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Brunch held during AWCI's Conventions.
He announced his retirement and was
given special recognition during his last
stint as emcee during the 2018 brunch.
Navratil received the Pinnacle Award in 2016.
Bruce L. Miller. Bruce L. Miller, president of
Denver Drywall, Englewood, Colo., served
as AWCI president, 2004-2005.
Miller is an avid student of management
and reader of books on the subject. "I have
hundreds of books and books on cassette tape," he told AWCI's Construction
Dimensions. Miller says that successful
team building comes down to being a good
collaborator. The key, Miller says, is having
direct contact with employees. "Productivity
gets better when leadership spends time in
the field," he says.
Miller received AWCI's Pinnacle Award
in 1999.
Burke Nicholson. Burke Nicholson of Fremont,
Calif., served as AWCI president, 2005-
2006. Nicholson advocated that members
take full advantage of AWCI's resources.
"I will never forget the sage words former
AWCI President Ron Brady wrote in this
very same space ("President's Message")
years ago about how a company should
make $100,000 in sales for each employee
it had," Nicholson wrote. "In my experience,
he's been dead on."
Nicholson learned from others. A con168

troller at one firm taught him how to ensure
that change orders were included in work
orders. An estimator gave him money-saving tips. "Connecting with contractors in
other fields helps you learn how to run
a more successful business," Nicholson
said. "I've found that almost any problem
I have experienced has already been solved
in one way or another by someone else."
Nicholson received the Pinnacle Award
in 2011.
Michael Heering. Michael Heering of FL
Crane & Sons, Fulton, Miss., served as
AWCI president, 2006-2007. The biggest
challenge of his term as president, he said,
was finding a qualified work force. Heering
urged members "to place ... new hires with
a qualified crew that is willing and able to
teach," make use of AWCI Academy and
AWCI's Industry Executives' Conference
& Committee Meetings and to sign up
mechanics for AWCI's EIFS-Doing
It Right® and Steel-Doing It Right®
programs. "Give them the opportunity to
further their education," Heering wrote in
August 2006.
"I hope every member company
takes a close look at its staff to see who
might be groomed as the next active
AWCI person," he wrote in June 2007.
He received the Pinnacle Award in 2012.
Kevin Biddle. Kevin Biddle of Mader

Construction, Elma, N.Y., served as AWCI
president, 2007-2008. One of Biddle's goals
was to boost member involvement in the
association. "I am confident that the experiences will help your business," he wrote in
AWCI's Construction Dimensions. "There
is a direct relationship between what you
get out of this association and what you
put into it."
Biddle also promoted AWCI's educational
programs. "If someone were to ask you where
you rate training/education in the success of
your company, what spot would you give it?"
he asked in his February 2008 "President's
Message" column. "I would place it in one
of the top two categories to success."
James M. Keller. James M. Keller of Louisville,
Kentucky, served as AWCI president,
2008-2009. During his term, AWCI renewed its agreement with the Ceilings and
Interior Construction Systems Association
regarding the INTEX Expo, and AWCI
allied with EIMA to streamline to facilitate
better services for members engaged in EIFS
projects. Keller also launched initiatives that
eventually brought more professional development education programs to AWCI and
a format to sign up more Lifetime members.
"When my term first started, little did
I know this industry would end up going
through one of its worst years ever," Keller
wrote in June 2009. "But you guys are tough
and will make it through this downturn



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AWCI's 100th Anniversary Video
i. Table of Contents
ii. Forward
iii. Acknowledgements
Chapter 1. 1918-1919 : The Master Minds
Chapter 2. The 1920s: Choosing Sides
Chapter 3. The 1930s: Unity Prevails
Chapter4. The 1940s: Dormancy and Revival
Chapter 5. The 1950s: Plaster vs. Drywall
Chapter 6. The 1960s: Other Lines of Endeavor
Chapter 7. The 1970s: Consolidation
Chapter 8. The 1980s: The Growth Years
Chapter 9. The 1990s: Money
Chapter 10. The 2000s: Exceptional Times
Chapter 11. The 2010s: We the Industry
Chapter 12. The Future
Chapter 13. The Sponsors
Appendix 1. AWCI’s Presidents
Appendix 2. AWCI Awards (the E.F. Venzie Award and the Pinnacle Award)
Appendix 3. Lifetime Members
Appendix 4. Longtime AWCI Members
Appendix 5. AWCI Board of Directors
Appendix 6. The Organization Behind the Leadership
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