It’s Time for AWCI’s Convention

Laura M. Porinchak / March 2022

With such a large slate of interesting stories in this issue I find it difficult to know where to begin. But I will start with a story toward the end because the excitement is building for the return of AWCI’s Convention & INTEX Expo in early April. It has been more than two years since the members of the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry have been able to gather in person at an AWCI event, and there is lots of buzz!
    
Turn to page 60 for advice on getting the most bang for your buck when you and your team attend a trade show like the INTEX Expo. This article offers tips for creating your plan of attack at the show, smart follow-through techniques that will help you build relationships and expand your network, and everything in between.
    
Then go back to page 32 to meet three young but formidable construction leaders. When AWCI’s Emerging Leaders Program began last year with a mission to provide the leadership training needed in today’s world to help construction up-and-comers ascend and succeed into the future, the response was surprisingly overwhelming. In this article, three of AWCI’s emerging leaders talk about the challenges of leading a construction company and multiple projects, technology and working successfully through a pandemic. Many thanks to Brittni Daley-Grishaeva, Dan Wies and Kyle Yu for sharing their views.
    
Another AWCI member you should meet is Jason Gordon, president and CEO of Heartland Acoustics & Interiors in Colorado. Go to page 52 to learn how Jason has expanded his business—with a new office addition in Seattle (their sixth location!) as well as more specialty options—in just the last couple of years. Thanks also to Jason for taking the time for this interview.
    
Speaking of interviews, hiring new employees—whether for the field or for the office—may be a lot easier during a pandemic thanks to AI-powered recruitment software. This fairly new technology is actually offering real advantages to construction industry businesses. Turn to page 42 to read about your many choices along with their benefits and possible pitfalls.
    
Finally, the article on page 66 will help you realize whether or not you may be the reason you are not getting paid for change orders.
    
Getting back to AWCI’s Convention, make sure you visit www.awci.org/convention to learn more about our new schedule format, the education and network offerings, our speakers and to register. I am very much looking forward to being there, and I hope you will be there too.