The first day of the National Institute of Certified Floorcovering Inspectors (NICFI) 2017 Conference day started with an in-depth presentation by Mike Sundell on site-finished hardwood. Many problems, causes and cures were talked about and identified. He went over different tools for field testing and “shop” tools for destructive testing. The biggest take-away from his presentation was being able to step back and observe, then make a determination after gathering all the data. A copy of his presentation will be available on the NICFI website.
The second speaker was Fred Hueston who is a consultant in the tile and stone industry. His presentation was very enlightening on different types of stone, manufactured and engineered stones and installation. He went over several problems, causes and cures from manufacturing issues to properties of stone. The biggest take-away from his presentation was understanding the different properties of natural stone and how modern technologies can affect those properties. You can view Mr. Hueston’s upcoming training class here.
The town hall discussion started with a presentation from President Bob Blochinger. He discussed how to work on getting recognized in the industry both locally and nationally. He highlighted on how NICFI is working to help further inspectors in these areas.
Past President Paul Pleshek addressed the current focus within the industry and other organizations, in regards to inspectors. As a newly-elected member of the IICRC Board, he will work to expand the inspection portion of the IICRC. He also discussed working on getting a bigger piece of the “pie” that exists in floorcovering, in regards to pre- and post-installation.
Lastly, Convention Chair Bill Zoetvelt discussed getting paid for our work. He went through different avenues on how to get paid for an invoice that is past due from consumers and manufacturers.