Salt Summit & Think Tank
August 26-27, 2014 - MGM Grand Detroit, MI
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SIMA invites you to attend a 2 day educational event that will address the core challenges and issues facing snow and ice professionals. Unlike traditional educational training, the 2014 Salt Summit and Think Tank will utilize facilitated interaction amongst attendees to examine core issues, develop innovative ideas, and leave you with solutions you can implement into your business practices immediately.
Day 1 | Salt Summit
The Salt Summit will directly address a top challenge of the 2013-14 winter season: managing salt supply inventory. Sponsored by SnowEx, Day 1 will be held at the SnowEx Factory, where attendees will:
- Learn what it takes to implement a liquids program.
- Evaluate the results of a 4-year study of standard salt application rate.
- Work in focus groups to find solutions to customers' snow and ice melt needs.
- Tour the SnowEx Factory to see how SnowEx spreaders are manufactured.
Day 2 | Think Tank
The Think Tank will be an interactive, attendee-led discussion with both snow and ice contractors and property and facility managers. Following the Action Learning model with Dr. Michael Marquardt, attendees will:
- Determine root-cause challenges in snow management.
- Develop solutions to these challenges.
- Construct ideas alongside property and facility managers.
Monday, August 25
6:00 - 8:00pm - Evening Opening Welcome Reception
Salt Summit - Tuesday, August 26
|7:00 - 8:00am||
Registration at MGM Grand Detroit. Bus leaves hotel for SnowEx Factory at 8:00am.
|8:30 - 11:00am||
Welcome to the Salt Summit
|11:00am - 12:00pm||SnowEx Factory Tour|
|12:00 - 1:30pm||Lunch and CEO of the Year Presentation
Sponsored by Dodge RAM
|1:30 - 2:30pm||How Much is Enough? Using Salt Application Rate Standards for Your Business: Raqib Omer Mian, University of Waterloo|
|2:30 - 5:00pm||Roundtable Problem Solving - How to Best Manage Your Salt Supply|
|5:00pm||Bus Departs back to MGM Grand Detroit|
|6:00pm||Tigers vs. Yankees baseball game at Comerica Park - Relax with other attendees and watch the Detroit Tigers battle the New York Yankees at Comerica Park. Registration includes ticket to the game plus picnic buffet inside Comerica Park. Game time is 7:08pm.|
Think Tank - Wednesday, August 27
|8:00 - 9:00am||Breakfast at MGM Grand Detroit|
9:00am - 3:00pm
Action Learning facilitated by Dr. Michael Marquardt
Host Hotel - The MGM Grand Detroit
1777 Third Street
Detroit, MI 48226
Room Rate (Special rates available through August 4, 2014):
$169 USD/night (plus 15% local hotel room tax)
Complimentary valet and self-parking.
Reservations: Call 877-888-2121. Mention the "SIMA Salt Summit & Think Tank 2014" to ensure your room at the special group rate. Click here to make a reservation online.
Register online here or call the SIMA office at 414-375-1940 to register over the phone.
|SIMA Members / Registration Fee||On or before 07-07-14||After 07-07-14|
|Salt Summit & Think Tank + baseball game||$350||$395|
|Salt Summit & Think Tank (no baseball game)||$290||$335|
|Non-Members / Registration Fee||On or before 07-07-14||After 07-07-14|
|Salt Summit & Think Tank + baseball game||$400||$445|
|Salt Summit & Think Tank (no baseball game)||$340||$385|
Additional baseball game tickets can be purchased for $60.