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NIA's 59th Annual Convention

April 2–5, 2014

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells

Indian Wells, California


Keynote Speaker – Thursday, April 3

Doc Hendley: Digging for Hope: Turning Wine to Water & Other Modern Day Miracles

Doc Hendley proves that leaders are not born, but made; it is our decisions and actions that decide the course of our lives, and the impact we have on the world. His journey from the bartender to clean-water crusader gave him the conviction that anyone—even a high school-educated barman—can change the world for the better. Approximately 1 billion people in the world lack access to clean water; when Doc learned about this crisis in 2003, he decided he had to help. Coming from modest beginnings, Doc now works with his nonprofit organization, Wine to Water, to bring water to those in need. His inspiring story reminds us how important it is to have the courage to take action, and the resolve to soldier on no matter the challenges and obstacles that may come our way. Part of Doc’s work is travelling and speaking about the water crisis, and he seeks to inspire others to not be afraid of tackling the big issues, and to remind us that anyone—regardless of background or stature— can make a difference.

General Sessions

Thursday, April 3

NIA Business Session
Participate in the NIA Business Session to vote on the Fiscal Year 2014—2015 budget and cast your vote for the new members of the Board of Directors.

Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award
The 2013 Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award will be presented to NIA members who demonstrate a commitment to a strong safety program in the workplace. As of last year, Associate members are also eligible for the award in addition to Contractors and Distributor/Fabricators. The judging focuses on each company’s safety program, means of communication and training, and safety statement. NIA recognizes that safety is vital to the insulation industry, and we believe it is necessary to honor those who make safety a priority for themselves and their business.

Foundation Update: Building Relationships On and Off Capitol Hill
Join the Foundation Steering Committee Co-Chairs Dan Bofinger of Superior Plus Construction Products Corp. (Winroc SPI and Steve Oslica of Pittsburgh Corning as they discuss the progress of the Foundation. They will discuss the partnerships we are developing to advance awareness and include mechanical insulation in programs related to the energy-water nexus, the better building initiative, and energy service contracts. They will also cover our efforts to add mechanical insulation language to several pieces of legislation as well as other initiatives.

Friday, April 4

Breakfast Industry Roundtables
Grab breakfast and join these interactive sessions on the industry’s most pressing topics. Sessions being considered include safety best practices, strategies to provide the younger “millennial” workforce with future leadership skills, and the best human resource methods for attracting and retaining employees.

2014 Health-Care Reform’s Impact
Speaker: Paul J. Routh, J.D., Director, Dunlevey, Mahan & Furry
Health-care reform is affecting every employer in America, and information on the new health-care rules is coming from all angles. Employers already must contend with several new rules, and other requirements will become effective soon. Paul J. Routh, a nationally recognized benefits attorney, will lead this session and explain an employer’s obligations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and will give employers more information on how to comply with the new requirements while avoiding costly mistakes. Mr. Routh will cover a wide range of topics such as the employer mandate, or play or pay rules; individual mandates; the health-care exchanges; and how all the pieces fit together.

Saturday, April 5

Technical Presentations
These presentations will allow you to learn more about insulation and the different components associated with the industry. Topics being considered include:

  • WUFI Software Presentation on Modeling Moisture Ingress and Life of System Modeling
  • The ASHRAE Thermal Insulation Coatings Study
  • Best Practices for Pipe Supports (Factors Influencing Design of Pipe Supports)

*New Session Format*

NIA Fast Facts

Did you ever want to learn more about an industry topic but did not have the time to sit through a longer presentation? This new innovative speaker series on Saturday, April 5 provides in-depth information from experts on a wide range of industry topics, with each presentation lasting less than 15 minutes. Potential topics to be discussed include the impact of the new health-care regulations on the industry, shale gas and fracking, the MICA manual, PVC versus copper piping, labor needs, and an energy-water nexus update.







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