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NIA’s 55th Annual Convention
April 28–May 1, 2010
Walt Disney World Swan Resort

A Year of Change: Creating Opportunity Orlando, Florida 2010

Educational Sessions


Thursday, April 29

Keynote Speaker: Steve Rizzo: The Attitude Adjuster

Board Members on Capitol HillGeneral Session: Giving Mechanical Insulation a Voice
Michele M. Jones, CMP, Executive Vice President/CEO, NIA
Lane Bailey, President, Global Public Affairs, GolinHarris
Ronald L. King, NIA Past President
Something’s going right in Washington! The Foundation’s Mechanical Insulation Marketing Initiative (MIMI) efforts on Capitol Hill are gaining momentum. NIA is working on mechanical insulation tax incentives, job creation rebate programs, and funding for an awareness and education program. Join us to see the progress and learn how to become a citizen of the insulation nation by reaching out to lawmakers to increase support for mechanical insulation and making a difference in support of the various initiatives. Your help is needed. It is time mechanical insulation had a voice in capitals across the country.

Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award
The 2009 Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award will be presented during the general session on Thursday, April 29. Now in its seventh year, the award recognizes NIA members who emphasize the importance of a strong safety program in the workplace. Winners are chosen in small, medium, and large categories for contractor and distributor/fabricator members. The judging will focus on each company’s safety program, means of communication and training, and safety policy.

Friday, April 30

General Session
VIP Panel: The Contractor/Distributor Industry Perspective

The VIP Panel puts the spotlight on industry leaders to discuss trends impacting the mechanical insulation business. This year’s session will include distributors and contractors as they explore this unique relationship at the center of our industry. Potential topics include the economy, end user demands, marketing responsibilities, growth opportunity, and how to prepare for the economic upturn. This year's panelists are:

  • John Lamberton, Vice President, Manager Construction Services, Irex Corporation
  • Tim Stout, Vice President, Hudson Bay Insulation Co.
  • Mark Duppler, Regional Manager, Bay Industries, Inc.
  • Laurence McNabb, President, Insulation Fabricators, Inc.
  • Chuck Schattgen, Vice President–C&I, Specialty Products & Insulation
  • Ray Stuckenschmidt, President, Systems Undercover, Inc.

Technical Paper Presentations

  1. Insulating Chilled Water Lines in Unconditioned Spaces in Hot and Humid Climates—By Gordon H. Hart, P.E., Consulting Engineer, Artek Engineering, LLC
    During the past dozen years or so, new resources have become available on how to successfully insulate chilled water piping in buildings located in hot and humid climates. When those lines are located in unconditioned spaces, the challenges can be even more difficult since the goal is to minimize surface condensation, avoid mold and mildew growth on that surface, and avoid wet insulation materials. This presentation will summarize lessons learned, the contributions of the new resources and guides to our knowledge base, the role of new jacketing materials, and a number of practical solutions to avoiding problems in the future.
  2. Understanding the Needs of a Plant Engineer—By Robert M. Knott, P.E., Consultant, Facilities Engineering Management Specialist
    Mr. Knott was a plant engineer for over 30 years, and he lets you in on the secrets that will help you increase your chances at getting that initial job and then becoming the "go to" insulation guy. He takes you through the problems that a plant engineer faces—from budgets and schedules to plant politics and individual insulation problems—and then shows you solutions that will help you gain business. Learn these useful tips and tools to become a better business partner and move to the front of the line of when insulation is needed.
  3. Insulating Bare Piping Components on Indoor Steam and Hot Water Distribution Systems—By Kathie Leonard, Auburn Manufacturing, Inc.
    This presentation will discuss the problems related to piping components that are commonly found bare or partially insulated on steam and hot water heat distribution piping in hospitals, universities, and government buildings. It will also look at the technology available to insulate equipment like valves, turbines, and tanks, as well as the smaller, irregular-shaped components often left bare or partially insulated. Six case studies will show the ease of insulating these parts as well as the value of doing so, which includes significant energy savings, measured space air temperature reduction, carbon footprint reduction, and short economic payback periods.

Saturday, May 1

General Session

Hot Flashes, Cold Spots, and Excess Gas: A Numerical Solution
Ronald L. King, NIA Past President
Every company, whether its facilities are new or old, and its processes and/or personnel may be suffering from hot flashes, cold spots, and excess gas. Mechanical insulation is just the prescription to cure their ills! Numbers can motivate specifiers, facility owners, congressional representatives, and state energy officials to focus on mechanical insulation as a viable approach to energy efficiency emissions, job creation, personnel safety and other solutions. Come learn about the mechanical insulation industry’s unparalleled numerical solution.

Industry Roundtables
These concurrent sessions provide a forum for group discussion on current topics. Presenters and moderators will share insights that will evoke a sharing of knowledge and expertise.

  • Safety Best Practices Panel. Finalists for the 2009 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.
  • Keeping Up with Change: How Social Media and e-Marketing Can Build Your Business. Is your company using social media, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter, to showcase your products and services, to recruit young employees, to gain customer feedback? This roundtable will introduce you to the basics of how free Web 2.0 technologies can benefit your business and our industry as a whole. We will also explore how NIA is using social media to bring awareness of mechanical insulation across broad audiences. Then, learn new ways to manage your brand reputation and integrate your e-marketing campaigns to save time and money. You'll also have the chance to ask questions and share ideas.
  • Your Complete Guide to Building Information Models Building Information Models (BIM) are just beginning to penetrate the mechanical insulation market. If you have not encountered BIM, you will in the near future. The buildingSMART Alliance’s primary focus is producing the standards that can ensure interoperability of all disciplines involved with a facility and the information that supports their work. Their goal is to produce a building electronically first and work out all the problems prior to construction so they can deliver on time and at the projected cost. This must include the role of mechanical insulation. This session will include a presentation of some basic information about BIM and an interactive session where the speaker will specifically address your questions and tackle issues that may confront the mechanical insulation industry as the BIM continues to be developed and accepted in all market segments.

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