Since 1970 the Waterproofing Contractors Association has been building meaningful connections by bringing together friends, families and colleagues in the waterproofing industry. Relationships built over the course of two generations remain the heart of our organization and are the foundation for the sustained success of our members.
Browse this page for the complete list of past WCA Presidents, our roster of Honorary & Life Members as well as Year in Review summaries from all our past presidents. You can also View the WCA ByLaws.
WCA Presidents (1970 – 2019):
1971-78 Glenn Backburn
Seager Waterproofing Co.
1978-79 Jerry Chipman
Moisture Control Co.
1979-80 Bob Simmons
Western Waterproofing Co.
1980-81 Pete Carter
1981-82 Jimmy Harrell
Triad Masonry Materials, Inc.
1982-83 Tom Doman
The Fred R. Hiller Co. of Georgia
1983-85 Joseph Troutman
Baker Roofing Co.
1985-86 Kent Chipman
1986-87 Robert N. Wilkerson
1987-88 Robert Thaxton
Seager Waterproofing, Inc.
1988-89 Bruce A. Hiller
The Fred R. Hiller Co. of Georgia
1989-90 Eddie Sipe
Division 7 Contracting
1990-91 Pat Lauro
Western Waterproofing Co.
1991-92 S. W. Baldwin
1992-93 Ken Johnson
Holbrook Waterproofing Co.
1993-94 Steve Wright
Carolina Restoration &
Waterproofing, Raleigh, NC
1994-95 Steve Smith
Baker Roofing Co.
1995-96 George Arnold
Tech Sales, Inc.
1996-97 Louis M. Boyd, III
1997-98 Willie Goncharow
Guaranteed Supply Company
1998-99 Greg Harrell
Harrell’s Waterproofing, Inc.
1999-00 Gary Cox
Kenseal Construction Products
2000-01 Randy West
Watertight Systems, Inc.
2001-02 Chuck Pardue
2002-03 Mike Wilkerson
2003-04 Brian Perrell
2004-05 Scott Hauser
Kenseal Construction Products
2005-06 Tim Hobbs
2006-07 Mark Hollander
White Cap Construction Supply
2007-08 Robert Amos
Valcourt Building Services
2008-09 Jim Smith
T.A. Rupert Waterproofing
North Charleston, SC
2009-10 Robert McDowell
2010-2011 Mark O’Brien
Guaranteed Supply Company
2011-2012 Brian Spencer
2012-13 Roger Baldwin
Tucker Kirby Company
2013-14 Russell Davis
Salem Services Group
Myrtle Beach, SC
2014-15 John McDougall
2015-16 David Honeycutt
2016-17 Carlos Gonzalez
2017-18 Greg Brown
2018-19 Sarah Thaxton
WCA Honorary Life Members
Throughout the history of the WCA, there have been certain individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the industry and the association, and their achievements are recognized by Honorary Life Membership in the WCA. These ndividuals will always be part of the association and will be guests of the association at any conferences and conventions they choose to attend. We are most appreciative to these men and women for their commitment, leadership and vision.
These are the Honorary Life Memberships currently bestowed by the WCA:
Louis Boyd (retired)
Chuck Ernest (retired)
Sutton Kennerly & Assoc.
S.W. Baldwin (retired)
Rock Hill, SC
Sam B. Foster (retired)
Sealants, Inc. of North Carolina
Joseph Troutman (retired)
Robert “Bob” Simmons (retired)
Robert “Bob” Wilkerson (deceased)
Al Guthrie (deceased)
Annette Boutwell (deceased)
First WCA Executive Director
Since it’s inception in 1970, the WCA has given each of its presidents the opportunity to write a brief Year in Review highlighting the events and accomplishments in the year in which they served. What you have below is a snapshot of nearly 50 years of the history of our organization. A special thanks to WCA Life Member Joe Troutman of Baker Roofing for taking the time and effort required assembling this valuable archive of the association’s history.
