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Event Description
SIMA invites you to attend a 2 day educational event that will address the core challenges and issues facing snow and ice professionals. Unlike traditional educational training, the 2014 Salt Summit and Think Tank will utilize facilitated interaction amongst attendees to examine core issues, develop innovative ideas, and leave you with solutions you can implement into your business practices immediately.

Day 1 | Salt Summit
The Salt Summit will directly address a top challenge of the 2013-14 winter season: managing salt supply inventory. Sponsored by SnowEx, Day 1 will be held at the SnowEx Factory, where attendees will:
  • Learn what it takes to implement a liquids program.
  • Evaluate the results of a 4-year study of standard salt application rate.
  • Work in focus groups to find solutions to customers' snow and ice melt needs.
  • Tour the SnowEx Factory to see how SnowEx spreaders are manufactured

Day 2 | Think Tank
The Think Tank will take place at the MGM Grand Detroit, and will be an interactive, attendee-led discussion with both snow and ice contractors and property and facility managers. Following theAction Learning model with Dr. Michael Marquardt, attendees will:

  • Determine root-cause challenges in snow management.
  • Develop solutions to these challenges.
  • Construct ideas alongside property and facility managers.

Schedule of Events

Monday, August 25
 6:00 - 8:00pm - Opening Welcome Reception

Salt Summit - Tuesday, August 26
7:00 - 8:00am 
Registration at MGM Grand Detroit. Bus leaves hotel for SnowEx Factory at 8:00am.
8:30 - 11:00am 
Welcome to the Salt Summit
  • From Landscape Contractor to Equipment Dealer to Manufacturer: Chuck Truan, President, TrynEx International
  • Salt Survey Results: Phill Sexton, SIMA
  • Using Liquids to Reduce Costs and Grow Profits: Diana Clonch, DW Clonch, LLC
  • Developing a Material Strategy to Optimize Results: Steve Bytnar, EnviroTech Services
  • Selling Customers on Performance (Liquids and
    Contract Issues):  Dale Keep, Ice and Snow Technologies

11:00am - 12:00pm
SnowEx Factory Tour 
12:15 - 1:45pm
Lunch and CEO of the Year Presentation
Sponsored by Ram Commercial and BusinessLink
1:45 - 2:45pm   
How Much is Enough? Using Salt Application Rate Standards for Your Business: Raqib Omer Mian, University of Waterloo
2:45 - 5:00pm
Roundtable Problem Solving - How to Best Manage Your Salt Supply
5:00pm Bus Departs back to MGM Grand Detroit
6:00pm Tigers vs. Yankees baseball game at Comerica Park - Relax with other attendees and watch the Detroit Tigers battle the New York Yankees at Comerica Park.Additional registration includes ticket to the game, plus picnic buffet inside Comerica Park. Game time is 7:08pm. 

Think Tank - Wednesday, August 27

8:00 - 9:00am 

Breakfast at MGM Grand Hotel

9:00 - 3:00pm
(lunch included)    
Action Learning facilitated by Dr. Michael Marquardt
Focus Topics:

  • When Budget and Scope of Service Do Not Align with Expectations
  • Managing the Financial Impact of Snow & Ice Services
  • Risk Management and Liability Exposure: How Can We
    Protect Ourselves?
  • Contract Chaos: Understanding How RFPs and
    Contracts Compare
  • Procurement Models: National/Regional/Local. What
    Works Well and What Needs Improvement?
  • Communication: Establishing Mutual Trust and Reliable Service
  • Proper Preparation: Snow and Ice Services as a Year Round Service

Hotel and Registration Info

Image of MGM Grand Detroit's exteriorHost Hotel - The MGM Grand Detroit
1777 Third Street
Detroit, MI 48226

Room Rate (Special rates available through August 4, 2014):
$169 USD/night (plus 15% local hotel room tax)
Complimentary valet and self-parking.

Reservations: Call 877-888-2121. Mention the "SIMA Salt Summit & Think Tank 2014" to ensure your room at the special group rate. 

 Registration Fees

SIMA Members/Registration Fee On or before 07-07-14  After 07-07-14
 Salt Summit & Think Tank + baseball game  $350  $395
 Salt Summit & Think Tank (no baseball game)  $290  $335
 Non-Members/Registration Fee On or before 07-07-14   After 07-07-14
 Salt Summit & Think Tank + baseball game  $400  $445
 Salt Summit & Think Tank (no baseball game)  $340  $385
Additional baseball game tickets can be purchased for $60