September Technical Dinner Meeting



The SoCal Chapter of RCI, Inc. was pleased to host its fourth technical dinner meeting of the year on September 27th, 2018 at JT Schmid’s Restaurant & Brewery in Tustin, CA.

The event began with our traditional social/networking hour with approximately 25 attendees.  Guests enjoyed their choice of delicious dinner options ranging from pasta to prime sirloin, along with some refreshing beverages. The meeting kicked off with a welcome and introduction from Ivan Chak, Chapter Treasurer.  Our guest speakers were Tracy Myers of GAF & Gwenyth Searer of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.  Ms. Myers & Ms. Searer guided us through a broad overview of Façade Access and Roof Design Issues, providing valuable insight from both architectural and structural perspectives.  Ms. Myers began by illustrating the importance of the role of the registered design professional and clearly identifying design and contract responsibilities on projects.  She also discussed topics such as reference building codes, critical coordination nuances, and key considerations for roof design and durability.  Ms. Searer gave an overview of governing regulation and covered several key differences between Federal OSHA vs. Cal OSHA specific to roof design and façade access.  She also covered fall protection regulations along with illustrated examples of temporary vs. permanent and passive vs. active systems.  Ms. Searer and Ms. Myers rounded out the presentation with some interesting case studies highlighting some of the complexities in achieving façade access goals with challenges arising from ambitious architectural design, site-specific limitations or lack of construction coordination. 

It was a successful event as attendees earned 1 hour of continuing education approved by RCI and AIA. We would like to thank both Tracy Myers & Gwenyth Searer for their time and efforts in delivering a well-informed and enjoyable presentation.

-Arturo Ortiz Jr

Industry Director

August Technical Dinner Meeting


The SoCal Chapter of RCI, Inc. successfully hosted its third technical dinner meeting of the year on August 28th, 2018 at JT Schmid’s Restaurant & Brewery in Tustin, CA.

Approximately 40 attendees made it out to JT Schmid’s at the District at Tustin Legacy to enjoy some great networking along with refreshing beverages and some delicious dinner plates.  Our guest speaker was Mr. Ken Konczal, a senior technical sales representative with Sika Sarnafil.  Ken presented on “Concrete Deck Moisture Issues”, covering a wide array of topics including root causes and preventative measures, along with the industry perspectives from organizations such as NRCA & FM Global. He also highlighted some current moisture assessment test methods as well as their applications and limitations.  Ken rounded out the meeting with several case studies on moisture-related roof failures over concrete decks.  The presentation concluded with an engaging Q&A session which had widespread audience participation.

The event was an achievement, as we hosted the greatest number of attendees for a technical dinner meeting this year so far. We would like to thank Ken Konczal for his time in providing an informative presentation. Attendees earned 1 hour of continuing education approved by RCI and AIA. We would also like to send our appreciation to all in attendance for making this event a success.

-Arturo Ortiz Jr

Industry Director

2018 Membership Drive and Summer Social


The SoCal Chapter of RCI, Inc. hosted its annual Membership Drive & Summer Social on July 18th at Laguna Beach Beer Company in Laguna Niguel, CA.

The venue was located between the scenic hills of Laguna Beach, where approximately 39 attendees got to enjoy some much-needed tranquility from the usual work week hustle and bustle.  Attendees sampled delicious food and refreshments, which included some noteworthy artisan flatbreads and craft beverages. The event gave the opportunity for local SoCal RCI members and non-members alike to mingle in a relaxed social setting, while enjoying games and raffle prizes that were given out through the evening.  Special congratulations to the lucky Kevin Taylor of Soprema for winning the one-year SoCal RCI Membership prize.

We appreciate everyone that made the time to attend the SoCal Chapter of RCI’s Membership Drive & Summer Social, and hope you all had a great time. It was a wonderful and fun-filled experience for all of us here, and we would especially like to extend our gratitude to Robert Larez with ILD (International Leak Detection) for sponsoring the event.

