NIA’s 66th Annual Convention

March 30–April 1, 2022
JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
San Antonio, Texas



Keynote Presentation: The Power of One  

Keynote Speaker: Clint Pulver, Emmy Award Winning, Author, Musician, and Workforce Expert

Today, employees are looking for leaders who support, encourage, and give them the tools to grow, adapt, give back, and create real impact. Through life-changing stories that showcase his musical talent and empower his audience, Clint Pulver will demonstrate why mentorship and management are different, how to communicate effectively with a multigenerational team, and how each of us can bring purpose, empowerment, and perspective to those around us.

Keynote Presentation : Next-Level Leadership for an On-Demand World 

Keynote Speaker: Sara Ross, Chief Vitality Officer, BrainAMPED

In today’s on-demand world, overflowing with information, stress, distractions, and expectations, how do you move performance and leadership to the next level? Chief Vitality Officer Sara Ross will share the missing pieces and redefine how we succeed at work and thrive in life by sharing brain-based, vitality-enhancing strategies to help produce healthier, happier, high-performing leaders and innovative workplaces.

3E Plus® Software Updates

The 3E Plus® 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 provide a demonstration of the new and improved features.

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

Fire Response Properties 

Barry Badders and Juan Flores work with Intertek in the San Antonio area. Intertek is a major third-party testing lab that many building materials producers, including NIA’s associate members, use for validating key fire response properties for life-safety and asset-damage resistance.  This includes products and assemblies that need to exhibit low flame spread and smoke generation properties using ASTM E84 testing for pipe, duct and equipment insulations, to the most severe fire protection characteristics for industrial pool fires or grease duct fires, using ASTM E1529, ASTM E2336, and UL 2221.

Barry Badders, M.S., P.E., Chief Engineer, Intertek Building Products
Juan Manuel Flores, P.E., Assistant Chief Engineer, Intertek Building Products

Water Vapor Transmission Properties

Charlie Petty of Lamtec Corporation has been heavily involved with vapor retarders and vapor barriers for mechanical insulation systems and metal building insulation systems. Since the industry is constantly on the hunt for the next best solution to stop water vapor from damaging building mechanical and structural assemblies, he will review the most common test method used in the industry, ASTM E96 Procedures A (dessicant or dry cup), B (wet cup), along with a little-known Procedure E that increases the severity of vapor drive for cryogenic systems.

Charlie Petty, Manager Mechanical Insulation Technical Support, Lamtec Corporation

Top 5 Methods to Reduce Fall Hazard Risks

Fall protection is a critical, complex, and challenging safety issue. During this session, Thomas Kramer will share what is new in the fall protection arena, including recent changes to ANSI Z359 and new equipment available on the market. He will also provide his top five methods to reduce fall hazard risks, including practical takeaways you can bring back and use at your business.

Thomas Kramer, P.E., CSP, Managing Principal, LJB Inc.

What’s Coming Next? Economic Forecast and Global Supply Chain Challenges

With continuing supply chain disruptions and evolving economic forecasts, how do you prepare for what is next? During this session, Erin Roberts from Ernst & Young will not only provide an updated 2022 economic outlook and the latest on supply chain challenges and materials and labor shortages, but also how they all are being impacted by inflation.

Erin Roberts, Partner and Global Engineering & Construction Leader, Ernst & Young LLP