2020 ICRI Fall Convention Goes Virtual
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
After careful consideration, the ICRI Board of Directors has made the very difficult decision to transition our Fall Convention, that was scheduled to take place in Minneapolis, to a virtual format.
With the continued uncertainty and safety issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve concluded that there’s no realistic way to hold our in-person Fall Convention in a manner that is safe for participants.
We know there is no substitute for seeing friends and colleagues face-to-face, but we will adapt and position ICRI for an even stronger future. And, we believe, a virtual convention presents exciting new possibilities:
- First, we plan to offer member companies and sponsors the opportunity to present virtual product demonstrations, showcasing their unique products and services. This is a first for ICRI.
- Second, we intend to reach new audiences that might never be able to attend a live convention—especially students who may be interested in working in our industry.
- Third, going virtual now means building new online education capabilities that will better serve our membership (and help us attract new members) after this pandemic loosens its grip.
ICRI has just launched a new task force consisting of volunteer and staff leadership to build a first-class virtual experience in place of gathering together in Minneapolis. In addition, ICRI Technical Director Ken Lozen, in conjunction with the Technical
Activities Committee, has put together a robust list of technical sessions centered around the convention theme “Concrete Repair in Extreme Environments.”
Despite the difficulties from this pandemic, Mark Nelson, ICRI TAC Chair, board member and member of the virtual convention task force, said it best, “We’re not treading water, we’re sailing right on through!”
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more details about our virtual convention this Fall. For now, thank you for your continued membership and commitment to ICRI!
Mark LeMay, AIA, LEED AP, CCSRT
2020 ICRI President