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The 2008 NIA-WIACO Convention
May 7–10, 2008
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Tuesday, May 6
8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Executive Committee*
9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Registration and Bookstore Opens
1:00–5:00 p.m. Board of Directors*
6:30–9:30 p.m. Past Presidents Dinner*
6:30–9:00 p.m. 2009 Convention Committee Dinner*
Wednesday, May 7
7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Registration/Bookstore
8:00–9:30 a.m. Board and Spouse Breakfast*
8:00–11:30 a.m. Technical Information Committee
9:30–10:45 a.m. Past Presidents Advisory Council*
9:30–11:45 a.m. Distributor/Fabricator Committee
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Marketing & Outreach Subcommittee**
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Insurance Task Force*
12:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Optional Tours Hospitality Desk
1:00–3:00 p.m. FESI: Recruitment & Training Commission
1:00–3:00 p.m. FESI: Acoustic Commission
1:30–3:30 p.m. Foundation Steering Committee*
1:30–3:30 p.m. Membership Committee*
3:00–5:00 p.m. FESI: Thermal Technical Commission
3:30–5:00 p.m. Associates Committee
3:30–5:00 p.m. Communications Team Meeting*
5:00–5:45 p.m. CAN/AM Meeting*
5:00–6:00 p.m. NIA Membership Committee New Member Orientation* (invitation only)
6:30–7:30 p.m. NIA and FESI VIP Presidents Reception* (invitation only)
7:30–9:30 p.m. Welcome Reception: Welcome to Paradise+
Thursday, May 8
7:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Registration/Bookstore
7:00–11:00 a.m. Optional Tours Hospitality Desk
7:30–8:15 a.m. General Session Breakfast
8:15–9:45 a.m. General Session: Opener and Keynote Speaker Mark Scharenbrioch+
9:45–10:00 a.m. NIA Business Session
10:00–10:15 a.m. Coffee Break
10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. General Session:
  • Manufacturers VIP Panel Presentation: The Commercial & Industrial Insulation Industry—a Global Perspective
  • 2007 Theodore H. Brodie Safety Award Presentation
12:30–3:00 p.m. Metal Building Laminators Committee
12:30–3:00 p.m. Merit Contractors Committee and Roundtable Exchange
12:30–3:00 p.m. Union Contractors Committee
1:00–2:00 p.m. FESI: Strategy & Budget Commission* (invitation only)
1:00–4:00 p.m. Optional Tour - Sail and Snokel
2:00–4:00 p.m. FESI: Direction Committee* (invitation only)
3:00–4:30 p.m. Regional/National Committee*
3:00–5:00 p.m. Website Committee
3:00–5:30 p.m. Health & Safety (Joint Contractors)
6:00–8:00 p.m. Appreciation Night: A Bahamian Oceanside Celebration+
8:00–10:00 p.m. Dessert Hospitality Suites+
Friday, May 9
7:00–8:00 a.m. Golf Club drop off for Tournament Players
7:30–9:15 a.m. Light Continental Breakfast
7:30–11:30 a.m. Registration/Bookstore
8:00–8:50 a.m. Industry Roundtable Exchanges:
  • EIIF - NIA Foundation Panel
  • Corrosion Under Insulation
  • Recruitment and Training: Experiences in Europe
9:00–9:50 a.m. Industry Roundtable Exchanges:
  • Best Practices in Safety
  • Save Energy Now (SEN) Program
9:00–11:00 a.m. Spouse Program and Networking Breakfast+
9:50–10:00 a.m. Coffee Break
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Technical Paper Presentations:
  • Mechanical Insulation Design Guide
  • Acoustics in Buildings and In Industry - All Answers in FESI’s Acoustic Documents
  • Insulation Near the Polar Circle - LNG Plants North of Norway
1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Optional Tour: Dolphin Encounter
1:30 p.m. Golf Tournament at the Ocean Club+ (separate registration required)
Open Evening—Enjoy the Bahamas!
Saturday, May 10
8:30–11:30 a.m. Bookstore
8:30–9:15 a.m. Light Continental Breakfast
9:00–11:15 a.m. General Session:
  • The Future of Mechanical Engineering
  • Improvement of Industrial Insulation for the Near Future: a Western European Approach
  • Golf Award Presentations
11:30–1:00 p.m. Council of Committees and Board of Directors Lunch*
1:00–3:30 p.m. Board of Directors*
12:00–3:00 p.m. Optional Tour: America’s Cup+
6:00–7:00 p.m. Photographer Available for Portraits+
6:30–7:00 p.m. President’s Gala Cocktail Reception+
7:00 p.m. President’s Gala Dinner and Dance+

*Closed Meetings
**Foundation Supporters Only
+Spouses/Guests Are Encouraged To Attend

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