- 1970: In 1970 Bob Simmons of Carolinas Waterproofing, Inc and Sam Foster of Sealants, Inc of North Carolina saw the need for a professional organization, which would benefit both individual members and the entire waterproofing industry. The first meeting was held in Raleigh, N. C. @ North Hills Steakhouse. Those in attendance were Bob Simmons of Carolinas waterproofing, Inc; Sam Foster and Joe Troutman of Sealants, Inc, of N. C.; Herb Smith of Smith Waterproofing Co., Inc.; Covert Norton of Chamberlain Co. of Raleigh; Jack Farrell and Bobby Mitchell of Pyramid Sandblasting Co. At this meeting it was agreed, there was a need for an organization for waterproofing contractors and we needed to move forward. A meeting was held the next month in Greensboro, N. C. @ Swains Charcoal Steak House. Those in attendance were Bob Simmons, Sam Foster, Joe Troutman, Herb Smith, Covert Norton, Bob Wilkerson of Southeastern Waterproofing; Glenn Blackburn of Seager Waterproofing Co, Inc. We elected temporary officers, who later were re-elected and served until 1976 and we set up a bank account with a $ 10.00 donation from each in attendance.
- 1971: The Waterproofing Contractors Association, Inc. was incorporated February 4, 1971 in the state of North Carolina. On May 9, 1971 our first offices were elected and they were: President; Glenn Blackburn, Seager Waterproofing: Vice-President; Herb Smith, Smith Waterproofing: Secretary-Treasurer; Joe Troutman, Sealants, Inc of N. C. and these offices served until September, 1976. At this meeting it was agreed that the Chartered members would be the companies that paid dues for 1971. The six chartered members were: Seager Waterproofing Co., Inc; Smith waterproofing Co., Inc; Chamberlin Co., Inc of Raleigh; Carolinas Waterproofing Co., Inc; Sealants, Inc of N. C.; Pyramid Sandblasting Co. Our original meetings did not include any manufacturers or suppliers and our original by-laws would not allow manufacturers or suppliers to be an officer of this association, but this was later amended. It was decided at this meeting that we would hold monthly meetings on a rotating basis in Charlotte, N. C.; Raleigh, N. C.; Greensboro, N. C. and later we included Columbia, S. C. This format was followed until 1987, when the format on meetings was changed to our current system.
- 1972: As is the case with many associations when it is new you have great involvement with your members as we did. We had very informative programs and the attendance at our meeting was very high.
- 1973: As we got new members, it seemed we lost members, thus our membership stayed around 10 members. We decided that we had to admit manufacturers and suppliers. This netted us new members immediately and this allowed us to have better programs but our attendance at the meetings was still very low.
- 1974: This year started out with attendance at our meetings very low, with one meeting in Raleigh had only 4 people in attendance. At this point we decided if we were going to have an association we all had to work harder for it to survive. The membership worked very hard to turn this around and by the end of the year our attendance was higher than ever. At our November meeting we decided to have a convention after Labor Day in 1975 @ Myrtle Beach, S. C. The reason for holding it after Labor Day was because the Rates are less expensive.
- 1975: This was a great year for our association as we were finally moving forward. OUR FIRST CONVENTION was held at the Cabanna Terrace Motor Inn in N. Myrtle Beach, S. C. This convention started on Friday and is the only convention that has not started on Thursday. Our Friday night cocktail party was held in a very small room at the hotel and it was 100% funded by G. E. Silicones. We did not have a golf or tennis tournament, but we had some tee times for those that wanted to play. Our Saturday morning meetings were held in the Bar of the hotel. This will wake you up very quickly or at least get your attention. Our Saturday cocktail party was held at the Seager’s beach cottage in North Myrtle Beach, S. C. Our Saturday night Banquet was held in the corner of the restaurant in the hotel. Since it was the first convention and this was the main turning point of our association, I have very fond memories of this convention. The original officers were re-elected and agreed to serve ONE more year.
- 1976: We continued to have monthly meetings with much energy and time spent on the next convention. Since we did not have an executive secretary, all of the legwork had to be done by the members. Jim Boutwell was able to secure us good rates at the Breakers Hotel Resort in Myrtle Beach, S. C. (His fishing buddy was manager). Our convention started on Thursday and has continued ever since. New officers were elected for the first time since the formation of our association Ted Briethbarth from Western Waterproofing was elected president. Sam Foster & Bob Simmons were made Honorary Members for Life.
