Focused on the Future: NFC Committee Priorities for 2020
NFC President Pedro Loureiro of Nomad Framing recently provided an answer to the question: What’s in Store for NFC in 2020? As he mentions, NFC has six committees that “are doing hard work for our members in a number of areas.” Read on for a glimpse into each group’s current focus and visit the committee pages on the NFC website (linked below) to get more details about this year’s priorities for each.
Best Practices Committee
Chair: Lee Noland, Mindak Commercial Construction
“The goal is to focus on a few key areas including contract issues,” says Lee, in which the committee has identified common pain points such as mold, insurance liability mitigation, silica, and weather delays. Each committee member will choose one or more of these topics to dive into and present some current challenges and possible resolutions at future committee calls. “Ultimately,” says Lee, “we want to provide three to five deliverables that will be available to all NFC members to implement, if they choose to, in order to improve their business operations.”
Members of NFC’s Future Leaders Committee at the 2019 Framer Summit (l to r): Brian Groves (Ace Carpentry, Inc.), Pedro Loureiro (Nomad Framing LLC), Lee Noland (Mindak Commercial Construction), Chris Breedlove (Agility Construction LLC), Chris Tatge (Dynamic Construction and NFC Executive Director), Andy Sage (Straight Up Framing).
Future Leaders Committee
Chair: Chris Tatge (Dynamic Construction)
Chris says he is looking forward to his group gathering throughout 2020 to “continue to build rapport, share knowledge and have a direct line of communication with the Steering Committee for delivering consensus ideas.” He says the committee will also “work as a group to identify and bring in new members to the National Framers Council” as well as “help shape the 2020 NFC Summit in conjunction with other NFC committees.”
Chair: Bruce Jones (Bruce L. Jones, Contractor)
“Our main goal is to promote the benefits of membership in the National Framers Council,” says Bruce. “We want to recruit new members AND actively engage our current members.” He says the group is excited to announce an inaugural NFC Golf Outing scheduled for July 27 in the Baltimore area. “Our ultimate goal is to connect sponsor members with framers, general contractors, and sub-contractors and give them some valuable face-to-face time that is informational and fun,” Bruce explains.
Product Performance Committee
Chair: Chris Breedlove (Agility Construction, LLC)
“Our plan is to collaborate with NFC members who are involved with weather barrier products in the framing industry,” says Chris. “We will identify prevalent and recurring issues related to installation with the intention to create educational tools for NFC members to be presented at the Summit in Indianapolis this fall,” Chris explains. “This effort, which will provide another opportunity to collaborate and build relationships with NFC sponsors and vendors, will help ensure a properly installed weather barrier system and benefit everyone involved in the building process.”
Chair: Ken Shifflett (Ace Carpentry, Inc.)
“Our focus continues to be on the development of NFC’s FrameSAFE program,” says Ken, “and we’ve started the year by taking a closer look at craning and rigging with the goal of adding a module to the program.” The committee will also continue to support subscribers through regional mentorship, ongoing evaluation of the implementation process, and a new subscriber newsletter designed to “communicate hot OSHA topics, Toolbox Talk reminders, safety events and activities, and committee updates.” Ken says the committee has a lot of important topics to cover this year including “issues related to the legalization of marijuana, fire prevention, workplace violence, and site specific fall protection.”
Chair: Mike Colcombe (5-STAR Building Solutions)
Mike has selected three goal captains for driving the success of this committee. “Each captain will be the leader for one specific area – design team, general contractor, and framing trade contractor – giving each a specific lens to use to determine the division of responsibilities with respect to commercial wood framing.” Each captain’s main focus is to determine conflicts and challenges as they relate to his area and bring recommendations back to the committee for discussion, with a goal of defining duties and responsibilities for each area. “Ultimately,” Mike explains, “these efforts will result in a safer, more effective use of resources and a more economical project.”
Chair: Andy Sage (Straight Up Framing)
The fundamental goal of the newly formed technology committee is to increase productivity, safety, and quality, and to serve NFC members by researching technology applicable to the framing industry. “Monthly presentations by committee members will help guide this group and allow each member to summarize some of the software and product technology innovations and challenges that each of them face as they run their business,” says Andy. “We have a great group of committee members and each of them has a diverse interest in how technology is applied to the framing industry.”
If you are interested in getting involved with one of these committees, contact NFC Staff.