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FCICA Hosts its 40th Annual Convention and Commercial Flooring Trade Show

FCICA Hosts its 40th Annual Convention and Commercial Flooring Trade Show

FCICA Hosts its 40th Annual Convention and Commercial Flooring Trade Show

FCICA, the Flooring Contractors Association, is excited to share it held a successful 40th Annual Convention and Commercial Flooring Trade Show, March 21-23, at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, MS.

Flooring industry professionals, commercial flooring contractors, distributors, manufacturers and consultants attended two full days featuring two keynote speakers, a trade show, four education sessions, three product demonstrations, networking opportunities and committee meetings - all to advance the success of FCICA members and put into action its mission. Attendees had the opportunity to engage, learn and network.

Attendee interest and numbers were similar to 2021. 152 people registered to attend the event and 36 member companies exhibited at the Commercial Flooring Trade Show. Overall, feedback was positive and attendees happy to reunite with their fellow flooring professionals.

Monday evening’s Welcome Reception kicked off the Convention. There, early attendees socialized and networked in the Magnolia Lobby. Tuesday, the first full event day, Board Chair Pat Kelly, Synergy Flooring, welcomed attendees and officially opened the event. The Opening Keynote from David Meberg, President and CEO, Consolidated Carpet, followed where he spoke on current industry challenges, opportunities and future outlook. The Opening Keynote was sponsored by MAPEI Corporation, a 23 year member and generous FCICA supporter. Jeff Johnson, FCIS Product Manager, shared information about MAPEI and introduced Mr. Meberg. Mr. Kelly then conducted the FCICA Business Meeting, where he recapped FCICA's membership status, projects and future initiatives.

The keynote kick-off and opening remarks were followed by back-to-back meetings, an education session, product demonstrations from LATICRETE International and Novalis Innovative Flooring and the Commercial Flooring Trade Show. Throughout the day, volunteer committees met, tasked with implementing FCICA’s strategic goals. In between meetings and over lunch, attendees socialized and networked. Tuesday, Convention Day 1 schedule included: 

The Commercial Flooring Trade Show featured 36 members exhibiting their products and services to attendees and fellow exhibitors. The four-hour Trade Show concluded with a happy hour followed by the themed dinner, ‘Let the Good Times Roll' in the spirit of the event venue, Beau Rivage Resort and Casino.

Convention Day 2 opened with a Keynote from John West, CIM, Flooring/Project Manager, FL Crane and Sons, who spoke about his first-hand experience as a CIM, practical application of his training and how it has benefitted his career and business. Day 2 featured three education sessions, a product demonstration from MAXXON Corporation, FCICA Industry Partner presentations and committee meetings. Convention Day 2 schedule included:

  • Closing Keynote Session presented by John West, CIM, Flooring/Project Manager, FL Crane and Sons
  • Education Session: Strategies for Business Succession and Estate Planning, presented by Bryan Evans, Federated Insurance
  • Education Session: Ceramic Tile Wall Applications and Considerations for All Sizes, presented by Daniel Grant, CIM, CTI, CCSMTT, Technical Field Representative, ARDEX America
  • Education Session: Protecting the Customers Investment and Your Bottom Line, presented by Don Styka, CIM, Director of Field Services, Tarkett
  • Product demonstration from MAXXON Corporation and presentations from FCICA Industry Partners
  • Education Committee Meeting
  • Membership Committee Meeting

The Convention ended with an evening reception. The final program was held on Thursday; FCICA Board of Directors conducted its annual committee meeting to discuss Association business.

FCICA is grateful to the event attendees, presenters, exhibitors and committee leaders. We also want to thank our keynote sponsor, MAPEI Corporation, and silent auction contributors, ARDEX Americas, Certified Flooring Inspectors University, Federated Insurance, LATICRETE International, MAPEI Corporation, MAXXON, Tarkett and Wagner Meters for their generous donations. Thank you to our CIM Champions, DCO Commercial Floors and Synergy Flooring and Fishman Flooring Solutions, for their product demo support. FCICA also recognizes the support of its Platinum and Gold Sponsor members.

A special thank you to our Opening Keynote Speaker, David Meberg, our Closing Keynote Speaker, John West, CIM, and education session presenters, Daniel Grant, CIM, Don Styka, CIM, and panelists Ron Nash, Rod Von Busch, CIM, Bobby Diltz, CIM and Jesse Tranel, CIM. Thank you for sharing your expertise and industry knowledge. Education is a core tenet of FCICA’s mission and Convention objectives. A final thanks to the volunteer committee leaders who guide FCICA’s mission forward.

FCICA looks forward to meeting again in 2023 at the 41st Annual Convention and Commercial Flooring Trade Show at the El Conquistador in Tucson, AZ, March 27-29, 2023.

Additional Info

Media Contact : Catherine Church | info@fcica.com

Related Links : https://www.fcica.com/annual-convention-2022/

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