- 1977: This was a busy year, under the charter of our association a Georgia chapter was formed. Under the leadership of Jerry Chipman; Moisture Control And Sam Fowler; W. R. Grace a Georgia chapter was formed with ten charter members: Moisture Control’ Inc; W. R. Grace & Co.; Gates Engineering Co.; The Fred R Hiller Co. of Georgia, Inc.; Holbrook Waterproofing Co., Inc.; Mameco International; Metro Waterproofing Co, Inc.; Pecora Corporation; Thoro Systems; Western Waterproofing Co, Inc. Since we now had a chapter in North Carolina & a chapter In Georgia it was necessary to have a Parent Association. Each chapter had its own local officers but it was necessary to elect officers for the parent, which was done at the convention. The main function of the Parent association was to run the convention. The first President of the parent association was Glenn Blackburn of Seager Waterproofing. The convention was again held at The Breakers Hotel Resort in Myrtle Beach, S. C.
- 1978: This was a good year for the association as it continued to grow, but it was a sad time for many of us because Jim Boutwell died. Jim Boutwell was a friend to everyone he knew and he worked tireless for this association. Because of Jim’s hard work for this association an award in Jim Boutwell’s name was established to award some deserving member. This award is not presented every year, only when it is deserved by someone as determined by the awards committee of the 3 past winners. Jim Boutwell (1918 – 1978) was a representative of Sonneborn Building Products for more than 20 years in the Raleigh, N. C. area. He was a very devote member of our association, serving as an officer of the Carolinas Chapter and serving on numerous committees. His enthusiastic support of the Waterproofing Contractors Association was instrumental in keeping the association moving forward. The first JIM BOUTWELL award went to Glenn Blackburn and it was very deserving. We elected new officers and the new President for the Parent Association was Jerry Chipman from Moisture Control. This year’s convention was held at The Yachtsman Resort Inn in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
- 1979: Our convention was again at the Yachtsman Resort Inn in Myrtle Beach, S. C. This year a Florida chapter was chartered, it lasted less than 2 years. The Jim Boutwell Award was presented to Joe Troutman. Bob Simmons, Western Waterproofing was elected President of the Parent Association.
- 1980: As the Association continued to grow, we needed larger meeting rooms so we moved to the Sheraton at Myrtle Beach, S. C. The Jim Boutwell award was presented to Jerry Chipman. Pete Carter, Metro waterproofing was elected President of the Parent Association
- 1981: As a change we tried the mountains this year. Our convention was held at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N. C. A cold front came through the mountains on Thursday as we arrived and the temperature was several degrees below normal, thus our last convention in the mountains. Tom Doman, The Fred R. Hiller Co. of Georgia was presented the Jim Boutwell Award. Jimmy Harrell, Triad Masonry Materials. was elected President of the Parent Association.
- 1982: We move our convention back to the beach at The Sheraton in Myrtle Beach, S. C. The Jim Boutwell Award was presented to Bob Simmons, Western Waterproofing. Tom Doman, The Fred Hiller Co. of Georgia was elected President of the Parent Association.
- 1983: We again held our convention at The Sheraton in Myrtle Beach, S. C. Jimmy Harrell was presented the Jim Boutwell Award. Joe Troutman, Baker Roofing Co. was elected President of the Parent Association.
- 1984: Once again we held or convention at The Sheraton in Myrtle Beach, S. C. and what an eventful weekend. I arrived on Wednesday and at 2 o’clock in the morning was evacuated from the hotel. The Hurricane that had stalled off the coast of Wilmington decided to loop and go toward N. Myrtle Beach. Some People went to the Shelters but we went toward Charleston, only to find all rooms taken. We found a K-Mart in Georgetown that was open because of the Hurricane up North. Since in those days there were no cell phones you had to find pay phones that worked. I finally found a room in Conway, S. C. and called the Hotel to find out what we could do for the convention. After many conversations with members & the hotel, we only had to cancel the Thursday night cocktail party. After all these years this is the only convention that we have canceled any function. Donald (Cotton) Coltharp was presented the Jim Boutwell Award. Since we did not have a quorum we could not elect officers, so Joe Troutman became the only president to serve two terms
- 1985: This year’s convention was again held at The Sheraton in Myrtle Beach, S. C. The Jim Boutwell Award was not presented for the first time since the award was started. Kent Chipman, Moisture Control was elected President of the Parent Association. Al Guthrie was made an Honorary Life Member.
