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Volume 58, Number 4
Fall, 2003

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Chicago PDCA/ FCA's well-attended Fall quarterly General Membership Meeting featured presentations by Executives from both the Finishing Contractors Association (FCA) and National PDCA.   The two major associations serving painting and decorating Contractors joined forces on September 10, 2003, to address Chicago PDCA/FCA Contractors and PDCA Associates at the Rosewood Restaurant in Rosemont.

Vince Sandusky, Chief Executive Officer of the FCA, explained the ambitious legislative agenda undertaken by the Finishing Contractors Association, which partners on many levels with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. The FCA, a Contractor's trade association, and the IUPAT, a labor Union, are based in the Washington , D.C. area.

Vince has 25 years of experience in association management, and works in organizational development, governance, and industry relations for FCA.   Several years ago, he served as Executive Vice President of National PDCA.

Pat Nichols presently serves as the Interim Executive Vice President of National PDCA, helping it transition to new leadership, re-evaluate its markets, restructure its levels of governance, and move its headquarters to St. Louis .   He was accompanied to the meeting by Dr. Ian Horen, the new CEO of National PDCA and a last-minute addition to the program. Ian was introduced to Chicago PDCA just after joining PDCA.   He was previously Marketing Vice President for the DC-area mortgage banking affiliate of Royal Bank of Canada .   Prior to that, he presided as CEO over a redirection of the National Contract Management Association.  

PDCA Group Shot

Chicage PDCA/FCA President Keith Farnham (K&R/Christopher, Inc., left) greeted (left to right) National PDCA Interim Executive Vice President Pat Nichols, Finishing Contractors Association Chairman Fred Phillip, and Finishing Contractors Association CEO Vince Sandusky at the September 10th General Membership Meeting held at the Rosewood Restaurant in Rosemont. Dr. Ian Horen, the new CEO of National PDCA (bottom), also appeared.




Sincerest condolences to Wil Hollins on the loss of his wife, Mary, earlier this Summer. Friends and associates who wish to contact Wil may do so at the Wil Hollins Company, Inc., 4404 South Wentworth Avenue, Chicago, IL 60609 (773/373-7660) .

Next Summer, ASPE, the American Society of Professional Estimators, will be holding its Estimating Academy and National Convention in Chicago (date to be announced), and PDCA has been offered five seats (valued at $500 each) in return for promoting the event to our members. If you are interested, call the office at 630/393-1313 so we can pursue the opportunity

Did you know that there are five kinds of “bones” in every organization? The jawbones do all the talking, but very little else. The knucklebones are mostly concerned with knocking the efforts of others. The wishbones spend their time wishing someone else would do the work. The lazybones devote their minimal energy to avoiding work. And then there are the backbones, who shoulder the load, whistle while they work, and help keep the company in the spite of the other “bones.”

There are new rules in effect about how the FAX machine may be used. If you ever promote your services via the FAX machine, the FCC has made a new determination that these are unsolicited transmissions constituting commercial advertisements that can no longer be sent without express permission of the recipient. This entails obtaining a form signed by your customers attesting to having consented to receiving your FAX transmissions. You may learn more about the legal requirements on-line at: policy/FCC Fax Rules (requires Adobe Acrobat to download). The original 12/31/03 deadline has been postponed, but the issue will not be going away.

Have you ever noticed that, when you’re rich, it’s usually on paper. When you’re broke, it’s in cash.

Here are a few choice excerpts from actual Federal employee reviews:
“He sets low personal standards, and then consistently fails to achieve them.”
“Works well when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat.”
“I would not allow this employee to breed.”
“I would like to go hunting with him sometime.”
“When his I.Q. reaches 50, sell.”
“If you give him a penny for his thoughts, you will get change.”
“It usually take him two hours to watch ‘60 Minutes’.”
“Some drink from the fountain of knowledge. He only gargled.”
“He can argue with a signpost.”
“He’s worked with too much glue.”
“He is a gross ignoramus...144 times worse than an ordinary ignoramus.”
“This employee is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.”

Probably no other source can offer more EIFS training and information opportunities than AWCI (Association of the Wall & Ceiling Industries). AWCI has now offered its exterior insulation finish systems training and certification program for five years, with over 1200 persons having become certified. The program developed as EIFS technology evolved. It now offers live seminars and certification in three categories; video instruction on generalized EIFS application; and corporate recognition registration for EIFS contractors.

The AWCI program was originally developed to meet the need for generic EIFS education and certification...but expanded over the years to certify new independent inspectors, architects, engineers, general contractors, and distributors. AWCI has been serving the industry since 1918. Call their office at 703/534-8300 to inquire about training!

Here is a Ten-Point Guide on Mold that you can learn in just 60-seconds:
1. Mold can cause health problems including allergies and asthma.
2. You cannot eliminate all mold and mold spores from indoor environments, but you can control moisture.
3. To fight mold and mildew, remove it first, then eliminate the moisture.
4. Fight the moisture at its source.
5. Reduce indoor humidity to 30-60% by venting bathrooms, clothes dryers, and other moisture-producers to the outdoors; use dehumidifiers and air conditioners; increase ventilation; and use exhaust fans whenever cooking, cleaning, or dishwashing.
6. Clean and dry wet building materials and furnishings within 24 hours to ward off the beginning of mold.
7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with soap and water, then dry completely.
8. Use insulation to reduce formation of condensation on cold surfaces.
9. Do not install carpeting where there is perpetual moisture.
10. Mold is everywhere, and will form on almost any surface in the presence of water and nutrients.

