NIA’s Fall Summit 2017

December 12-13, 2017
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, Texas

Educational Sessions

Education Session | Monday, December 11 (4:00 - 4:55 p.m.)

Thermal Insulation Inspector Program (TIIP) Overview
NIA is developing a new program that will offer certified mechanical insulation inspector courses for commercial, industrial, and cryogenic applications. During this session, Ron King, NIA Past President and Consultant, will provide an overview of the program, discuss the benefits of the certification, and ask for comments on the various program components. Your suggestions and comments are needed, welcomed, and encouraged.

Speaker:
Ron King, Consultant, Honorary Member, Past President, NIA

Keynote Presentation and Breakfast | Wednesday, December 13 (7:30 - 9:00 a.m.)

U.S. Markets Construction Overview
FMI Corporation Principal Michael Clancy will present the top-level highlights of FMI’s U.S. Market Construction Overview 2017, including:

  • Current and emerging construction trends;
  • The impact of value migration;
  • The explosion of mega projects and what it means for your business; and
  • Where funding for projects is coming from and where it is going.

Speaker:
Michael Clancy, Principal, FMI Corporation

OSHA Update: The New Silica Standard
Over a year ago, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), enacted a new standard for addressing respirable crystalline silica, which will require employers to implement certain controls to reduce the amount of silica dust emitted. With the enforcement period rapidly approaching for the construction industry, Gary Auman from Auman, Mahan & Furry will discuss employer responsibilities, key provisions, and how businesses can prepare for this new standard.

Speaker:
Gary W. Auman, Attorney, Auman, Mahan & Furry

Sponsored by:
Distribution International

Forum Presentations

Merit Contractors Forum  | Tuesday, December 12 (7:30- 9:40 a.m.)

UpSkill Houston
The Houston region has experienced incredible growth over the last several years. The Greater Houston Partnership created the UpSkill Houston program to close the skills gap in the industry sectors that are critical to Houston’s regional economy. Peter Beard, Senior Vice President, Regional Workforce Development, will review UpSkill Houston’s strategic objectives; outline the active industry sectors, and review the potential for involvement and replication of this employment readiness model.

Speaker:
Peter Beard, Senior Vice President, Regional Workforce Development, Greater Houston Partnership

Environmental/Pollution Liability Insurance Program Discussion and Q&A
NIA’s new Environmental/Pollution Liability Insurance Program is designed exclusively for NIA members and offers supplemental protections and liability coverage. Matt Stevens from Alliant Americas will provide an overview on this specialized type of liability coverage and will answer member questions.

Speaker:
Matt Stevens, CIC, Vice President Property & Casualty, Alliant Americas

Union Contractors Forum  | Tuesday, December 12 (9:10- 9:40 a.m.)

Environmental/Pollution Liability Insurance Program Discussion and Q&A
NIA’s new Environmental/Pollution Liability Insurance Program is designed exclusively for NIA members and offers supplemental protections and liability coverage. Matt Stevens from Alliant Americas will provide an overview on this specialized type of liability coverage and will answer member questions.

Speaker:
Matt Stevens, CIC, Vice President Property & Casualty, Alliant Americas

Associates Forum  | Wednesday, December 13 (9:05 - 10:30 a.m.)

Emerging Technologies to Combat CUI
Peter Bock, a CUI Mitigation Specialist and Consultant with nearly 4 decades of experience, will share emerging technologies that are being developed to combat corrosion under insulation (CUI). During the discussion, Mr. Bock will provide a brief history, product specifications, and benefits of third generation polysiloxanes coatings and spray-on insulation products.

Speaker:
Peter Bock, Consultant and CUI Mitigation Specialist

Distributor/Fabricator Forum  | Wednesday, December 13 (9:05 - 10:30 a.m.)

The Construction Value Chain
Customers buy on their perception of value, and when companies do not differentiate themselves in the eyes of the buyer, they force the customer to buy solely based on price. To improve results, conduct an objective analysis of your company’s strengths and then match them to the right market sectors and targets, capitalize on shared values with your customers, learn how to communicate your core competencies to create the best value for your customers and company, and separate customer value points from selling price. Session highlights include:

  • Understanding the meaning of differentiation and recognize why it is important ;
  • Determining what makes your company different;
  • Identifying which market sectors and clients generate the most margins;
  • Determining why you are constantly fighting for space in the mind of the customer; and
  • Developing a structured communications plan to help you stand apart from your competition.

Speaker:
Michael Clancy, Principal, FMI Corporation

Health and Safety Forum  | Wednesday, December 13 (9:05 - 11:30 a.m.)

Safety Best Practices Q&A
Join safety professionals for an open Q&A session to answer members’ questions on a wide variety of health and safety topics for contractors, manufacturers, and distributors. Potential topics include include the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) new Silica Rule, technology in safety programs, measuring safety performance, transportation safety, plus much more. Attendees often request more time for open questions, so bring all your safety best practices questions for a thorough discussion.

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

Panelists:
Mike Hill, Manager, Corporate Safety, Performance Contracting, Inc.
Bill McCaffrey, Corporate Safety Director, Irex Contracting Group
Victor Molina, Director of Health, Safety and Environment, Distribution International, Inc.

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