- 1986: This is the last year that the convention was held at the Sheraton in Myrtle Beach, S. C. No Jim Boutwell Award was presented this year. Bob Wilkerson, R & W Waterproofing was elected President. Annette Boutwell became our first Executive Secretary.
- 1987: This year we finally went to another place but still @ Myrtle Beach, The Beach Cove Inn. During this year our format on meetings was changed at the suggestion of Bob Wilkerson. We went to 2 semi-annual meetings, one education meeting in the spring & one convention in the fall, with board of directors meeting every 2 months. This format has proven to be very successful. This year the Georgia chapter folded, thus we went back to the original formation of one chapter. This chapter is called The Waterproofing Contractors Association. No Jim Boutwell Award presented this year. Robert Thaxton, Seager Waterproofing was elected president of The Waterproofing Contractors Association. Joe Troutman was made an Honorary Life Member. The Mid-Winter Education meeting was held in Charleston, S. C.
- 1988: This year’s convention was held at Beach Cove Inn in Myrtle Beach, SC. The Jim Boutwell Award was presented to S. W. Baldwin, Tucker-Kirby Co. Bruce Hiller, The Fred R. Hiller Co. was elected president of The Waterproofing Contractors Association. The Mid-Winter Education Meeting was held.
- 1989: We were again at The Beach Cove Inn in Myrtle Beach, S. C. for our convention. The Jim Boutwell Award was presented to Bob Wilkerson. Eddie Sipe, Division 7 Waterproofing was elected President of The Waterproofing Contractors Association. The Mid Winter meeting was held.
- 1990: We moved to the Sands Ocean Club for this convention still, in Myrtle Beach, S. C. There was no Jim Boutwell award presented this year. Pat Lauro, Western Waterproofing was elected President of The waterproofing Contractors Association. The Mid Winter education meeting was held in Williamsburg, VA.
- 1991: This convention was held at the Sands Ocean Club in Myrtle Beach, SC. Pat Lauro, Western Waterproofing was presented the Jim Boutwell Award. S. W. Baldwin, Tucker-Kirby Co was elected president of The Waterproofing Contractors association. The Mid-Winter education meeting was held.
- 1992: We are still at the Sands Ocean Club in Myrtle Beach. The Jim Boutwell award was not presented. Ken Johnson, Holbrook Waterproofing Co. was elected president of The Waterproofing Contractors Association. The Mid- Winter education meeting was held.
- 1993: We are again at the Sands Ocean Club in Myrtle Beach. The Jim Boutwell award was not presented, but we have a new award. This new award is The Waterproofer of the Year, to be presented annually. This year’s winner is Louis Boyd, Carolina Agents. Steve Wright, Carolina Restoration & Waterproofing was elected president of The Waterproofing Contractors Association. The Mid-Winter education meeting was held.
- 1994: Once again our convention is at the Sands Ocean Club in Myrtle Beach. The Jim Boutwell Award was not presented. The Waterproofer of The Year Award was presented to Don (Cotton) Coltharp, Pecora Corp. Steve Smith, Baker Roofing Co. was elected president of The Waterproofing Contractors Association. Annette Boutwell was made an Honorary Life Member. The Mid-Winter education meeting was held.
- 1995: This is the last year our convention was held at the Sands Ocean Club in Myrtle Beach, S. C. The Jim Boutwell Award was not presented this year. The Waterproofer of the Year Award was presented to Steve Wright, Carolina Restoration & Waterproofing. George Arnold, Tech Sales was elected president of the Waterproofing Contractors Association. The Mid-Winter education meeting was held.
- 1996: This is first year that we held our convention at Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach. This is our 25th year of the association and we had some old members that came back for this convention. The Jim Boutwell Award was presented to Steve Wright, Carolina Restoration and waterproofing. The Waterproofer of the Year award was presented to Randy West, watertight systems. Louis Boyd, Carolina Agents was elected president of The Waterproofing Contractors Association. The Mid-Winter Education meeting was held.
