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Volume 58, Number 3
Summer, 2003

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Chief Executive Officer
Finishing Contractors of America

Interim Executive Vice President
Painting & Decorating Contractors of America

Top executives from the Finishing Contractors Association and National PDCA will join forces on September 10, 2003, to address Chicago PDCA/FCA Contractors and Associates at the quarterly General Membership Meeting planned to be held at the Rosewood Restaurant in Rosemont.

Vince Sandusky, Chief Executive Officer of the FCA, is a 25-year veteran in association management, with 15 years experience as a chief staff executive for several national trade associations. As CEO of FCA, a Washington, D.C. based national association for Union Specialty Contractors, he works in organizational development, governance, and industry relations. He is accountable to the FCA Board of Directors for the organization's overall performance in achieving the strategic direction, as established by the FCA elected leadership.

Sandusky's previous CEO experience includes serving as President of the American Public Communications Council, a national association based in Fairfax, VA, representing the owners, operators, manufacturers, and suppliers of public communications equipment and services. Previously, Vince served as Executive Vice President of the National PDCA.

Long active in the association community, Sandusky serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives (GWSAE) and is a current member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia.

William Patrick Nichols, presently serves as the Interim Executive Vice President of National PDCA, a caretaker and healer role that he assumed to help the National PDCA organization solve its problems and find new direction.

Pat is the owner and President of Transition Leadership, International, which leads and

advises non-governmental organizations through specific, strategic transitions...such as turnarounds, start-ups, mergers, strategic redirections, and reorganizations.

He is heading the 3000-member PDCA organization through a re-evaluation of its markets, the restructuring and relocation of its staff to new headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, and the replacement of its governance structure.

He previously managed a similar operating turnaround and strategic repositioning for the 30,000-member Business and Professional Women/USA organization, achieving the best performance in member retention and recruitment in some two decades, increasing revenues 25% over the trend line, and winning a 60% dues increase from its members.

Nichols has also led:

  • A regional youth organization through a financial turnaround and the development of a national rollout strategy.
  • The turnaround and merger of a national agricultural trade association.
  • The start-up of a venture philanthropy focused upon innovative health research.
  • The re-engineering of several administrative units of a public university.
  • The re-organization of a public policy institute focusing on agriculture and trade issues.

Pat has consulted with the World Bank and a variety of international development organizations on strategic management and governance issues. He served as Director of Marketing for Price Waterhouse, now Price Waterhouse Coopers, and consulted on marketing to several Fortune 500 companies.

He holds a BA from Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, and has studied Political Theory at St. Peter's College, Oxford University.


If you missed the IAF Mold Seminar reported on Page 7, there is a good way to catch up for just ten bucks. The same folks who presented our Seminar (The Chelsea Group, Ltd.) have also published a 44-page softbound book on the same topic, which is available from the Foundation of the Wall & Ceiling Industry, 803 West Broad Street, Suite 600, Falls Church, VA 22046. You can order a single copy for $10.00 or call 703/534-8300 to inquire about discount pricing on multiple copies. This little book is a great value for the money.

This horror story came to us from Indianapolis, when a truck graveling down a busy freeway with a crew of painters aboard became engulfed in flames in a blaze apparently started by a cigarette that ignited lacquer thinner fumes. One of the painters died, and 12 others riding with him in the back of the truck were critically burned.

Witnesses observed that the workers piled out of the truck screaming, with their clothes on fire. Passersby poured bottled water on the men until the ambulances arrived. The victims, aged 18 to 32, were hospitalized with burns covering 90 percent of their bodies. Authorities were hampered in even investigating the incident because eight of the survivors were on ventilators to help them breath, while the rest remained unconscious under sedation to limit their pain.

It goes without saying, like most safety rules, but smoking is verboten around oil-based paints and thinners!

In case you missed publication of the "Do Not Call Registry" list, just call 888/382-1222. You can also register at the web site Join the good fight against those persistent and annoying telemarketers by using this tool to put yourself out of reach. There were 17 million people who signed up in the first few days after the number became activated, and the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) expects upwards of 60 million registrants by the end of the first year. There are about 166 million residential phone numbers in the United States, plus another 147 cell phone numbers. The telemarketing industry claims that the do-not-call list could cut its business in half, costing it up to $50 billion in lost sales annually, when the list becomes effective on October 1st.

