FCICA announces keynote speaker, educational sessions for Convention 2013

December 07, 2012

West Bloomfield, Mich. – The Floor Covering Installation Contractors Association (FCICA) is proud to announce Wally Adamchik of Firestarter Speaking and Consulting as FCICA’s keynote speaker at the 31st Annual Convention in New Orleans, La., Feb. 24 to 27, 2013, at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel.  “Get Connected” has a great line up of educational sessions geared towards installation managers in the flooring industry.  Attendees can register at the FCICA website at www.fcica.com under the ‘Highlights’ section on the main page or under the events tab.

Opening Session and General Membership Meeting

Keynote Speaker – Wally Adamchik, FireStarter Speaking/Consultants

“Construction Leadership From A – Z”

In this dynamic session delivered by industry expert Wally Adamchik, attendees will learn some of the ABC’s of leadership in construction.  Each attendee will receive a copy of the new book, Construction Leadership From A to Z, and we will put pen to paper to move from education to application. The session will be both interactive and impactful. Leadership requires lifelong learning and this class will keep participants on that track.  

Education Session 1 – “The Negotiations Dilemma”

Wally Adamchik, FireStarter Speaking and Consulting

How do you find that win-win solution in a hard bid world where people are always looking for a cheaper price? First you have to know the process. Next, you need to know the tactics used and abused. What would you do? This session is great for installation managers as it will offer advice on how to deal with people on the jobsite. Learn your preferred style to resolve a conflict.

Educational Session 2 – “Connections”

Participate in this unique way for contractors to meet one-on-one with the technical representative of FCICA’s associate membership.  In a five-minute “speed” introduction, meet 18 of the top manufacturers as they introduce themselves and explain their processes when using their products.

Educational Session 3 – “Commercial Wood Floor Applications” 

Presenter: Bob Goldstein, Carver Wood Products

In this session guests will learn how to select the right species and cuts of wood for commercial flooring applications.  Topics include: When to use solid wood, engineered, glued down, nailed or floated, what finish choices should be made, and floor maintenance. We will also touch on job site conditions, floor prep, sub-floors and moisture testing relating to wood floors installations.

Education Session 4 – “Where Technology is Today – The Hand-off Process”

Presenter: Terry Wheat, RFMS president

In this session guests will learn how to select the right species and cuts of wood for commercial flooring applications.  Topics include: When to use solid wood, engineered, glued down, nailed or floated, what finish choices should be made, and floor maintenance. We will also touch on job site conditions, floor prep, sub-floors and moisture testing relating to wood floors installations.

This presentation will take a look at how technology streamlines the project management process today.  What should the hand-off process to installation managers be?  What system needs to be in place for tracking paperwork?  Take a look at the workflow for project managers and how it can be simplified and organized by using technology, beginning to end.

Education Session 5 – Associate Member Table Top Trade Show

In this session manufactures and suppliers will have the opportunity to showcase their new and innovative products and/or services.  Each contractor will get the chance to visit various tables and learn about what’s new in the industry today.

Educational Session 6 – “Moisture: Mitigate vs. Remediate”  

Presenters:  Jeff Johnson, MAPEI and Bruce Newbrough, ARDEX Americas  

At the session guests will listen to industry experts discuss the differences between mitigating a moisture condition versus remediating a moisture problem.  These are two very distinct situations that have unique differences in terms of what solutions work best.  Participants will learn various test methods available to determine moisture content and condition in a concrete slab.  Also discussed will be the requirements for subfloor preparation prior to the application of any type of product solution.  Product types, application techniques and finishing methods will also be addressed.  The ultimate goal of this presentation is to provide the listener with the proper tools to determine when to mitigate a moisture condition versus remediate a moisture problem.  The end game is to give the customer a bullet-proof installation that works within fast track jobsite time constraints and protects the finished wear layer from the effects of uncontrolled moisture emissions.

Educational Session 7 – “Defining LVT”

Moderator: Brent Fike, Flexco

Panelists:  Pete Austin, Gerflor; Garth Gaffney, Centiva and Jeremy Whipple, Procedo 

This session provides information about LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile).  Panelists will cover the differences between glue down, loose lay and locking product types and what to expect in regards to performance as well as applications for use, adhesives needed, installation techniques, cost differences and much more.

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