NIA’s 65th Annual Convention

October 26–28, 2021
MGM National Harbor
National Harbor, Maryland



Bonus Content: Construction Industry Forecast Webinar

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Speaker: Henry D’Esposito, Construction Research Lead,
Americas Research, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)

As the construction industry has evolved and adapted in the past year, it has been impacted by materials shortages, labor costs, construction spending, and a new administration. Join Henry D’Esposito as he provides an industry outlook for the next 12 months and beyond, including how these key factors will influence future forecasts.

Keynote Presentation: An Engineer’s Secret to Being Happier, More Productive, and Less Stressed 

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Keynote Speaker: Andrew Tarvin, Humor Engineer

Humor works at work! Using data-backed research and experiential examples, Keynoter Andrew Tarvin will demonstrate how humor can help to increase team productivity, reduce stress, and create a positive work culture. Learn how to create a humor mindset that is practical, actionable, and gets results in the workplace, all while you have more fun!

General Session: A Carbon Message Everyone Should Copy

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What a wonderful time to be a part of the mechanical insulation industry! NIA is about members helping members, which is the message that NIA has been conveying all year long and is now being put into practice in this session—this topic is about us for us! During this luncheon, you will hear what NIA President Dave Cox has been telling the U.S. regional associations and TIAC in Canada about how mechanical insulation is in a great spot to help countries, states, cities, and companies reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. You will hear a real story from Joe Mlachak on how an energy appraisal and subsequent C02 reductions helped make the sale. Now more than ever, our products and services can help meet the parameters of energy efficiency and carbon reduction goals. We are uniquely positioned to be recognized as part of the solution. Please join in to get the knowledge, see the value from a real-life example, and hear how you too can market these benefits to your customers. As an industry, this is our time to shine and spread the message—reduce before you produce!

David J. Cox, NIA President
Joe Mlachak, National Sales Manager, Fit Tight Covers

General Session: Mechanical Insulation’s Role in the Decarbonization Discussion

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As decarbonization gains momentum in policy discussions at the federal, state, and local levels, new opportunities will emerge for companies in the construction industry. Neal Elliott from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy will provide an overview of pending legislation, policies, programs, and funding opportunities focused on decarbonization, and explore how NIA members can take advantage of these opportunities aimed at reducing CO2 emissions.

R. Neal Elliott, Ph.D., P.E., Director Emeritus, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Discovering The Advanced Work Packaging System for Construction Projects

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Learn what Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) is from its creator. In this presentation, you’ll learn how and why it came to be, what its components are, and how the evidence shows it can improve labor productivity. Find out how it can benefit your company and be used in your daily business.

Olfa Hamdi, Founder and CEO, Concord Project Technologies/Concord Academy

Pursuing a More Resilient Future through Building Codes

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The ICC is helping communities across the country and the globe use the power of building codes to drive construction practices toward a more resilient future. In his presentation, Ryan will focus on the ICC's efforts to position the adoption and enforcement of building codes as a critical measure for achieving higher performing, more resilient buildings and communities.

Ryan Colker, Vice President of Innovation, International Code Council (ICC)

Distributors/Fabricators Session
Building a Customer-Focused Business

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For distributors and fabricators within the insulation industry, building and maintaining customer relationships is essential. Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) Nicole Belyna will provide an overview of a customer-focused business strategy, explain why it is more important than ever, and show how it can benefit your company.

Nicole Belyna, Field Services Director, SHRM

3EPlus® Software Updates

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The 3EPlus® software is an insulation thickness calculator tool that allows users to easily calculate the appropriate insulation thickness for any application, and NAIMA is releasing an updated online version of the free software in 2022. NAIMA’s Charlie Haack will share details about the new and improved features.

Charlie Haack, Vice President, Technical Services, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA)

Health & Safety Session
Best Practices in Workers' Comp

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During this informative session, Jason Spandet brings his many years of experience in the insurance arena to discuss workers’ compensation basics and best practices in claim management. A variety of important topics will be covered from incident investigation and return-to-work programs, to contesting claims and the subtle differences under each state’s workers comp laws. This session is a must-attend event for any employers wishing to trim their claim costs and lower their EMR. Participants questions are welcome and encouraged.

Jason Spandet, Risk and Insurance Manager, Performance Contracting Inc. (PCI)

Merit Contractors Session
Advocacy Updates and Economic Outlooks: The Merit Shop Perspective

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New Federal COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates—Resources and Guidance

Join Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) President and CEO Michael Bellaman in a discussion of ABC’s latest advocacy work—especially in fighting the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act—plus, construction and economic outlooks, the impacts from COVID-19 recovery, and emerging merit contractor topics.

Michael D. Bellaman, President and Chief Executive Officer, ABC

Associate (Manufacturer) Session
Leveraging Technology to Improve Your Business

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The rapid levels of technology adoption caused by the pandemic served as an accelerant for construction technology trends. Join Jay Snyder as he discusses which technologies are here to stay, new technologies that are on the horizon, and how companies can leverage technology to support their strategic and operational objectives.

Jay Snyder, Technology & Innovation Practice Leader, FMI Corp.


Young Professional Advisory Committee Session
Resource Road Map—NIA’s Diversity & Inclusion Tool Kit

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Explore NIA’s latest resource with the authors, who will share  insights and experiences in the diversity, equity, and inclusion space to help you on your path—whether you use ideas in the tool kit to start a discussion or add activities into your current framework, how you use this resource is up to you.

Robyn Kavanaugh, Human Resources Director, Performance Contracting Group (PCG)