West Bloomfield, Mich. -- The 2019 Flooring Contractors Association (FCICA) 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.

“We had a record attendance of over 115 individuals joining us in Atlanta with speakers that presented on topics of great interest to our members," said Kim Oderkirk, FCICA executive vice president. "We all had a blast at our Live! at the Battery evening event, where we watched baseball on the 2-story TV screen, caught up with friends and played yard games in the covered patio, staying dry despite the rain.”

Prior to Mid-Year, 23 candidates completed the Certified Installation Manager Program through the 3 Days to CIM Atlanta event. FCICA also hosted the ICRI Concrete Slab Moisture Testing Certification on Monday, Oct. 14 and Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Le Meridian. Peter Craig, an independent concrete floor consultant with Concrete Constructives and an active member of ICRI, ASTM and ACI, led the certification program. The two sets of attendees came together for a celebratory dinner on Monday evening.

With the assistance of The Packaged Good, FCICA and the Successors hosted a community service activity to start off Mid-Year. Care packages including hygiene items were put together to be donated to the local Veterans Empowerment Organization to aid homeless veterans. 100 bags were made and donated along with $2,162.50, 10% of all FCICA raffle ticket sale and the money from the 50-50 raffle. Special thank you to Curtis Blanton of DCO Commercial Flooring, who won the 50-50 raffle and donated his 50% to VEO.

The Opening Session preceded three educational sessions on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Certified Installation Managers that recently completed the program were recognized along with new FCICA members, Diamond, Ruby and Sapphire Club members, and first-time attendees.

The first education session was Completing Change Orders, presented by Doug Coombs, CIM, and Jesse Tranel, CIM. Continuing the CIM education track, Doug and Jesse presented best practices for creating and completing change orders, especially how to get paid.

The second education session, sponsored by the Successors in accordance with their directive to lead, inform, network and support the community, was Workshop Your Online Presence. Four flooring industry professionals talked about how they use social media for their companies and/or as professional individuals, and then broke off into small workshop groups for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Jeff Johnson of MAPEI and Seth Pevarnik of ARDEX took the audience through the differences between CSI Division 3 and Division 9 concrete standards in the third session, with suggestions for how to communicate and collaborate for a finished substrate that meets both Divisions’ needs.

Peter Craig with Concrete Constructives and an active member of ICRI, ASTM and ACI started the next day off with an education session about concrete, including what it’s made of, how it can be finished and what standards and tests apply and must be tested for prior to laying a floor.

MAPEI Americas and Metroflor Corp. then took the audience through product demonstrations. MAPEI demonstrated installation tips and techniques for the use of Mapecontract MRT and Mapecontact SRT, while Metroflor demonstrated Attraxion Magnetic Attachment Technology, featured on Metroflor LVT Déjà New 20 mil LVT collection.

Contractors in attendance then headed over to Shaw Plant 15x for a tour of the carpet tile manufacturing facility. Back at the hotel, a reception and dinner took place where raffles were drawn and game winners won prizes.

Committee meetings were held on Thursday, Oct. 17, 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 Committee met to further discussions of recruitment and engagement methods for those initiatives. Thursday night featured a private dining experience at Brazilian steakhouse, Fogo de Chão.

For more information, visit www.fcica.com.