AWCI, the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industries, observes that the first half of this year showed significant increases in EIFS Certification interest


within our industry. More than 10 groups have used AWCI to provide their certification training, or to conduct group testing following completion of the EIFS self-study program.

The new "EIFSmart" Contractor designation has gained currency by demonstrating a level of competency that is appealing. The certification is, in fact, even being specified by architects.

For information on EIFS training and certification, you may contact AWCI International at 803 West Broad Street, Suite 600, Falls Church, VA 22046 (703/534-8300).

Will Rogers' philosophy still speaks to us today, three generations after his passing. He once noted that, "There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither works."

He also observed, "Always drink upstream from the herd," and explained that "Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment."

From the internet come these small gems...perhaps not Will Rogers calibre, but not bad:

  • Indecision is the key to flexibility.
  • Teamwork means never having to take all the blame yourself.
  • Never put off until tomorrow what you can avoid altogether.
  • Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.
  • Succeed in spite of management.
  • When the going gets tough, the tough take a coffee break.
  • Hang in there...retirement is only 30 years away!

This just in from Agent Ayatollah ... the 45.5"northern pike was caught by Lee Tew (J. M. Brennan Company, ret.) at Wollaston Lake Lodge in northern Saskatchewon, Canada, on the week of July 4th. That's Lee on the left, with his Canadian guide.




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

H.R.2767, the Contractor Accountability Act, was introduced on 7/17/03 by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Rep. Peter King (R-NY). The bill will improve federal agency oversight of contracts with private companies and strengthen accountability under the government-wide debarment and suspension system, including the creation of a national database that would track contractor transgressions. It has been referred to the House Government Reform Committee.

H.R.2559, the 2004 Military Construction Appropriations Act, was passed on 7/11/03 by the Senate in lieu of S.1357 that sliced Department of Defense Fiscal Year 2004 construction by $1.5 billion, or 14%. Therefore, the $9.2 billion Senate measure, approved 91-0, is the same size as the bill the House approved on 6/26/03 . Both bills allot about $1.2 billion to DOD family housing construction and rehabilitation, which reflects a $100 million reduction from 2003. Both provide about $4.8 billion for such projects as barracks, health-care facilities, and airfield work, which is down from 2003's $5.9 billion.

Preservation and Savings Expansion Act of 2003, provides no relief for Multi-employer Pension Plans. On 7/18/03 , the House Ways and Means Committee scaled down on the expensive pension reform bill, including Section 708, ironically an item where the federal government incurred no expense.

Section 708 would have given multi-employer plans 30 years, instead of the previous 15, to amortize the market-value investment losses incurred between 2000 and 2003, to reduce unfunded liabilities. Construction employer groups and the building trade unions now must take their fight to the Senate where a companion bill has not yet been introduced.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved S.1125, the Asbestos Fund, on 7/10/03 by a vote of 10-8, championed by Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) largely along party lines. This approval moves the Senate one step closer to enacting legislation that would create a $108 billion trust fund to compensate persons suffering from asbestos-related illnesses. The bill, still facing opposition from organized labor, the insurance industry, and trial lawyers, has been referred to the full Senate.

A Bill To Repeal Davis-Bacon On Highways was proposed (H.R.2672: Untitled [Purpose: To Amend Title 23, United States Code]) on 7/9/03 Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO). Repealing the Davis-Bacon Act on federal highway projects is on the table because the highway program is up for reauthorization. The Bill has been referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure and the House Education and Workforce Committees (Subcommittee on Workforce Protections).

The House approved a Labor Appropriations Bill, H.R.2660, on 7/10/03 which will provide $11.68 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Labor in Fiscal Year 2004, down $166 million from Fiscal Year 2003...but still $60 million more than was previously provided in the congressional budget resolution. The Senate Appropriations Committee also approved $11.8 billion in discretionary funds for DOL in Fiscal Year 2004, which has been placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders.

