AWCI’s Convention Merges with Culture

John Hinson / April 2016

“Laissez les bons temps rouler!” is Cajun for “Let the good times roll!”
Imagine how bad this Texan massacres that phrase. I will try to pronounce it correctly at AWCI’s Convention & INTEX Expo this month in New Orleans, but if I butcher it, go ahead and laugh. It won’t hurt my feelings.

The convention and expo will bring together members from across the nation and parts of the world as diverse in experiences as New Orleans is rich in culture. Imagine sitting in an AWCI technical committee meeting listening to contractors from Hawaii and Wisconsin share their experiences on issues like mold and moisture-related issues. They approach the subject very differently because their climates/environments are so different—there is no salt water in Green Bay and no cold weather to speak of in Hawaii (the lowest temperature ever recorded in Honolulu was 52 degrees on Jan. 20, 1969).
These members and others will be working together to provide information about their experiences—much of it presented through seminars covering leading edge information we all can benefit from. We are fortunate to have such a diverse group of members and so many varied resources to turn to. In fact, it is often easier for us to pick up a phone and call a friend (member) in the field for sage advice on a problem than it is to ask Siri on our cellphones or do an online search. That is because so many of our members have expertise in so many different areas of the industry.
Most people who make up our industry are very friendly, and believe it or not, most are willing to share their knowledge. And we are not limited to networking through the United States and Canada. Consider markets further abroad for answers: Australia, South America, Europe, the United Kingdom and China are just a few examples.
So if you are looking for a means of addressing an issue practically, a different viewpoint or just a conversation with someone from another state or nation, we probably have an avenue for you. We have the tools and we, the people of AWCI, are a very diverse group representing many components of our industry. Use our tools to get the most out of our association. And while you are down here, enjoy the rich culture and cuisine of the Crescent City. There is no such thing as too much jambalaya and gumbo! Mmmmmmm!

In addition to being 2015–2016 president of the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry, Hinson is president of the Dallas division of Marek.