Can you imagine your paint store without stacks of paint cans? Well, the future paint store may have its own compact, self-contained paint factory, occupying less than 400 square feet. A California company called MicroBlend Technologies has developed a machine that computer-selects ingredients based upon the intended use (indoor/outdoor) and desired color, finish, and durability. The system will make it possible for a store to sell paint without maintaining any inventory. There is also a truck- mounted version that can travel to the customer’s site for testing on location.

Congrats to Al and Dee Deatherage for winning the Hummer H2 drawing at the Stardust in Las Vegas. It only took one of the 286,000 entries in the drum!




By Jay Weaver, Executive Director Of Industry Services,Finishing Contractors Association

HUD, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has published a Final Rule which codifies Executive Order 13202 Requirements which restricts the use of PLAs on federally- assisted construction projects. HUD is the first Federal department to publish a rule codifying the requirements in E.O. 13202.

Revised OSHA 300 Forms are now available. OSHA has announced that the revised forms to record job-related injuries and illnesses in 2004, now include a new occupational hearing loss column. They are now available on the OSHA website at through the on-line order form or by calling 1-800/321-6742.

Senate Minority Leader Thomas Daschle (D-SD) says that Democrats will not support a deal brokered by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) on a multibillion dollar trust fund ($115 Billion over 27 years) for workers exposed to asbestos. The AFL-CIO also opposed the Frist agreement, saying that the $115 Billion would represent roughly $40 Billion less than funding provided for by the Senate Judiciary Committee in S.1125 (an amount also thought too low).

New Financial Reporting Rules for the Labor Unions were recently released by the Department of Labor which require more detailed financial reporting. The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act published on October 9th (68 Fed. Reg. 58373) regulations require Labor Unions to break down expenses by functional categories (such as political activities, lobbying, representational activities, union administration, and strike benefits). In addition, the rules require larger Unions to report assets, liabilities, receipts, and disbursements of organizations with annual receipts of more than $250,000 that meet the statutory definition of a "trust in which a labor organization is interested."

The House Employer-Employee Relations Subcommittee of the Committee on Education and the Workforce approved three bills (H.R.992, H.R.993, and H.R.994) that will expand the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959. Under these bills, Unions and employers could be fined for late filing of financial reports with the Department of Labor. The Secretary of Labor will be given the authority to sue a Union for disclosure violations on behalf of any Union member; and Unions will be required to provide members information about their rights.

The House Budget Committee Chairman, Rep. Jim Nussle (R-IA), says the Republican majority of the Education and the Workforce Committee has recommended the repeal or curtailment of the Davis-Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act as one way to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in the Federal government, stating that these Acts unnecessarily inflate the costs of government procurement and contracting. Democrats on the committee have said they 'strongly disagree' with the Republican recommendations.

The Fiscal Year 2004 military appropriations bill (H.R.2658) contains $5.5 Million to fund the second year of operation for the Center for Military Recruitment, Assessment & Veterans Employment. Known as “Helmets-To-Hardhats,” the program was developed by the building and construction trade Unions and eight contractor associations, including FCA.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada notes that changes proposed for Canada's Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations would make it easier for skilled construction workers to move from temporary jobs in Canada to permanent residence if they have received a valid job offer from a Canadian employer.









FCA 5th

OCTOBER 2-4, 2003

Over one hundred FCA Contractors, guests, and Association Executives from all across the country converged upon the historic Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, to conduct the 5th Annual Finishing Contractors Association Membership Meeting on October 2-4, 2003. Vince Sandusky, CEO of FCA, held a special meeting for the Association Executives the day before the convention officially convened, during which FCA Affiliates were given opportunities to compare notes and share ideas about the activities and services provided for their FCA Contractor Members.

The first day’s meetings included a Board of Directors breakfast meeting; Standing Committee Meetings on Government Relations, Labor, Marketing, Membership, and Workforce; and a Membership Luncheon. That afternoon, a panel of experts held an in-depth Collective Bargaining Seminar which portrayed experiences from around the country and provided a helpful guide book on Collective Bargaining Techniques for negotiations.

The second day opened with a Hawaiian welcome, presentation of the colors by the Royal King’s Guard, and singing of the U.S. and Canadian National Anthems by Technical Sergeant Darrell Hankins, of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific, the Pledge of Allegiance led by FCA Vice Chairman John Frye, and an Invocation presented by Kahu Kordell Kekoa from Kamehameha Schools.

Chairman of the Board Fred Philipp made Opening Remarks and conducted the Annual Business Meeting, while John Leuteneker conducted the Finishing Contractors Industry Fund Meeting, and CEO Vince Sandusky presented a State of the Association Address. John Frye was introduced as the next Chairman of the Board. An Industry Luncheon featured Ken Rignaiden, Executive Vice President of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, delivering the Keynote Address.

