NIA’s Fall Summit 2017

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

Educational Sessions

Keynote Presentation | Tuesday, September 12 (9:45 - 10:50 a.m.)

NIA has invited U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry to share his insights into the energy sector and how we can increase awareness of insulation’s benefits with top decision makers. A veteran of the United States Air Force, a former farmer and rancher, and Governor of Texas from 2000–2015, Secretary Perry has devoted his adult life to creating prosperity and opportunity for families.

Keynote Presentation and Breakfast | Wednesday, September 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, Doug Jenks from Auman, Mahan & Furry will discuss employer responsibilities, key provisions, and how businesses can prepare for this new standard.

Speaker:
Doug Jenks, Director, Auman, Mahan & Furry

Sponsored by:
Distribution International

Forum Presentations

Merit Contractors Forum  | Tuesday, September 12 (7:30- 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

Union Contractors Forum  | Tuesday, September 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, September 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, September 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, September 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:
Doug Jenks, Director, 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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