FCA 5th ANNUAL MEETING
OCTOBER 2-4, 2003
ROYAL HAWAIIAN HOTEL HONOLULU, HAWAII
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.