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New Challenges

This will be my last President’s Message, as my term of office ended at the Crossroads Convention in June. In the last few years I’ve learned how difficult it is to wear several “hats” while representing the CCINW, ASCR, the company that actually pays me a salary, attending to family and dealing with Seattle traffic while trying to find the ringing cell phone.

That said, serving as CCINW president has been a very positive experience for me. I’ve learned that:

  • People that have some computer skills likely find it easier do web site development.
  • Plain speech and the politics of our industry do not mix.
  • Getting cleaners and restorers to agree is like herding squirrels.
  • A sense of humor can be a good thing to have.
  • The ability to tend to small details would have been a good thing to have.

    I have also developed a great deal of respect for the people that contribute their time and money serving the industry associations; I’ve met some of the nicest people at our industry events.

    I would like to thank the people that, during my term, made the challenges the CCINW faced a lot easier to bear. Jim Antonini (the big smoothie) made the transition from extremely expensive management to self-management look effortless. Our board members during this tenure deserve recognition for the work they have done with no thought of personal profit. Steve Casey, Ken Larson, Graham Dick, Mike Elias, Pat Kelley, Wayne Moody, John Watson, Dan Joner, Mike Morris, Daniel Woods and Lyle Neville have all been responsible for representing the CCINW, and the rest of the industry, very well. Many other members also contributed in too many ways to list. Even though I’m retired I’ll still help out, as other long-term members do, but I’ll no longer have an excuse to put off cleaning out the garage.

    Convention Review
    The CCINW has changed over the past two years in an attempt to find our niche in respect to our affiliated partner, the ASCR, and the cleaning and restoration industry as a whole. The industry continues to mature and we may face additional changes in the near future; thus the “Crossroads” theme of the CCINW convention had real meaning.

    The exhibitors saw a generally higher-quality attendee, and many sold more products and services there than at shows 10 times the size. We would like to thank the people that helped make this happen: The exhibitors, whose contributions funded the presentations; the presenters that made one fabulous presentation after another; the outstanding people that attended; and the CCINW directors that kept everything rolling smoothly.

    If you were unable to make it, you missed a great event; make sure it doesn’t happen next year, when we’ll be joining several other regional groups Oct. 2-4, 2003 for Connections in Las Vegas.

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