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First Impressions: Allison Schau and Andy Barnes

Wednesday, July 17, 2019  
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The awesome surroundings of Asheville, NC and the breathtaking Omni Grove Park Inn was a memorable experience for everyone who attended the ESICA Spring Conference … especially for first timers Allison Schau of Armacell and Andy Barnes of SPI,  who were eager to share their experiences.  


Allison Schau

Inside Account Manager, Armacell LLC (A company of the Armacell Group)

“What a great location and facility! I loved the city … the hiking trails … and the food!  The part that really stood out for me, however, was the way ESICA channeled the networking opportunities, which made the event so special.

“As the ‘internal support’ for our sales and marketing managers … and  with only one year at Armacell, it was a great opportunity for me to meet the contractors I correspond with on a regular basis and those I have not yet had the opportunity to meet. I speak to on the phone as well as those I’ve never spoken to. 

“I came from a different segment of the industry, so I was able to learn a lot about what ESICA contractors and suppliers do. I loved soaking up all that knowledge and experience from the professionals around me.    There are so many good people in this industry willing to reach out a helping hand.  It was truly an amazing experience. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity.”


Andy Barnes

Branch Manager, Specialty Products & Insulation Company

My first ESICA event was an awesome experience!  The location and venue were breathtaking … a great first impression of the way ESICA does things. 

“Asheville is a beautiful town and the Omni had everything you need, right on site.

But above and beyond the surroundings and amenities, was the opportunity the conference provides  to contractors, distributors and manufacturers. This is a fantastic chance to meet and discuss the positives … and the areas that need improvement in our industry. 

“There are very few, if any, opportunities like the ESICA conferences for all three facets of the industry to meet and collaborate together.

“Many thanks to ESICA for making this possible for me!”


Featured in ESICA Review 2019 Volume 2.