The Concrete Polishing Association of America is a trade association with a mission that focuses on networking the concrete polishing industry, compiling technical knowledge to draft and revise best practice guidelines, and educating the industry to those best practices. This is a monumental task, requiring many hours of work. The CPAA, like many organizations of similar design, is able to bear this task by dedicating discreet groups of volunteers to an aspect of that task. The committees of the CPAA are where the diamonds meet the concrete.
· The Maintenance committee and the Standards/Specifications committee, both under the umbrella of the Technical Advisory Committee, compile the technical knowledge of the industry into best practices, guidelines, specifications, and position papers.
· The Education committee takes that technical knowledge and crafts it into educational products and certification programs. These products and programs are designed for specific audiences within the industry: contractors, manufacturers, and designers/owners.
· The Marketing/Trade Show committee puts the face on the CPAA. This committee investigates the plethora of trade shows available to the CPAA each year.
· The Leadership, Membership, and Ethics committees help keep the association moving forward while evaluating the feedback from members, architects, and the general public.
As a trade association, the need for an unbiased approach within the CPAA is recognized and embraced. The technical knowledge, educational products, and certification programs are all developed using the consensus process. The voting members of each committee collaborate with each other to produce a result that everyone can stand behind. This requires that the voting membership of each committee be diverse and balanced among the various segments of the industry. It requires the prompt attention and participation of all members of the committee. As the committee roster grows, the amount of time and effort required of any one individual diminishes.
Joining a committee is a simple process. A member company may submit any one of its employees as a candidate for a committee. Participation on multiple committees by a member company does not have to be the same employee. To submit a candidate for consideration, please send an email to the Executive Director, Nate Mohler, at Nate.Mohler@cpaa-us.org with the name and contact information.