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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.