Summer Snow Days

SUMMER SNOW DAYS

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Summer Snow Days is the inaugural tradeshow & education and networking event for snow professionals. Perfectly timed for the summer, this event will showcase new products and gather the best minds in the country to help you expand your snow operations and profits. The event will cover residential, commercial, municipal, and multi-family snow operations. There is no other snow event in the region that packs this much value into two days.

 

Summer Snow Days

July 25-26, 2018

Pheasant Run Resort and Conference Center

St. Charles, IL

Tradeshow Hours:

Wednesday: 8am-4pm and Thursday: 8am-2pm

 

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Featuring Keynote Speaker:
Don Beebe, NFL Champion
Enjoy Don Beebe’s life story of “Never Giving Up”.  The unlikely path of playing only 2 years of College football, in which one of those years was at a tiny NAIA school named Chadron State, to a 9-year NFL career and a Super Bowl Championship with the Green Bay Packers.

 

The keynote presentation will be July 25th at 9:00am.

Enjoy 2 days of education geared towards expanding your snow operations and profits when you purchase an education pass!

Be sure to purchase an education pass in order to attend these sessions. 

Wednesday, July 25th Education

10:00am-11:00am

Potential Game Changer – The Snow Removal Limited Liability Act
Sherm Fields, Acres Group and Kerry Bartell, Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit
The Snow Removal Limited Liability Act was signed into law in September 2016. This new law has a dynamic impact in regard to who assumes liability for accidents, slip and falls, etc. for snow contractors. While the law is favorable to contractors, it currently flies (for the most part) under the radar within our industry. This session discusses and answers questions that may help a contractor utilize this law to protect their business while potentially generate additional income and profit. We will look at the act from a legal, contractor, and client point of view.

Sustainable Winter Management (SWiM): A Framework for Professionalism
Phil Sexton, WIT Advisers
Learn how winter management contractors can develop a framework for professionalism by following the standards and guidelines of the Sustainable Winter Management (SWiM)™ program and certifications for properties. You will learn how to educate your clients to predict their costs, control quality, and understand the environmental effects, business continuity issues and risks associated with managing winter storms and seasons.

1:00pm-2:00pm

Know Your Costs and Succeed in Snow: Part 1
Jim Schwantz and Jon Schwantz, Acres Group
This two part session will deliver a budgeting strategy for hourly equipment and manpower costs for a snow operation. The goal of this strategy is to help manage cost and liability for a company’s snow operation. This strategy will include contract structuring, indemnification clauses, and other critical items related to a snow operation. It is important to achieve a fair profit for the contractor and quality service for the client. Ultimately success in snow should be measured in accomplishing both.

Winter Treatments and Applications
Diana Clonch, DW Clonch, LLC
What are the available options for snow and ice treatment? What do acceptable application rates look like? And how are they achieved? Are you considering using liquids or growing your use of liquids in your snow and ice operation? Build your understanding and knowledge base of treatments and application rates and see firsthand how others are making inroads by adding and/or expanding treatment types and applications.

2:00pm-3:00pm

Minimizing the Salt Damage to Turf, Trees & Landscape
Mark Mann, American BioChar Company
Learn why salt can be devastating to plants, how activated biochar can mitigate salt and other “pollutants,” and how to minimize the potential negative effects of winter salting and deicing using a fall application of the activated biochar and humate blend. We’ll discuss detailed results of case studies of remediation and mitigation of salt damage. We’ll also review protocols that can economically and effectively remediate salt damage on turf & landscape.

Off Season Tactics for Your Snow Business
Phil Harwood, Pro-Motion Consulting
The professional snow & ice management business is no longer simply “something to do it the winter.” It has become a year-round business of its own, as evidenced by the growing number of snow-only contractors. The challenge for those who are not a snow-only company is to be able to stay focused on their snow businesses during the off-season by prioritizing their efforts and concentrating on the highest value opportunities.

3:00pm-4:00pm

Snow & Ice Best Practices
Martin Tirado, SIMA
Several best management practices have been created for the snow & ice industry. Do you know what they are and how to implement them into your company? We will cover a detailed review of current best practices, discuss why best practices matter, and teach attendees how to implement them in their company.

