How many investments do you make that deliver a guaranteed return? Is that something that might interest you? Then turn your mind and sights toward “Investment in Learning: FCICA Convention 2001.” The Chateau Sonesta Hotel, located in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans, is where you will find certain satisfaction for your investment from March 27-31, 2001.

The enormous time and talent you put into your floor covering business is admirable, well taken by your constituents, and can merit many long-term rewards. But have you thought “outside the box” and reached out to others who walk the same walk? These are the people who are increasing their knowledge, and working to preserve it for the future. The Floor Covering Installation Contractors Association is devoted to these forward-thinking people. Throughout the year, FCICA committees meet to assess the needs of its contractor and supplier/manufacturer membership, and work to fulfill them. The FCICA’s annual convention showcases the year’s achievements, at the same time establishing next year’s goals.

This year’s convention will be filled with many educational and networking opportunities. Attendees will hear the concerns and goals of Keynote Speaker Werner Braun, the Carpet and Rug Institute’s new president. The topics of the educational sessions include: “Installation Efficiencies;” “Resilient Floor Installation Issues;” “Failures Over Concrete Floors;” “Pattern Carpet Solutions;” “Recruitment and Retention of Employees;” and “Implementing the FIT Program.” The return on your investment is guaranteed with your participation at this convention.

Our associate members will be offering a demonstration on new carpet backing systems, and will return later with a tabletop trade show. You will see what’s new, difficult undertaking in your local market if you are a busy contractor. You will have many opportunities to see the sites of New Orleans. Optional offerings include the Bayou Seaplane and Swamp Tour, golf at Lakewood Country Club, the Oak Alley Plantation Tour, and the Crescent City Garden Tour. The convention will end with the “Great Mardi Gras Masquerade Final Night Dinner.” Make plans to attend the “Investment In Learning, FCICA 2001 Convention,” and get the guaranteed return.

For those of you who will be attending Surfaces 2001, we encourage you to visit us at Booth 106 to receive more information on the convention. The FCICA is also offering a panel session, WE 15, titled “Flooring Installation: How To Start an IN-HOUSE Training Program.” This will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001, another investment sure to have positive results.

For more information on the panel session, visit www.surfacesexpo.com. For information on the 2001 Convention in New Orleans (early registration ends January 30), please contact us at 877-TO-FCICA or visit our web site at www.fcica.com.