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Saturday, 09 August 2008 11:38

BSCAI Making History with New Beginnings

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New Beginnings

BSCAI continues to transform and improve to suit the needs of the members and to keep up with the industry trends. For example, in early 2006, the BSCAI officers and other industry leaders recognized the need for change. Thus, BSCAI assembled a task force of officers and its leaders to focus on a much needed transformation. After spending nearly a year evaluating all options, the group decided to join the SmithBucklin family in late 2006. SmithBucklin is a full-service association management and professional services company.

The smooth transition BSCAI had to SmithBucklin was due to the blood, sweat and tears put forth by a group of longtime BSCAI supporters. Their tireless support made the transition a success. This group later came to be recognized as the “Turnaround Task Force.”

“I am honored to have been a part of this outstanding group of individuals,” says Ernest J. Clark, CBSE, BSCAI president. “I cannot thank them enough for their unparalleled guidance, volunteered time, tireless energy, financial support and last-minute trips to Chicago for planning.”

The Turnaround Task Force consists of the following members:
Stan Doobin, Harvard Maintenance, Inc.
John Ezzo, CBSE,
New Image Building
Services Barney Gershen,
Gershen Consulting, LLC
Michael Horgan, Hurley Corporation
Gary Penrod,
CBSE, Gary Penrod & Associates
Don Pottieger,
Sr., CBSE, Southland Landscape Corp.
Dana Weaver, Dana Weaver Consulting
Ernie Clark, Jr. CBSE, Mister Kleen Maintenance Co., Inc.

The Turnaround Task Force also played an instrumental role in establishing many new programs and initiatives within BSCAI , including the Founders Circle, the Professional Education Program, the Vendor Partner Program and others.

BSCAI serves the needs of its members with this wide range of offerings. Take advantage of premier educational events, seminars and Webinars, all developed with members’ needs in mind.

Sponsored Programs (www.bscai.org/sponsored_programs/ default.asp)–One of the many benefits of your membership in BSCAI is the opportunity to participate in one or more of the association’s group buying programs known collectively as the BSCAI Sponsored Programs.

BSCAI Webinars

(www.bscai.org/webinars.asp) – BSCAI established its Webinar series to provide members low-cost, targeted information in a more convenient setting. Topics have ranged from green cleaning, building safety, budgeting and employee hiring best practices. BSCAI continues to offer its monthly Webinars in 2008, with its next titled, “How to Reduce Your Company's Cost of Insurance” on Thursday, August 22.

2008 BSCAI Executive Seminar

(www.bscai .org/ seminar-execut ive/ introduction.asp) – This annual event attracts approximately 200 building service contract professionals for two days of thought-provoking education and productive networking. This year, internationally-recognized speakers, Mike Hourigan, CSP and Dr. Joseph Mancusi, present sessions focusing on hiring and retaining employees and succeeding in the workplace.

2009 BSCAI CEO Seminar

(www.bscai.org/seminar-ceo/introduction.asp) – BSCAI’s CEO Seminar provides education to building service executives and business owners focusing on leadership skills and organizational growth strategies. In 2009, Dean Rosson will present, "Peak Performance Through Health, Nutrition & Lifestyle" Dan Wertenberg will present, "The Role of the CEO" and Herb Meyer will present "What in the World is Going On?: A Global Intelligence Briefing for CEOs."

BSCAI Annual Convention & Trade Show

(www.bscai.org/annual_convention/default.asp) – BSCAI returns to Chicago in 2009 to host its annual premier event. This event features more than 30 top-notch education sessions, focusing on bidding and estimating, marketing, budgeting, operations and more and multiple opportunities for building service contract professionals to network and grow their professional contacts. The 2009 convention also features an exciting lineup of keynote speakers, including former NASA engineer and mission specialist, Colonel Mike Mullane and White House assistant chef, Mary Crane, Esq.

Books, Videos and Training Materials

(www.bscai.org/store/home.asp) – BSCAI ’s online shop comes fully equipped with the materials you need to keep you and your employees up to date and informed in the business service contract industry.

Certification Programs

(www.bscai.org/cerification_programs/ default.asp): CBSE, RBSM – BSCAI ’s Certification programs set the standard in the building services industry and are a symbol of excellence. The CBSE and RBSM designations signify that an individual has demonstrated the knowledge and skills required to perform competently in the building services profession. Earning the credentials allow you to further enhance your personal and professional knowledge and image to gain the competitive edge you need to succeed in today’s world.

BSCAI's Services Magazine

(www.bscai.org/services_magazine/default. asp) – Services magazine, the voice of BSCAI , is a bimonthly magazine designed for the building service contracting field. Services enjoys the highest paid circulation in the industry and reaches building service contractors, manufacturers, distributors, and consultants to building service contractors, facility managers and building owners.

Government Affairs Program

(www.bscai.org/government_affairs/default. asp) – As a BSCAI member, your business goes hand-in-hand with the health of the entire building service contracting industry. Yet, you alone can’t influence Congress on the issues that can completely devastate your business. BSCAI’s Government Affairs team works, in your behalf, to fight devastating legislation, to influence positive legislation and educate members of Congress, which helps to strengthen the industry — from top to bottom.

BSCAI’s Monthly E-Newsletter Connection – BSCAI produces a monthly e-newsletter that delivers everything from Association News, Industry News, Security News and Feature articles to keep members “in the know.”

BSCAI Peer Groups – This program is intended to provide building service contractors an avenue to freely share ideas, information and opinions among their respective peer groups. Participants will learn to improve the management and general management of their companies; gain insight into how similar organizations operate; evaluate top management of other peer group companies and participate in an open atmosphere between other members to help build professional networks and relationships.

For more information on BSCAI and its various events and activities, visit www.BSCAI.org. BSCAI members benefit by taking advantage of all the networking and educational opportunities yearround!

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