- 1997: Again this year our convention was held at Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach. The Jim Boutwell Award was not presented this year. The Waterproofer of the Year Award was presented to Gary Cox, then with Dixie Forming (later with Kenseal Construction Products). Willie Goncharow, Guaranteed Supply Co. was elected president of The Waterproofing Contractors Association. The Mid-Winter Education meeting was held
- 1998: This year’s convention is being held again at Ocean Creek resort in Myrtle Beach. The Jim Boutwell award was not presented this year. The Waterproofer of the Year Award was presented to Willie Goncharow, Guaranteed Supply Co. Greg Harrell was elected president of The Waterproofing Contractors Association. The Mid-Winter education meeting was held.
- 1999: Again we are going back to Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach for our convention. The Jim Boutwell Award was not presented this year. The Waterproofer of the Year Award was presented to Greg Harrell, Harrell’s Waterproofing. Gary Cox was elected president of The Waterproofing Contractors Association. The Mid-Winter Education meeting was held.
- 2000: This is the last year that our convention was held at Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach, S. C. Annette Boutwell, our Executive Secretary for many years is retiring and she will be missed by all of us who know her. As Annette said at our annual banquet, “I have taken this group as far as I can, and it is now time for you to be on your own.” Our new Executive Director will be Kelly Andrews. Kelly comes to us with much experience and knowledge in this field and we welcome he and his wife to our waterproofing family. The Jim Boutwell Award was not presented this year. The Waterproofer of the Year Award was presented to Chuck Pardue, Tucker-Kirby Co. Randy West of Watertight Systems was elected president of the Waterproofing Contractors Association. The Mid- Winter education meeting was held.
- 2001: The convention was held the weekend following the attacks of September 11 and there was much discussion among members and Directors about whether we should have a convention or not. It was decided that to NOT have a convention would be giving in to the terrorists. The WCA made a donation to the New York City Police and Firefighters Fund. This was the first year that our convention has been held at Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, S. C. and many attendees who had booked rooms there were “walked” to the condo tower south of the main hotel and stayed in lavish suites because the hotel was full. The Jim Boutwell Award was changed to The Jim & Annette Boutwell Award and the winner was Greg Harrell of Harrell’s Waterproofing. Greg’s father Jimmie was also a Boutwell Award winner in 1983. The Waterproofer of the Year Award was presented to Mike Wilkerson, Pro-Tech Construction. Chuck Pardue, Tucker-Kirby Co was elected president of The Waterproofing contractors Association. The Mid-Winter Education Meeting was held in Southern Pines.
- 2002: We are back at the Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach again this year. After the convention on October 29, 2002 Annette Boutwell died and that is a great loss for our association. The Jim & Annette Boutwell Award was not presented this year. The Waterproofer of the Year Award was presented to Bob Gallagher, Procon & Associates. Mike Wilkerson, Pro-Tech Construction Co. was elected president of The Waterproofing Contractors Association. The Mid-Winter Education Meeting was held.
- 2003: Here we come again Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach. The Jim & Annette Boutwell Award was not presented this year. The Waterproofer of the Year Award was presented to Brian Perrell, Seager Waterproofing Co. Brian Perrell was also elected president of the Waterproofing Contractors Association.
- 2004: This year was marked by change and growth in the organization. After a long history of spring conventions in Southern Pines, NC, a decision was made to move this convention to “Landfall” at Wrightsville Beach, NC beginning in 2005. A decision was also made to move the fall convention to a new facility in Myrtle Beach. Beginning in the fall of 2006, the convention will move from Kingston Plantation to the new Marriot facility to the south. The programming saw the continuation of relatively new features such as the “New Product Showcase” and “Project Spotlight”, as well as alternative formats like the open forum on deck coatings, and new perspectives on our industry from an architect’s viewpoint. Membership in the organization has continued to grow slowly and is at a current high. Robert Amos of Valcourt Building Services is recognized as the “Waterproofer of the Year” and Scott Hauser of Kenseal Construction Products becomes president elect.