-Arturo Ortiz Jr

Industry Director

May Technical Dinner Meeting



The SoCal Chapter of RCI, Inc. was pleased to host its second technical dinner meeting of the year on May 15th, 2018 at the Old Crow Smokehouse in Orange, CA. 

The event kicked off with a social hour with approximately 32 attendees who enjoyed some refreshing beverages, delicious barbecue buffet & networking while taking in the rustic and lively ambiance that Old Crow Smokehouse had to offer.  Our guest speaker was Jack Whitworth of Aquafin Inc.’s chemical grouting division.  Jack’s presentation included educating attendees into identifying the diverse types of chemical grouts and understanding how chemical grouts can be used to effectively stop water migration through concrete and brick structures.  The presentation also covered safety practices along with identifying the common applications for chemical grouts. Jack did an excellent job demonstrating his expertise and some of the tricks of the trade that come from his 28 years of experience in the industry.  Jack even touched upon recommendations on industry insights along with rule-of-thumb methods to estimate grout quantities.  The presentation concluded with a Q&A session, which was well received with many questions amongst the attendees.

The event was a success as attendees earned 1 hour of continuing education approved by RCI and AIA.  We would like to thank Jack Whitworth for providing his well-informed presentation, and we would also like to extend our appreciation to ILD (International Leak Detection) for sponsoring the event. 

-Arturo Ortiz Jr

Industry Director

2018 Golf Tournament


On April 19th 2018, the SoCal Chapter of RCI gathered with friends and colleagues at the Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton, CA for the 16th Annual Golf Tournament.  It was yet another rousing success, with a sell-out group of 160 golfers hitting the links.  Our annual event was supported by the generosity of the following sponsors: 

Diamond Sponsor: ABC Supply Company

Premier Sponsors:  Lowry’s Inc. / Systems Waterproofing Supply

Platinum Sponsors:  Carlisle, Sika Sarnafil, Sunshine Supply Company Inc., Roof Resources / Prism Marketing Group


We also had many other industry sponsors who came out to contribute tees, golf balls, snacks, beverages and raffle giveaways and line the course with their company tee signage and table top displays.

Attendees took photos by the ABC Supply Company Indy Car showcase as we kicked off the event with an early morning registration. Our volunteers assisted golfers with check-in, distributing goodie bags with SoCal RCI Under Armour golf shirts, and taking on-site purchases for raffle contest entries, putting contest tickets, and mulligans. A Bloody Mary and breakfast bar sponsored by Lowry’s Inc. helped get golfers off to a good start on the course, with a tasty offering of sausage and bacon burritos, fruit salad, juices, and refreshing cocktails.  Players hit the links with an 11 a.m. start, under light overcast skies with bursts of morning showers and sunshine that kept everyone cool and energized.  By 6:00 p.m. the carts rolled in for a delicious BBQ dinner sponsored by Letner and USG with brisket, chicken and all the fixings, plus cookies and brownie desserts to top it off.  Chapter President Danielle Ward and Moira Howmann of ABC Supply Company emceed the evening.

Tournament winners

1st Place Team – Red Pointe Roofing:  Aaron Martin, Tod Fritts, Larry Burks, Jamie Cunliffe

2nd Place Team – Lowry’s Inc.: Jimmy Busak, Brian Keonings, Dave Erney, Alan Cantarini

3rd Place Team – Lowry’s Inc.: Bill Bligh, Ignacio Salas, Kevin Taylor, Garrett Smith

Contest Winners:

Closest to the Pin – 6 ft, 7 in: Jamie Cunliffe 

Straightest Drive: Lenny Fotopolis

Longest Drive, Men: Dan Brown

Longest Drive, Women: Kaylyn Camello

Putting Contest: Lenny Fotopolis

Following dinner, we had the opportunity and bonus prize drawings. The sale of opportunity drawing tickets allowed us to offer an extensive array of tiered prizes, including numerous premium-level prizes donated by vendors including: golf bag, lawn chair, and a 58 in. Ultra HD LED TV . 

