FCICA, the Flooring Contractors Association, has announced its schedule of educational sessions for the group’s mid-year meeting, set for October 3-5 in Hershey, Pa.

An opening session will kick off the first official day of the meeting on October 4, followed by the educational session “Recruit, Motivate and Retain Top Talent,” which will be presented by Nelson White of Spartan Surfaces and is sponsored by the Successors, the FCICA’s group for commercial flooring contracting professionals who are 40 and under.

The second educational session that day will be an overview of ASTM F3261, presented by Brent Fike of Roppe Holding Co. According to the FCICA, “The hottest new segment of the ever-growing luxury vinyl tile and plank market is being classified as Rigid Polymeric Flooring. Join us while we dive into ASTM F3261-17 for this newest product category. We will discuss what can be classified as Rigid Core as well as how the validation testing is performed. We will be focusing on what separates commercial from residential products, flatness of planks, ledging, dimensional stability, cupping and curling.”

Following a networking lunch and a contractor meeting luncheon, Clifton Guise of Federated Insurance will present “Business Succession Planning.” During the session, discussion will also center on the impact of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act on succession and estate planning for business owners.

The final educational session for October 4 is “Communicating from the Field to the Office,” presented by Mike Newberry, Certified Installation Manager (CIM), and Gerry Swift, CIM. They will discuss industry-wide best practices for collecting and communicating jobsite information back to the office, including who is responsible, when communication should take place, what documentation is necessary or suggested, helpful technology for gathering and organizing communications and other documents.

Attendees of the 2018 mid-year meeting will also be given time to network as well as learn from leaders in their field. Those working on their CIM continuing education credits (CEUs) will be able to earn five credits for attending all educational sessions, according to the FCICA. FCICA’s mid-year 2018 meeting will be hosted at The Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pa. Those who register to attend before August 9 can save $75 with early bird rates.

For more information, visit www.fcica.com.