A record 170 attendees visited San Diego for the FCICA 2015 Annual Meeting, “Riding the Wave of Success.” The show also welcomed its most first-time attendees in recent memory, with 47. According to Gerry Swift, FCICA’s chairman, “I think part of this increase in attendance is due to an improved economy. Also, we have narrowed our focus to one particular segment of the flooring contractor’s business—the operational side—and that resonates with people.”
At the opening of the show, Swift announced he would be stepping down as chairman on July 1, as he has completed his two, two-year terms. Mike Newberry, vice president of labor relations for Inside Edge Commercial Interior Services, is set to succeed Swift. “We spoke to Mike a year ago about this, and he is very supportive of what we’re doing and wants to continue on that path,” Swift noted.