Early bird registration pricing ends April 27 for the 2018 Executive Summit. CLICK HERE to register for the industry’s premier education and networking event to take place at the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, SC, Aug. 1-3.
ASCA Executive Summit is an annual conference focused on the business needs of the snow industry. Every year, the ASCA brings in dynamic speakers to discuss the professional snow and ice management industry and how contractors can improve their business.
A block of rooms is available to event attendees at a special group rate of $216 per night plus tax for a standard/double. To secure the group rate, contact Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island no later than July 9, 2018.
Attendees are responsible for booking their own travel and hotel accommodations. To make a reservation at the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island call the hotel directly at 1-843-842-2400 and ask for the ASCA Executive Summit rate.
The conference, which this year takes place at the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, is much more than learning how to plow snow and includes business management topics that every business faces. For example, past topics have included how to better communicate with your employees, increase your bottom line, and more effectively reach your customers and perspective clients.
The 2018 educational itinerary is still being finalized, and an official announcement is expected in the next couple of weeks.
In addition to education and networking, the conference also includes the annual Leadership Awards and Top 100 ceremony, which takes place during a special dinner at the event.
The Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA) and Snow Magazine have announced the 2nd Annual Snow and Ice Show, an industry event focused on education, certification, networking, and the latest snowfighting tools for increased efficiency and profitability.
The Snow and Ice Show will take place May 1-3, 2018 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut. This comprehensive conference will provide the snow and ice management market with the opportunity for ASCA in-classroom certification; industry-specific, high-quality educational programming; and elite peer-to-peer networking opportunities. The event unites manufacturers, suppliers, and snow and ice management professionals for 2½ days of education, networking and a trade show.
“The response to last year’s show was tremendous,” says Kevin Gilbride, ASCA Executive Director. “The ASCA and Snow Magazine realize industry members want these types of easily accessible, high-value events to further their knowledge and help their businesses, which is why we’re excited to bring the show back in 2018.”
The Snow and Ice Show’s educational programming is focused on the modern principles of successful snow and ice management – managing risk, reducing insurance rates, and reducing bogus slip-and-fall claims. The show is geared toward industry leaders and those who wish to become industry change agents, as well as for peer-to-peer discussions on real-world business issues.
The ASCA and Snow Magazine are working in conjunction to finalize the educational speaker lineup, and announcements will be made in the upcoming weeks. However, educational topics and themes will include:
- Contract Language
- Property Conditions
- Industry Standards
- Risk Management
- Post-Event Processes
- Insurance Risk and Awareness
- ISO 9001/SN 9001 Quality Management System
- Personnel Management
- De-icing Chemicals & Equipment
- Bidding and Estimating
- Safety Programs, Protocols & Training
- Equipment Purchasing/Management
- Managing Labor
- Fleet Management
Specific event details and schedules will be announced in the coming weeks. Industry suppliers interested in purchasing event sponsorships and booth space are encouraged to contact Craig Thorne at either firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-393-0232.
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Recipients of this year's Top 100 award will be recognized at the 2018 ASCA Executive Summit taking place Aug. 1 – 3, Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, Hilton Head, SC. The complete 2018 Top 100 list will be published in Snow Magazine's September issue.
CLICK HERE to see the 2017 Top 100 list.
I’m guilty of this, caught red-handed in the cookie jar of good ideas. But first, let me explain my altruistic endgame.
My travels throughout the country have granted me audiences with snow contractors in a variety of different venues, from industry conferences to business offices. It’s amazing how open and candid professionals are when talking about their business over a cup of coffee – or another beverage. Whether the topic is operations, equipment, labor, top or bottom lines, I’ve found snow and ice management contractors amenable to sharing their stories, experiences, success and failures with just about anyone who is genuinely interested.
This continuity among the leaders in this industry got me thinking, especially as we develop our conferences and events. In fact, I’d like to thank the 27 individuals who’ve donated their time and expertise to participate as educators in the Snow and Ice Show 2018. And in a way of giving back or paying it forward to those who have helped them along the way, they are going to sharing their experiences and professional expertise with the rest of the industry this May 1st – 3rd. Post-event surveys indicated the panel discussions at the 2017 show were by far the highlight of the educational tracks.
So, we are adding an exciting new feature to this year show. This year, we are introducing our version of the “Genius Bar.” (Yes, thank you Apple for inspiring this concept.) This is envisioned as a one-on-one educational experience in the back of the trade show hall during show hours. We will have three of our panel discussion participants scheduled each hour to answer any questions you may have for them. Panel discussions, while informative, don’t always allow you dive into a topic, of clarify everything you are looking for, or even provide you a comfortable venue to admit “I don’t understand …” The Genius Bar gives everyone the opportunity to have their questions answered, and perhaps dive deeper into the topics that matter most to you.
We are excited about this new addition to the show and are grateful for those geniuses who are offering their time and knowledge for the betterment of the industry.