The Republican Study Committee (RSC) has reiterated its call to eliminate Prevailing Wage Requirements, claiming that the Davis-Bacon Act inflates the cost of federal construction projects. Unions and Union Contractor Associations are debating the study's results. To view the RSC fact sheet, visit










JUNE 13, 2003
Indian Lakes Resort
Bloomingdale, Illinois


One hundred and thirty-one golfers attended the Chicago PDCA Golf Outing held on June 13th at Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale. The foursome of Jim Creed, Paul Bzdyl, John Clark, and Pete Nielsen posted the Low Score of 59, each taking home $100.00 Gift Certificates. The Second Lowest Score, a 65, was posted by Paul Biegalski, Tony Reibel, Shaun Tuttle, and Ron Cromer, who each received $50.00 Gift Certificates. Adam Wolfe, John Crotty, and Jerry Thanos split the pot for Most Accurate Drive , getting $145.00 each. Mark Mihalo soloed on the West Course Hole #7 Inside the Circle competition to earn $395.00. Doug Corson won $50.00 for the Longest Putt on Hole #9 on the West Course. On the East Course Hole # 6 Longest Drive competitions, Corey Linquiest took the Men's $50.00 Gift Certificate, while Jamie Bush claimed the Women's $50.00 Gift Certificate. Meanwhile, Joel Dejager captured a $20.00 Gift Certificate plus $30.00 in cash for the Closest-to-the-Pin Contest on East Course Gole #7, and Paul Biegalski missed the 50-foot Prize Putting opportunity.








And The Topic For 9/10/03 Will Be...


We live in a world of alphabet soup acronyms...those cryptic descriptors of professional organizations that can amaze and confuse their own members. PDCA and FCA are a case in point.

For the record, the short story is that PDCA is older -- dating back to 1884 -- and primarily represents painting and decorating contractors nationwide using a "hierarchical" organizational model with National, State, and Local levels.

FCA is the new kid on the block, representing only the Union Contractor...not only in painting, but also other finishing trades, such as drywall finishing, glazing, flooring, and sign painting. FCA has only national Members...there are no state or local chapter levels, or any Associate vendor class of Membership.

Chicago PDCA/FCA belongs to and supports both of these organizations. We are one of the oldest existing Chapters of PDCA, and large enough to have always been a Council in our own right as well as a Chapter. We have always been a Union PDCA Chapter, although there are non-Union and mixed Chapters elsewhere within Illinois and across the land.

Our relationship with FCA is newer, reaching back six years to the advent of FCA as a new and strictly Union organization with a broader view encompassing all five of the finishing trades. As such, Chicago PDCA/FCA is one of the original founding Affiliate Members of the FCA organization.

These dual relationships have served the Chicago PDCA/FCA Contractor Members well, in ways that will be discussed fully on September 10th when Vince Sandusky and Pat Nichols will appear together to jointly address our Association.



PDCA is a National Trade Association organized with several governance levels. National PDCA is currently headquartered in Fairfax , Virginia , but will soon move to a new home in St. Louis . Its Board of Directors consists of a representative (Director) and alternate from each of the geographical councils, an Executive Committee, and all active Past National PDCA Presidents. It has a paid staff including an Executive Vice President, a customer service staff at the home office, and a Director of Community Services (Jerry Howell) and his administrative assistant in Peoria , Illinois .

The National PDCA Board of Directors meets twice each year, once at the National Convention and once mid-year, in August. When this group votes, each Council gets one vote, each active Past President gets one vote, and each member of the Executive Committee gets one vote. National Associate members (vendors and manufacturers) have two directors and two alternates to the board, with a voice but no vote.

The Executive Committee is a subset of the national Board of Directors. It presently consists of the National President (Doug Hampton, California), President Elect (Richard Liddeke, Kansas), Treasurer (Robert Miller, Illinois), Vice President and Assistant Treasurer (Gregory Schnurr, Texas), Vice President (Carol Adkins, North Carolina), and Immediate Past President (Ned Lyerly, North Carolina). This body follows the policy dictates of the Board of Directors as they pertain to goals of the Association. The "EC" oversees the duties of the Executive Vice President.

The Executive Vice President directs the day-to-day operation of the national office and paid staff. He or she is responsible for attaining the goals of PDCA. Each year, an Annual Business Meeting is held at the National Convention to propose and vote upon By-law changes and to elect Executive Committee officers.