- 2005: The WCA celebrated an outstanding year of participation from the membership. Our spring convention was moved to the Landfall Inn in Wilmington, NC and we registered more members than ever before. With record attendance and beautiful spring weather, we made the most of it with informative presentations and of course, some golf. We went into the fall with high hopes for another great turn-out and our membership did not disappoint. We registered 83 companies and around 150 in record attendance with families. Our members were informed once again by an outstanding group of speakers. Our Saturday night dinner was changed from a formal affair to a more casual Luau atmosphere. It seemed to be a hit with the members and a welcome change from years past. Tim Hobbs, Vice President, was awarded with the Waterproofer of the Year and took over his term of President for the year 2005-2006. I thoroughly enjoyed my term as President of the WCA. I have been involved with several professional organizations in my career and have never been involved with such a family oriented, welcoming membership as the WCA. I am extremely proud of this year’s board for providing informative education to the members and hope to continue being involved with the WCA for years to come.
- 2006: As spring of 2006 rolled around, we again had record attendance at the Landfall in Wilmington. Sixty-nine members attended seminars on Labor Law, The Pitfalls of Fast Track Construction and Tips on Web Page Design. With the obligatory golf and hospitality thrown in, everyone had a wonderful time. The Marriott Grand Dunes in Myrtle Beach did not let us down for our first convention there. The biggest problem we encountered was that with 96 registered attendees, our block of rooms was not large enough to accommodate everyone at the Resort. Our program was highlighted with a presentation on Air Barriers in Southern Climates by Wagdy Anis, the nation’s leader in the field. For the first time we invited local AIA Chapters and the Charleston Building Envelope Council, and offered Continuing Education Credits to those who needed them. Saturday’s topics included demonstrations of the fluid applied air barriers discussed by Mr. Anis on Friday. Another first, and big hit, was a sporting clay competition on Saturday with 20 people attending. Mark Hollander was awarded the Waterproofer of Year award and will step up as President for 2006-2007. Elbert Smith and the Hospitality Team outdid themselves again, providing a watering hole and place to trade tales for three nights. For the first time in several years the weather was perfect as could be noted by several sunburned attendees as they departed from a great weekend of fun, learning, and comradeship on Sunday.
- 2007: I can’t believe how quickly this past year has flown by! Being surrounded by an outstanding Board of Directors made my experience as President of the WCA one of the most rewarding chapters of my professional career. The future of the organization is extremely bright and shall remain so as long as there are individuals willing to serve. The Spring and Fall Conferences were well attended with over 80 attendees at both. That was largely due to the magnificent line up of speakers we were able to obtain. The only clouds over either event were the ones in the sky..literally. At both conferences there was a threat of wet weather, but we dodged the rain and were able to get in both golf tournaments and sporting clays shoots. Past President Tim Hobbs implemented a new format for the disbursement of Scholarship funds which was well received. The Board of Directors also secured the services of Kelly Andrews with a renewal of his contract. In closing I just want to say that the honor has been mine to have been given the opportunity to serve as your President of The Waterproofing Contractors Association.
- 2008: The year 2008 was another eventful year as well as another history making year for the entire association. It has been an honor to be an officer in the WCA and with the help and support of the entire Board of Directors, we set another record in growth in membership and raised the bar when it comes to the education part of the WCA. What I find so unique about our group is the family unity that has not been lost as we grow in numbers. The economy is in a down turn and many companies are cutting back on expenses, but through all of this we continue to excel and grow. As Jim Smith takes over as the incoming President , I am sure his Board and officers will set the bar even higher. I hope that as we strive to get through these times, that we and our employers will continue to see and receive the value from this organization , as it is very unique.
- 2009: It was the worst of times; it was the best of times. 2009 saw us addressing a world economy that was one of the worst any of us have seen during our professional careers. But we saw record attendance, at the Spring Conference which featured a new venue, the UNC-Wilmington Executive Development Center for the meetings and Residence Inn-Landfall as the headquarters hotel. With a strong line-up of speakers discussing “Expansion Joints” it seems most everyone went away satisfied. Both the WCA/ICRI Sporting Clay Shoot and the ICRI/WCA Golf Tournament returned for their second annual editions. Both were well attended and the proceeds will benefit the scholarship funds of our organizations. For the WCA Fall Convention in Myrtle Beach, which was again held at the Marriott-Grande Dunes, we again had record attendance. The programs addressed “air barrier problems”, joint sealants and a new take on the Product Showcase “What’s New in the Industry”. This featured 4 manufacturers presenting their latest and greatest technology. To improve attendance at the annual banquet, the event was moved on Friday evening, with the poolside reception held on Saturday evening. All in all it was a great year. It has been an honor and privilege to serve as president.
