The 55th Annual Symposium “All About the RCI” wrapped up in Long Beach on November 8. Attendees agreed that it was one of the best Symposiums in years. In depth all day seminars to prepare attendees for taking the RCI Division II Building Exams covered Codes and Specifications on Friday and Plan Reading 101 on Saturday. As an alternative, attendees could take the RCI Division IV Public Works Exam preparation course on Friday and/or the RCI Division III Fire Door I prep course on Saturday.
A big thank you goes out to all our sponsors who helped to make this event a real success, they include the following ACIA Chapters who donated to become Crystal Sponsors: La Basin Chapter; Sacramento‐Sierra Chapter; Folsom Chapter; and, Nevada Chapter. The following individuals and companies donated to our success as well: Dynamic Engineering & Inspection, David Karina; Ryan Enterprises, Dennis Ryan; and, ICM Group, Jeffrey Inferrera – Sapphire Sponsors; Construction Quality Assurance Group, Paul Beyl; and Consolidated CM, Inc., Scott Ritter and Lang Scoble – Silver Sponsors.
Our Vendors Exhibit Hall, while cozy, was well patronized and interesting. Vendors included The Woodworking Institute ‐ Mitchel Taylor and Marcia Falk; Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute ‐ Jose Mendoza; Simpson Strong Tie ‐ Bobby Madrid; Orange County Chapter CSI ‐ David Brown; National Clay Pipe Institute ‐ Joe Parker; and, Smart Safety Group Inc – Craig Angarola.
Saturday’s Annual Awards Luncheon and Installation of Officers was lively and filled with surprises. Our Keynote Speaker, Rick McManis, Chief Building Officer of the City of East Palo Alto, received a standing ovation for his outstanding talk on the interactions and expectations of working relationships between Inspectors and Construction Managers on Municipal building sites.
The Awards ceremony recipients were honored as follows:
- The Inspector of the Year Award was presented to Dave Noel, Sacramento‐Sierra Chapter.
- Two Ed Gray Awards for Exemplary Service to the ACIA were presented to our incoming President Mel Weidner , Sacramento‐Sierra Chapter and to Gary Green, Nevada Chapter.
- The Educator of the Year Award went to Tom Durbrow, Sacramento‐Sierra Chapter.
- The Industry Of The Year was the OES Office Of Emergency Services Safety Assessment Program, and was accepted by Mona Bontty, the Southern California Regional Administrator
- The newly created Robert J. Lynch Award for Excellence in Providing Access for All was awarded posthumously to Robert J. Lynch, FAIA , Emeritus RCI At Large, and was accepted on behalf of his family by Tom Durbrow.
- Our outgoing President, Alisa King, received a plaque commemorating her year of service and our thanks for a job well done.
- President’s Awards for service over and above the call went to incoming Vice President, Jeff Inferrera, Folsom Chapter; incoming 1st Vice President Austen Pell, L A Basin Chapter; Past President (2011) Dennis Dooley, Sacramento‐Sierra Chapter; Past President (2010) David Karina, South Coast Chapter; outgoing Vice President James Vitale, L A Basin Chapter; and, RCI Committee Chair Paul Beyl, San Diego Chapter.
- Certificates recognizing those achieving Emeritus RCI status went to Carlos Navarro, Inland Empire Chapter; David Rossi, Sacramento‐Sierra Chapter; Tim Briggs, Folsom Chapter; and, Jimmy Foster, Nevada Chapter.
The highlight of the ceremony, however, was the presentation to Dennis Dooley of the newly created Millennium Award for a Lifetime of Dedication to the ACIA. Dennis is a twice past President, recipient of both the Ed Gray Award and the Inspector of the Year Award, and a tireless proponent of the ACIA.
The luncheon concluded with the Installation of the following officers for 2015: Melvin Weidner, President; Austen Pell, 1st Vice President; Jeffrey Inferrera, Vice President; Craig Angarola, Treasurer; and Gary Green, Region 3 Director.
The event concluded with golfers playing a celebratory round at El Dorado Golf Course on Sunday morning before heading home.