FCICA, the Flooring Contractors Association, reports that it held a successful 2022 Mid-Year Meeting, October 10 - 12, at the Lago Mar Beach Resort & Club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Flooring industry professionals, commercial flooring contractors, distributors, manufacturers and consultants attended two full days featuring an opening keynote speaker, four education sessions, seven product demonstrations, networking opportunities and leadership committee meetings - all to advance the success of FCICA members and put into action its mission. The meeting was the first in-person Mid-Year since 2019.
Monday evening’s Welcome Reception kicked off the meeting. There, early attendees socialized and networked in Lago Mar's Fountainview Lobby overlooking the pool and ocean beyond. Tuesday, the first full event day, FCICA Board Chairman Pat Kelly, president, Synergy Flooring, Ltd., welcomed attendees, officially opened the event and introduced Keynote Speaker, Randy Weis, executive vice president, Diverzify. Randy's keynote, 'Is the Past an Accurate Predictor of the Future?' addressed current industry challenges, opportunities and how to plan for the future. The keynote was generously sponsored by Diverzify and Synergy Flooring, Ltd.
Following opening remarks and the keynote kick-off were two education sessions and six product demonstrations from Divergent Adhesives, Laticrete International, Mapei, Protect-All Flooring, Sunbelt Rentals and Wolff/Uzin Utz. The education and membership committees met to implement FCICA's strategic goals. In between and over lunch, attendees socialized and networked.
Day Two featured two education sessions and a product demonstration from Floorcloud. The Next Gen/Successors Committee met over lunch to reintroduce this Committee and encourage involvement. The silent auction donors presented their donations prior to the auction closing. After lunch, contractors, consultants and honorary members were invited to a Mapei concrete production plant and R&D facility tour. Meanwhile, associate members were invited to the hotel putting course to socialize. The Meeting ended with an evening cocktail reception sponsored by Mapei Corporation. 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, sponsors, donors and committee leaders. A special thank you to our Keynote Speaker and panelist, Randy Weis; our education session panelists, Jim Lockwood, CIM, Elaine Kidd, Cynthia Schofield and moderator, Amy Johnston, CIM; presenters, Corey Dickerson, CIM, Greg Mercurio, Kathy Case, Jerry Freeman, Rob Noe and James Wisdom. Thank you for sharing your expertise and industry knowledge. Education is a core tenet of FCICA’s mission and Meeting objective. A final thanks to the volunteer committee leaders who guide FCICA’s mission forward.
We want to thank our keynote sponsors, Diverzify and Synergy Flooring, Ltd; Thank you to MAPEI Corporation for graciously hosting FCICA at their facilities and sponsoring the closing reception. Thank you to our silent auction contributors, ARDEX Americas, Floorcloud, Laticrete International, Sunbelt Rentals, Takeoff Co, Taylor Adhesives, Wagner Meters and Wolff/Uzin Utz for their generous donations. The silent auction raised $16,175.00. Thank you to Protect-All Flooring for their mobile app sponsorship. Thank you to Federated Insurance for sponsoring the opening reception. And thank you Fishman Flooring Solutions for their product demo contribution. FCICA also recognizes the support of its Platinum and Gold Sponsor members.
FCICA's 41st Annual Convention and Commercial Flooring Trade Show will be held at the El Conquistador in Tucson, AZ, March 27-29, 2023.