March 15, 2016
The Snow and Ice Management Association’s (SIMA) 19th annual symposium and trade show returns June 22-24 in Providence, R.I. Featuring 25 educational sessions, over 120 exhibitors, workshops and peer-to-peer networking opportunities, the Snow and Ice Symposium is the largest conference in the industry.

“Uniquely focused on snow and ice, this event brings innovative manufacturers and suppliers together with contractors for two days of trade show and three days of education, networking, and fun,” the organization says. “The Snow & Ice Symposium is the only event at which attendees can explore the equipment, materials, and services their businesses need, but also the latest in thinking and experience sharing with peers and experts in a range of contexts. From casual evening meet-ups, to conference and small group sessions, the opportunities to find answers are unlimited.”

Attendees have the option to learn at pre-conference workshops focused on sustainable salt use, equipment safety and maintenance best practices, and parking deck operations.

Educational sessions aimed at business growth, employee development and risk management include: winter worker injury prevention with Mary Abbott from Mow Beta! Mowing and Snow Plowing; winning in the workplace led by Leslie Boomer of Pro-Motion Consulting; and leave your competition in the drift hosted by Mark Bradley, president of the Landscape Management Network.

Speakers and topics for 2016 include: Alex Riley, CSP, ASM, employee recruiting and retention case studies; Diana Clonch, salt purchasing and inventory management; Mike Rorie, five components of a rock solid training program; Dan Foley, CSP, lessons learned in 30 years; Andrew Dargatz, prepping and maintaining your equipment; and Randy Dean, finding an extra hour every day.”

Ben Casnocha, author of the New York Times bestseller Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age, will give a keynote speech on how the employee-employer relationship is broken.

“Managers face a seemingly impossible dilemma,” he says. “You can’t afford to offer lifetime employment, but you can’t build a lasting, innovative business when everyone acts like a free agent. The solution: Stop thinking of employees as family or free agents and start thinking of them as allies on a tour of duty.”

Founded in 1996, SIMA is a North American trade association for members of the snow and ice industry, including snow plowing and residential and commercial snow removal. Its mission is “empowering snow and ice management for success” and its vision is to fight “for the industry to be one of the most valued professions in the world, ensuring that snow and ice management services are never taken for granted.”

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