On February 19th, 20th, and 21st, more than 40 Department Managers of foundation repair contractors from all across the United States and Canada attended Management Training in Omaha, NE at Foundation Supportworks® (FSI) Headquarters.
On the first morning, the attendees discussed their personal leadership styles (collected from assessments the individuals took prior to the training class), the strengths and weaknesses of those styles, and the most effective ways to lead and manage their teams based on their own behavioral tendencies. After a great lunch, the conversation shifted to the topic of hiring and recruiting the best talent. The class discussed the importance of having a systemized approach during the hiring process, one that incorporates multiple interviews as well as behavioral style assessments to ensure you have found the right cultural fit for your company. Also, because the first several weeks and months for a new employee are crucial for them to be a success in their new position, part of the afternoon focused on the orientation process to help new hires get off on the right foot. At the end of the first day, a group dinner was provided where attendees were able to unwind and network with other foundation repair companies from across the country. The second day of training focused on the mechanics of each individual department and how to best manage the staff within those departments. After lunch, the attendees discussed effective methods for conducting employee performance evaluations. The final day of the training began by defining employee types and effective ways to manage top, medium, and low performing employees. The session concluded by focusing on the importance of understanding your employees motivators to ensure that you are rewarding and recognizing them in ways that align with these motivators.
There were many discussions about real world victories and struggles that our dealers have experienced and collaborative brainstorming to better ourselves, our companies and the FSI Dealer Network. FSI training events have a tradition of building camaraderie with its Dealer Network, and this training was no exception.
Foundation Supportworks is pleased to announce that the International Code Council Evaluation Services (ICC-ES) Report (ESR) 3074 has been updated to confirm compliance with the 2006, 2009 and 2012 International Building Code (IBC). The recently published ESR also includes the “FBC Supplement” confirming compliance with the 2010 Florida Building Code-Building and the 2010 Florida Building Code-Residential. The evaluation report followed product design and testing in accordance with AC358, Acceptance Criteria for Helical Foundation Systems and Devices. AC358 is the only published standard for establishing system capacities for helical foundations. The updated report can be viewed at http://www.icc-es.org/Reports/pdf_files/ESR-3074.pdf
Foundation Supportworks offers a complete line of foundation stabilization products for the remedial repair of existing structures as well as deep foundations for new construction projects. The product line includes helical pile and helical anchor systems, hydraulically-driven push pier systems, lightweight cellular concrete and geopolymer stabilization products. Visit www.OnStableGround.com for more information.
The Midlands Business Journal has selected Dave Thrasher, Vice President of Foundation Supportworks, Inc., as a 2013 recipient of the “40 Under 40” award. Each year, the journal recognizes 40 outstanding entrepreneurs, business owners, and professionals from the Greater Omaha area who are under the age of 40. The award winners are chosen based on their contributions to their business and community. Dave Thrasher is a nationally-recognized foundation specialist who trains foundation contractors and Foundation Supportworks dealers from across North America, and has installed hundreds of foundation repair systems.
“Without a doubt, David’s strong leadership has been a key element to Foundation Supportwork, Inc.’s explosive growth,” says Amanda Harrington, director of training and development at Foundation Supportworks. “His clarity of vision is pushing the envelope in terms of what can be done in our industry, and he models the expectations for his team through his own example.”
Thrasher, along with this year’s class, was honored at an awards breakfast on Friday, November 15, 2013. He is also featured in the November issue of Midlands Business Journal.
Over a dozen installers of foundation repair contractors throughout the United States and Canada attended PolyLEVEL™ training in Omaha, NE on November 6th-8th at Foundation Supportworks® (FSI) Headquarters. On the first morning, attendees received classroom training on concrete lifting using the PolyLEVEL™ system as well as an overview of the installation process including proper placement of injection ports and troubleshooting techniques. Hands-on field training began mid-morning, as attendees were able to inject foam at actual jobsites. The day concluded with a dinner where everyone was able to unwind from the day and network with other polyurethane contractors from across the country.
Thursday morning began at FSI Headquarters with an overview of the prior day’s jobs, followed with classroom training that included an overview of the three most common PolyLEVEL™ installation equipment options (enclosed trailer, walk behind buggy, and entire rig on a cab and chassis). By mid-morning, the attendees went back out to more jobsites to focus on the installation process and learning where efficiencies can be gained while injecting the foam. The last day of training began with a review of the prior day’s jobsite installations, followed by training on the proper maintenance, teardown and cleaning of the polyurethane injection gun. Lunch concluded the training and attendees departed.
On October 9th-11th, over 25 foundation repair contractors from across North America attended commercial sales and marketing training at Foundation Supportworks (FSI) corporate headquarters in Omaha, NE. The training focused on various sales and marketing strategies associated with commercial construction as it relates to deep foundation solutions. During the 3-day training, topics discussed included technical knowledge, effective communication practices with engineers and architects, helical pile and tieback installation procedures, reading project specifications and plans, and out-servicing the competition, among others. Attendees were also trained on two of FSI’s exclusive software programs: HelixPro™ Design Software allows you to calculate bearing and uplift capacities of FSI helical piles as well as tension capacities of FSI helical tiebacks as they pertain to specific site and soil parameters, and VistaBid™, which is a program used for bidding commercial projects and maintaining a contact database, among other features. Field training included observing a helical pile installation and the comparison of calculating differential pressure versus the use of a digital torque monitoring system.