Charity Golf International provided a pro driver on the course, fundraising $2,350 in donations for Strength in Support, with proceeds going to support military veterans and their families. Justin Paige with Strength in Support received a novelty check from the Charity Golf fundraising, and delivered a short acceptance speech on behalf of the organization.  Participation and support in the golf tournament also helped So Cal Chapter to provide donations to both the RCA - Jim Nienow and URCA - Don Banks Memorial Scholarship programs. This year $1,500 was presented to each of these industry scholarship funds.

Overall it was another tremendously successful day of golf, and we enjoyed the company/comradery of participants from every corner of our industry, along with great food, drinks, awesome prizes and the privilege of being able give back to service members through Strength in Support and our industry via the scholarship funds.

Special thanks goes out to the Golf Committee, event volunteers and especially Moira Howmann for all her hard work in her final year as Chair of the Golf Committee, as we could not have completed such a well-executed and enjoyable event without her leadership and dedication.  Moira, we hope to have you back soon for a future golf tournament!

-Ivan Chak

Chapter Treasurer

So Cal Chapter at RCI Houston



The SoCal Chapter of RCI arrived in full force at the 33rd RCI International Convention and Tradeshow, held on March 22nd to 27th at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Houston, TX. The convention included professional examinations, continuing education seminars, various national and regional committee meetings, tradeshow exhibition, annual golf tournament and other festivities. 

Inspirational speaker Gary Heil delivered an inspirational and energizing keynote address on Saturday March 24th. Gary spoke passionately about the importance of successful leadership and employee dynamics in organizations, highlighting relevant parallels to our industry particularly with respect to executive direction, emboldening followers by fostering creativity and improvisation, and maintaining mutual responsibility with your colleagues. 

Our Chapter received several notable distinctions during the event, including recognition for our donation of $10,000 to the RCI Foundation (RCIF) which elevated our overall contribution amount to a grand total of $51,200 since the Chapter’s formation. Members of our local Chapter board, alongside board members of the NorCal Chapter of RCI, proudly presented two novelty oversized checks along with our donations to RCIF (US) Chairman Joe Hale. The Chapter was also presented with an Outstanding Affiliated Chapter Award for 2017 which was received by several board and chapter members who attended the Awards Luncheon.    

First Row (L to R): Ivan Chak - Treasurer, Danielle Ward - Chapter President, Joe Hale - RCI Foundation (US) Chairman, Szymon Zienkiewicz - Chapter Past President and Region V Director, Greg Morrow - Secretary. 

Second Row (L to R): Dean Larsen, Gary Weaver, Arturo Ortiz

Hope to see you at next convention on March 14th to 19th, 2019 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, FL!

-Ivan Chak

Chapter Treasurer

So Cal Chapter Kicks Off 2018 Education Sessions



The So Cal Chapter of RCI kicked off the first meeting of our 2018 educational seminar series on February 22nd at Cell-Crete’s facility in Irwindale, CA. Approximately 25 attendees from our consultant and industry communities convened at the on-site meeting space for a technical talk enjoyed with donuts and soft drinks. 

Guest speaker John Rose of Siplast delivered an informative and thorough presentation on lightweight insulating concrete and roof insulation. He provided valuable concepts regarding the technical aspects of roof insulation, and the versatile role that lightweight insulating concrete (LWIC) plays in modern roof construction. Mr. Rose presented the origins behind LWIC technology, discussed constituent system components and their applications, and highlighted several case studies on field application.

