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William L. Shannon, Editor

William L. Shannon, Editor of CISCA

Membership has its Privileges!

for the March / April 2004 Issue, CISCA's Interior Construction Magazine

Why should my company be a member of CISCA? There are other trade organizations; do we really have to belong to them all? What if there was only one organization covering Acoustical, Drywall, EIFS and Plaster? Wouldn't that be better? Let's take a few moments to analyze the facts.

CISCA is acknowledged as the leading industry association focusing on acoustical ceilings and walls, as well as metal, fabric, wood and other unique specialty ceiling and wall systems! This has been the case for more than 53 years! CISCA was founded by the pioneers of the acoustical ceiling and wall industry! There are other associations, specializing in other segments of the interior construction industry, but if your focus is acoustically oriented ceilings and walls, there is only one place to be, CISCA! Membership in CISCA is a privilege, open to a select group of individuals and companies sharing the same important industry focus, acoustical ceilings and walls.

CISCA Member Companies represent more than 95% of all North American Acoustical Ceiling, Acoustical Wall Systems, and other specialty ceiling and wall system Manufacturers. Many from other parts of the world as well! This membership includes virtually all companies using both company sales forces, and independent manufacturers' representatives. Some companies using a combination of both groups to go to market.

CISCA Conventions and Intercon Trade Shows provide an unusual format enabling contractors, manufacturers, distributors and independent manufacturer's representatives to attend a single meeting, focused on, and specializing in, acoustical ceilings and walls, and other specialty ceilings and wall systems. The events are focused, enabling a more in depth coverage of this important, vital and profitable segment of the construction industry.

The CISCA Convention and Intercon Trade Show provides an opportunity for small, medium and large manufacturers to have individual sales meetings, in one place, at one time. It provides an economical setting to encourage members of all segments of the acoustical ceiling and wall industry to participate. The past five years have shown that it works! The number of individual sales meetings continue to rise! Their popularity unquestioned.

Most companies in our industry acknowledge the differences between acoustical ceilings and walls, specialty ceilings and walls, drywall, EIFS and plaster by creating different divisions or departments within their own organizations. It is very common for manufacturers, contractors, distributors and independent manufacturers' representatives to have different groups of individuals within their organization focusing upon these unique segments of the overall market. CISCA provides a home for those individuals focused upon Acoustical and Specialty Ceiling and Wall Systems.

What are the expectations of a CISCA Convention and Intercon Trade Show? Is it simply to secure orders? If that is the only expectation, perhaps there will be some disappointed participants. The annual CISCA Convention and Intercon Trade Show is actually a place for individuals to meet the most professional, most reputable contractors, the most important distributors, the most influential independent manufacturers' representatives and the key manufacturers in our specialty industry. But trade shows are only a small portion of the benefits of CISCA Membership.

Membership in CISCA enables you and your company to become influential in the direction of our industry. Since 1950, CISCA has been setting the standards for the ceiling and interior industry. The Ceiling Systems Handbook is considered the authoritative guide to acoustic and specialty ceiling installation. It is used by designers and specifiers around the world! CISCA's Publication, Acoustical Ceilings, use and practice, has been used for more than twenty five years as the basis for acoustical design and understanding.

As a CISCA Member, you can help shape future industry standards, by joining one of many committees corresponding to your interest and expertise. Your voice and experience will have a meaningful effect upon our industry. If you have ideas and opinions, become a member, help shape our industry!

The Power of Partnership! Most CISCA Members recognize how participation in CISCA has helped their company grow and increase profitability. CISCA has provided them with an opportunity to meet others from around the world who specialize in acoustical and specialty ceilings and wall systems.

If your organization, or division of your organization, focuses on acoustical ceilings, walls and other specialty ceiling and wall systems, CISCA is important to you! If you want to have the opportunity to impact this industry, you should take advantage of joining the membership of CISCA. As a CISCA Member you can make a difference. Membership has its privileges!

William L. Shannon CSI, CISCA
President of Shannon Corporation
Recipient of the 2004 De Gelleke Award

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