Friday, March 4, 2016

Symposium offers more in-person training













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The 19th Annual Snow & Ice Symposium returns to Providence, RI, in June; and, for the first time in the show’s history, the Symposium will feature three pre-conference workshop options.'


By Kaitlyn Herbst
The pre-conference workshops presented at the Snow & Ice Symposium have evolved from generalized facility tours to more focused, snow-specific workshops. The demand and interest in these workshops has grown over the years, and SIMA has adapted to that demand by setting a mantra of “more, different, better” as we plan these events. The 19th Annual Snow & Ice Symposium returns to Providence, RI, in June; and, for the first time in the show’s history, the Symposium will feature three pre-conference workshop options. The pre-conference workshops will be on the fifth floor of the Rhode Island Convention Center on the morning of Wednesday, June 22: 
  • Sustainable Salt Use: SIMA has adopted sustainability as a core value. This workshop will help attendees become more efficient and effective in managing salt output while delivering quality service. 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Parking Deck Operations: As we grow as an association, we continue to focus on creating industry-specific training, including more offerings that focus on specialty areas. 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Equipment Safety & Maintenance: Safety is a key priority in our educational strategy. This workshop will connect many snow professionals to quality safety best practices. 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Our goal is to create the most impactful in-person training in the industry, with the hopes that more companies will send more team members to the show for focused training. Adding workshops allows SIMA to offer more diverse education offerings and improved access for more attendees. Pre-conference workshops offer three to four hours of in-depth training and discussions. That same level of detail is hard to achieve in a 1.5-hour breakout session. 

The future of our pre-conference program is strong, and this year we aligned the workshops with our strategic educational initiatives. Offering an array of workshop choices will empower SIMA to build a stronger, better snow and ice workforce.

For more details on the pre-conference sessions, general education and show events, visit www.sima.org/show. This year’s Symposium is shorter in length but jam-packed with educational and networking opportunities you won’t want to miss. We hope to see you on June 22-24 for the best show in snow. Register your team today! 

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