Thursday, July 9, 2015

Why should SIMA convene a second Think Tank?

'Issues and discussion will be attendee-generated, meaning you will pick the most important topics and develop strategies and solutions.'

By Martin Tirado
Leaders in the snow and ice industry will meet together in a collaborative Think Tank on September 1-2, 2015 at the historic Willard Intercontinental in Washington, DC. SIMA facilitated an industry Think Tank last year in Detroit, which concluded in overwhelming support of the need for standards that can be easily implemented and widely practiced. Over the past year, SIMA has taken the ideas generated in 2014 and created these resources:
  • Updates to the best management practices checklist – available for free download at
  • Publishing of the first, comprehensive snow and ice industry glossary of terms (coming soon).
  • Sustainable Salt Initiative – A multi-year research project that uses contractor-based salt application processes to make informed decisions on how much salt to apply to meet client expectations.
  • ANSI Accreditation of the Advanced Snow Management certificates (ASM) – ANSI accreditation verifies that every aspect of the ASM certificate programs are governed by processes and procedures that are fair, transparent, relevant and accountable.
The reason to hold a Think Tank in 2015 is to continue building the industry from last year’s accomplishments. The collective knowledge in the audience was powerful. Along with SIMA members, there were also several facility managers and insurance professionals in attendance to develop strategy that would reflect the interests of all stakeholders.

We will do this again on September 1-2, and hold a legislative ‘Day on the Hill’ on August 31 where attendees will be able to meet in the offices of their elected members of Congress to see how the U.S. government can help the snow and ice industry. Think Tank issues and discussion will be attendee-generated, meaning you will pick the most important topics and develop strategies and solutions.

I look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC! Here are some ways you can take action and use SIMA resources:

1 comment:

  1. This is the direction the industry must move forward in, however SIMA and the ASCA need to collaborate to accomplish together what neither one on its own could accomplish as efficiently. SIMA has an excellent platform for education and the ASCA has already laid a firm foundation for ANSI and ISO standards, if the two can work together to fully implement all of this work that has already been completed, the industry will be unified with an even greater level of professionalism and everyone will benefit!