Event Calendar

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Michigan Snow Conference & Expo

Start Date: 10/12/2022 9:00 AM EDT
End Date: 10/12/2022 5:30 PM EDT

Venue Name: Suburban Collection Showplace

Location:
46100 Grand River Avenue
Novi, MI  United States  48374

Organization Name: Michigan Green Industry Association

Contact:
Michelle Atkinson
Email: michelle@landscape.org
Phone: (248) 646-4992



Michigan Snow Conference and Expo
 
Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Visit Dozens of Exhibitors Featuring the Latest in Snow & Ice Management Technology & Equipment! 

Come for an hour or stay all day....

Your Pre-Registration fee includes:
• Morning Coffee/Danish
• Trade Show
• Seminars
• Lunch 
• Equipment Demo Area
• Snow Plow Rodeo
• MCTS Mobile Truck Simulator
• Networking


CONFERENCE & EXPO SCHEDULE
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Registration Opens at 8:30 a.m.
Expo Times: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Seminars: 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
*Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Sponsored by BOSS Snowplow & Mid-Michigan Snow Equipment)
Show Ends: 5:30 p.m.

Cost:  
Early Pre-Registration (on or before September 23)

MGIA Members: $39* / Non-Members: $59*  
Regular Pre-Registration (September 24 - October 7)
MGIA Members: $49* / Non-Members: $69*  
Includes morning and afternoon education and Expo. 
Pre-Registration Ends on October 7th at 12 pm!
*Lunch included for pre-registered attendees only. All on-site registrants dine on their own – no discount. 
No substitutions, changes or cancellations. All sales are final.  


EQUIPMENT DEMO AREA, TRY BEFORE YOU BUY!
Equipment Vendors will be allowed to have one piece of equipment in the Demo Area, held in the parking lot of the Suburban Collection Showplace. Contact Michelle Atkinson at (248) 646-4992 for more information.

SNOW PLOW RODEO - Sponsored by LaFontaine Ford of Lansing & STE, Inc. 
A competition that tests the skills and knowledge of the snow plow professional on a timed obstacle course! Maneuvering a plow truck through a serpentine course; back into tight spots; parallel park all without knocking a tennis ball off of a 12-inch cone.
1st & 2nd place prizes awarded!

MICHIGAN CENTER FOR TRUCK SAFETY’S MOBILE TRUCK SIMULATOR PROGRAM
With winter weather approaching, do you feel totally confident with your driving skills?  The Michigan Center for Truck Safety will present their Mobile Truck Driving Simulator Program for MGIA Snow Expo attendees. 
 
This virtual simulator allows you to test and improve your skills in a variety of conditions, offering a controlled, risk-free environment in which scenarios can be recreated and practiced. The focus is on safe driving of commercial vehicles in adverse conditions, including heavy traffic and bad weather. Fewer accidents mean fewer absences, fewer vehicle repairs, and better insurance rates.
 
To participate you sit behind the wheel and take a six-minute hands-on demonstration drive that can simulate both small, straight trucks, or full-size 18-wheel tractor-trailers. Though the primary target audience is current truck drivers, administrative and managerial staff may benefit from it as well. 


EDUCATION SCHEDULE:

Platinum Ballroom


9:00 – 10:00 A.M. – The Business of Building a Successful Snow Removal Company
Speaker: Rick Kier, Forge Ahead Consulting & Software, LLC
Sponsored By: Bostick Truck Center
This program will help you understand how to attract, motivate, and keep great team members for your snow removal business.  It will provide you with some specific tools you can use help grow your team and allow your people to get the most out of their relationship with your company.  With dedicated team players, you as an owner will be able to work “on the business” instead of “in the business” for a more satisfying entrepreneurial experience.  This session will also discuss how to manage cash flow and profitability in the current economic world. 
 
10:30 - 11:30 A.M. – Effective Organization & Control in Snow Operations
Speaker: Rick Kier, Forge Ahead Consulting & Software, LLC
Sponsored By: TBD
In this session, Rick will discuss proven methods for organizing your snow removal work to get the job done efficiently, on time and with a high level of customer satisfaction.  He will be sharing time tested programs that show you specific ways you can save time, make the best use of your equipment, and have the confidence to take on profitable snow removal work. 
 
1:30 – 2:30 P.M. -  Snow Operations Management Panel
Sponsored By: TBD
Panelist: Jim Berns, Berns Landscape
Panelist: Jeremy Harman, Superior Scape
Panelist: William Moore, Executive Property Maintenance
Panelist: Matt Scott, Organic Matters

This session involves a panel of snow and ice professionals who will share their strategies and successes in multiple topics involving snow operations management. Bring your questions and comments, and prepare for an interactive, educational discussion!
 

On the Trade Show Floor

10:00 – 11:30 A.M. – Snow and Ice Infrastructure Maintenance, Corrosion Prevention and Best Practices 
Speaker: Jordan Smith, BOSS Snowplow
Sponsored By:  BOSS Snowplow
The number one enemy of our snow and ice equipment and infrastructure is corrosion. Corrosion not only causes short term maintenance problems, but also major long term costs and losses of equipment resale value. 
Additionally, corrosion on our equipment can create a negative image about the quality of work we do, even if our quality control is top notch. Corrosion and damage from chlorides is much easier to prevent than it is to reverse, so we will talk about easy ways to accomplish that. 
As snow and ice contractors we also have an opportunity to educate and better sell to our customers by educating them about the harmful effects of corrosion and chlorides on their properties as well. Studies show that the infrastructure (pavement, brick, light poles, sign posts, structural steel, landscape and turf, etc..) damage costs between $800 and $3000 per ton of salt applied. By using liquids, corrosion inhibitors and other methods, we can not only reduce corrosion and damage on our equipment, but on our customer’s facility infrastructure as well. This creates a unique selling proposition that can help us gain and retain more accounts. This is because a properly educated customer will realize that the cost of infrastructure damage from salt far outweighs the amount of budget they are spending on their snow and ice contractor. By reducing the amount of salt we put on their properties by use of liquids and other best practices, we differentiate ourselves as contractors in the marketplace and set ourselves up to win. 


1:00 – 2:00 P.M. – Commercial Vehicle Compliance
Speaker: Investigator Joel Chester, Michigan State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division
Sponsored By: Rock Bottom Stone Supply
Attend this update session to ensure that your employees and commercial vehicles are in compliance with the motor carrier
laws and regulations covering such topics as equipment, CDL licenses, load securement, and drug & alcohol use. 
Understand what your drivers need to be aware of to avoid tickets on the road.