National PDCA has 31 geographical councils and five specialty councils. Councils usually consist of at least two chapters (with three or more active members each) or not less than ten active members. Councils are chartered by a majority vote of the National PDCA Board of Directors. Councils are a communications conduit between the Chapters and National PDCA. They appoint a Board Member and Alternate to attend national board meetings, and to convey information to and from the National Board. Some PDCA Councils also hold their own conventions or tradeshows, present educational programs, and publish regular newsletters.

Whereas most Councils have two or more Chapters, Chicago Council PDCA functions as its own Chapter. Like most Chapters, we also have a class of Associate Members, the local suppliers, vendors, paint stores, and service providers who support the industry.

Officers and Directors are elected by each Chapter...consisting of a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. Associates have no vote in the governance of the Chapter in Chicago , but they do have their own Associates Group Board, they manage their own financial affairs and they serve the parent body by organizing such major events as Associates Night and the Golf Outing.

National PDCA supports its Membership and Chapters with a host of publications, technical reference works, self-study guides, and educational seminars, thereby establishing its technical orientation. Chicago PDCA/FCA provides liaison for these services, and those of the FCA, through its local office staff, headed by an Executive Director (Richard Volkmer) who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Association.



FCA is located in Washington , D.C. , in the heart of our national capital...due partly to its legislative focus. It is governed by a Chairman of the Board (Fred Philipp, Missouri), a Vice Chairman (John Frye, California), and a Treasurer (John Laing, California), seven Directors (Jim Duty, Oregon; Keith Farnham, Illinois; Philippe Goutagny, California; John Manta, Illinois; Ray Monks, California; Brendan Murray, New York; and Tony Singh, New Jersey), as well as an Immediate Past Chair/Director (Tim McAnany, California), and a Past President/Director (Bob Swanson, Minnesota).

FCA functions through a Committee system, with its regular Standing Committees on Government Relations, Labor, Marketing, Membership, and Workforce. It has developed a very close working relationship with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, working cooperatively with the Union on many fronts, not the least of which is following and influencing legislative affairs which affect the Union construction industry.

Vince Sandusky became CEO of the FCA in 2002, bringing to his post more than 25 years of experience serving professional trade associations. In the next few years, he envisions FCA accomplishing the following primary goals: (1.) Ensuring that the finishing trades signatory Contractors have an adequate supply of trained, skilled workers; (2.) Making Union Contractors more competitive in more markets; and (3.) Implementing these concepts at the local and regional levels.

To achieve these goals, Vince recommends a "non-rose-colored-glasses" look at our status in the industry. What is our market share? Are we competitive? What does the industry in each local area need in order to be competitive? Are tradesman training levels adequate? Are we training enough people? Do we provide enough continuing education opportunities for our existing journeymen? Do the competencies exist in the work force that enable the Union finishing industry to be competitive?



Some twenty IAF Contributing Contractors gathered on Friday, May 23, 2003, at the Rosewood Restaurant in Rosemont to learn “Everything you ever wanted to know about mold, but were afraid to ask!” The Chicago IAF had retained the Chelsea Group, Ltd., who are leading specialists in technical consulting and training related to mold and indoor air quality, to conduct a paint-specific Mold Seminar.

The featured speaker, Ian Cull, is an Environmental Engineer specializing in diagnosing and preventing mold and other indoor air quality problems. In that professional capacity, he has performed site investigations and managed mold remediation projects in hospitals, office buildings, and educational facilities. He is an expert in air sampling techniques, methodologies, and limitations of indoor air constituents. As the lead developer of Chelsea Group’s “CIE” Certified Indoor Environmentalist course, Mr. Cull has taught numerous seminars and classes on managing indoor air quality which have specifically focused on moisture intrusion and mold sampling.

Chelsea Group consultants are trained and experienced in engineering, industrial hygiene, and building science. The firm has focused totally upon improving the indoor environment since its creation in 1990. Company founder George Benda was a leader in the emerging area of building sciences at that time, and his pioneering work, the “INVIRONMENT® Handbook of Building Management and Indoor Air Quality,” remains a standard text in the building sciences/indoor environment field.