Following the presentation, Cell-Crete staff conducted an informative, step-by-step demonstration of LWIC assembly installation, complete with wet mix placement, polystyrene board layout and surface finishing. Eberhard roofers also showcased the torch-applied installation of a two-ply, SBS-modified bitumen roofing system over cured cellular concrete with embedded asphalt pellets. Cell-Crete also performed in situ pull testing of spreading-type LWIC fasteners driven into cellular concrete. LJ Fisher of Cell-Crete offered a behind-the-scenes tour of Cell-Crete’s facility and vehicular fleet, showcasing some of the heavy machinery used to transport, mix and apply their cementitious products. We concluded the event with an outdoor lunch consisting of delicious taco catering and cold refreshments. 

We would like to extend a special thank you to Cell-Crete for their hospitality and opening their doors to our Chapter. Our sincerest appreciation to Siplast and especially local sales representative Jim Miranda for their hard work behind the scenes. The event was a success, and we could not have done it without their help. 

- Ivan Chak

Chapter Treasurer

2018 Hawaii Winter Workshop


The So Cal Chapter of RCI held its 18th Annual Hawaii Winter Workshop on January 11th and 12th in the Hilton Hawaiian Village, located in the heart of Waikiki, HI. Approximately 90 attendees flew in from all over North America to partake in the two-day program, which hosted a dynamic and energetic group of speakers who discussed a wide range of topics pertaining to the quality control and quality assurance (QA/QC) of roofing, waterproofing and exterior walls. 

The Chapter would like to thank the following workshop presenters for all their hard work and kind participation:

  • Tom Hutchinson, FRCI, AIA, RRC, CEP, CRP, Principal / Hutchinson Design Group, Ltd. / Barrington, IL
  • Don Neff, President / LJP Construction Services / Irvine, CA
  • Petersen Lambert, PE, Associate Principal / Allana Buick & Bers / Seattle, WA
  • James Willits, Building and Roofing Science Specialist, West Coast / GAF / Fontana, CA
  • John Shepherd, RRC, Principal / Shepherd Consulting Services / Torrance, CA
  • Philip Dregger, PE, RRC, President / Technical Roof Services / Concord, CA
  • Gene Keeton, CxA+BE, BECxP, QAO, President / KDENT, Inc. / Monett, MO
  • Phillip Camp, AIA, Principal / HI.ARCH.Y LLP / Honolulu, HI
  • Larry Shipley, Director of Sales (West), Dryvit Systems, Inc.
  • Scott Anderson, Manager of Technical Business Development / De Neef / GCP Applied Technologies / Cambridge, MA
  • Patrick Reicher, SE, REWC, REWO, CCS, CCCA, Senior Engineer / Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc. / Willowbrook, IL

We had yet another strong year of event sponsorship support, with 15 participating table top exhibitors and one banner sponsor. For the first time ever, the exhibition tour was organized in a timed, round-robin style. Each team of 3-5 workshop attendees rotated around all the table displays on the event floor, engaging with each exhibitor for several minutes and receiving a raffle ticket for their participation. Many attendees and exhibitors enjoyed the change of pace and the opportunity to meet and talk with each other in a quick tempo, lively environment.  

The first day of the seminar concluded with an enjoyable breezeway networking reception sponsored by the platinum event sponsor, Versico. Mr. Thomas Brand of DryTec was the lucky winner of our raffle prize draw, who took home an Amazon Echo Dot device and Sonos Play:1 Compact Bluetooth Speaker. We hope you enjoy your cool new toys!

Several sponsors made the event possible and in particular, the Chapter would like to thank the following: 

  • Platinum Sponsor – Versico Roofing Systems
  • Silver Sponsor – Siplast
  • Bronze Sponsors – Cell-Crete Corporation, Polyglass USA, Momentive Performance Materials, Georgia-Pacific Gypsum, Fibertite, BASF
  • Exhibitors – LJP Construction Services, Architectural Resource Associates, AVM Industries, General Coatings, USG, Situra Inc., Malarkey Roofing Products
  • Banner Sponsor – Owens Corning

We hope to see you next year!

- Ivan Chak

Hawaii Workshop Committee / Chapter Treasurer