WICA 2018 Annual Convention Sets Optimistic Tone For The Future

WICA Members gathered at The Grand Wailea Resort in beautiful Maui, Hawaii from Sunday, September 16 to Tuesday, September 18 sharing ideas, learning how to prepare for the future, and collaborating as industry leaders.

On Sunday attendees were offered a Catamaran Cruise that took them on a six-hour journey along the Maui coast. Attendees were taken on 2 snorkeling adventures where they were able to take in beauty of the underwater sea-life. It was a memorable afternoon of sailing the Pacific.

Members later met at the Lagoon Overlook for the Opening Reception and were surrounded by beautiful island vistas. Pictures from the Opening Reception can be found here.

Monday brought a morning of thought-provoking education with a lineup that encouraged attendees to begin strategizing for the future in all aspects of business from motivating new personnel to improving sales tactics. Between the Keynote Breakfast session and seminar taught by featured speaker Mark Matteson and an additional seminar presented by Jon McCleary with Performance Contracting, Inc., one theme that was heavily discussed amongst attendees was managing and attracting a younger workforce that is not easily motivated by traditional methods and incentives. During the Keynote Breakfast, Mark Matteson addressed the need to adjust company culture that embraces the changing workforce.  He introduced his LESTER method, which stands for Listen Actively, Echo Emotions, Sympathy vs. Empathy, Thank, Evaluate, Respond which can be used in any workplace situation. Members were actively engaged sharing their thoughts on adjustments their companies could make to motivate the changing workforce. 

Social events on Monday included a Hawaiian Cultural Experience Spouse Program where attendees learned to dance the Hula and make traditional Hawaiian Leis.  Pictures and video of the Spouse Program can be viewed here.  During the afternoon attendees took part in the Annual Convention Golf Tournament. After a challenging 18 holes of golf on the Gold Course of the The Wailea Golf Club, the foursome of Ken Gritter, Jake Erickson, Steve Watters, and Richard Cleminson emerged as the victors.

The final morning of convention, members were given an overview of the industry through presentations by Annual Sponsor Companies: Armacell, Foundation Building Materials, Ideal Products of America, ITW Insulation Systems, Owens Corning, RPR Products, and Zenith American Solutions. (Some company presentations can be downloaded below.) Additionally, the membership met for the 2018 Annual Meeting and discussed ideas and challenges that we face and how we can overcome them to strengthen and grow the membership and WICA. We are actively working towards addressing all of the concerns and ideas presented and will update the membership as changes are made. New leadership was also voted upon and will take effect in 2019.

For the final evening, members dressed in their resort best as convention concluded with a black and white themed President’s Dinner held in the Grand Dining Room. 

WICA would like to sincerely thank the many sponsors who helped in making WICA 2018 Annual Convention a success.  Without the support of these companies, the convention would not have been possible.  They are: 

3M, Acutron, LLC., AEROFLEX USA, Ins., Alaskan insulation Specialties, Alpha Engineered Composites, Armacell, Aspen Aerogels, Bay Insulation Supply, CertainTeed, Distribution International, DUNA-USA, Farwest Insulation Contracting, FastEST, Inc., Foundation Building Materials, General Insulation, Hudson Bay, Ideal Products of America, Insul-Therm International, Integrated Marketing Group, ITW Insulation Systems, JM Industrial Insulation Group, Johns Manville, Knauf Insulation, Merit Insulation Group, Midwest Fasteners, Inc., Owens Corning, Performance Contracting, Inc., ROCKWOOL, RPR Products, Unifrax, Zenith American Solutions.

We look forward to having an amazing Convention in 2019 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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WICA 2018 Annual Convention On The Horizon

Excitement is building for the WICA 2018 Annual Convention in Wailea, Hawaii. Convention begins Sunday, September 16 and ends on Tuesday, September 18. As convention draws near convention attendees should have received updated convention details highlighting the schedule of events, the attendee list, weather, transportation options and more via email.

For those attending the WICA 2018 Annual Convention please double check all attendee list to confirm that you are registered for the events you are planning to attend. If you find that you are not listed as an attendee for an event you intended to register for or if your name is listed for an event you are not planning to attend please email Sarah Hill at sarah@wica1.com or contact the WICA office.

View the most current Schedule of Events

Will you need rental clubs? The Annual Convention Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, September 17 at the Wailea Golf Club. Rental clubs can be booked in advance through the WICA office. Standard rental club sets start at $60 + tax while premium sets cost $75 + tax. Premium sets feature a selection from all major club makers while standard sets are TaylorMade M2s. To make your rental club reservation, please email Sarah Hill at sarah@wica1.com. If you do not reserve rental clubs in advance, the course will do its best to accommodate your request day of, but no guarantees can be made. Payment for rental clubs will be made directly to the course the day of the tournament.

President’s Dinner will feature a Black & White Theme. We request that all attendees wear black and/or white resort casual attire. The dinner will be held in the Grand Dining Room at the Grand Wailea Resort.

We are excited to present members with energizing and productive conversation and education. If you have any questions or requests leading up to convention please contact the WICA office at (801)364-0050. If you need assistance during convention please contact Bob Bergman at (801)556-8622. We look forward to seeing you in Hawaii!

Convention Materials Available on The WICA App

Have you downloaded the WICA App? As excitement builds for Annual Convention, attendees are strongly encouraged to download the WICA App, as many of our convention materials have gone digital. The Convention Section of the WICA App features many useful tools for convention attendees including the schedule of events and meetings, convention attendee lists, recommended restaurants and activities, convention sponsors and many more useful tools to keep you up to date. Attendees will also be notified through the app of any last minute changes that may occur. Download the WICA App in the Apple and Android stores today.