The October Issue

Departments - Notebook

May 2, 2018

I know you’ve got something to say or to share about the business of snow and ice management. That’s why this October, Snow Magazine is

Putting pen to paper and participating is a painless process for you would-be editors. Write about 750-1,000 words about an industry-related topic you're passionate about, or a valuable lesson, business practice, or experience you'd like to share with your fellow snow fighters.

Having trouble choosing a topic? Consider one of the following industry-related subjects:

  • Customer Service
  • Equipment & Technology
  • Labor
  • Operations
  • Professional Development
  • Risk & Liability
  • Sales & Marketing

And don’t worry about your writing prowess. Once you submit your copy we’ll work with you to tweak and smooth it out so that it’s ready for publication. What we want are your thoughts, ideas and experiences to share with your snow and ice industry colleagues.

Submissions, along with applicable high-resolution digital images, are due any time before Aug. 31 and can be emailed to editor Mike Zawacki at

It's Top 100 time!

It's time to complete your entry form for Winter 2017-18. Top 100 companies will be honored at this year's Executive Summit. Please take a few minutes to click through to the following TOP 100 questionnaire.

Enter into your browser to connect with an entry form.

We recognize the complexities of snow and ice management and that you may not have finalized your Winter 2017-18 revenue figure at this time. So, we request that you submit your best estimate. At the end of the survey, you'll have the opportunity to request an editorial follow-up prior to list finalization to check and update your snow and ice revenue figure.

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.

Enter into your browser to see the 2017 Top 100 list

Food for Thought

My buddy business consultant Jim Coughlin recently shared some thoughts about the importance of pushing your chair ways from the desk and taking a break, especially during the busiest times of the year. He argues that to better face and overcome challenges, we need to build in regular pockets of time during the busy times to learn, to reflect, and to reenergize.

Here are five suggestions from Coughlin for you to consider adopting during your busiest work days.

  • Read five pages a day. Choose any book that you think might be of value to you. Every day sit and read five pages without taking a break. Just read. If you really want to take that even deeper, buy a blank journal. When you are done reading, go to your journal, write in that day’s date, and write down one or two things you learned from your reading. This entire activity is less than 10 minutes. Do it before you go to bed at night.
  • Three times a week do something for your physical health. Eat healthy for one whole day. Go for a walk. Go to a gym. Do an activity for fun. Move. Anything for your physical health.
  • Watch a movie just for fun. Watch your favorite tv show. Allow stress to go away. Allow energy to come back.
  • Get a massage.
  • Take an online course just to develop your mind – not for a certificate or a degree (However, be sure your ASCA-C is up to date.) Don’t do it to impress your boss or get a raise. Just take a course for your own development as a human being and as a professional.

  • Hero of the Hudson

    Looking for another reason to attend this year’s Snow & Ice Show?

    Join the Accredited Snow Contractors Association and Snow Magazine Thursday, May 3 at 11 a.m. for an impactful keynote at the 2018 Snow and Ice Show featuring Dave Sanderson, one of the heroes of the Hudson.

    When US Airways Flight 1549, or “The Miracle on the Hudson” ditched into the Hudson River on Jan.15, 2009, Dave Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be.

    The last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in frigid water to help other passengers off the plane.

    Despite the hazard to himself, Sanderson thought only of helping others and emerged from the wreckage with a mission: to encourage others to do the right thing.

    In this stirring presentation, Sanderson shares the story of Flight 1549, revealing the inner strength it took to make it through the day, and how teamwork, leadership, and state management can help overcome any obstacle.

    The 2018 Snow and Ice Show, takes place May 1-3 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, is your opportunity to expand your knowledge, fine-tune your business and network with your peers.

    And if you can’t make it, be sure to check out the August issue of Snow Magazine for complete coverage of this year’s event.