Know Your Costs and Succeed in Snow: Part 2
Jim Schwantz and Jon Schwantz, Acres Group
This two part session will deliver a budgeting strategy for hourly equipment and manpower costs for a snow operation. The goal of this strategy is to help manage cost and liability for a company’s snow operation. This strategy will include contract structuring, indemnification clauses, and other critical items related to a snow operation. It is important to achieve a fair profit for the contractor and quality service for the client. Ultimately success in snow should be measured in accomplishing both.

Thursday, July 26th Education

9:00am-10:00am

Liquid Strategies to Reduce Overhead Costs and Increase Profit Margins
Mary Reinders and Joel Baxter, Reinders
This session will cover the following: exploring potential cost savings thru utilizing liquid strategies, illustrations on when to use and examples, comparing anti-icing vs. de-icing, suggested billing guidelines on liquids, and start-up costs vs. liquid ROI.

Six Steps to a Business Plan:
A Repeatable Process for Every Year
Larry Heuvelman, The Owner Consultant
Most companies don’t have a business plan, and most don’t realize the value of one done properly. We’ll walk step-by-step through the process to create a business plan that is so simple, the bank will even love it! Then we will discuss how to implement your new business plan and get the buy-in from your key people and staff.

1:00pm-2:00pm

Weather Math Toolbox
Phil Harwood, Pro-Motion Consulting
The complexity of snow contracts often leaves prospective customers confused and frustrated. This is made worse when snow contractors are unable to clearly explain the differences in a way that makes sense to the buyer. By incorporating weather math into proposals, snow professionals will educate their prospects about the risk-reward tradeoffs that exist with various contract forms. Learn how to discuss and display weather data, probability, and impact in a clear, concise, and professional manner in your proposals.

Small Changes Lead to Making You Real Money
Tony Johnson, Chloride Conscious & Midwest Salt
Learn how to create an effective and stable winter supply chain where profits become more predictable. We will discuss how buyers and users will NOT be affected by salt shortages while virtually achieving their top 5 goals in purchasing bulk road salt and other de-icing products every year. Many contractors are already using liquids to fight snow events, and don’t even know it. We’ll show you how to transition from always spreading solids to spraying liquids and saving you real money. Liquids is one of the biggest impacts for positive change to the environment and increases your profits. We will review costing models from companies using liquids as well as using examples from other companies in the audience. We have the tools and resources to get you started in using liquids for under $2,500 and within 30 minutes.

2:00pm-3:00pm

Maximize Profitability with Proper Equipment Maintenance
Dan Kakareka, New Holland North America
Reduce your maintenance costs by learning how to properly protect your equipment during the winter season. Attendees will discuss protecting cooling systems, maximizing battery life, undercarriage maintenance and tire care. Go in depth and learn about the changes to emissioned engines and how to react to the changes.

Getting Some R&R: Recruiting and Retention Strategies to Build Your Snow Team
Alex Riley, MeritHall, Inc.
Let’s face it, fewer people want to get up at 3 a.m. to shovel or plow snow. Successful employee recruitment must be a core focus for a growing contractor. Leveraging referral programs, word of mouth, and recruiting techniques is an essential function that must be constantly managed. Join Alex as he shares information about real-world referral, bonus, and recruiting methods with proven results. He’ll also discuss how leaders can engage employees to retain them longer. There’s no need to be searching for next season’s employees if you can keep the ones you have.

Online registration closes

Sunday, July 22nd at 11:59pm. 

Audience:

Summer Snow Days is for all types of snow professionals whether contractors, facilities and property managers, suppliers and manufacturers, or municipal employees. Come and explore the equipment, materials, and services available to improve operations and profits regardless of the snowfall totals.

Cabin Fever Networking Reception –

Wednesday 4-6pm

Join us for the Wednesday night reception and network with attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors. Share stories and experiences under the cool summer breeze. Complimentary cocktails and snacks will be provided.

Over $3,000 in cash and prizes!

Roundtables – Thursday at 10am

Featuring topics such as labor, emergency preparedness, storm management, sub-contractor relations, maintenance, production efficiency, and more! Roundtables are open to everyone, no education pass needed.

Need a hotel room? Deadline is July 6th

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A ROOM

Want to learn more? Contact AnneMarie Drufke (adrufke@ilca.net) for further information about Summer Snow Days.

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