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2019 Snow Show in Pittsburgh exposed attendees to education, industry networking, and cutting-edge technology.

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September 4, 2019

The professional snow industry converged on Downtown Pittsburgh in late July for the ASCA’s 2019 Snow Show. The two-day event delivered comprehensive educational opportunities, as well as unprecedented networking opportunities and a look at the latest snow fighting technology from the industry’s leading manufacturers and suppliers.

Pittsburgh proved to be an accommodating host city, with overall positive feedback from show attendees, says ASCA Executive Director Kevin Gilbride.

“Outside of Snow Show, Downtown Pittsburgh had a lot to offer attendees, including a vibrant and thriving nightlife,” he says. “Overall, the city is relatively accessible to a significant portion of the professional snow and ice community, and I believe that is reflected in our show attendance figures.”

This year’s event also marked the first time the Snow Show event was collocated with the ASCA’s Executive Summit. Gilbride says the intention was to provide contractors who traditionally attend only one of the events the exposure and opportunity to experience the other.

“We did see some crossover in this regard, but it’s too soon to tell how successfully this pairing was,” he says. “We need to go back and study attendee feedback and some other metrics to see if this is something we’ll want to repeat in the future.”

As for next year’s location, Gilbride says a number of factors and host cities are being closely looked at and considered, and the industry can expect to hear an announcement about the 2020 show in the coming weeks.

Snow Show attendees take in panel discussions on a variety of topics in a classroom type setting.



Industry consultant Fred Haskett and David Lamers, 2016 Leadership Award recipient and president of Garden Grove Commercial Grounds and Snow Management.



Snow Show attendees network.



ASCA General Counsel Josh Ferguson outlines how to utilize Industry Standards in slip-and-fall defense.



Matt Scott, director of operations, Troy Clogg Landscape Associates, shares his strategy for using less labor in snow and ice management.



Clockwise, left: Snow Magazine editor Mike Zawacki leads a panel discussion on the impact of culture on hiring and retaining labor.



Snow Show attendees make new friends and share best business practices during one of the after-hours networking events.



Snow Show attendees make new friends and share best business practices during one of the after-hours networking events.



Snow Show attendees make new friends and share best business practices during one of the after-hours networking events.



Snow Show attendees make new friends and share best business practices during one of the after-hours networking events.