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Sept 19-20th, 2018 in Milwaukee, WI Join SIMA and Afterburner for the second

Develop the Best Field Leaders in Professional Snow and Ice Management

As an extension of the Season Opener, the SIMA Snow Operations Leadership Academy combines 11+ hours of online education and in-person training and peer networking to help snow and ice management operations team members, account managers and field leaders gain new skills in interpersonal communicatons, project management and execution, leadership and account management.

Cost for Members: $699
Cost for non-members: $799
*Includes Season Opener

This program is limited to 40 participants. Register while space is available!


September 12, 2018 3-4:15 p.m. EST
Join SIMA’s Brian Birch for an overview of the curriculum, why your commitment to leadership in the snow and ice management industry matters, and how SIMA tools and resources can help you achieve success..

September 20, 2018 Harley-Davidson Museum® Milwaukee, WI
Season Opener and Leadership Academy attendees will kick off the day together in a high-flying keynote and workshop presented by Afterburner. Using their elite military training expertise, our instructor will use Afterburner’s Flawless Execution&sm: framework to teach participants a shared planning and execution model that’s proven to break down the barriers that diverse teams face and accelerate results. Each element of Flawless Execution plays a critical role in helping you achieve performance excellence at the individual, team and organizational level. Attendees will work together to put the Flawless Execution framework into action with a hands-on workshop tackling a key issue in their snow and ice management company. Learn more about this exciting workshop at

September 26, 2018 3-4:30 p.m. EST
Leadership development coaching expert Leslie Boomer will teach attendees how to develop emotional intelligence in leadership and the importance of developing effective field communication skills. Part one with Leslie will focus on:

  • Communication that Strengthens Workplace Relationships
  • Communication Danger Signs
  • Skills for Safe Conflict Management

October 3, 2018 3-4:30 p.m. EST
In Part 2 of the communications curriculum, Leslie Boomer will focus on managing conflict and complaints and learning how to deal with difficult people:

  • Communication & Relational Intelligence
  • The Power of Listening
  • Events vs. Issues - Identifying and Handling Events and Issues Effectively

October 10, 2018 3-4:30 p.m. EST
Pro-Motion Consulting’s Phil Harwood, CSP, will lead attendees through a self-assessment of their account management skills and teach them how to improve their management skills to become the ultimate snow and ice field general.

Thanks to Season Opener Sponsor:

Boss Snowplow