FCICA Announces Educational Sessions for Mid-Year 2017

FCICA, the Flooring Contractors Association, announced the following educational opportunities led by industry experts at the Mid-Year Meeting – Discovering Flooring Issues of Today, this October 10 – 12 in Columbus, Ohio.

Leading up to the educational sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to contribute to the commercial floor covering industry by attending committee meetings on Oct. 10 and sharing their expertise and knowledge while discussing industry topics and future initiatives of the association. On Oct. 11, FCICA will host the Associates meeting, followed by exclusive tours of the Nox and ROPPE manufacturing plants in Fostoria, Ohio and dinner at the Findlay Country Club, sponsored by Roppe Corporation.

Thursday, October 12 is devoted to education. After a contractor networking breakfast, the day will kick off with an opening session, followed by our first educational session, Nasty Things on the Surface. This panel discussion will be moderated by Don Styka of Tarkett and current panelists include Wilmer Pressel of Inside Edge Commercial Interior Services; Charlie Nielsen of MAPEI Corporation; Tony Dominguez, CIM, of GCP Applied Technologies; Ric Pleis of Floor Connection; and Tim Mullinax, CIM, of DCO Commercial Floors. Presenters will showcase how they corrected flooring problems through project case studies and tricks of the trade. The panel discussion will conclude with a Q&A session.

The second educational session is Problem Solving with the Associates. Learn about the latest and greatest products, services and solutions FCICA platinum members have used to solve flooring issues. Presenters include ARDEX Americas, Artistic Finishes, Capri cork, Federated Insurance, FlashCove, Flexco, KOSTER American Corporation, Loba-WAKOL, MAPEI Corporation, Metroflor, Roppe, Royal Adhesives & Sealants, Schönox HPS North America, Tarkett, and TRAXX Corporation.

Following a networking lunch and a successors-only lunch, attendees will go Behind Sustainability with Rahul Dhavalikar of Roppe Holding Company. We brought you the basics of sustainability during the 2017 Convention. Now we will delve deeper into what goes into becoming sustainable and why it should be important to not only manufacturers, but flooring contractors as well. This session will conclude with an interactive Q&A segment.

The final educational session is Communicating Your Scope, presented by Wilmer Pressel of Inside Edge Commercial Interior Services. In this session, we will talk about how to define and interpret a scope of work and how the defined scope gets communicated to the field properly. There are several aspects to consider and different phases to this communication, whether a sub-contractor is being used or the project is done by an in-house crew. Most important is that the customer gets what they expect when the job is done. Time will be reserved for questions at the end.

Attendees of the Mid-Year Meeting will have ample time to network as well as learn from leaders in their field. Plus, those working on their Certified Installation Manager (CIM) continuing education credits (CEUs), will have an opportunity to earn a total of five (5) credits for attending all educational sessions and the plant tours.

Mid-Year 2017 – Discovering Flooring Issues of Today, will be hosted at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel in Capitol Square in Columbus, Ohio, October 10 – 12. Register to attend this event before August 25th to save $50 with early bird rates. To find out more about Mid-Year 2017 and to register, visit https://www.fcica.com/mid-year-meeting.

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