FCIA Conference Dates - Mark your calendars now for
the FCIA Education and Committee Action Conference April 28
- 30, 2004 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Ontario,
CANADA. The Program Committee is researching our FCIA Firestop
Industry Conference - 5 Year Anniversary Gala", with
St. Thomas USVI and Mexico locations on top of the list. The
"Firestop Industry Conference" takes place November
10 - 13, 2004.
FCIA New Members visit the FCIA Firestop Industry Conference
- We gained more Canadian Members this fall than ever! Three
new members from Canada, Nexlevel Construction Solutions (Barclay
Meyers), Interprovincial Insulation (Mike St. Jean), and Beverly
Life Safety Contractors, (Allen Rams), join longtime FCIA
Member Bruce Richards (Global Firestop Services) as our Canadian
FCIA Code Report - FCIA Code Committee Chair, Kathy
Taraba, (1 Source Firestop, Inc.) reports that the NFPA Fire
Protection Features meeting in December brought the industry
another step closer to better fire protection through both
passive and active fire protection systems. More on this in
FCIA Call for Committee Members - FCIA's Board approved
a new committee appointment policy recently. FCIA Members
who want to be part of a FCIA Committee apply for the committee.
FCIA's Board approves the committee appointments at the January
14, 2004 Board Meeting. Don't miss the deadline date of January
10, 2004. Review committee updates,
and our committee application form.
FCIA Goals - New Member Promotion, etc. - Have you
ever been asked "What is FCIA"? by a friend, prospective
member, or industry acquaintance? Here's our "Elevator
Pitch", your 15 seconds to tell someone the good news
of FCIA in a short time
"FCIA is a group of Specialty
Firestopping Contractor Professionals concerned with fire
/ life and property protection in the construction industry.
We promote fire and life safety though the use of the Specialty
Firestop Contractor Concept in the industry.
For more on FCIA's goals, visit the board
Watch for a FCIA new voting contractor member promotion in
FCIA Website - www.fcia.org is constantly being visited
by architects, code officials, prospective members and FCIA
Members. Consider advertising on the site. Watch for details
shortly about 2004's FCIA Advertising Opportunity Program.
FCIA on CSI Audio Exchange - FCIA Executive Director
Bill McHugh was featured speaker on a Construction Specifications
Institute National "Audio Exchange" on Firestopping.
The Specialty Firestopping Contractor's role in the "Systems
Installation Process", FM 4991, and ASTM E 2174 were
discussed for the 1-1/2 hour seminar. Over 15 sites received
the program, with between 1 and 20 people at each location,
from Alaska to Washington, DC. FCIA has received calls with
questions from participants already as a result of the program.
To get a copy of the presentation, contact the FCIA office
for a CD, or download it from
the website. It's a 20 MB File, so DSL or faster is the best
Firestop Industry Conference "Ripple effect"
- FCIA Conferences aren't over when Friday's last seminar
is over. FCIA Member Mark Schneider, Albion Dispensing Solutions
presented slides to distributors at a "SEAL" Meeting
of distributors describing Firestop Contractor Dispensing
needs so they can serve you better. Thanks, Mark!
New FM 4991 Approved Contractors - Congratulations,
Richard Keeney, Firestop International, LLC, (Their 3 offices
are FM Approved), plus John Cunsolo, Thomas J. Donnelly, Inc.,
on their recent FM 4991 Approval. FM 4991 Approval means increased
investement in the operations of their companies. FCIA applauds
their added commitment.
FCIA Members on the Move - Congratulations to Nelson
Firestop personnel Craig Walkins, recently promoted to National
Sales Manager, and Vickie Canada, new Marketing Manager. Dick
Lintelmann, longtime Nelson Firestop National Sales Manager,
has retired. We at FCIA wish all these members well in their
new roles, and congratulate the FM 4991 Approval achievement.
FCIA Holiday Wishes - The holidays is a time to reflect
on the good things that have happened this year, while taking
stock in how we can improve life for our families, community
and industry. With that in mind, take stock in what we have
accomplished at FCIA in 2003, and look ahead to see how we
can improve FCIA and our industry in 2004. Then, get involved
in FCIA. It is worth your investment.
From our house to your house, may the spirit of the holidays
be with you now and throughout the year. Best wishes for a
healthy, prosperous 2004. I look forward to working with you
in 2004 and beyond!
Bill McHugh, FCIA Executive Director
Man who says it cannot be done should not interrupt
man doing it. --Chinese Proverb
Bill McHugh adds, "Woman should be part of this proverb
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