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2018 Fall Conference Highlights

Tuesday, March 5, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Our Fall Conference was held in the historic coastal city, Savannah, at the Westin Savannah Resort & Spa.



Our associates cocktail reception was a great way to kick off the conference as attendees reconnected with old friends and networked with new ones. We held our Annual Mesothelioma Raffle, where $1,300 was raised for the Breath of Life Foundation. The Foundation was established through a cooperative effort of the insulating industry to seek a cure for mesothelioma and asbestos related diseases.



Tell Scarlet, the Savannah based Alternative-Pop-Rock & Country band joined us to kick off the conference. The powerhouse family band wowed attendees with their performance of the National Anthem and a few great covers!



Keynote: The Power of Storytelling

Ty Bennett, CEO, Entrepreneur and Best-Selling Author, joined us as the conference’s keynote speaker. Ty gave a compelling presentation on how we retain more information when it is told to us in the context of a story because communication plus storytelling creates a connection. By the end of his presentation, attendees learned how to adopt valuable storytelling skills to leverage influence, extend emotional reach, and create customers for life.


NIA Update

It was a pleasure having Michele M. Jones, Executive Vice President/CEO, join us at the conference. Michele discussed NIA’s current activities, with an emphasis on its new certification class, the Thermal Insulation Inspection Program. The program will educate and train insulation inspectors on how to evaluate installation work and determine whether it is compliant with mechanical insulation specifications. For more information on this program, please visit


Associate Breakout: Transportation Industry Update

David A. Sardinta, Senior Logistics Manager at Johns Manville, presented transportation industry updates. He discussed capacity constraints in the market, driver shortage, regulation changes, Hours of Service (HOS) – Electronic Log Devices and what shippers and receivers need to do in this constrained market.


Contractor Breakout: Mechanical Insulation’s Key Estimator (MIKE™) & Visual TakeOff® (VTO)

Michael R. McMillin, President and General Manager of Comput-Ability®, Inc. (CAI) presented on the MIKE™ Estimating Software and VTO system.



Narrated Harbor Luncheon Cruise

Participants enjoyed a relaxing cruise along the Savannah River aboard 1,000 passenger riverboat, the Georgia Queen. The captain spoke of intriguing tales and historic facts, as guests feasted on a delicious southern style buffet.


Fishing Trip

Unfortunately, we were forced to cancel the Fishing Trip with Miss Judy Charters, due to weather conditions. Thankfully enough, participants were able to hop on to the luncheon cruise instead!


Golf Tournament

Golfers enjoyed a beautiful day at the home for The PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour, Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf Championship the Club at Savannah Harbor.


 Tournament Winners:

  •  1st Place – Mike Mann, Edward R Hart Company, Jared Lux, Bay Insulation Supply of Indiana & Michael Robbins, Thermo-Dynamics International, Inc
  •  2nd Place – Ken Langevin, ELCO Sales, John Stevens, Thermal Solutions, Inc & David Taylor, Manson Insulation
  •  3rd Place – Joseph Leo, Atlantic Contracting Specialties, Mathew Yenrick, Johns Manville,  John Kennard, Distribution International & Don Wadden, GLT Products/Speedline PVC
  •  Longest Drive – Charlie Sortino, Armacell, LLC



Mentalist Team, Larry and Raven, joined us at our Annual Fall Conference Dinner. Attendees were mystified by their performance. Larry and Raven have been performing together for over 17 years, and it showed as guests were amazed by their mental and intuitive abilities.



Our Fall Conference was another great success that could not have been accomplished without the support of our sponsors!


Aeroflex USA, Inc.

ITW Insulation Systems

Armacell, LLC

Johns Manville

Bay Insulation Supply of Indiana

Knauf Insulation

Distribution International

McCormick Insulation Supply


Owens Corning


Polyguard Products

General Insulation

Proto Corporation

Ideal Products of America

RPR Products, Inc.

Insulation Materials Corporation

Vimasco Corporation


Click here for the event gallery!