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PRESIDENT S PRESIDENT’S POST GROWTH IS HAPPENING – AND YOU’RE PART OF IT W elcome again to SPRAYFOAM Professional magazine. Thank you for your interest in and support of our industry. Last month, we talked about the increased role that sprayfoam is playing in the insulation marketplace and the ongoing reliability that must accompany those gains. This month, I would like to talk about how we, as sprayfoam professionals, can help each other deliver the reliability our marketplace counts on. Coming out of the smaller share that we formerly held, it would be easy to think you are alone out there, working at selling, applying and promoting a product and industry all by yourself. Believe me, you are not alone! Working in the sprayfoam industry means working in an industry where experience, knowledge and mental power all play a role in a successful operation, day in and day out. The best way to know that you are not alone and improve in all facets needed for a successful operation is to interact with other contractors who face similar challenges in their work environments. Whether you are from Bangor, Maine, San Diego, California, or Houston, Texas, the circumstances surrounding your daily challenges, while not exactly the same, remain very similar. Fortunately for us, our industry has a forum where you can meet your competitors, your suppliers, technical experts and representatives from all facets of our industry. I am speaking of course about our Annual Convention. The annual SPFA Convention has grown exponentially over the last five years. In 2007, our total attendance was approximately 480 participants. Last year, our attendance in Dallas was more than 1,200 people! That is a 250% increase in five years of a very challenged economy. Still think you are alone? Please know that as a trade association, the largest part of our mission is to provide sprayfoam professionals (generally) and sprayfoam contractors (specifically) a resource for industry knowledge, training, news, updates, etc. The Convention & The best way to know that you are not alone and improve in all facets needed for a successful operation is to interact with other contractors who face similar challenges in their work environments.” Expo represent an unparalleled opportunity to receive all of those benefits in a single location, which is likely one reason it has grown so dramatically. This year, the Convention & Expo will take place in Jacksonville, Florida, from Feb. 12-15 (obviously, we have the folks who “love” sprayfoam in mind!). Your ability to set aside a few days will be rewarded with information, resources and relationships that can help you for years to come. Please make time for this worthwhile event and join us in Jacksonville in February. If you’re looking for the latest in training and to get in front of SPFA’s new certification program, you’ll want to be there on Feb. 12-13. If you are looking for the best information from technical and market-related breakout sessions, the latest equipment on display with live reps in their booths, the chance to network with your industry peers who have the same challenges and opportunities you do, or just to escape the horrible February weather of the north to beautiful Jacksonville, Florida, you’ll want to be there Feb. 14-15. Better yet, come for all four days and take in the visuals and information that ARE your industry. I personally hope to see you there. And as a contractor myself, I look forward to meeting each of you in the hallways and the social events to hear about your businesses and share war stories! Be safe! Be successful! Be your best. Bob Duke SPFA Board President Applied Energy Savings Systems (AESS) 8 SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL | Winter 2012 http://www.sprayfoam.org

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

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S CORNER
PRESIDENT’S POST
FOAM BUSINESS NEWS
SPFA TODAY
SAFETY FIRST
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
SPFA CONVENTION & EXPO
ANATOMY OF A CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT SUMMARY
ASK THE EXPERT
UPCOMING EVENTS
INDEX OF ADVERTISERS

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