A wide variety of presentations and roundtable discussions will be offered to increase your knowledge and awareness.
All the Right Stuff—Getting Insulation Noticed
Mike Sanders, president of Thornfield Energy Consultants, will give one of the most enlightening presentations of this convention. During Mike’s 16-year history with Sunoco Refining as their capital energy program business manager, he has recognized the value of insulation. He will outline his process for getting upper management to appreciate the benefits of insulation, and he’ll present the real-life example of how he built his energy-saving program. He’ll also share ideas on how to effectively convince other energy managers to do the same.
NIA’s Outreach and Industry Growth Initiative—Great, But What Does It Mean to Me?
NIA’s Foundation for Education, Training, and Industry Advancement has set new levels of accomplishments in the last year. This session will review the how, what, and when of the years outreach initiatives, as well as what those efforts mean to your company and the industry. It’s time to “Think About Insulation Differently.”
These meetings will be an opportunity to learn more about insulation and the different aspects relating to it. Topics will include:
- ASTM/ISO Harmonization
- Corrosion Under Insulation
- Insulation Education: What’s Being Taught in Engineering Programs
NIA Awards Presentation
The 2006 Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award will be presented at the general session on Thursday, March 29. This is a very important award in our industry. Please join us as we recognize the applicants and winners who make employee safety their top priority.
Winners will be chosen in these categories: small contractor (fewer than 100,000 man-hours per year), medium contractor (100,000 to 1 million man-hours per year), and large contractor (more than 1 million man-hours per year). One award will be presented in the distributor/fabricator category. Winners of this award will be chosen based on the company’s safety statement, safety training programs, and safety communication methods.
Industry Roundtable Exchanges
- Best practices in safety. Finalists for the 2006 Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award know the value of a good safety program. Join these experts as they discuss best practices and how to implement their programs. Dale Haden, chairman of the NIA Health and Safety Committee, and Gary Auman, NIA’s general counsel, will moderate, discuss why these practices are important, and update you on what’s new in safety and OSHA.
- Managing the rising cost of health-care insurance. Is your company facing huge increases in the cost of providing health insurance to employees? Do you have a cohesive renewal strategy to help mitigate the increases? Learn to implement consumer-driven health care, PPOs, self-funding plans, and other options that will help reduce these costs. Bob Kristofak, director of employee benefits for HRH of Virginia’s mid-Atlantic region, will do a roundtable presentation regarding escalating health-insurance costs and various cost-containment strategies that attendees may want to consider introducing in their own companies. Kristofak will discuss various national trends in the health-insurance field. Everything from creative plan-design options to improved education and communication will be reviewed during the presentation. This program is designed to provide many “take-home” suggestions to its attendees for this highly volatile area of employee benefits.
- Unlocking the mysteries of the Web. So you’ve developed a company website. Now what? Can online marketing techniques really have a direct impact on your bottom line? What strategies work best on the Internet? If you have more questions than answers about how to position your company on the Internet, then this session is for you. Joanna Pineda of Matrix Group International has built her Web-management company from the ground up, helping people just like you understand how to make their websites work better for them.
NIA strives to provide attendees with the most up-to-date information. And sometimes that means topics are added to the schedule at the last minute.