Blast From IIBEC’s Past: 1989

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February 1, 2020
Paula Baker and James Magowan in 1989.

Paula Baker, shown here with then President James Magowan in 1989, was IIBEC’s first full-time paid employee, hired as an administrative assistant and convention coordinator in November of 1988 and named executive manager in September 1990. She resigned in 1993 when John Newark was named as executive manager.

Region I held a meeting in Newark, NJ, in November 1989 that drew 61 attendees (pictured) at a time when membership of the entire organization was approaching 400. Bob Martin was director of that region. Most membership was then concentrated in the East, in what were then Regions I and II (Joe Hale was director of the latter). What were then Regions VI and VII, covering the upper Midwest and Northwestern states, along with the Canadian provinces, had fewer than 20 members between them that year. Bill Early was director of Region III; Roy Frady, Region IV; Wells Jackson, Region V; Sam Huff, Region VI; and Harold Crooks, Region VII.

The forerunner of today’s Document Competition (orignally known as the RCI Specification Competition), was announced in the fall 1989 issue of Interface (then an eight-page quarterly newsletter). The committee was under the chairmanship of Bill Early.

Anticipating the important place that waterproofing would take in the association’s mission, the Waterproofing Committee was described that year by then President George Kanz as “one of the most active committees” in the institute.