February Technical Dinner Meeting



The SoCal Chapter of RCI, Inc. hosted its first technical dinner meeting of our 2019 education series on February 21st at JT Schmid’s Restaurant & Brewery in Anaheim, CA.

Approximately 26 attendees came out to enjoy some great networking along with refreshing beverages and some delicious dinner plates.  Our Chapter Vice President Ivan Chak got things going as the host for the event, introducing the new 2019 SoCal Chapter board of directors in attendance.  Also in the audience was our very own Region V Director, Szymon Zienkiewicz.  Szymon provided announcements to our membership on national and regional level updates, including the RCI, Inc. re-branding efforts and the upcoming Region V meeting at the Paris Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV on June 12th. 

Our guest speaker was Mr. Osvaldo Joya, Director of Pre-Construction with LJP Construction Services.  Osvaldo presented on the topic of “Constructability of 1-Coat Stucco and EIF Systems”, drawing on his past project experiences and role as a certified EIFS inspector.  Osvaldo discussed topics such as identifying key differences between traditional stucco, 1-coat stucco and EIFS.  He highlighted challenges with insurance coverage and exclusions for EIFS, and dove into multiple aspects of EIFS including design, construction and field QA/QC inspection.  Osvaldo also spoke to the importance of critical components to verify on EIFS.  The presentation concluded with a Q&A session with good audience participation and interaction between consultants and industry members alike.

We were pleased to start our year with an informative and engaging technical presentation, and we would like to thank Osvaldo Joya for his time and valuable contributions.  All attendees earned 1.0 hour of RCI CEH’s and AIA LU’s. We would also like to extend our appreciation to our event table top sponsors, Robert Larez of Axis Building Envelope Design & Jim Hill of BASF Senergy Wall Systems.

-Arturo Ortiz Jr

Industry Director

2019 Hawaii Winter Workshop



The SoCal Chapter of RCI, Inc. held its 19th Annual Hawaii Winter Workshop on January 14 & 15, 2019 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, HI.  Approximately 100 attendees made it out from Canada and the US, including a strong contingent of local Hawaiians, and into the beautiful paradise of Waikiki to partake in the two-day seminar. The event featured guest speakers from across North America who provided well-informed and engaging presentations that covered a wide array of building envelope topics centered around the theme of “Innovation in Building Envelope Design & Solutions”.

First and foremost, the Chapter would like to thank the following workshop presenters for their technical contributions and in being an integral part of the event:

· Richard Mosco, AIA, Associate Principal / WJE Associates Inc. / Pasadena, CA

· Jeff Neilson, AIA, Senior Associate / WJE Associates Inc. / Pasadena, CA

· Karim Allana, PE, RRC, RWC, Senior Principal / Allana Buick & Bers, Inc. / Palo Alto, CA

· Peterson Lambert, PE, Principal / Allana Buick & Bers, Inc. / Seattle, WA

· Philip D. Dregger, PE, RRC, Vice President / Technical Roof Services a Salas-O’Brien Company / Concord, CA

· Christopher Giffin, RRC, AIA, Principal / WJE Associates Inc. / Duluth, GA

· James Brown, RRC, AIA, Associate Principal / WJE Associates Inc. / Duluth, GA

· Stéphane P. Hoffman, M.Arch., M.Eng., PE, Principal / Morrison Hershfield / Seattle, WA

· Elena Kessi, President / Aquafin, Inc. / Elkton, MD

· Kenrick Hartman, PE, RBEC, LEED AP, Senior Associate / WJE Associates Inc. / New York, NY

· Douglas Stieve, RA, RRC, GRP, Principal / WJE Associates Inc. / New York, NY

· Gary Weaver, Principal / Atlas Consulting / Irvine, CA

· Amy Chitilian, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., EIT, Engineering Intern / Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. / Toronto, ON

· Gene Keeton, CxA+BE, BECxP, QAO, President / KDENT, Inc. / Monett, MO

The 2019 workshop saw a record number of attendees as well as event sponsorship support, with 15 table top exhibitors and one banner sponsor. We built upon last year’s creative initiative in organizing the exhibition tour as a “speed dating” hour, with small groups rotating between each table top at timed intervals.  It was a fast-paced session with all hands on deck, allowing every table top sponsor to have exposure with each attendee. Thanks to our energetic sponsors, it was a great networking opportunity all around while participants got a chance to enhance their product and material knowledge. 

