The Floor Covering Installation Contractors Association gathered together in San Diego, CA, Feb. 23-27, for its annual meeting. Held in the Clarion Bay View Hotel overlooking, appropriately, San Diego Bay, the FCICA projected a forward-looking approach throughout their “Sailing Into The Millennium”-themed convention.
This year’s event was held in conjunction with the Ceiling & Interior Systems Construction Association Inter-Con show, a combination developed “to provide networking opportunities between the two associations in a learning environment,” according to FCICA Chairman-elect Phil Ashley.
Traditionally, the anchors of the FCICA convention ship are education and information, and the 2000 event did not disappoint in either category. No less than 10 educational seminars were put on during the course of the five-day event, interspersed with product demonstrations and association meetings.
Keynote speaker George Hedley began the opening session with “Profit Driven Leadership – Connect Top Line Vision with Bottom Line Results,” a look at transforming leadership into action via trust, communication, recognition, and continuously searching for ways to improve both employer and employee.
Convention attendees were also privy to, among others, Hedley’s “How to Win More Profitable Business.” Flooring Inspector Claudia Lezell led her audience through the “Layman’s Guide to Moisture and Related Floor Failures,” while Brooks Hillard ventured into the World Wide Web with his “Essential Internet Strategies for Contractors” presentation.
One of the essential pieces in the FCICA puzzle during the last few years has been the effort to promote and install the Floorcovering Installation Training, or FIT, program, as a way to help promote and develop installation professionals at a time when qualified technicians are becoming more and more scarce. Ashley and immediate past-Chairman Gary Kloth gave a thorough overview of the program and its impact on the installation community to a packed room.
And on Feb. 26, convention goers were treated to a presentation by FCI Senior Editor Howard Olansky, who gave the eager audience a peek at what to expect in the coming years with “Future Industry Trends,” a reminder that the hard-earned lessons of the past must not be forgotten in order to perpetuate continued growth and prosperity in the floor covering industry. The FCICA continues to grow and develop, moving rapidly into position as an important and influential association in the industry.
Not one to rest on its laurels, the FCICA has already designated New Orleans, LA as the location for its 2001 convention.