Between the biannual meetings, the IICRC Executive Committee (EC) has the responsibility of the board of directors. The EC includes the chairman of the board (me); two vice chairs, Darrell Paulson and Ruth Travis; Treasurer Ed Hobbs; Secretary Mike Reed; Certification Council Chair Joe Dobbins; and International Vice Chair Paul Pearce.
This past EC meeting was one of the most productive I have ever seen. We get started at 7:50 a.m., with Mike Reed calling the roll call. In addition to the EC, we have IICRC consultants Larry Cooper and Jeff Bishop; Examination Standards Committee Chair Debbie Campbell; Mark Hansen, our legal counsel; IICRC Executive Administrator Tom Hill; and Lindsay Barlow and Heidi Hill in attendance. Here's a quick look at what these meetings entail.
After thanking the group for their dedication and support, I summarize my activities since the last meeting, and remind everyone that the upcoming board of directors meeting is less than two months away. Next, Ed Hobbs reports that our income and expenses are right on target, and that next year's budget is almost balanced - music to everyone's ears. Ed has taken this position very seriously, which is no surprise.
The apprentice training course update is delivered by Tom Hill. He informs us that there have already been several inquiries from existing schools to begin providing these ‘Basic Skills' courses.
Mark Hansen gives a legal update to the group, summarizing various policy changes that have been recently made, as well as providing an update on the current status of the Florida Mold Legislature bill.
After lunch, Joe Dobbins presents his Certification Council report. He covers the activities of the many Technical Advisory Committees and the committee chairs involved in exam revisions and the development of new courses, as well as his expectations and concerns for the future.
Ruth Travis, marketing chair, reports on her committee's activities since the April board meeting. Her updates cover CRI activities, the appointment of a new public relations firm, the upcoming certified-firm drive, and the various conventions. Paul Pearce then gives us the international picture: certification numbers are up in the United Kingdom, and Australia is working hard to promote the IICRC down under. Japan is in the process of setting up an administrative office as IICRC certification continues to grow for the world's fourth-largest consumer of carpet.
Chairman of the Instructors and Schools Committee Mike Reed explains the status of some major changes to our policies for approved instructors and, ultimately, our approved schools. His committee has been working all year to raise the bar to deliver the best-qualified instructors to our registrants.
Debbie Campbell, one our hardest working volunteers, delivers some very revolutionary ideas on how we can improve our existing courses and exams, ultimately delivering almost guaranteed training and limiting liability for both contractor and technician.
IICRC Standards Consultant Larry Cooper updates us on the S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration, which will be on the shelf very soon: a cutting edge, 300-plus page standard and reference guide which is likely to over shadow the S520 Mold Remediation Standard as the IICRC's best piece of work ever. He updates the EC on the revision of the S520 Mold Standard, future rewrites of the S300 Upholstery Cleaning Standard and the R800 Reference Guide for Inspection of Floor Coverings, as well as the development of new standards in hard-surface disciplines and fire-and-smoke restoration, closing with a report on the current status of our ANSI Accreditation for Standards Development.
Jeff Bishop brings us up to speed on his activities, including technical service calls from carpet mills, inspectors, consumers, IICRC registrants, CRI personnel, architects and the media. Jeff has been busy with radio interviews, IICRC marketing activities, standards development, the new CRI / NASA chemical, and equipment testing program, his participation on different IICRC TACs, and his ongoing work with our examinations for formatting, and technical accuracy.
Tom Hill delivers his report on registrant and certified-firm growth, improvements to our computer systems, new staff at headquarters, the IICRC Certified-Firm Referral System, the final conversion from paper files to electronic files, and his view from headquarters (we are doing a great job in our respective positions, we are told).
I take back the floor to close the meeting. It's 6:45 p.m., and I can see from the look on everyone's faces that they are getting tired. To me, that means we had a productive meeting. When you get the opportunity, thank these individuals. They are helping make our industry a better place to do business.