WICA 2017 Annual Convention Sets Focus to The Future

Members gathered at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, Washington on Monday, September 10th to Tuesday, September 12th sharing ideas, inspiration, and laughter at the WICA 2017 Annual Convention.

Convention featured an energizing lineup of well rounded speakers which included, David Allen of McKinstry, David Norris of Hermanson Company, and Kelly Sloan of Lanak & Hanna. David Allen spoke to Keynote Breakfast attendees about a changing workforce and the unprecedented changes that management and the aging workforce will have to learn in order to compete and attract top talent from across the social and socio-economic spectrum. David Norris and Kelly Sloan spoke to members about technical issues they may face regarding safety and legal issues.

Attendees enjoyed clear skies and warm days as they explored Seattle by sea and on land. Members took to the course and played a full 18 holes of golf at the Jefferson Park Golf Club.

The spouse program featured a one-hour boat cruise around the Seattle Harbor. Clear skies provided for a beautiful backdrop against the Seattle skyline.


The final morning of convention members were treated to presentations by Associate member company sponsors Aspen Aerogels, Foundation Building Materials, ITW Insulation Systems, Johns Manville with JM Industrial Insulation Group, and Zenith American Solutions. The available presentations can be downloaded below.

During business meetings Debra Dunlap’s (Merit Insulation) resignation from the WICA Board of Directors was recognized and current WICA leadership thanked her for her years service. The WICA board of directors is:

Robert Jeffries, President
Rick Sutphin, Vice President & NIA Representative
Craig Rossi, Treasurer
Ron de Rue, Immediate Past President
Adam Polkinghorne, Performance Contracting Inc.
David Shong, JM Industrial Insulation Group
Eric Sarmento, Farwest Insulation Contracting
Ken Gritter, Hudson Bay Insulation
Kenny Cole, Insul-Therm International, Inc.
Myron Nakata, Acutron Company
Russ Huff, Bay Insulation Supply of L.A.
Steve Husbands, Farwest Insulation Contracting
Terry Philley, Alaskan Insulation Specialities
Patrice Reynolds, Finance Committee Chair

Members looked their best in business formal attire as convention concluded with the President’s Dinner Tuesday evening. Thank you to the many sponsors who helped in making WICA 2017 Annual Convention a success.

Acutron, LLC., Aeroflex USA, Inc., Alaskan Insulation Specialties, Alpha Associates, Argus Contracting LP, Armacell, Aspen Aerogels, Inc., Bay Insulation Supply, Distribution International, Design Polymerics, DUNA-USA, Farwest Insulation, FastEST, Inc., Foster/Childers Products, Foundation Building Materials, Hudson Bay Insulation Company, Ideal Products of America, LP, Insul-Therm International Inc., Integrated Marketing Group, ITW Insulation, Johns Manville, JM Industrial Insulation Group, Knauf Insulation, Midwest Fasteners, Morgan Advanced Materials, Owens Corning, Performance Contracting, Inc. RPR Products, Inc., ROXUL Technical Insulation,Summit Contracting, Zenith American Solutions.




Aspen Aerogels Presentation

Foundation Building Materials Presentation

ITW Insulation Systems Presentation

Johns Manville & JM Industrial Insulation Group Joint Presentation 


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