Wow, What a Conference!!
- The FCIA Firestop Industry Conference in Nashville, November
was a big success. Over 90 Conference attendees participated
in FCIA Committee Meetings, received presentations and education
from industry leaders in addition to the fun of Nashville's
Opryland Hotel, and the FCIA Golf Tournament. In an economy
where most associations convention attendance is down significantly,
FCIA's 2002 program was even with 2001's performance..... a
real positive sign about the health of your association.
FCIA Elections - Before and during the Conference,
voting was taking place for three new directors. Tom Hottenroth,
(Firestop Solutions, Holbrook, NY), Roger McKenzie (McKenzie
Insulation, Inc., Acworth, GA) and Bob Patton, (FireSafe Systems,
Inc., Meridan, CT). They replace three founding "steering
committee" FCIA members; Aedan Gleeson, FCIA's first
President, (Gleeson Powers, Inc.), Don Murphy, Director, (PPMI
Firestop, Inc.) and Mel Tabor, (Tabor Insulation, Inc.) Treasurer
and FCIA's accountant for the past four years. FCIA has much
talent depth as shown by our new leadership on the Board of
Directors. Best wishes to both outgoing and incoming board
FCIA Committee Meetings - FCIA Committees met Wednesday
afternoon. The Marketing, Education and Technical Committees
all discussed dates to convene for maintenance of existing
and production of new FCIA Programs. Additionally, leaders
of FCIA and IFC met to discuss how we can work together on
issues common to both organizations. Watch the FCIA website,
and E-Newsletter for reports and announcements in the next
few weeks. As FCIA President Elect, Scott Rankin, PyroStop,
LLC stated Thursday Night at the banquet, "We need to
focus on what we can do for our industry through FCIA involvement.
The investment in volunteer time will payback tenfold, if
we are willing to give something to our industry". Join
a FCIA Committee now! To find out what's going on in committees,
check our their reports, http://www.fcia.org/committees.php
FCIA Seminar Sessions - FCIA Education sessions were
high quality, with information valuable to attendees businesses.
Highlights included programs on:
- Package your firm to reduce Insurance Costs - by Robert
- FM 4991 Approval Program (Aedan Gleeson, Gleeson Powers,
Inc) & ASTM E 2174 (Don Sabrsula, FireSafe of Houston)
- FM 4991 Quality Control Manuals (Jeff Gould, FM Approvals)
Jeff also conducted a "FM 4991 DRI Study Session",
before the DRI Exam.
- Code Update - (Bill Koffel, Koffel Associates, FCIA Code
- Passive Fire Protection Panel - with John Butler, Georgia
State Planning Commission, Ken Hercenberg, RTKL Associates,
V.J. Bella, Fire Marshal, State of Louisiana, Chris Spencer,
FM Approvals and Rich Walke, UL.
- Public Relations Campaign - Al Paul Lefton Public Relations
presented a program on passive fire protection that roused
interest by the whole FCIA Member group in attendance at
- The Intumescent Fireproofing Business - Carboline Company
(Chris Little, John Swindlehurst) presented the intricacies
of this complicated business to the FCIA Membership.
- Perimeter Fire Protection Issues - Jim Shriver, Thermafiber,
LLC and Ray Usher, SUPERL, Inc. presented issues important
to the Firestopping Contractor with Perimeter Fire Protection
FCIA Firestop Industry Conference Presentations -
FCIA Presentation handouts are available on the FCIA website.
Below is the link to the presentation handouts available to
date. Check the website frequently as articles will continue
to be added. FCIA Firestop Industry Conference Presentation
Handout Link - http://www.fcia.org/articles.htm
FCIA Industry Golf Tournament - FCIA President Elect
Scott Rankin (PyroStop, LLC) delivered a gorgeous golf day
(no wind, 65F) for 33 players in the Firestop Industry Golf
Tournament. Rumor has it that Ray Usher (SUPERL, Inc.) Mel
Tabor, (Tabor Insulation), Bob Meister and Denny Matz (3M
Fire Protection Products) are still wandering the course looking
for the clubhouse due to playing after dark! The tourney was
very competitive with 3 players within 3 strokes of claiming
the "Silver Caulk Gun" Trophy. Scott Rankin, winner
this year, was presented the trophy at the Firestop Industry
Banquet Thursday night by the winner in Denver, Tom Hottenroth,
FCIA Sponsors - FCIA Thanks it's sponsors who provided
financial and promotional materials to our Firestop Industry
Conference Attendees, in order of sponsorship occurred. Specified
Technologies, Inc., (Breakfast) RectorSeal, Inc. (Break) ,
NUCO, Inc Self Seal Firestops, (Lunch, Golf Prizes) HILTI,
Inc. (Golf Balls).
FCIA at Trade Shows in 2003 - CSI "Construct
America Show & Convention" - FCIA will display with
another organization, the International Firestop Council,
(IFC) at this event, in Chicago, April 9-11, 2003. In addition
to 15,000 architect, engineer, and facility managers, Standard
& Poor's Chief Economist David A. Wyss, Ph.D., will be
the April 9, 2003 keynote speaker. Additionally, FCIA will
display with IFC at the NFPA Show in May, 2003, and the ICC
Code Show, Fall 2003 to promote FCIA Programs. Contact Don
Murphy, PPMI Firestop, Inc., 317.894.9111, if you are interested
in working the booth for FCIA during the conventions.
IFC Invites FCIA Members for Presentation - A passive
firestopping protection seminar being co-sponsored by the
IFC and the Associated General Contractors of Colorado is
being held on January 21, 2003 in Denver from 8:00 am to noon.
Topics covered include: Firestop basics; plan review basics;
inspection guidelines; understanding 3rd party tested systems.
The cost to attend is $35. Register for the seminar with Lee
Blum, AGC, 303-388-2422 firstname.lastname@example.org . The Seminar
will be held at the A.G.C. Training Center ~ 686 Mariposa
St. ~ Denver, CO 80204 . Email a reply to this ENewsletter
so Don Murphy and the FCIA Office can coordinate the FCIA
Speaker for the program.
Best wishes from FCIA for a great Thanksgiving holiday.
-- Bill McHugh, FCIA Executive Director
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