The board began with the first of four in-person board
meetings on January 10 & 11 in Denver, Colorado.
We discussed the goals of all the committees, what needed
to be done to achieve those goals, and what, if any,
budget dollars were needed to be set aside. We discussed
how we could invite new members. We discussed how the
board could mix and get to know the membership better.
We discussed the structure of our annual industry conferences,
how we can better provide professional educational seminars,
and give the manufacturers opportunities to highlight
their products to individual contractor members.
You've heard presidents in the past remind you how
important the committee projects and activities are
to this organization. Our Spring Educational Committee
Action Meeting is coming up soon. April 4, 5 & 6,
2002, in Denver and I personally invite you to join
us. As you review the rest of this newsletter, you will
get the details on projects like the Standards Task
Force. This task force will be working with a committee
inside of ASTM to create the second half of our inspection
standard. This standard will affect your business soon.
We need your input to make sure we represent you in
I continue to chair your code committee this year and
it always can use more help. We submitted two code proposals
this year. They are outlined in detail later on in this
|The Program Committee is using the responses
from the questionnaire to help prepare this year's meetings.
The Education Committee has its hands full again this
year with plans to finish the presentation featuring
FM's 4991 Approval Standard and beginning a series on
education for the on-site installation of Fire Stop
systems. This project is huge, but needs to be done.
The Marketing Committee has already had the tower in
a trade show with 3M and plans are underway to attend
more shows this year.
The Technical Committee always has a long list of "to
do's" - everything from setting up a place to post
helpful information on the web to developing a labeling
As you can see there is much to do this year. I would
ask that, at a minimum, you would: (1) support a committee
in some fashion; and (2) you would obtain your FM Approval
status if you have not already done so and help this
industry grow with integrity and reliability.