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Mid-Year Meeting 2020 Recap: FCICA Shares a Summary of its First Virtual Meeting

Mid-Year Meeting 2020 Recap: FCICA Shares a Summary of its First Virtual Meeting

Mid-Year Meeting Success. FCICA shares a summary of its first virtual Mid-Year Meeting. 

FCICA is excited to share a summary of the Mid-Year Meeting 2020, FCICA: Connecting the Flooring Community. Be sure to link to participating associate members to learn more.

Mid-Year Meeting 2020 Recap

On October 20-21, FCICA held its first virtual meeting, Mid-Year Meeting 2020 FCICA: Connecting the Flooring Community.

Flooring industry professionals, premier commercial flooring contractors, distributors, manufacturers and consultants were able to connect at this two-day Mid-Year Meeting. Overall, the response has been positive, attendance numbers grew and speakers presented on a wide range of industry topics at this first virtual venture. 

Over 400 registrants attended 5 educational sessions, 10 associate presentations, 3 happy hours and networked with one another via the event app. Attendees were able to participate in the event for free.

While an in-person meeting is ideal, FCICA’s first virtual event proved to be an educational, informative and accessible meeting option. Indeed, ease of participation - from the office or home - allowed for a broader audience reach within the flooring industry and beyond.

Pat Kelly of Synergy Flooring and FCICA's Board Chair, Catherine Church, FCICA Executive Director and Rick Church, FCICA Managing Director welcomed attendees to the event. The meeting then opened with a keynote address by James Lesslie, President of the Commercial Division of Engineered Floors. James spoke on a timely topic: ‘Commercial Business Overview’.

The keynote kick off was followed by two full days of back-to-back educational sessions and presentations from 10 of FCICA’s associate members. Day one schedule included:

  • Prevent Concrete Moisture from Ruining Your Next JobPresented by Heather Ruhl, Training Program Manager, H.B. Fuller
  • Educational Session: Managing Jobsite Risks, Presented by Don Styka, CIM, Director of Field Services, Tarkett and Mike Pigeon, CIM, Operations Manager/Vice President, Floor Connection
  • Faster, Safer, Easier – All Things Flooring, Presented by Bill Marshall, VP of Sales and Marketing, Makinex Construction Products
  • Educational Session: COVID 19 and Contractor Liability IssuesPresented by Sloan Bailey, Esq. and Paul Pfeilschiefter, Esq., Bailey Law Partners, LLP, FCICA legal counsel 
  • We're Not Afraid of The Deep End - NC 890 HYDROPATCH 100% RH Patching CompoundPresented by Jim Muggleton, Uzin Classic Product Manager and Petras Kruopys, Head of R&D and QC, Uzin Utz North America
  • Today's Mortar Technology Designed to Simplify and Consolidate Product Selection, Presented by Brian Pistulka, Product Manager, Tile and Stone Installation System, MAPEI Corporation
  • Educational Session: Distribution Challenges During the COVID-19 PandemicPresented by Bill Mabeus, Executive VP of Fishman Flooring Solutions

Day two opened with a welcoming greeting from Mike Roberts, FCICA Board Vice Chair and recently named FCICA Honorary Lifetime Member. The second day featured two educational sessions and 6 associate presentations:

  • Educational Session: Basic Chemistry of AdhesivesPresented by Jeff Johnson, FCIS Product Manager, MAPEI Corporation
  • Adjusting to the New Norm. Are You Prepared? Presented by Seth Pevarnik, Director of Technical Services, ARDEX Americas
  • RFMS Mobility and YOUPresented by Rahul Karadi, Client Success Manager, RFMS, Inc.
  • Concrete – What’s in it? Presented by David Seland, Founder and Principal, ISE Logik Industries
  • Sunbelt Rentals – Grow Your BusinessPresented by Ron Bridges, Concrete Specialist, Flooring Solutions, Sunbelt Rentals
  • Innovative Solutions for Subfloor Prep & RepairPresented by Brett Hall, Specialty Product Sales Manager, Maxxon Corporation
  • Intro to Bostik: Innovative Flooring SolutionsPresented by Ray Junkin, Regional Manager, Adam Abell, Market Manager and Jake Stadler, Market Manager, Bostik
  • Educational session: ASTM F3311 The Mat Bond EvaluationPresented by Kevin Phillips, Director of Technical Services at Novalis Innovative Flooring. 

Both days concluded with virtual happy hours where attendees could network and socialize. Tuesday’s happy hour attendees were invited to break into smaller groups led by hosts who shared their expertise on industry topics and FCICA opportunities including the CIM Program. The event wrapped up with a final happy hour session. In honor of Halloween, Wednesday’s happy hour attendees were asked to share their flooring ‘horror stories’ over a cocktail.

FCICA is grateful to the attendees, presenters, silent auction donors and those who made financial contributions towards this free industry event. FCICA is also thankful for the generous support from its Platinum and Gold Sponsors, keynote speaker sponsor - MAPEI Corporation and all associate members who made this Mid-Year Meeting possible.  

For those unable to attend, all the presentation recordings are available for viewing on the FCICA Member Center and the Educational Portal.

FCICA is committed to supporting its member companies, their employees and the flooring industry serving as the resource for premier commercial flooring contractors by:

  • Providing technical education, business support and industry expert networking.
  • Delivering skills and knowledge to enhance the professionalism of commercial flooring contractors.
  • Promoting the advancement and continuous development of Certified Installation Managers (CIM).

FCICA, the Floor Covering Installation Contractors Association, a nonprofit trade organization formed in 1982 and headquarted in Glen Ellyn, IL, is the resource for premier commercial flooring contractors. FCICA strives to promote the advancement and continuous development of Certified Installation Managers (CIM); provide technical education, business support and industry expert networking; and deliver skills and knowledge to enhance the professionalism of commercial flooring contractors. FCICA is an international association whose contractor members serve the continental U.S. plus Burma and Canada. For more information about FCICA visit or contact us at 630.672.3702. 

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Media Contact : Catherine Church, FCICA Executive Director |

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