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2019 Fall Conference Highlights

Thursday, March 5, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Our Fall Conference was held in the beautiful seaside city, Naples, at the Ritz Carlton!



The more than 130 ESICA and CSIA members and their guests in attendance were welcomed at our associates cocktail reception. The beautiful venue catered to an evening of networking and catching up with old friends. We held our Annual Mesothelioma Raffle, where $1,560 was raised for mesothelioma research at the Fox Chase Cancer Center.  



Keynote: Managing in an Uncertain Economy

Connor Lokar, Program Economist at ITR Economics, floored attendees with the quality and strength of his presentation! Attendees walked away with a clear vision for the future of the US economy, consumer and construction markets.


NIA Update

Michele M. Jones, Executive Vice President/CEO and Dana Vlk, President, joined us at the conference. Michele spoke about Thermal Insulation Inspectors and how they are a new and important part of the mechanical insulation industry landscape. Dana presented on how members can get the most out of the National Insulation Association.


Associate Breakout: Creating Intentional and Amazing Customer Journeys

Joanna Pineda, CEO of Matrix Group International, Inc. discussed how to deliver an exceptional customer experience for every person you interact with. Attendees gained insight on identifying customer journeys and the unique needs of each customer type.


Contractor Breakout: Cyber Security & Revenue Recognition

Carl Oliveri, CPA, CCIFP, CFE, MBA, Partner, Construction Practice Leader, NYC Office Market Leader Grassi & Co., discussed the proper way you should now be recognizing revenue within your company and transitional tips to ensure you are compliant with the new issuance. He also discussed the consequences for not protecting your business against cyber threats and why it is important to be prepared for a breach.


·         ACTIVITIES:

Poolside Cabana Experience

Attendees enjoyed a luxurious afternoon in the sun! This was a great opportunity to relax and network, all while taking advantage of beautiful conference location.


Golf Tournament

Golfers spent the afternoon at the Tiburón Golf Club with courses designed by winner of the Open Championship and formerly top-ranked player in the world, Greg Norman.



Tournament Winners:

·         1st Place – Richard Budinich, Atlantic Contracting Specialties, LLC, Jarrod Evans, Distribution International & J D Lile, Vimasco Corporation

·         2nd PlaceMike Fought, Johns Manville, Andrew Hiatt, Jeff-Co Sales & Marketing, William Lucas, RPR Products, Inc. & Mike Mann, Edward R Hart

·         3rd Place – Anthony Harris, Armacell LLC, Mike Horvat, Distribution International & John Stevens, Thermal Solutions-Ohio, Inc.

·         Closet to the Pin – Rudy Latzlsberger, Rudco Sales

·         Longest Drive – Mike Mann, Edward R Hart



Down to Earth Aerials created the wow factor at dinner, with their stunning aerial performance. They even invited volunteers try out the intricate aerial act!



Our Fall Conference was another great success that could not have been accomplished without the support of our sponsors! A special thank you to our mobile app sponsors, Owens Corning and Owens Corning Foamglas!

Aeroflex USA, Inc.

American Mechanical Insulation Sales, Inc.

Armacell, LLC

Bay Insulation Supply

Distribution International

Fit Tight Covers

General Insulation

Geo. V. Hamilton, Inc.

Ideal Products of America

Insulation Materials Corporation

ITW Insulation Systems

Johns Manville

McCormick Insulation Supply

Owens Corning

Owens Corning Foamglas

Polyguard Products

Proto Corporation

RPR Products, Inc.


Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Vimasco Corporation


Featured in ESICA REVIEW 2020 VOLUME 1