Register today for the WICA Northern California Golf Tournament scheduled for Monday, May 18, 2015. This year the Chardonnay Golf Club, located at the gateway of Napa Valley, will be hosting this WICA event for the first time since it’s inception. The shotgun start will be at 12pm and a BBQ lunch will be served prior to teeing off. Following the tournament WICA will hold an awards ceremony and dinner in the clubhouse. Registration fees of $125 per person for members and $175 per person for non-members include participation in the tournament, lunch and awards dinner. Additionally, you can sponsor a hole at the tournament with member pricing at $200 per hole and $250 per hole for non-members. Register online here to participate in the tournament or download the pdf registration form here. The deadline to register is Friday, May 8, 2015._READ_MORE
This year the National Insulation Association (NIA) held their 60th Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas and honored participating member companies for their outstanding safety performance in the mechanical insulation industry in 2014. Created in 2004, the Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award was named in honor of past president Ted Brodie. The awards program serves to nationally “recognize top companies that have established structure safety programs to ensure the well-being of their employees and create safe working environments.”
We would like to recognize and congratulate WICA members who received the 2014 Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award and thank them for their commitment to safety in the workplace.
Associates (Manufacturer) Category
Platinum | ITW Insulation Systems
Gold | Armacell
Silver | Industrial Insulation Group
Bronze | CertainTeed Corporation
Platinum | Performance Contracting Inc.
Summit Contracting, LLC
Gold | Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services
Farwest Insulation Contracting
Hudson Bay Insulation Company
Platinum | E.J. Bartells
Gold | Winroc-SPI
Bronze | Distribution International, Inc.
The leaders of the Western Insulation Contractors Association and the Western States Conference Business Managers met last week in Palm Springs for the annual Spring Labor-Management Conference. The agenda included a number of topics and a great deal of time was dedicated to understanding how labor and management can work together to help increase market share and work opportunities. There was also considerable discussion on the minimum level of certifications that craftsman should hold in order to be eligible for work. Certifications such as: OSHA 10, Refinery Safety Overview (RSO), Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), Lift Training, Abatement Certification, Fall Protection, First Aid/CPR, Scaffold Training, Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA), were just a few of the items discussed.
It was noted that an increasing number of projects were requiring drug testing and background checks and when employees fail to check out, it gives both labor and management a black eye with Construction Users. It was noted that “Fit For Duty” Testing was just around the corner and that one refinery had already put its contractors on notice that it would be a condition of employment as early as this fall. Obviously, this will be a significant issue that labor and management will have to work together on in order to meet owner requirements.
Additional discussion topics included the Jurisdictional Dispute between the Sheet Metal Workers International Union and the Asbestos Workers International Union, L/M participation in Energy and Insulation Industry Awareness Trade Shows, Manpower Portability, Foreman Training, and more. Finally, an overview of the present and future work load was given for each of the Western States. It was noted that man-hours for the entire WSC had held level during the economic downturn and that while current projections don’t show a significant increase in man-hours the long term work projections look optimistic and that both L/M would need to work diligently to develop the future workforce.
The WICA 2015 Programs Committee has been working to finalize the details of the upcoming convention and materials registration materials will be made available next month. This year’s convention will be held September 20-22 at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino in Incline Village, NV. Mark your calendars now to join us at this Annual WICA Event and keep an eye out for registration materials in May._READ_MORE
It's hard to dream new dreams. We'd all like to be visionary thinkers like Bezos, Buffett, and Branson (the Three B's of Bold Thinking) and achieve great things. But most of us aren't bold visionaries. (I'm definitely not.) And that's OK, because while you and I might never come up with the next big thing, we can decide to think -- and act -- differently than other people... and in the process achieve differently than other people.
Here are five things many people believe think that ruin their chances for success -- and more importantly, how you can think differently:
1. "I never get the right opportunities."
Hey, join the (very, very large) club. No matter how it looks from the outside, no one is given opportunities they don't deserve. Opportunities are earned. (And even if someone else did get an opportunity you feel you deserved, you can't change that fact... so why dwell on it?)
Maybe, years ago, you did have to wait: to be accepted, to be promoted, to be selected, to somehow be "discovered."
Even if that was once true, it's not true any longer. Access to opportunity is nearly unlimited. You can connect with nearly anyone through social media. You can create and sell your own products, develop and distribute your own applications, find your own funding....
You don't need to wait for someone else to give you the opportunity. You can give yourself the opportunity -- which, by the way, is what successful people have done for centuries. The only thing holding you back from seizing an opportunity is you -- and your willingness to try.
Don't worry about the opportunities you need to be given; focus on the opportunities you need to take.
2. "(Someone) is always holding me back."
Maybe another person really did ruin opportunities or block ideas or took what was rightfully yours. Maybe suppliers didn't come through. Maybe your partner wasn't committed. Maybe potential customers weren't smart enough to recognize the value you provide.
Doesn't matter. You can't control other people. You can only control yourself.
When you fail always decide it was your fault. Not only is that a smart way to think, but it's also almost always true as well. While occasionally something completely outside your control will cause you to fail, most of the time it really is you.
And that's OK. Every successful person has failed numerous times. (Most have failed a lot more often than you have; that's one reason why they're so successful today.)
Embrace every failure. Own it, learn from it, and take full responsibility for making sure that next time you'll do what it takes to make sure things turn out differently.
Never think it's another person's fault; when you do, you guarantee it always will be.
3. "I just don't have enough time."
Sure you do. You have the same amount of time as everyone else. The key is to decide how you will fill your time.
For example, anyone can create a schedule. But most people don't ensure that every task takes only as long as it needs to take. Most people fill a block of time, either given or self-determined, simply because that is the time allotted.
Don't adjust your effort so it fills a time frame. Instead, do everything as quickly and effectively as you can. Then use your "free" time to get other things done...just as quickly and effectively.
Never think about how time controls you -- instead think of how you can best control your time.
When you do, you'll quickly realize you have a lot more time than you think.
4. "Sure, I would do that... if I could be sure it would be worth it."
Ever heard someone say, "If I knew I would get a raise, then I would be willing to work a lot harder"? Or, "If I knew my startup would succeed then I would definitely be willing to put in more hours"? Or, "If I knew there would be a bigger payoff, then I would be willing to sacrifice more"?
Successful employees earn promotions and higher pay by first working harder; in other words, they earn their success. Successful businesses earn higher revenue by delivering greater value first; they earn their success.
Successful people, in all areas of life, earn bigger "payoffs" by working incredibly hard well before any potential return is in sight; they earn their success through effort and sacrifice.
Most people expect to get more before they will ever consider doing more.
To succeed, think of compensation not as the driver or requirement for exceptional effort, but as
the deserved reward.
5. "But there's just nothing special about me."
It's easy, and tempting, to assume successful people have some intangible entrepreneurial something -- ideas, talent, drive, skills, creativity, etc.--that you simply don't have.
That's rarely true. Talents typically reveal themselves only in hindsight. Success is never assured; it only looks that way after it is achieved.
Sure, other people may have skills you don't have (at least not yet), but you have skills other people don't have. You don't need a gift. You just need yourself -- and a willingness to put in a tremendous amount of hard work, effort, and perseverance -- because that is where talent comes from.
Never think about what you don't have. Focus on what you do have -- and more importantly, what you are willing to do that others are not.
That is your true gift -- and it's a gift we've all been given.
You just have to use it.