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FCIA Education & Committee Action Conference
ECA 2019

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL

April 23-26, 2019


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Discover absorbing technical sessions, a speaker lineup led by industry visionaries and inspiring thinkers, third-party accreditation exams and education, Committee meetings and networking events with colleagues from around the world and the momentum you need to refine your expertise and elevate your career a FCIA's ECA '19.


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April 23

11:30 am - 5:00 pm

Registration Open

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Lunch for Quality Management System and Firestop Exam Education Session Attendees

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

FCIA NEW Member Session - Who is FCIA? What does it do?

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

FCIA Education for the FM & UL/ULC Firestop Exams

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

FCIA Education for the FM & UL/ULC Firestop Exams, continued

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

FCIA Management System Manual Development Education

April 24

7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Conference Registration Open

7:45 am - 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast for FM & UL/ULC Firestop Exam Candidates

8:30 am - 12:00 pm

FM & UL/ULC Firestop Exam for DRI Candidates and Inspection Personnel

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Welcome Luncheon

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

President's Welcome, Association Comments

Jay McGuire, FCIA 2019 President

Bill McHugh, FCIA Executive Director

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Winning the War for Talent

Chris Czarnik

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

Partnership Program Updates

Jeff Gould, FM Approvals

Ruben Sandoval, UL

Bill McHugh, FCIA

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Take the Plunge - FCIA Committees: Who Are We and What Do We Do?

FCIA Committee Chairs

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

FCIA Committee Reports & Committee Action Sessions

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Welcome Reception

April 25

7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Registration Open

7:30 am - 8:15 am

Continental Breakfast

8:15 am - 9:15 am

Firestopping 20 Years in the Making: What Do We Know About Potential Sources of Liability?

Karen P. Layng, JD, M.A.I.T. Co.

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Mediation: Avoiding the Rabbit Hole

Paul Simon, Business Mediation Network

10:00 am - 10:45 pm

Building Chicago's Future - Modernizing City Code

Grant Ullrich, City of Chicago Department of Buildings

Judity Frydland, City of Chicago Building Commisioner

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

FCIA & Code Development - Part 1 - Code Development Past to Now

Bill Koffel, FSFPE, PE, Koffel Associates

12:00 9m - 12:45 pm


12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

ASHE, The Joint Commission and Hospitals

Jonathan Flannery, MHSA, CHFM, FASHE, FACHE, American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

The Firestopping Installation, Inspection and Maintenance Process

Corey Zussman, AIA, NCARB, ALA, RBEC, RRC, REWC, RWC, RRO, CDT, CQM, CxA+BE, LEED AP, BD+C, Pepper Construction Company

3:30 pm - 5:15 pm

FCIA Contractor Members ONLY Session

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

Networking Reception

April 26

7:30 am - 10:00 am

Registration Open

7:45 am - 10:00 am

Continental Breakfast

7:45 am - 8:30 am

Pump Maintenance and Productivity

Justin, Kulik, Graco

Shane Hopkins, ToughTek Demo Tech

8:30 am - 9:30 am

FCIA, UL & Standards - A Detailed Look

Matt Schumann, UL

Bill McHugh, FCIA

Eric Keeton, Dalton Protection

10:00 am - 1:30 pm

UL's Fire Test Laboratories Tour

Rich Walke, UL

1:30 pm

Conference Ends

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