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January Chapter News: Goodbye 2023, Welcome 2024!

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January 19, 2024

IIBEC Metro New York Celebrates Success and Bids Farewell to 2023

Celebrating Success: A Festive Reflection on Our Holiday Party

By Hugo Ramirez

As the year came to a close, the IIBEC Metro New York Chapter gathered together for our annual holiday party to not only revel in the joy of the season but also to commemorate the tremendous success we’ve achieved over the past 12 months. The festivities were a perfect blend of merriment, gratitude, and a shared sense of accomplishment that filled the air with warmth and cheer. The venue sparkled with holiday decorations, setting the stage for a night of celebration and camaraderie. Colleagues and friends mingled, laughter echoed, and the air buzzed with excitement as we reflected on the milestones and victories that defined our journey throughout the year.

Reflecting on Success

The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the opportunity to reflect on the numerous achievements that marked a truly exceptional year for our team. From groundbreaking projects to surpassing targets, each success was a testament to the dedication and hard work of every individual who contributed to our collective triumph.

In the spirit of gratitude, our leadership team took the stage to express heartfelt thanks to the entire workforce for their unwavering commitment. Thoughtful words of appreciation were accompanied by personalized tokens of gratitude, a small gesture to recognize the hard work and dedication that paved the way for our shared accomplishments.

Our holiday party wasn’t just a festive occasion—it was a moment of reflection, gratitude, and shared joy. As we bid farewell to an outstanding year, we look forward to carrying this momentum into the next, confident in our ability to turn challenges into triumphs and opportunities into success.

IIBEC Canadian Prairies Chapter Celebrates IIBEC’s Ruby Anniversary

The IIBEC Canadian Prairies Chapter recently celebrated IIBEC’s 40th Anniversary at Greta Bar, an arcade bar in Calgary, Alberta. Event attendees celebrated in true birthday party style with cake and video games while relaxing and networking with peers. The chapter thanks tis sponsors, Fire Ant Contracting, Sika Canada Inc., and Baxter Roof Consulting. Happy Birthday, IIBEC!

IIBEC Great Lakes Chapter Bids Farewell to 2023

On September 12, 2023, the IIBEC Great Lakes Chapter hosted its 15th Annual Charity Golf Outing at Moose Ridge Golf Club. This year’s event was attended by over 120 members and industry professionals. Thanks to the hard work of our board and golf committee, and to the generosity of members and supporters, the chapter was able to raise $22,000 for Macomb Foster Closet. These funds will be used to support its efforts to support local foster children.

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On April 20, 2023, the West Michigan Branch hosted a joint educational seminar with the CSI Grand Rapids Chapter. The topic was “Air Barrier Rodeo,” and the event was held at the Grand Rapids Community College Center Applied Technology Center. This event is in addition to the three technical sessions provided by the Great Lakes Chapter locally in 2023.

The chapter continues to pursue opportunities to grow. These include continued strengthening of relationships with local professional organizations with similar interests such as the Greater Detroit BEC and Southeastern Michigan Roofing Contractors Association, as well as with local architecture and engineering schools. The IIBEC Great Lakes Chapter plans to attend Career Days at those schools as representatives of IIBEC, give presentations related to the building enclosure, and offer at least one scholarship to a local student in the field in hopes of increasing student participation in our chapter.

This year saw the “retirement” of two long-time GLC IIBEC board members, Rick Bresso and Jim Markiewicz.  Both received the chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award at our Holiday Banquet and Annual Membership Meeting held on December 7th.  Combined, Bresso and Markiewicz have contributed over 25 years of their time volunteering on the board.  Their contributions will be greatly missed.  The chapter welcomes new board members for 2024, Julie Jones and Nick Baisden.

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IIBEC Chicago Area Chapter Kicks off 2024 with Annual Meeting

The IIBEC Chicago Area Chapter (CAC) conducted its all-day Annual Meeting at the the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, Illinois, on January 17, 2024 to kick off Roofing Week in Chicago, Illinois.

The event quickly sold out, with over 100 attendees comprising all members of the industry. Various speakers presented six technical sessions, including through-wall flashings, air barriers, drones, project insurance requirements, and metal roofing. Each session ended with robust questions and answers to expand on our understanding of the industry. The event yielded 6 IIBEC CEHs and 4 AIA LU credits.

Speaker Rolf Snobeck talked about the CAC Building Envelope Foundation, Charles Sietmann provided members with Region II updates, and Bill McHugh also came to speak not only on the upcoming Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA) trade show, but also to discuss code changes and industry trends to keep an eye on.

The chapter was proud to present multiple awards, including but not limited to the CAC President Award, Committee Chair Award, Outstanding Sponsor, and Lifetime Achievement.

The chapter thanks its valued sponsors: FiberTite Roof Systems, A&D, International Leak Detection, Siplast, SJ Mallein & Associates, Versico Roofing Systems, Architectural Building Solutions, Sika | Sarnafil, NRCA, Schwab Group LLC, Capstone Materials Group, LLC, Tecta America, Westlake Royal Roofing LLC, SOPREMA, Georgia Pacific Gypsum, and Advanced Building Products/Carlisle.

After the technical sessions concluded chapter business, the CAC welcomed its 2024 board, excited to provide educational events, networking opportunities, and technical resources for members.

Upcoming Events

IIBEC Arizona Chapter

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IIBEC Carolinas Chapter

IIBEC Central Texas Chapter

IIBEC Chicago Area Chapter

IIBEC Colorado Chapter

IIBEC Delaware Valley Chapter

IIBEC Florida Chapter

IIBEC Georgia Chapter

IIBEC Gulf Coast Chapter

IIBEC Mid-Atlantic Chapter

IIBEC Mid-South Chapter

IIBEC New England Chapter

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IIBEC Puget Sound Chapter

IIBEC Quebec Ontario Chapter

IIBEC Southern California Chapter

IIBEC Southern Ontario Chapter

IIBEC Western Canada Chapter

IIBEC West Michigan Branch (IIBEC Great Lakes Chapter)

  • March 26, 2024:  Education Event and Plant Tour (details to follow)

IIBEC Wisconsin Chapter

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