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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S CORNER DIRECTOR S YOU ASKED FOR CANDID. HERE IT IS. was asked by folks after the last issue to be more candid in my comments. OK. In 2008, our convention was pulling in 480 people. This year we had 1,204. Back then we had 290 member companies, today we have 337. We pick up two and lose one. And so it goes on. Don’t get me wrong – that’s better than picking up one and losing two, but the numbers just don’t jive with me. The convention, as a reflection of the industry, has grown 60% over this time. Membership, also supposed to be a reflection of industry, has only grown 14% over that same period. That’s a problem. It tells me there are just too many free-riders out there with 20% of the people doing 80% of the work. I fi nd that unacceptable. At the end of last year and into 2012 the Board got together and spent a lot of time in a facilitated strategic planning session. Part of the motivation for that was because SPFA needed identity. There were just so many things going on in the industry that we were doing too much, with the inevitable outcome of reduced effectiveness. The strategy focused upon and loudly reaffi rmed SPFA’s role as the voice, organizer, home and simultaneously both leader and servant to the contractors of this industry. The manufacturers, often perceived wrongly as being the group SPFA aligned more with, look instead to SPFA to be a conduit of information, a forum for technical and industry discussions, and their leadership on issues within SPFA will benefit them and you because they are fighting to expand the market. But still we persist. The work needs to get done. The important items from the 2012 SPFA strategic plan are becoming a reality, slowly. Each of which will result in benefitting every contractor in this industry, member or not. And in many cases contractors are donating their non-existent time to take leadership roles. Here is one example: If you have not yet gotten the memo on health and safety, and SPFA’s intense representation over the past four years of 6 SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL | Fall 2012 I this industry with the federal agencies, you most certainly have been living under a rock. I am not going to dig into all the detail, all the reasons and the safety messages – you should have heard it from me before but if you haven’t, contact me, staff or a Board member and we’ll be happy to explain it. The practice of healthful and safe behavior on the worksite is paramount to anything else. A safety conscious installer is also naturally going to pay attention to detail and do more quality work. To this end, the membership has come together to form what will be the SPF industry’s national certification program. It will allow people to demonstrate and prove all the things they claim to know. Should they realize there is something they could do better on, training will be widely available. That will provide a quantifiable and measurable tool for people and companies to stand out for their accomplishments. This program will be successful, it will be recognized and it will make a difference. This program is also being developed, chaired and led by contractors. They know how important this is and they want it to be done right. They want it to be a true, fair and reachable accomplishment that will show what our industry expects of its people, at a minimum. These contractors (and manufacturers assisting) are outnumbered by the task. They work nights, weekends, and every other chance they have to get the work done. Despite all the calls for help, only a handful step forward. Folks feel that “they” will just get it done. There is outside pressure to expand the development team to non-members so we can spread the work. I say no because: 1. I don’t want non-members writing the requirements of our own program; 2. We have more than enough people in the membership to carry the load, they just need to wake up and get involved; and 3. Membership needs to mean something. This is the industry’s response to the challenges we face, delivered through SPFA as a culmination of each participant’s knowledge, skills and abilities that get hardwired into the program. In June 2012 we bent over backward to properly represent SPF interests in Connecticut where a new law for insulation would have meant a ban on use of SPF for an undetermined time, and eventual product testing that is very costly, unnecessary and inapplicable just to get back into the market. Problem – the bill was changed at the last second to include us. It was sitting on the Governor’s desk waiting to be signed while we figured out what had to be done. SPFA went out to all the suppliers that do business in CT, and all the contractors (member or not) in CT, and showed up onsite at the Capitol to convey to the Governor what was at stake. Companies spoke up loud and in less than a week the bill was appropriately vetoed. Fire temporarily out. If you don’t live in CT and think this doesn’t apply to you – guess what, your state is probably next. We’ve scrambled and helped to save the industry in similar ways in California, New York and other states. We’ve dealt with anti-SPF codes and promoted energy efficient codes and standards that demand the high performance that SPF can provide. We have worked through hard-won partnerships to promote SPF and increase its acceptance. We have provided a legal forum for all willing members of this industry to come together and defi ne their future rather than have their detractors define it for them. We have produced materials that only members can use to highlight their company as supporting all of the things I just mentioned. continued on page 39 http://www.sprayfoam.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Spray Foam Professional - Fall 2012

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S CORNER
PRESIDENT’S POST
FOAM BUSINESS NEWS
SPFA TODAY
ABAA NEWS
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
SAFETY FIRST
BEHIND THE FOAM
2012 SPFA CONTRACTOR AWARDS
GETTING SUSTAINABLE ROOFING RIGHT
MILITARY STANDARDS AND SPRAY POLYURETHANE FOAM INSULATION – PART 2
IRAQ – U.S. MILITARY IN IRAQ BENEFITS FROM PERFORMANCE OF SPF
ASK THE EXPERT
UPCOMING EVENTS
INDEX OF ADVERTISERS/ADVERTISERS.COM

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