At the base of the breathtaking Grand Teton Mountains, WICA members gathered this year in the valley of Jackson Hole at Hotel Terra with stunning mountain views and crisp alpine air from September 15-17. Attendees were inspired by a Keynote address from George Hedley, Contractor Consultant and Author, who shared critical concepts to grow and profit your business. Motivating seminars from Ted Angelo, Executive VP of Grunau Company, and Joe Marchant of Dewalt, covered the important topics of Lean Construction and utilization of the latest tools and technology. Members enjoyed updates from NIA Executive Vice President/CEO Michele Jones and Dana Vlk, Distribution International / NIA President. We were delightfully entertained by Sponsor Presentations from: Armacell, Integrated Marketing Group, Johns Manville, Knauf Insulation and Zenith American Solutions.
In-between networking, seminars and catching up with dear friends, participants golfed the casually elegant Teton Pines Course. Congratulations to the winning team Rick Sutphin, Rick Mefferd, Adam Polkinghorne, and Shawn Reichenback and second place team Ken Gritter, Dylan Gritter, Dan Howard, and Brian Kirwin. Additionally, the following took home the prizes for closest to the pin – #3 Sean McMillin, #8 Women Pati Piro-Bosley, #8 Men Kenny Cole, #12 AJ Wiest, #16 Adam Polkinghorne. Spouses and other attendees floated the scenic Snake River, one of the largest North American rivers, for our spouse program and even spotted a female moose with her young calf.
At the WICA Annual Business Meeting, David Shong with Thermal Pipe Shields was re-elected as the At-Large Manufacturer to the WICA Board and David Trueblood with Farwest Insulation Contracting was elected as the At-Large Contractor, replacing long-time WICA Board Member and Past-President, Ron de Rue.
Convention concluded with a mountain causal President’s Reception and Dinner at the rustic Gray Barn, nestled by the mountain range. Guests dined in large teepees after trying their skills at archery, blow-darts, tomahawk and knife throwing. Our beloved Ron de Rue was recognized with an award to honor his 44 years of dedicated service to the association and retirement from Farwest Insulation Contracting. He will be greatly missed.
A special thanks to our many WICA Convention sponsors: AEROFLEX USA, Inc., Acutron, Alaska Insulation Specialties, Alpha Engineered Composites, Argus Contracting LP, ARMACELL LLC, Aspen Aerogels, Bay Insulation Supply, CertainTeed, Distribution International, DUNA-USA, Farwest Insulation Contracting, FastWRAP Estimating Software Inc., Foster/Childers, Hudson Bay Insulation Company, Ideal Products of America, Insul-Therm International, Inc., Integrated Marketing Group, ITW Insulation Systems, Johns Manville, Knauf Insulation, Merit Insulation, Inc., Midwest Fasteners, Inc., Owens Corning, Performance Contracting, Inc., Proto Corporation, ROCKWOOL Technical Insulation, RPR Products, Specialty Products & Insulation, Summit Contracting LLC, UNIFRAX I LLC, Visionary Industrial Insulation Inc., and Zenith American Solutions.
See you in La Jolla in 2020!