• FCICA Mid-Year 2018 in review

    October 17, 2018
    The 2018 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 great attendance, a fun and fruitful fundraising dinner and speakers that presented on topics of great interest to our members. Those that stayed and participated in Eat, Create, Demolish had a blast! I am very grateful for the rave reviews I received from the attendees that joined us in Hershey.”  
    Committee meetings were held on Wednesday, October 3, 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 Steering Committee 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 Successor-sponsored Counting on You dinner to help raise money for the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Children’s Hospital. This event was an independent fundraising event benefiting Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and was not sponsored, co-sponsored or produced by Hershey Medical Center. Attendees purchased tickets to play guessing games and win prizes. Thanks to all contributions made during Mid-Year, FCICA and the Successors proudly donated $2,618 to the Children’s Hospital.
    The Opening Session preceded four educational sessions on Thursday, October 4. Certified Installation Managers that recently completed the program were recognized along with new FCICA members and Diamond, Ruby and Sapphire Club members.
    The first education session, sponsored by the Successors in accordance with their new directive to lead, inform, network and support the community, was Recruit, Motivate and Retain Top Talent, presented by Nelson White of Spartan Surfaces. Nelson engaged the audience with his high-energy presentation about how it’s the managers, supervisors, and team leaders who need to curate the culture and attitude of the work environment to bring in and keep motivated employees.
    ASTM F3261, presented by Brent Fike of Roppe Holding Company, discussed ASTM F3261 “What Is Resilient Flooring in Modular Format with Rigid Polymeric Core,” including what can be classified as Rigid Core, how the validation testing is performed, the flatness of planks, ledging, dimensional stability, cupping, curling, and more.
    Following a networking lunch and a Contractor meeting luncheon, Clifton Guise of Federated Insurance presented Business Succession Planning, personal estate planning, and how to transfer your business interest to the appropriate owner, whether family member, employee or third party.
    The final educational session was Communicating from the Field to the Office, presented by Mike Newberry, CIM, and Gerry Swift, CIM. Continuing the CIM education track, Mike and Gerry led the audience through discussions on industry-wide practices for collecting and communicating jobsite information back to the office, including the technology involved and challenges.
    The optional event on Friday, October 5, wrapped up Mid-Year nicely. During Eat, Create, Demolish, attendees enjoyed a trolley tour of Hershey PA followed by an interactive visit to Hershey’s Chocolate World where they designed their own chocolate bar and had time to shop and explore. Upon returning to The Hotel Hershey, teams constructed model houses out of cardboard and duct tape and took turns shooting potato guns to try to destroy other teams’ constructions.
    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 and Canada. For more information about FCICA: visit our website www.fcica.com or call 248-661-5015; toll free (877) TO-FCICA.
    No. 428
    Kim Oderkirk, Executive Vice President