Michael Hoffman: The Tornado We Call Life!
With today’s hectic schedules and technologies impacting us, life can feel like a whirlwind. Before you know it, you’re caught reacting to the tornado and passing it on to everyone around you. But who wants to live or work in that environment? Through audience participation, Michael Hoffman will show you what it takes to do more than react—to have impact when your tornados are at their worst. His background as a waiter, disk jockey, entrepreneur, TV host, sales manager, human resource generalist, and national sales trainer give Michael a perspective we can all relate to as we examine our day-to-day lives. Michael’s methods will keep you laughing while helping you recognize the tornados on the way to building a purposeful life.
Thursday, April 18
Foundation Update: Navigating the Gridlock
The Foundation continues to navigate through the ever-changing and continuously gridlocked scene on Capitol Hill as we work toward educating legislative and government leaders on the benefits of mechanical insulation. The hallways of the U.S. Capitol Building are not our only approach. Join us to hear more about the strategies in place to make sure our industry voice is heard through partnerships with governmental organizations, Congressional leaders, and strategic partners.
Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award
The 2012 Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award will be presented to NIA members who demonstrate a commitment to a strong safety program in the workplace. In addition to honoring Contractors and Distributor/Fabricators for safety excellence, Associate Members also will be eligible for the award. Details about this new award category will be available soon. The judging focuses on each company’s safety program, means of communication and training, and safety statement. Safety is recognized by NIA as a vital part of the insulation business, and this award recognizes those who put safety in the forefront of our industry.
Friday, April 19
Construction at the Crossroads: Sustainability, Integrated Delivery, and the Future of the Industry
Speaker: David Allen, Executive Vice President, McKinstry
In earlier days, navigating the challenges of the construction industry was much less complex. Today, intense pressure on pricing still exists even as the rising importance of sustainable practices, lean procurement methods, and integrated delivery is changing the competitive landscape for contractors at all levels in the industry. Amidst these complicated changes, there will be many opportunities for contractors to deepen their relationships with customers. In this session, David Allen, Executive Vice President of McKinstry, will pull the curtains back on some of the opportunities that lie ahead.
Breakfast Industry Roundtables
Join us for coffee, breakfast, and some industry-rich subject matter during concurrent interactive sessions on our industry’s most current topics. Sessions being considered include safety best practices, a case study quantifying the energy and greenhouse gas reduction benefits of good mechanical insulation practices in British Columbia, and new technologies impacting our industry.
Saturday, April 20
Boom or Gloom? A Look at the Insulation Industry’s Economic Forecast for 2013 and Beyond
Speaker: Dr. B. Perry Woodside, Ph.D., Director, Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP
Unsure how to read the economic tea leaves? Learn from economics expert Perry Woodside where he sees our industry’s economy moving in the future. Mr. Woodside will look at the industrial and commercial economic sectors of the insulation industry through global, national, and regional lenses with a keen eye on such factors as regulation, energy prices, and inflationary concerns of the present day and beyond.
These presentations will allow you to learn more about insulation and the different components associated with the industry. Topics being considered include:
- Recent changes to the 2013 ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals
- Improvement in water vapor retarder jacketing for use over mechanical insulation
- Analysis of different types of insulation on cold water lines