- 2010: It has been my privilege and honor to be the 2010 WCA President. I hope that the organization has benefited by being under my leadership. It was my goal to make sure that the Spring and Fall conferences were both educational and enjoyable. I hope that was the membership’s general consensus. The organization has continued to grow and we have also set attendance records at both conferences during a stretch of difficult economic times rarely seen by anyone. This shows how much the members value the organization. At the Fall Convention we actually eclipsed over 90 attendees. This did not include the spouses and children which attended. Some of the accomplishments/changes that occurred this year are:
1. The WCA has been approved as a sponsor to issue PDH’s for the state of NC.
2. The Spring Conference agenda was entirely created from the results of our online survey. I guess I am biased, but it was one of the best speaker line-ups ever!
3. At the Fall Convention, we issued very specific evaluation forms that were filled out during the course of the day. It will allow us to evaluate all items of the convention.
4. The Fall convention poolside reception was moved next door to the “Ocean Club” It was a great success.
5. It was decided that the 2011 Spring convention will change venues. It will be in Charleston, SC.
In closing, thanks again to all of the members for their continued support. Without you, there would not be a WCA! Thanks to the Board of Directors and to Kelly Andrews for keeping us on the right path. Keep up the good work. Again, it has been my privilege.
- 2012: It has been an honor and privilege to be the 2012 WCA President. I have learned so much from not only our great Board of Directors, but from all the people within this great organization. People always have said time flies when you’re having fun. That statement is So True. I can only hope that I have served the organization well and we continue to grow as we have over this last year. With record attendance for both conferences shows how much the members value this organization. At the Fall Convention we had 98 attendees our largest conference ever. Thanks to all the Board of Directors for all their efforts in making my term a great success. Now moving forward into 2013, the WCA is in great hands with Roger Baldwin as the incoming President. I’m sure he will exceed the 100 attendee mark with help from a great Board. I have thoroughly enjoyed my term as President of the WCA. This is such a great family oriented organization and I have been proud to be involved with each and every one. Special Thanks to Kelly and Kit for keeping me straight throughout the year. Again, THANKS for all the support.
- 2013: It seems just like yesterday I was starting my Presidency and not so long ago, September 2007, you all were voting me onto the board; amazing how time flies when you are having fun! It has been a great honor to serve as a board member on your behalf and I thank you for this opportunity to do so. You learn a lot about yourself when you are asked to take on a role like this and I have learned so much from all of the board members that I have served with over the years. However, learning from your experiences is good but the friendships that have been built from this association are just as equally important to me. This year we had the Spring Conference in Pinehurst and included both golf and a clay shoot and over 2/3 of the attendees participated in the recreational activities. The Fall Convention was at the Marriott Grande Dunes and was one of the best ever. I am particularly pleased with the two joint scholarship events we did with ICRI; the Golf Tournament at Tobacco Road in Sanford and the Sporting Clay Shoot at Drake Landing in Fuquay Varina. Both had outstanding participation and raised over $3000 each for both the WCA and ICRI Scholarship Funds. I’m looking forward to the future of this association and I know that with the current board members and current membership that this organization is only going to get bigger and better. I am not only proud to be a part of this association but also to have served as a part of this association. I look forward to seeing you all at the next conference.
- 2015: Oh what a year it was! A few great educational sessions, continuing growth of both WCA/ICRI joint events, and ending in one of the most memorable fall conventions. Grande Dunes played host to the presentation of the Boutwell Award, I was honored to bestow the highest award in WCA to Kit and Kelly Andrews. Many thanks to Willie Goncharow, Pam and Greg Harrell for their advice, guidance and participation in the presentation. Passing the gavel to David Honeycutt was easy, knowing David will provide excellent leadership and moreover stewardship to the WCA family.