Convention Gathers People, Ideas & Inspiration


2016-09-11-reception-02A record number of WICA members attended the 2016 WICA Annual Convention at Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara. California granted the weather needed for outdoor receptions, a golf tournament, and an afternoon of wine tasting. Networking, education, and business meetings were squeezed in there too.

With speaker Mark Matteson at the helm for both the Keynote breakfast and morning Seminar, members learned new professional development strategies in the areas of time management and prioritization. Leaders of the insulation industry on the contracting side, as well as the distribution, fabrication and manufacturing sides, collaborated and discussed industry trends and challenges as a group. Meetings wrapped up with the Annual Business Meeting, where the 2017 budget was passed, new board members were voted in, and plans for the upcoming year were discussed.

Golf Tournament Winners

Debbi Strawn

First Place Team

Team 1 – Eric Fults, Craig Rossi, David Trueblood, Kenny Cole

Second Place Team

Team 4 – Justin Rispoli, Don Young, Steve Luse, Tim Stout

Third Place Team – TIE

Team 10 – Adam Polkinghorne, Steve Watters, Dale Kendrick, Butch Ludke

Team 8 – Debbie Dunlap, Debbi Strawn, Kathi Coyle, Robert Bergman

Ernie Martinez (L) & Jim Lancaster

Closest to the Pin:

Hole #4 – Len Raab, 6’10”

Hole #6 – David Stallard, 9’5″

Hole #11 – Michael Curtin, 2’6″

Hole #18 (Men’s) – Rick Sutphin, 14″

Hole #18 (Women’s) – Debbi Strawn 4’4″

Longest Drive:

Hole #9 – Kenny Cole

Hole #13 – Debbi Strawn


2016-09-13-18-21-45Thank you to the many sponsors who helped make this event possible:

  • Aeroflex USA, Inc.
  • Alaskan Insulation Specialties
  • Armacell
  • Aspen Aerogels, Inc.
  • Associated Third Party Administrators
  • Bay Insulation Supply of L.A., Inc.
  • 20160911-wica-seminar-annual-sponsors-01Design Polymerics
  • Distribution International
  • Farwest Insulation Contracting
  • Foster Products
  • General Insulation Company
  • Hudson Bay Insulation
  • Ideal Products of America
  • Insul-Therm International, Inc.
  • ITW Insulation Systems
  • Johns Manville
  • Johns Manville Industrial Insulation Group
  • Knauf Insulation
  • Manson Insulation Products
    (L-R) Gretchen Polkinghorne, Lucy Curtin and Laurel Sarmento
  • Midwest Fasteners, Inc.
  • Owens Corning
  • Performance Contracting, Inc.
  • Proto Corporation
  • ROXUL Technical Insulation
  • RPR Products, Inc.
  • Summit Contracting, LLC
  • Unifrax, LLC
  • Winroc-SPI
  • Zenith American Solutions

Bold denotes Annual Sponsors


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