Greetings, I hope the new year is off to a great start for each of you!
We are starting off the new year with the launch of our re-designed and revamped website. The ESICA website has transitioned to a platform that is all about member experience. Our members now have the opportunity to interact with each other, whether it be through a community feed, group forums or idea boxes. So far, the feedback we have received has been fantastic. Not only does it make it easier to communicate with other members, the association can transmit announcements and notifications easily to all its members. For any members who have not yet logged into the website, please be sure to do so, as you do not want to miss out on these great features. To find out more, please contact the association office.
Our feature story for this issue focuses on building our workforce for the future. For this story, we enlisted feedback from members on how and where they find skilled workers. The resounding response was through their local union apprenticeship programs. As you will see throughout the article, these apprenticeship programs, offered by nearly 100 local unions across the country, are crucial in preparing a strong workforce. They also play a large role in promoting the trades to the next generation. I hope you enjoy the article!
I am excited to inform you that our keynote speaker for our upcoming Spring Conference (May 1-3) in Asheville, North Carolina is Meridith Elliott Powell. Meridith is local to Asheville and will be joining us to discuss succession planning, which ties nicely into finding great talent who will become leaders in your business. Her powerful presentation, “Building Your Human Capital: Strategies for Innovative Succession Planning”, is sure to inspire you and leave you with a plan of action that you can execute effectively. Be sure to visit our website to register!
The Eastern States Insulation Contractors Association (ESICA) represents both small and large mechanical, commercial, industrial and asbestos abatement contractors as well as various suppliers and distributors of products and services to the industry.