At the conclusion of Day 1, attendees were treated to a networking reception sponsored by the Platinum event sponsor, Versico.  As per our tradition, we held a raffle at the end of the reception where Jim Hill of BASF Senergy Wall Systems from our very own SoCal Chapter was the lucky winner of a slick new GoPro Fusion Camera.  We hope it comes in handy while catching some big waves, Jim! Gold sponsor CanDo Supply helped to keep our attendees well fed on both days, with our delicious catered lunches held in the pleasant outdoor lounge space just outside the conference.

As always, the event could not have been possible without support from our industry colleagues and the building envelope community. The Chapter would like to thank the following:

· Platinum Sponsor – Versico Roofing Systems

· Gold Sponsor – CanDo Supply LLC

· Bronze Sponsors – Hydro-Gard, Malarkey Roofing Products, BASF Senergy Wall Systems, Cell-Crete Corporation, Drexel Metals Inc., Fibertite

· Tabletop Exhibitors – GE Silicones, USG, Sika Greenstreak, Georgia-Pacific, Drone Vantage LLC, General Coatings, AVM Industries

· Banner Sponsor – Situra Inc.

We would like to thank all the attendees for their participation and taking the time to join us in Honolulu. We look forward to seeing you all at next year’s workshop, which will be our 20th anniversary event!

-Arturo Ortiz Jr.

Industry Director

2018 Annual Meeting & Holiday Party



On a cool and rainy Wednesday evening, over 40 event attendees came out to the festively decorated Hacienda in Santa Ana, CA to attend the SoCal Chapter of RCI’s Annual Dinner and Holiday Party on December 5, 2018. We received many generous contributions to our annual Toys for Tots donation drive – in total, we collected 20+ toys to give to the U.S. Marine Corps for distribution to less fortunate children in low-income families. Guests were greeted with champagne flutes and enjoyed passed appetizers, refreshments, buffet dinner and taco bar in a cheery and warm atmosphere complete with live Mariachi music. 

Chapter President Danielle Ward and Vice President Kyle Eazor delivered updates on the SoCal Chapter of RCI, Inc., summarizing the year in review and looking ahead to 2019.  Our Region V Director Szymon Zienkiewicz provided a comprehensive overview of RCI, Inc. current and upcoming events at the regional and national levels. Danielle returned to the podium to present special awards to chapter officers and volunteers for their hard work throughout the year.

The evening festivities concluded with our annual raffle ticket drawing, which included a prize of sponsorship of RCI, Inc. member dues for one year.  The SoCal Chapter would like to extend a special mention to our generous sponsors, who helped to make the event a rousing success: 

Event Sponsor: Union Roofing Contractors Association 

Refreshment Sponsor: AQUAFIN Inc 

Tabletop Sponsors: EPRO, Axis Building Envelope Design 

We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season, and best wishes in the New Year. We look forward to seeing some of you in Honolulu at our upcoming 19th annual Hawaii Winter Workshop on Jan 14-15, 2019! 

-Ivan Chak

Chapter Treasurer

October Joint Technical Dinner Meeting with OCCCSI



The SoCal Chapter of RCI, Inc. & Orange County Chapter of CSI (OCCCSI) was pleased to host our annual joint technical dinner meeting on October 9th, 2018 at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

The event kicked off with a social hour of great networking among approximately 40 attendees between the two chapters, all while enjoying some refreshing beverages and delicious buffet offerings. We also had some featured costumes on display from guests that brought their Halloween spirit, which included our guest speaker Mr. John A. Raeber, independent architectural specifications writer.  John’s presentation provided key guidance on how to write effective project specifications that are clear, concise, complete and correct.  He made clear the importance of understanding the intent of contract documents so the audience could appreciate how specs should be implemented during construction and conversely, what specs are not intended to do.  John also illustrated the various formats used when working with the primary spec writers while also highlighting contrasts between Design-Build versus Designated Design.  Lastly, John closed out his presentation on what is and isn’t important in regards with submittals, listing system manufacturers & substitutions. The presentation concluded with a Q&A session with great audience participation.

The joint meeting was a success as attendees earned 1 hour of continuing education approved by RCI and AIA. We would like to thank John A. Raeber for his well-informed presentation, and we would also like to extend our appreciation to the SoCal RCI tabletop sponsorships from Robert Larez with Axis Building Envelope Design & Chris Tuzzeo with Hydro-Gard. We would also like to thank our friends over at the OCCCSI for another great event in the books!

-Arturo Ortiz Jr

Industry Director

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