Painting Contractors from six neighboring states joined their Illinois
colleagues in Chicago for three days of tradeshow, touring, seminars, and
meetings on March 16-18, 2006, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, marking the first
time this Convention has visited the Windy City.
Leading off the Convention on Thursday evening was Chicago PDCA/FCA's annual
Associates Night Tradeshow, which drew over 300 attendees this year and offered
33 booths to visit (photos elsewhere in this issue).
Friday's options included tours of the Merchandise Mart and the JATC Apprentice
School in Berkeley. JATC visitors enjoyed a bonus adventure...the ride out from
Chicago aboard the Metra West Line, a genuine Chicago commuter experience.
A St. Patrick's Day celebration capped the busy day.
Saturday's headliners included motivation speaker Norm Van Lier, National PDCA
CEO Dr. Ian Horen, and seminar leaders Charles Vander Kooi and Barry Law. Chicago
PDCA/FCA Associate Members Faux Design Studio and Atova International conducted
informative Faux Finishes Seminars during the afternoon.
A gala closing dinner-dance was held at the end of the day with conventioneers and
local guests shuttling to nearby Navy Pier to board the lakefront cruise ship
"Odyssey" for dinner at sea, lively entertainment, and great views of the City at
night (photos presented elsewhere in this issue).
Major Convention sponsors included M.A.B Paints, Benjamin Moore & Company, Graco,
ICI Paints, and Sherwin-Williams. The Heart of America was hosted by Illinois Council
PDCA, with the Convention Committee based at the Peoria Chapter PDCA. Chicago PDCA
helped by participating in Committee planning efforts and local liaison, and ran the
tradeshow aspect. The NiPDi/FCAI organization also assisted with planning efforts,
and managed the Ladies Night dinner/dance event, sustaining it with a generous donation.
The Committee included Ken & Pam Ober, Mark & Nancy Fehr, Wen & Debbie Fritsch,
Rusty & Dianna Hand, Dave & Kathy Mulvin, Neil & Lea Summer, Jim & Dorothy Smith,
Rick & Wanda Vandegraft, Dan Marvin, Dennis Higdon, Bob Ireland, Betty Vargas,
Skip Hankes, Rich Volkmer, and Marty Tew.
National PDCA CEO Dr. Ian Horen noted that the Association is planning new ways
to serve its members needs in the 21st Century.
Basketball great Norm "Stormin' Norman" Van Lier talked about sports, life,
and his views on bringing up the next generation
Coatings expert and consultant Barry Law lectured his classes on paint research
conducted by his Master Painters Institute in Vancouver, B.C. on paint failures.