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NIA’s 57th Annual Convention
April 18-21, 2012
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch
Scottsdale, Arizona

Together We Succeed--Are You In?

Keynote and Educational Sessions

Keynote Speaker, Thursday, April 19
Mike Rayburn: What If and Why Not?

Through astounding guitar creations and stand-up comedy, Mike Rayburn will teach three simple yet powerful tools you can use to access unrealized potential, to look at old things in a new way, and to leap beyond your perceived limitations. From playing in a bar with seven people to receiving standing ovations at Carnegie Hall, Mike truly knows about leaping beyond limitations and will inspire you to do the same in your life at home and work. Drawing upon his life experience as business owner, guitarist, comedian, author, philanthropist, and more, Mike will show you how to set goals that take you beyond what you imagined possible and ways to master things that truly matter. He is an exceptional motivational speaker, recently inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame as one of the youngest recipients of this prestigious award, and world-class guitarist, known as “the World’s Funniest Guitar Virtuoso.” This very unique presentation is sure to be like nothing you have ever seen or heard!

General Sessions

Thursday, April 19, 2012
NIA’s Legislative Update and Review of Industry Programs

Through the Foundation’s aggressive strategy to keep mechanical insulation in the forefront of our legislators' minds, we have made progress. This presentation will outline that strategy and update you on our progress and our objectives, which include our mechanical insulation tax incentive bills and our work with government agencies like the Department of Energy (DOE) and allied partners such as the National Association of State Energy Officials. Finally, you will learn the results from our mechanical insulation campaign with the DOE. Specific tools to help you gain business and demonstrate savings are now available to you. You can’t miss this session.

Friday, April 20, 2012
CURT—Construction Users Roundtable—An Open Dialog
Speaker: Greg Sizemore, Construction Users Roundtable (CURT)

The Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) was founded in the fall of 2000 by construction and engineering executives representing major corporations across the US and the world to provide a forum for the exchange of information, views, practices and policies of construction users from an array of industries. CURT’s primary goal is to enact broad, effective owner representation and increased owner leadership on construction industry issues. Mr. Sizemore, Executive Vice President, will provide a unique perspective into their world and what he sees for the future of construction, specifically with regard to the mechanical insulation industry.

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Insurance Solutions for Business Managers and Employers
Speaker: Jim Sampson, REBC, RHU, ChFC, CLU, Flood and Peterson Insurance

One of the biggest challenges for any business executive today is managing insurance and employee benefits. Understanding insurance options can help you and your employees improve safety, limit liability, and reduce risk. Does your company have the best insurance options available? Join us to learn more about workers compensation plans, health care, and current trends in the insurance industry and how to determine the level of coverage that best fits your needs.

Additional Presentations

Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award

The 2011 Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Awards will be presented Thursday, April 19, recognizing NIA members who demonstrate a commitment to a strong safety program in the workplace. The judging focused on each company's safety program, means of communication and training, and safety statement. Safety is recognized by NIA as a vital part of the insulation business and this award recognizes those who put safety in the forefront of our industry.

Breakfast Industry Roundtables, Friday, April 20

Wake up early and join us for these concurrent interactive sessions on our industry’s most current topics. Sessions include:

Safety Best Practices
Gary Auman, General Counsel, NIA and National OSHA Defense Attorney
Glenn Frye, Performance Contracting, Inc. and NIA Past President
Peter J. Gauchel, L & C Insulation, Inc. and NIA Past President
Chris Handley, Performance Contracting, Inc. and Chairman of NIA’s Health and Safety Committee
Join the 2011 Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award Reviewing Committee as they lead a discussion, including platinum level award recipients, about best practices and how to implement a successful safety program. These platinum level award recipients know the value of a good safety program and will share ideas you can implement to benefit your company’s safety program.

Education at Your Fingertips: Introducing the Mechanical Insulation Education and Awareness E-Learning Series
Ronald L. King, NIA Past President and Consultant
Learn more about the online, interactive Mechanical Insulation Education and Awareness E Learning Series offered by the DOE in conjunction with NIA and the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers. Free to everyone, from beginners to experts, the E-Learning Modules can help specifiers, architects, engineers and facility managers and owners, as well as your own employees, better understand mechanical insulation systems and how they impact a facility’s bottom line. The five modules making up this online resource will be reviewed and techniques will be discussed showing you how to use this tool in your company and with customers to increase awareness of mechanical insulation.

Social Media – the Next Revolution for Business
Blaine Millet, President and Chief Advocate, WOM10 Word of Mouth Marketing
Social media is everywhere, yet many business leaders still don’t understand how it can be used to help grow their business. Many use it incorrectly, which either delays or eliminates the huge potential social media has for business and can often lead to brand erosion rather than brand building. Social media has become the Industrial Revolution of our time for several industries and has a global impact on virtually every business. It isn’t about how many Facebook likes or Twitter followers you collect—it is about having a solid messaging strategy that links to every department, product or service in your business and is directly tied to your business strategy. Having a solid social media strategy in place can be an incredibly powerful approach to building stronger relationships with your existing customers, turning current customers into advocates and attracting new customers and relationships. During this session, we will explore both the underlying principles that make social media a powerful business tool and talk about how it can be implemented in your business and our industry.

Technical Presentations, Saturday, April 21

These presentations allow you to learn more about insulation and the different components associated with the industry. Confirmed presentations include:

Factors Influencing the Likelihood of Surface Condensation on Mechanical Systems Insulation
Jim Young, ITW
This presentation will start by discussing the theory of surface condensation on insulation and then the influence of climatic design conditions, such as ambient temperature, relative humidity, and wind. It will cover the influence of insulation system components, including jacket emittance (ε), insulation thermal conductivity (k-Factor), and pipe size & flat surface orientation. The presenter will discuss selecting design conditions & system components and common mistakes, tricks, and tips.

An Explanation of Building Information Modeling and its Application within the Insulation Industry
Christopher Di Iorio, CEO, CADworks
Computer aided design (CAD,) 3D modeling and project management software have been assisting builders, designers and contractors to communicate design details for decades. Over the past few years, a new solution has evolved which promises to be that total solution - Building Information Modeling or BIM. The concept of BIM is to build a virtual building prior to construction in order to work out problems, and simulate and analyze potential conflicts. Everyone on the construction team participates in this effort prior to construction starting.

Insulation manufacturers need to develop modules that integrate with the software which include product specifications and physical properties. These modules increase the speed, accuracy, and efficiency of the mechanical design process and give the design engineer the capacity to tag products quickly and efficiently at the design stage, while automatically recording the specific product information that will be needed during the later procurement and construction stages by the contractor. For the insulation contractor, BIM includes many details such as thickness of piping and ductwork insulation. Contractors who become involved with BIM at this emerging stage will be a step ahead of their competitors and have the opportunity to bid on projects designated as BIM. These early adopters can also help shape the BIM application in their respective area of expertise, such as insulation.

National Commercial and Industrial Insulation Standards, 7th Edition
Peter J. Gauchel, President, L&C Insulation, Inc.
This presentation will discuss the information and plates added to the exciting new 7th Edition of the National Commercial and Industrial Insulation Standards Manual from the Midwest Insulation Contractors Association (MICA).

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