many fans and shared his ready wit and warmth with everyone. Something like 144,000 people attended ConExpo. Measured by the volumes of people streaming through our booth, I believe that everyone attending the show was a Mike Rowe fan.

(L to R): Kevin (emcee and brand chief), Colleen (trade show manager), Mike (regular guy), Debbie (marketing director)

(L to R): Kevin (emcee and brand chief), Colleen (trade show manager), Mike (regular guy), Debbie (marketing director)

The tech crew and team that supported Mike's appearance at the show.

The tech crew and team that supported Mike's appearance at the show.

ConExpo facts: People came from 130 countries to the sprawling indoor and outdoor exhibit space of the Las Vegas Convention Center.  There were 2,000 exhibitors covering 2.2 million square feet of space. Roughly 18 billion tons of equipment and construction related hardware was on view.

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Thanks for a great time, Mike. Best wishes for continued success.

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3 Responses to “Mike Rowe is a regular guy.”

  1. rita
    6 February 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    I think he is she hottest guy around. Hotter than my husband.

  2. Simon Grant
    18 May 2008 at 2:35 pm #

    Dude, I love that guy.
    I wish I could have met him.

  3. Karen
    1 April 2008 at 5:12 pm #

    Hi Phil,

    It was a pleasure meeting you at ConExpo. As a non-member of the construction industry but a Mike Rowe and Dirty Jobs fan, you greeted me and made me feel welcome each day I attended Mike’s presentations. Thank you so much for the kindness in allowing so many fans the opportunity to meet Mike and have a photo taken with him even after the long line for autographs was closed. Many fans will have special memories.

    Karen