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Association of Wall-Ceiling and Carpentry Industries (WC&C) is the principal organization advocating the interests of contractors, suppliers and manufacturers in the wall and ceiling industries. Association of Wall-Ceiling & Carpentry Industries provides support for contractors in a number of critical areas including legislative advocacy, insurance and safety.

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What are you doing in early October?

You can significantly make a positive impact on your business if you take this tip and plan a trip to Baltimore for this year’s AWCI Industry Executives’ Conference & Committee Meetings being held October 7th through 10th.  The education sessions, which include Building Information Modeling (BIM), Investment Planning: How to Make It Work for Your Company, and Ownership Transition Techniques That Work, are a must for all senior level industry professionals. These presentations alone, given by a team of outstanding professionals, are packed with great information. Then add to that the series of practical questions and discussions that always characterize these sessions. There will be much worthwhile material available for you to use in your business.

 

Am I “hawking” here? Yes I am. Because after having been so powerfully impressed by my visit to the UBC’s International Training Center in Las Vegas which I wrote about in the last issue of Off The Wall, I want to add first class industry business techniques to the mix, and AWCI is laying out a platform for this during its October conference. We should take advantage of it. It is the only way we are going to continue to dominate in New York City’s construction industry. Union/Management leadership: workers with top echelon training working for highly motivated and business savvy contractors.

 

But, so these days shouldn’t be all work and no play, clean up your clubs for action on the green at Bulle Rock, considered the top ranking public golf course in Maryland and the only 5-STAR Golf Facility in the Mid-Atlantic. By the way, your association (WC&C) is a proud sponsor of this Annual Foundation Golf Tournament. 

 

For more information on the AWCI Industry Executives’ Conference & Committee Meetings and for reservations go to http://www.awci.org/iec.shtml.

 

I hope to see you there. — John DeLollis

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Living the Dream!!?

The stock market has hit all-time highs and the rebound has helped in reducing our unfunded liability obligation as signatory contractors.  With pension plans healthy and in the green zone, prudently restoring some medical benefits is the compassionate thing to do.  On the other hand, from a business standpoint, it is like a slow death.  Although our market has seemed to pick up, the non-union element continues to pressure our dwindling market share.  Without a competitive wage and benefit package, competing against non-unions with a 30-40% delta is not sustainable.  Enjoy the ride while it lasts.

Our convention in Naples this past spring was a success. We had robust participation amongst our membership and I look forward to continuing this tradition in the future.   I would like to congratulate Scott Casabona, President and CEO of Sloan & Company in West Caldwell, New Jersey on his new position as President of AWCI. I have had the pleasure of working with Scott over the years and I look forward to collaborating with him as chairman of the UCC of AWCI.  I would also like to thank Craig Daley, President of Daley’s Drywall & Taping in Campbell, California, for his continued leadership as immediate past president of AWCI. 

I look forward to seeing everyone in Baltimore this fall for the Industry Executives’ Conference and Committee Meetings.  For more information or to register for this event, please visit www.awci.org/iec.shtml.  --  Mike Weber

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