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PrEsiDEnt's Post continuing tHE LEgacy S ince I have always had a keen interest in history and historical events, I am especially pleased that this issue of SPRAYFOAM Professional contains an article about our SPFA history. It has long been my desire to have a written record collected from those remaining and active individuals within our sprayfoam trade association. My special thanks to those who have contributed to this important effort. The Irish British Parliament statesman Edmund Burke is often quoted saying, "Those that don't know history are destined to repeat it." So it goes without saying that in studying and learning from the past we better prepare ourselves for the future. Most of us are familiar with the sprayfoam industry beginnings when industrial German chemist Otto Bayer developed polyurethane foam chemistry in the late 1930s, technology that was further developed in the United States during World War ll primarily for the military and aviation. As blending equipment advanced it was Fred Gusmer who is credited with making the first dedicated sprayfoam machine in 1963. Not only did this help ensure consistent and reliable foam creation, it helped bring contractors together. Not long after, contractors started to recognize that they could grow and strengthen their industry - and businesses - if they had a united front. And, as they say, the rest is history. I find it fascinating how a group of concerned sprayfoam pioneers came together around 1975 and saw the need to form what was to become the only trade organization representing the entire sprayfoam industry. Plus, all of this was accomplished in a day and age without the speed and convenience of today's computers, cell phones or conference calls. Soon after came the need for creating an educational program for establishing proper specifications, standards and best practices for sprayfoam application, and the former SPFA Accreditation program was born, assembled through collaboration of both contractors and manufacturers with the desire to make the industry even better. The Accreditation Program became the cornerstone of the SPFA Professional Certification Program (PCP) we have today. I won't even attempt to list all the names of those individuals, past and present, who have contributed greatly to what SPFA and the PCP are today. So, on behalf of SPFA, I offer our sincere appreciation and thanks to those responsible for laying a solid foundation for the next generation of SPFA leaders and members who will one day take our place. Few, if any, of us expect to ever have our name penned in a history book for some significant achievement, but all of us can become part of the continuing legacy of SPFA." 8 sprayfoam Professional | Winter 2015 Few, if any, of us expect to ever have our name penned in a history book for some significant achievement, but all of us can become part of the continuing legacy of SPFA. Just the fact that we can leave something behind for the next person to build upon and make better is a significant accomplishment in itself. A legacy is about life, living and the relationships we establish and build, whether among family, friends or business. It's about learning from the past, living in the present and building for the future. I am fortunate to have been handed such a legacy from many visionary SPFA members including past SPFA president and fellow contractor Sig Hall, who passed away just recently. Death is an excellent reminder of life, and life is a gift. Sig left his legacy of invaluable encouragement, wise council, honesty and candidness for me stepping into my role as president. Mostly, I treasure Sig's friendship and passion to do the next right thing for making SPFA stronger and the sprayfoam industry better. "To laugh often and much; to win respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded." -Ralph Waldo Emerson Work safe and thanks for supporting your SPFA. o Dennis Vandewater Sadler Coating Systems SPFA President

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SPRAYFOAM Professional - Winter 2015

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S CORNER
PRESIDENT’S POST
FOAM BUSINESS NEWS
SPFA TODAY
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
SAFETY FIRST
Sprayfoam 2016 Convention & Expo – February 8-11, 2016
SPFA’s History Proves Our Perseverance
ABAA NEWS
SPF Research on Air Quality – PART 1
2015 SPFA CONTRACTOR AWARDS
MAKING MONEY: Paint Your Own Picture of Success
ASK THE EXPERT
UPCOMING EVENTS
INDEX OF ADVERTISERS

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