Afternoon sessions included Market Sector Committee Meetings on Drywall Finishing, Flooring, Glazing, and Painting/Decorating. The FCA Annual Meeting focused upon business and professional aspects of the industry, but provided social and recreational opportunities as well, through such venues as the FCA Grand Masters Golf Tournament at the Kapolei Club, a Thursday evening Reception on the Royal Hawaiian Ocean Lawn, and a Royal Farewell Luau with an After Glo Reception to conclude festivities.









Can You Spot Any Problems Here?


The following “Safety Awards” were found late one night on the Internet by our faithful correspondent, Agent Ayatollah, and immediately forwarded to The Dropcloth for the enjoyment and edification of our readers. In order to raise our safety consciousness throughout the industry, the Industry Advancement Fund will therefore offer a full box of quality logo golf balls to the reader who identifies the most safety infractions and forwards his or her typed list to our office by FAX to 630/393-1393.



The PDCA "Membership Trophy" began its travels in 1924, when Illinois brought it home from the PDCA National Convention in San Antonio . It moved on to New York , Ohio , Massachusetts , Canada , Illinois again, California , Pennsylvania , New Jersey , Connecticut . . . and to Chicago Council several times before it was retired here in 1943. Today, it remains in good condition in our office as a reminder of times long ago.


National PDCA and the Finishing Contractors Association have both moved to new offices . . . PDCA across the country from Fairfax , Virginia , to St. Louis , Missouri , and FCA from its Washington , D.C. , location to nearby Vienna , Virginia . For your information, here are the new addresses and phone numbers:




11960 Westline Industrial Drive

Suite 201

St. Louis , MO 63146-3209

800/332-7322 (Toll-Free)

314/514-9417 (FAX)




8150 Leesburg Pike

Suite 1210

Vienna , VA 22182

866/322-4377 (Toll-Free)

703/448-9002 (FAX)



Jerry Howell, long-time Director of Field Services for National PDCA (based in his hometown of Peoria, Illinois) has retired to pursue new interests in a warmer climate.

This Fall, Jerry will be completing current assignments and commitments for PDCA, then moving with his family to Arizona, where he will run his own paint store in a promising growth area in the hills northeast of Phoenix.

Jerry joined the PDCA staff in 1986, having already owned and operated his family’s painting contracting business in Peoria for ten years. As a Contractor, he was an active and highly energetic member of PDCA, as had been his Father. Prior to entering the family business, he worked as a high school teacher and coach.

For PDCA, those previous experiences were invaluable, for Jerry brought to the training table not only the credibility of an experienced and successful Contractor, but also the educational and motivational skills of a teacher and coach. It was a combination that served PDCA well as he barnstormed around the country for 17 years, preaching the gospel of joining and supporting PDCA while doling out as much knowledge as any attendee could possibly absorb at his Estimating Seminars and Contractor College appearances.

“I have enjoyed almost every day of my 17-year stint with PDCA,” Jerry explains, “but the time has come for me to leave. I will miss the many friends I have made throughout the years and across the country. I am truly blessed by all of the PDCA members I have come to know. My enthusiasm for this group comes out of my respect for each of them individually.”

From his own varied career, Jerry has drawn a number of valuable insights on the industry. As he observes, “Being a business owner is not an easy task. Our members come to us with such a wide variety of backgrounds and assets, with which they hope to succeed. The challenges for all of them have some great

similarities, and, at the same time, when you couple those challenges with individual personalities, local economics, availability of workforce, age, and so forth, it makes for an interesting mix!”

His prolonged experience produced a great sense of satisfaction in having helped others achieve success. “Being able to discover the basics that are needed by all Contractors and then leading them to networking opportunities with other Contractors who have established successes in certain areas of their businesses . . . well, that’s what always turned me on,” he relates.

Much of Jerry’s touring road show was spent in the company of Anita Dallas, who joined National PDCA in 1994 and has since been appointed the Executive Director of the Middle Atlantic Council. As Anita recalls, “Under Jerry’s patient tutelage, I learned to love the industry and the members as he does, and to share his vision of educating Painting Contractors. During years of traveling the country doing estimating and membership seminars (Anita has experienced his Estimating Seminar at least 60 times), we talked constantly about PDCA and what our members needed for their businesses. They were never very far from Jerry’s thoughts, and it has been his mission over the years to help Painting Contractors learn how to work on their businesses instead of in their businesses. Jerry has spoken to thousands of Painting Contractors in his tenure as PDCA’s ambassador, ombudsman, and Director of Education. I know that he has touched many lives and helped many members stay in business.”

Jerry has long gone by the nickname “Howie” to his friends, but, at some point along the line, he also became affectionately known as “Mr. PDCA” for his commitment to the Association and its principles. Somehow, this just has to be in his blood . . . which means that Arizona no doubt has another booming PDCA Chapter in its future!



Many thanks to Paul Eno, Editor of the New England Council Primer Newsletter and Anita Dallas, Executive Director of the Middle Atlantic Council, for information and quotes used to prepare this article on Jerry Howell.