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Attend AWCI’s Fall Conference for Education, Networking and Information

Those who attend AWCI’s Industry Executives’ Conference & Committee Meetings this fall will have an advantage over those who don’t because the education sessions alone are going to give attendees a competitive edge.

“Critical Trends Driving the Future of the Construction Industry” is scheduled for the morning of Sept. 14, and “Project Bidding with Uncertain Product Costs” will be offered the morning of Sept. 15.

AWCI’s fall conference is Sept. 13–16, 2011, at the Coeur d’Alene Golf and Spa Resort in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Name Change?

You may have noticed that we are now calling our fall conference, “AWCI’s Industry Executives’ Conference & Committee Meetings” instead of using the traditional “Committee Week.”

“As this event has evolved,” said AWCI Executive Vice President/CEO Steve Etkin, “it has evolved to meet the needs of our members and attendees, who aren’t able to spend a full week at a meeting because they are needed to run their businesses. This conference has not been held over the course of a week in more than 10 years, so we updated the name to more accurately reflect the meeting schedule. The schedule is full of committee meetings and education sessions, and the updated name is a result.”

Other Activities

In addition to attending the committee meetings and education sessions, attendees and their guests will be able to tour some interesting sites in or near Coeur d’Alene.

The optional event on Sept. 15 is the Olive Oil and Wine Tasting Tour. It is here that attendees can taste various olive oils as well as create one of their own concoctions.

Sept. 16 brings a tour that combines visits to the Sierra Silver Mine, the Wallace District Mining Museum, the Northern Pacific Depot Railroad Museum and the Oasis Bordello Museum.

But Wait! There’s More!

The Foundation of the Wall and Ceiling Industry is also hosting some events—events that offer the opportunity to help the Foundation with its fund-raising efforts.

The Challenge of Champions to benefit AWCI Cares will be held Sept. 14. This is a fun family event that is based on the game show, “Minute to Win It.” The cost is $50 per person, and all proceeds will go to support AWCI Cares, which helps support AWCI member families in need.

The popular 50-50 raffle will also be held, giving ticket holders a chance to win thousands of dollars. Tickets are $100 each, or five for $400.

The 13th Annual Foundation Golf Tournament will be held at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course on Sept. 15. Take this opportunity to play on the world’s only floating island green by teeing up for a good cause! The $250 player fee, which includes a sports massage at the practice facility, a round of golf and a box lunch, supports the event and the Foundation’s education programs.

The tournament also has sponsorships available with prices ranging from $350 to $2,000.

Contact AWCI’s Annemarie Selvitelli at (703) 538.1608 or with questions about Foundation events. All the conference details can be found on AWCI’s website at

AWCI Celebrates Ninth Anniversary of the EIFSmart Contractor Program
AWCI’s EIFSmart Contractor Program is celebrating its ninth anniversary, and AWCI invites more members to join the growing list of companies earning the EIFSmart Contractor seal.

To clarify for those who may not know, the difference between the AWCI EIFS—Doing It Right® certificate program (launched in 1998) and the AWCI EIFSmart Contractor Program is that the certificate program is for individual people, and the EIFSmart program is for companies. The certificate program leads to the person becoming a Certified EIFS Mechanic (CEM), a Certified EIFS Industry Professional (CEP) or a Certified EIFS Inspector (CEI), and the EIFSmart Contractor program leads to earning the AWCI EIFSmart Contractor seal. EIFSmart companies are companies where 40 percent or more of the EIFS field employees hold a current certification, along with at least one person at the management level and a foreman on each project. These employees would all hold either the CEM or CEP certificate. As of June 2010, those who work for EIFS contractors, manufacturers or distributors are no longer eligible for the CEI category.

If you would like more information on becoming an EIFSmart Contractor, visit the website at or contact

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