• FCICA Mid-Year 2017 in review

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    October 30, 2017
    The 2017 Mid-Year Meeting brought together some of the brightest and most dedicated individuals in the commercial flooring industry, including contractors, manufacturers’ technical representatives, distributors, and consultants to learn, network, and discuss future initiatives for the association. FCICA Executive Vice President Kim Oderkirk praised the successful event: “We had record attendance at Mid-Year, with passionate leaders encouraging member engagement and the advancement of our association.”
    Committee meetings were held on Tuesday, October 6, providing members the opportunity to discuss the state of the association and share ideas to move the association forward. In addition to the committee meetings, the Certified Installation Managers task force and the Successors task force met to further discussions of recruitment and engagement methods for those initiatives. Following the day of meetings, many attendees participated in the Taste of Columbus progressive dinner around German Village.
    On Wednesday, October 7, attendees were given exclusive tours of the Nox and Roppe manufacturing plants in Fostoria, Ohio. Amy Johnston, a Certified Installation Manager with Flooring Services, Inc., was grateful for the opportunity to visit the plants. “I learned more about how products are made in those few hours than I had ever known and was amazed by how many processes are done by hand and are not automated.” 
    After the tours, everyone enjoyed dinner at Findlay Country Club, sponsored by Roppe Corporation. We were blessed with a visit from Mr. Donald Miller, President and CEO of Roppe Holding Company, and other Roppe representatives. A big thank you to Cindy Huff and Brent Fike for all their hard work pulling the days’ events together!
    The Opening Session preceded four educational sessions on Thursday, October 8. Certified Installation Managers that recently completed the program were recognized along with Diamond and Sapphire Club members and the third-quarter Bruce Newbrough CIM Scholarship winner, Payam Riazati of Universal Metro.
    The Nasty Things on the Surface panel, moderated by Don Styka of Tarkett, featured contractors working with manufacturers to resolve flooring issues. Panelists included Brandon Hagen, HPS Schönox; Charlie Nielsen, MAPEI Corporation; Patrick Rooney, DCO Commercial Floors; Ric Pleis, Floor Connection Inc.; Tony Dominguez, CIM, GCP Applied Technologies; and Wilmer Pressel, CIM, Inside Edge Commercial Interior Services.
    Problem Solving with the Associates allowed Platinum Associate members three minutes each to present a product or service solution, followed by some time to network or talk to the presenters. Represented in the session were ARDEX Americas, Artistic Finishes Inc., Capri cork, Federated Insurance, FlashCove, FLEXCO, Gondola Train, HPS Schönox, KOSTER American Corporation, Loba-Wakol, MAPEI Corporation, Metroflor Corporation, Protect-All Flooring, Roppe Corporation, Royal Adhesives & Sealants, Tarkett, and TRAXX.
    Rahul Dhavalikar with Roppe Holding Company discussed becoming sustainable and how it applied to manufacturers as well as contractors, and Wilmer Pressel, CIM, of Inside Edge Commercial Interior Services defined scope of work and explained how to appropriately communicate a scope to the field.
    The day also included a lunch, outdoor reception, and closing dinner, for additional time for attendees to network and catch up with industry contacts. The Successors enjoyed a private lunch with Pat Kelly of Synergy Flooring guest speaking.
    Those who attended the sessions and plant tours received continuing education credits which can be applied to the Certified Installation Manager Program, IICRC, and other organizations that require continuing education.
    FCICA, headquartered in West Bloomfield, Michigan, is the resource for premier commercial flooring contractors. Promoting the advancement and continuous development of Certified Installation Managers (CIM). Providing technical education, business support and industry expert networking. Delivering skills and knowledge to enhance the professionalism of commercial flooring contractors. FCICA is an international association whose contractor members serve the continental United States, plus Burma, Guam and Canada. For more information about FCICA: visit our website www.fcica.com or call 248-661-5015; toll free (877) TO-FCICA.
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    Kim Oderkirk, Executive Vice President