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NIA's Fall Summit 2015
October 26–28, 2015

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Rosemont, Illinois
Adjacent to Chicago's O'Hare Airport

Held in Conjunction with Insulation Expo (IEX) USA



Keynote & Educational Sessions

More information will be posted soon! Follow NIA on Twitter (@NIAinfo) and Facebook (facebook.com/NIAinfo) for all the latest updates.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Additional training sessions have been added to the schedule for Monday afternoon and are offered complimentary as part of the Fall Summit Registration fee. Make plans now to come in early to take advantage of these sessions.

Pre-Fall Summit Training Sessions

Optimizing the Insulation Energy Appraisal Program for Your Business (2:00 – 3:00 p.m.)

If you have never attended an Insulation Energy Appraisal Program (IEAP) training course—or if it has been a while since you did—join IEAP Instructor Chris Crall as he shares his insider view of the course contents, new 2015 course updates, and the benefits for your business. Mr. Crall is the instructor who leads the 2-day IEAP training program and teaches students how to review mechanical systems specifics and use 3E Plus© software to determine the optimal insulation thickness and corresponding energy and dollar savings for a project. If you are already a Certified Insulation Energy Appraiser, this session will be a great refresher, and if you have considered taking the course in the past, this session will give you a great overview and explanation of the value of becoming a Certified Insulation Energy Appraiser.

Speaker:
Chris Crall, CCrall Consulting, LLC

Utilizing Infrared Technology in Your Business-Development Model (3:00 – 4:00 p.m.)

In this session, learn the many benefits of infrared imaging and how this technology is playing an increasingly significant role in the mechanical insulation industry, particularly if you are performing or considering performing insulation energy appraisals. Certified Thermography Instructor Jay Bowen will explain how infrared imaging can be a powerful tool to demonstrate energy-efficiency opportunities and can help you show the value of facility insulation energy appraisals to potential clients. Mr. Bowen will share information on how to interpret infrared images and will review a variety of infrared camera options. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and see examples of infrared camera options during this hands-on, interactive session.

Speaker:
Jay R. Bowen, Thermography Instructor, Infrared Training Center

 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

General Session Speaker & Breakfast (7:30 – 8:40 a.m.)

Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent

Hiring and retaining talent has never been easy, but the rapid pace of change is going to make this task even more challenging over the next 5 to 10 years. Is your organization ready for it? Consider that in a few years, we will have 5 highly diverse generations with vastly different values, beliefs, and technology skill sets working side-by-side. Understanding these differences is essential for all positions within any company, and successful managers should be prepared to capitalize on these differences. Companies invest a large percentage of their margin dollars on employee wages and benefits, yet they rarely invest a commensurate amount of time and energy on selecting and retaining employees. It is important to coordinate management activities–such as employee selection, screening, and programs for keeping employees motivated–so that they are all working toward improving productivity. This session examines practices that may be working against your organization, and teaches the practical tools needed to hire and develop a highly-motivated staff positioned for success.

Speaker:
Kathryne A. Newton, MBA, PH.D., Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the Polytechnic Institute, Purdue University

Sponsored by: Distribution International

Health & Safety Forum–Open to all Fall Summit Attendees (10:15 – 11:45 a.m.)

Creating a Culture of Safety: A Panel Discussion

Establishing a structured safety program to ensure the well-being of employees is essential for all successful business owners. How to enforce a company's safety program varies widely but is very critical to the program's effectiveness. During this panel discussion, you will hear perspectives from merit and union contractor representatives and Facilitator Gary W. Auman, NIA's OSHA Expert and General Counsel from Dunlevey, Mahan & Furry. Panelists will share their approaches to safety enforcement and discipline, and provide an update on compliance with heat stress guidelines. Questions from the audience are encouraged and welcomed throughout the session.

Facilitator: Gary W. Auman, Attorney, Dunlevey, Mahan & Furry

Panelists Include:

  • Pete Gauchel, President/CEO, L&C Insulation
  • Jason Heath, Director of Safety & Loss, Zampell Companies
  • Ed Loosemore, Manager, Corporate Safety, Performance Contracting Group
  • Bill McCaffrey, Corporate Safety Director, IREX Contracting Group

 

 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Associates Forum–Open to all Fall Summit Attendees (9:00 – 9:30 a.m.)

Industrial Market Outlook for 2016

In this session, Brock Ramey, Power Specialist at Industrial Info Resources, will provide data-driven insights on spending trends, economic drivers, labor, and the current outlook for the industrial sectors. Mr. Ramey will highlight new development projects, such as new facilities and unit additions, as well as maintenance and plant spending for the power, oil and gas, chemical, process, and refining industries. Join in the discussion and help your company prepare for the future with timely and intelligent business decisions.

Speaker:
Brock Ramey, Power Specialist, Industrial Info Resources

 

Distributors/Fabricators Forum–Open to all Fall Summit Attendees (9:00 – 10:00 a.m.)

More information will be posted soon!

 

 

Joint Union/Merit Contractors Forum–Open to all Fall Summit Attendees (9:35 – 11:25 a.m.)

Risk Management for the Successful Contractor

Effectively managing risk is crucial in the highly competitive construction contracting industry. All contractors know that accurately forecasting costs for pending project work is essential for success. They also know that insurance and safety requirements imposed by owners and general contractors have mushroomed in recent years. This makes it critical to manage and control the cost of financial risk by incorporating practical risk-management techniques that facilitate getting the job done on time and on budget. In this interactive forum where questions are encouraged, Risk Management Consultant Lewis LaClair will guide you through the essentials of a great risk-management program while helping you and your company avoid the most common business and personal insurance pitfalls.

Speaker:
Lewis S. LaClair, CPCU, ARM, AU, President, Advanced Risk Management Corp.

 

Keynote Presentation & Luncheon (11:30 a.m. – 12:55 p.m.)

Connecting the Dots Between Federal and State Energy-Efficiency Programs

As the Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), David Terry oversees the only national nonprofit association for the governor-designated energy officials from each of the 56 states and territories. In his Keynote address, Mr. Terry will guide attendees through states' efforts to open new economic opportunities for businesses through smart policies and programs to maximize energy efficiency. His discussion will include building code compliance updates, pilot programs, updates on the zero net energy building programs, and a discussion of the new regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) recently-released Clean Power Plan (CPP).

Speaker:
David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials

Sponsored by: Distribution International

 



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