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Networking through AWCI

During challenging times, it is important to lean on a good professional network to share ideas and see how others are reacting to the same issues. This month I would like to highlight some of the great networking opportunities that are available through AWCI.


I believe that one of the greatest aspects of the association is the networking opportunities. When you face a challenge, most likely one of our fellow members has already faced that same challenge and would be happy to help—possibly by sharing their experiences and offering suggestions to help you face your problem.


One great networking tool at AWCI is the face-to-face conversations that occur during our annual meetings (although we have missed out this year because of the pandemic). The social hours during these meetings are a great chance to meet people in a more relaxed environment. Getting involved with a committee will allow you to attend those meetings and form relationships with members. During the pandemic, many of AWCI’s committee members have been meeting via web conferences. This is a good—and easy—way for newcomers to get a foot in the door.


AWCI’s committees cover topics relevant to the wall and ceiling industry and range from groups for emerging leaders and safety directors, to union crafts and suppliers and manufacturers. Visit AWCI's webpage on committees to learn more.


I feel that I have gained the most insight (valuable lessons) by being involved over the past six years in an AWCI Business Forum. AWCI’s leadership is currently in the process of enhancing the forum experience, and any members with an interest in participating in a forum group should contact AWCI CEO Michael Stark at


Social media is another way you can engage with AWCI headquarters and its members. AWCI posts on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


I encourage everyone who is interested to explore the variety of networking opportunities AWCI offers. I look forward to when we can all get back together again and continue our in-person activities.

In addition to being 2020–2021 president of the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry, Chip McAlpin is division president of the Jackson, Miss., and Louisiana offices of F.L. Crane & Sons.

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