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Come to Chicago for AWCI’s Doing It Right® Seminars and a Building Envelope Session at Academy 2013

Academy and the Doing It Right® seminars are teaming up Jan. 28–31, 2013, in Chicago to create a powerful four day educational opportunity!

Over the four days the following seminars will be offered: Steel—Doing It Right®, Stucco—Doing It Right®, Ceilings—Doing It Right®, Gypsum—Doing It Right®, and a one day management seminar, “The Evolving Building Envelope—How to Construct It?” Registration for each seminar is on an individual basis, so you can craft your own learning experience.

Ceilings—Doing It Right® covers the proper installation of acoustical ceilings and is based on the seismic provisions of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The course includes the types of surfaces, moldings and accessories, codes and standards, engineering and design considerations, material handling, specialty tools, estimating and project management/quality control.

Steel—Doing It Right® covers the essential knowledge and techniques for the correct installation of cold-formed steel; codes and standards affecting CFS; structural (load-bearing) wall assemblies; wind bearing and curtain wall framing; interior systems; roof assemblies, production and quality control.

Gypsum—Doing It Right® covers codes and standards, design issues, engineering, types of gypsum systems and panels, installation, finish systems, molding and accessories, preparation for decoration and project management/ quality control.

Stucco—Doing It Right® is based on ASTM C926 and C1063 and covers the application of portland cement-based plaster applied to metal and solid bases. Some of the topics covered include substrates, materials, weather concerns and limitations of materials/stress control/cracking.

AWCI’s Academy is designed for estimators, safety specialists, senior management, field superintendents, project managers, architects, specifiers and emerging construction executives. The Doing It Right seminars were developed for owners and upper and middle management—project managers, foremen and estimators. Each seminar was developed under the guidance of an expert oversight group made up of contractors and manufacturers.

Contact Ginny Rosell at (703) 538.1610 or, or Anne Selvitelli at (703) 538.1608 or for more information. Also be sure to visit for registration details.

Former Dallas Cowboy to Speak at Convention Awards Brunch

Known around the NFL as “Mr. Clutch,” Drew Pearson rose from an unknown rookie free agent to being named one of the Top 20 Pro Football All-Time Leading Receivers. He was named to the 1970’s NFL Hall of Fame’s All-Decade Team, named to the NFL All-Pro team three times and played in Super Bowls X, XII and XIII. The 6-foot tall, 185-pound Dallas Cowboy was Roger Staubach’s favorite receiver, and now he’s all ours for about an hour during the AWCI Opening Session and Awards Presentation Brunch at AWCI’s Convention next March in San Antonio.

Football fans will recall that Pearson played an important role in the Dallas Cowboys’ success during the 1970s and early 1980s. Cowboys fans certainly remember Pearson’s game-winning “Hail Mary” touchdown catch in the 1975 playoffs against Minnesota, and the touchdown pass that won the Thanksgiving game in the final minutes against the Washington Redskins.

Since retiring from football in 1983, Pearson has done extensive work as a radio and television sports broadcaster. He has also built a successful business, the Drew Pearson Companies, which manufactures licensed headwear for professional ball teams, Walt Disney Company and other entities. After selling his company, he started focusing on consulting and speaking for corporations and community groups. His presentations include football stories as they relate to leadership, teamwork and customer service issues in the workplace.

More convention details will be posted on AWCI’s website,, later this month.

Taylor Nominated to AWCI Executive Committee, and Other Board Changes

At AWCI’s September board of directors meeting during the AWCI Industry Executives’ Conference & Committee Meetings, Michael Taylor, vice president of Liddle Bros. Contractors in Nashville, was elected to the AWCI Executive Committee. He will become AWCI’s secretary on July 1, 2013.

The AWCI Nominating Committee nominated Taylor to the chairs, and the nomination was unanimously approved by the AWCI board of directors.

Jerry Smith of BakerTriangle (Texas) was elected to the contractor-at-large position along with Chuck Mears of Radius Track who was elected to the supplier-at-large position on the board of directors. In addition, to give more contractor members the opportunity to serve the industry at the highest level, AWCI temporarily expanded the board of directors with two additional contractor-at-large positions. Ed Sellers of OCP Contractors (Ohio) was elected to fill one of the additional positions.

The Foundation of the Wall and Ceiling Industry board of directors has named Grayhawk’s Mark Nabity as its president. In addition, two vacancies on the Foundation’s board will be filled by the Foundation’s immediate past president, Rob Waterhouse, and Lee Zaretzky of Ronsco, Inc.

On the pages that follow are photos from the September conference. You can see more on AWCI’s Facebook page,

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