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AWCI EVP/CEO Etkin Announces Retirement

Steven A. Etkin has announced that he will retire at the end of this year. Etkin has been executive vice president and CEO of the Association and the Foundation of the Wall and Ceiling Industry since 1995, and treasurer and acting CEO of the AWCI Insurance Company since its inception in 2003.

Etkin won AWCI’s highest honor, the Pinnacle Award, in 2005 for the many accomplishments achieved under his leadership. These achievements include streamlining AWCI’s fall conference, launching the AWCI website, creating Member Business Forums and the EIFS Education and Certificate program. Since that time, Etkin has done much more for AWCI and the industry, including leading the way to AWCI’s centennial celebration, which was commemorated in various ways last year.

The AWCI Executive Committee has begun a search for Etkin’s successor, who is expected to be on board sometime this summer. Watch this newsletter and AWCI’s Construction Dimensions for more updates throughout the year. Inquiries should be directed to AWCI President Jerry Smith at