Those in attendance enjoyed the opportunity of networking with other foundation repair companies from across North America,while also sharing best practices on the most effective ways to grow their commercial divisions.
During the week of September 23rd, over 25 foundation repair contractors from across the United States attended Installation Training at Foundation Supportworks (FSI) corporate headquarters in Omaha, NE. During the 4-day training, the attendees spent every morning in the classroom learning the step-by-step installation process for all of FSI’s foundation stabilization products. The classroom time also allowed the participants to network with other dealers in the training, brainstorm ideas, and discuss ways to maximize efficiencies related to the installation part of their businesses. The majority of the installation training was spent on several different jobsites, where the attendees received hands-on training on the proper techniques used to install the FSI product line. The first two days of the field training focused on wall stabilization products, including the Geo-Lock® Wall Anchor System, PowerBraces™, and the CarbonArmor™ System. The last two days on the jobsites included training on push piers, helical piers, slab piers, SmartJacks™, and the PolyLEVEL™ System, which is used to stabilize and lift sinking concrete.
Over 1,000 foundation repair contractors from throughout North America attended the Foundation Supportworks® (FSI) annual dealer convention during the week of August 19th. The Foundation Supportworks annual convention is an outstanding opportunity for FSI dealers to network with other foundation repair contractors from across the country, celebrate their achievements, receive ongoing training, and renew their energy and excitement about their business.
In addition to rolling out many new products, marketing tools, sales tools, and production tools, the 3-day event included more than 80 unique training sessions to provide continuing education opportunities and enhance the knowledge and abilities of each Foundation Supportworks dealer. Dealers were also treated to two outstanding speakers during the course of the event. Andrew Davis kicked off the convention with an entertaining speech about his book, “Brandscaping,” which discusses his common sense approach to leveraging partnerships. Aron Ralston was the keynote speaker at the awards dinner and reception. Aron survived a canyoneering accident in Utah in 2003 after being trapped under a bolder for over 5 days. Aron’s amazing story of survival reminded the audience of their own individual resolve to overcome “boulders” in their lives.
Foundation Repair Contractors Attend Polyurethane Grouting and Cellular Concrete Product Training in Omaha, NE
Over 35 Owners, Sales Managers, and Foremen from foundation repair companies throughout the United States and Canada attended PolyLEVEL and StableFILL training in Omaha, NE on May 20-21 at Foundation Supportworks (FSI) Headquarters. On the morning of Day 1 a number of topics were covered, including classroom training on the features and benefits of concrete lifting using PolyLEVEL polyurethane grouting, an overview of the installation process, an explanation of the various types of PolyLEVEL available (including Hydrophobic and Soil Stabilizer), a review of recent installations from residential and commercial projects completed by the FSI dealer network, and equipment details and options. After lunch, the attendees participated in a hands-on demonstration where they were able to inject the PolyLEVEL product beneath concrete slabs to see how the polyurethane reacts and raises the concrete. During the demonstrations, the participants were given a thorough explanation of the different equipment options and components available to them for the installations. The day concluded with a BBQ at Foundation Supportworks, where the attendees were able to network with other foundation repair contractors from around the country.
Day two of the training started with the Foremen receiving a demonstration on how to properly tear-down, clean, and rebuild the injection gun used in the installations. Following the demonstration, the group visited a local jobsite to see the polyurethane injection process performed on a large residential driveway. While the Foremen visited the jobsite, the Owners and Sales Managers spent time in the classroom previewing the new PolyLEVEL module within the exclusive FSI Foundation View Sales Software, as well as the FSI Vistabid Commercial Bidding Software. Concluding the morning session was a discussion on various strategies to effectively market the PolyLEVEL product.
After lunch, the attendees received training on StableFILL Cellular Concrete, a lightweight material made by replacing some or all of the stone aggregate used in standard concrete with uniform air cells (voids). Topics discussed included applications, mix designs, equipment needs, estimating, and technical details. Past installations were reviewed with the class, showing the many unique applications this lightweight, flowable fill can achieve. The training reinforced the fact that StableFill is self-leveling and can be mixed as both pervious and non-pervious, while also attaining multiple compressive strengths.
Over 20 owners and accounting personnel from across the Foundation Supportworks dealer network attended Accounting Training in Omaha, NE on July 11th and 12th. The attendees discussed the importance of critically reading a financial statement in order to make effective business decisions while also determining the potential problem areas within a business. Other topics covered during the event included accounts payable, accounts receivable, managing inventory, and payroll. The training also included a presentation from a banking expert who discussed the importance of understanding what your local bank expects from your company. His discussions focused on revolving lines of credit, asset and lending values, as well as hot-button banking issues. The training concluded with a panel discussion where the attendees had the opportunity to “ask the experts” questions related to the accounting side of their business.
On June 5th and 6th, more than 25 sales managers of foundation repair companies from across the United States and Canada attended Sales Managers Only Training in Omaha, NE. The event allowed these managers to discuss and brainstorm ideas with their colleagues on the most effective ways to motivate, train, and reward their sales teams. Several topics were covered during the training, including: establishing a positive sales culture, effective role playing, how to inspect what you expect from your sales team, hiring successfully, and facilitating effective sales meetings. Those in attendance enjoyed the opportunity to network with other individuals who face similar challenges in the day to day activities their jobs require of them.